Save the Date: Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Institute

“We have to be careful that in looking forward, innovation doesn’t neglect history and the real life conditions of those who are subjected to the innovations.” ~ Chris Gilliard, “Situating Innovation

The Digital Pedagogy Lab 2016 Institute brought together a group of more than 90 teachers, administrators, technologists, instructional designers, and students to explore how Critical Digital Pedagogy influences our praxis, the design of our classes, and the action we take both in our classrooms and in more public spaces. Inspired by talks from Tressie McMillan Cottom, Cathy Davidson, and Martha Burtis, the Institute closed with a clarion call to do more.

“There are not enough Chicana voices,” Sean offered in his closing keynote.

There are not enough Black voices. There are not enough First Nation voices. There are not enough trans voices. There are not enough women’s voices. There are not enough queer voices …

Let’s build an education where “professors” and their lookalikes listen more, and women, people of color, trans folk, and others whose voices and wisdom have been omitted for so long become our collaborators.

Following on that theme, the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Institute will work to open up conversations about the politics of education, the response of critical digital pedagogy to white nationalism, and the need to care for and nurture teachers and learners who will both labor under and move us out of this cultural climate.

Digital Pedagogy Lab is a 5-day practical institute that helps prepare learners, educators, librarians, administrators, and others to teach and work with digital technology. The institute is part of the outreach mission of the Hybrid Pedagogy 501(c)3 non-profit.

As always, the learning community we create together will be welcoming to a wide range of skill levels and interests. While still very much the same “summer camp” for digital pedagogy, each track will look carefully, courageously, and critically at ways our teaching and learning must respond to the current political landscape. Participants will choose between one of six tracks and work collaboratively in small workshop-style classes. In addition, every participant will have the opportunity to speak on or present their work during the Institute.

Digital Pedagogy Lab’s 2017 Institute will take place on August 7 – 11 at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Early bird registration will begin in late January 2017. Once again, we will offer significant discounts to adjuncts and students, along with several full fellowships.

Fellowships this year will be aimed specifically at offering support and giving space to underrepresented voices. We encourage fellowship applications from people of color and LGBTQ people, and from those who experience marginalization based on education level, income, religious practice, age, gender identity, or citizenship status.

Fellowship applications will open on January 2, 2017, and fellowships will be awarded on or before the date registration begins. In addition to a travel stipend and covering the costs of attending the Institute, fellows will have the opportunity to present a workshop at the Institute.

Instructors and keynotes are already appearing on the site. Visit the site, and watch for more details in the coming weeks.

We hope you will save the date for the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Institute this coming August, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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