Save the Date: Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018

The way out is … the critical effort through which men and women take themselves in hand and become agents of curiosity, become investigators, become subjects in an ongoing process of quest for the revelation of the ‘why’ of things and facts.”
~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Hope

We are pleased to announce Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018, taking place in Fredericksburg, VA July 30 – August 3. The event will be hosted once again in the Hurley Convergence Center at University of Mary Washington, and will bring together a diverse community of digital educators, technologists, administrators, and others to explore the intersections of technology and critical pedagogy. Registration will open in late January.

We are proud to continue to offer this forum for dialogue and action in education; and this year, our focus is on hope—critical hope—and on the movement toward greater equity, deeper listening, and an openness to one another that can allow us to become, as Freire offers, agents of curiosity. Lora Taub-Pervizpour has said that “We are teaching in bewilderingly divisive times … And we must work together to get organized around activist digital learning.” We believe starting from a foundation of hope will help us arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology in education.

This year, the 5-day event will be broken into a pre-event “crash course” on Monday, followed by four days in cohort-based tracks, offering peer-driven learning with and discussion of networked learning, new media, and critical digital pedagogy. Our “crash course” day is designed to give folks new to critical digital pedagogy a chance to get their feet wet, and for more experienced folks to dig deeply into conversations on specific topics and issues.

While the curriculum for the week is still developing, we hope to include “crash courses” on areas like:

  • tools and tool-making
  • instructional design
  • open pedagogy in K12
  • and more.

The rest of the week will include some of the recent years’ most popular tracks—Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy, Writing about Teaching, Digital Storytelling, and Data Literacies, among others. As usual, the schedule will include workshops from DPL Fellows and keynotes from important voices in pedagogy and digital learning.

Participants will be able to choose to attend the Monday “crash course,” a four-day track, or both. Registration fees will cover the cost of attending, a light breakfast each day and lunch, as well as keynotes, workshops, and special receptions. And we’ll offer discounted prices for adjunct / contingent professionals, students, large groups from single institutions, and international participants.

Regular Registration
1-day “crash course”: $250 (early bird through May 1: $200)
4-day track: $775 (early bird through May 1: $625)
Full week: $975 (early bird through May 1: $775)

1-day “crash course”: $150
4-day track: $475
Full week: $575

Adjunct / Student
1-day “crash course”: $100
4-day track: $350
Full week: $400

The Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute has been, and will continue to be, a safe place for risk, a place where ideas and people are trusted, and where educators are free to discuss, inspect, and strengthen the love and hope that brings us to our work.

We hope that you will join us for the Institute at the University of Mary Washington on July 30 – August 3, 2018. Be sure to keep your eyes on this space, or subscribe to our e-mail list below, to keep up on the event as it evolves.

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