Welcome back! We are moving right along and once again thank you to everyone for your thoughts, insights, questions and comments as we learn together. This week we concentrate on the one everyone has been waiting for…
It is important to recognize that digital pedagogy is for us a very broad category – including our whirlwind shift to remote teaching and the broader field of online learning but really including all the places where digital tools and resources affect the design of our learning environments.
Some of the guiding questions for this week are:
- How do different digital spaces shape your teaching and students’ learning?
- What does “the digital” give to teaching and learning and what does it take away?
- How do we create learning communities in online spaces?
Let’s think for a moment about the digital spaces we have been using to communicate during DigPINS. We can compare the stylistic and formal elements of Slack, blogs, and Twitter. Slack and Twitter both tend to be used for shorter messages, isn’t it interesting that Twitter has a hard character limit and Slack doesn’t? I also notice that Slack and Twitter can both move very fast, but perhaps because Slack is a closed group (and because I manage my notifications differently) it has a very different sense of immediacy for me. And what about blogging? Even shorter blogs feel more like a “conversation by letter” – akin to email, though the expectation of privacy on email (founded or not) also creates a very different relationship to the tool.
The affordances and limitations of different tools – what they allow you to do and where they put up barriers – shape the way you present yourself, communicate, interact, and even feel about the tool. So, of course these tools must affect the way you teach. But this should not be a surprise, even our physical classrooms affect the way we teach. Is there a chalkboard or a whiteboard, does the furniture move, what is the lighting like? These “educational technologies” also impact our choices in the classroom. As we think about how tools relate to pedagogy, it can be worthwhile to consider both analog and digital.
Activities this week:
- Continue to converse on blog posts and Slack. (If you missed your Week 2 blog post, you can add it, or just focus on a Week 3 post.
- Watch our welcome for the week
- Read – We have a lot of reading suggestions for this week – read two from our list.
- Critical Uncertainties in Digital Pedagogy exercise – Synchronous or Asynchronous
This exercise will take place in multiple steps over the course of the week. Our sync meeting is Thursday June 18th at 10am ET but it is optional, and we have designed this activity to be one that you can complete either sync or async.
There is so much uncertainty coming up this fall. Will we be online or not, will students have reliable internet or not, will our students be experienced in online learning or not…? We are going to refer to these as spectrums of critical uncertainty and this exercise will explore them and challenge us to consider possible ways to affect them.
- If you can make it to the sync meeting let us know if you will be coming by filling out this short form
- To start this activity we are asking you to identify a spectrum of critical uncertainty for fall of 2020. Use this doc to add your name to a spectrum that has been identified already or to create one of your own.
- To work asynchronously feel free to dive in and use this slide deck to map two critical uncertainties
- On Thursday, those who can attend our sync session will work in groups to map the spectrums and write about overlapping scenarios. The main session and break out groups will be recorded and added to an unlisted YouTube playlist.
There is a lot of information on digital pedagogy – we are providing you this list to get started. Read two of the articles from this list or tell us about a reading that inspired your digital pedagogy through a blog post.
Technology is not Pedagogy – Sean Michael Morris
How to be a better teacher online – Flower Darby
Decoding Digital Pedagogy Pt2: (Un Mapping the Terrain) – Jesse Stommel
How to Create Engaging Online Courses – Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast with Laura Gibbs
Values Centered Instructional Planning – Robin DeRosa
The Digital Literacy of Hybrid Teaching – Sean Michael Morris
Looking for More?
Larger Projects to Consider Joining
- Equity Unbound “is an emergent, collaborative curriculum which aims to create equity-focused, open, connected, intercultural learning experiences across classes, countries and contexts.”
- The Digital Polarization Project – Working with students to build a fact-checking wiki
- Marginal Syllabus – Online academic reading group that collaborates once a month to do social annotation on journal articles that have a focus on equity issues in education
Examples/Reflections on Open Education Practices
- My Open Textbook Pedagogy and Practice – Robin DeRosa
- Brief Reflection on Twitter for Physio Psych – Kameko Halfmann
More Content to Explore
- CIP has curated a list of journals in the scholarship of teaching and learning broadly, and based in different disciplines taught at Kenyon. You can browse them, or search for topics in databased from the field of education like Education Research Complete, Education Full Text, or ERIC.
- CIP also curates a list of web bookmarks on Diigo. We’re always looking for good articles!
- Sites like the Open Faculty Patchbook, the Open Pedagogy Notebook, and the GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning all publish pieces where faculty share their techniques and reflections. (And they would all be eager to welcome a contribution from you!)
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