I’d like to express gratitude to Douglas College people for supporting, encouraging, or otherwise showing interest in my participation in the July 30-August 3 Digital Pedagogies Lab at the UMW in Fredericksburg, Virginia. DPL is a unique international event that brings faculty, instructional designers, technical and pedagogical researchers, and other educators together to discuss and learn about navigating modern learning environments, with focus on social and human issues. I am determined to share what I learned at this summer institute for the benefit Douglas College faculty, staff, and students.
Here are a few takeaways gathered from the 5-day Digital Pedagogy Lab I participated in this year:
- There are a lot of dedicated, passionate people involved in researching, developing frameworks and solutions, and practice of teaching and learning skills in the modern digital environment.
- “Digital” includes questions concerning modern literacies, citizenship, social justice, agency, and creativity (and is not a synonym for technology or EdTech)
- There are important distinctions between digital skills and digital literacies
- There are open, sharable resources on creating and implementing a digital fluency framework for a PSE (more on this later…)
- A deep dive by educators into how to inform and protect students in online learning environments is necessary
- There are tools to help faculty self-identify how they use the LMS, and this can help get more value for instructors and students.
- There are open, sharable resources to encourage and support digital citizenship, and critical and thoughtful inquiry into academic integrity ( Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers)
I was in the Digital Literacies track, and we engaged in collaborative work under the guidance of Jade E. Davis, PhD, a Columbia University scholar and Director of Digital Project Management for Columbia University Libraries
What is the Digital Pedagogy Lab?
Digital Pedagogy Lab is an annual learning and teaching event that provides an “in-depth dialogue and practical experience to educators working in under-theorized digital learning spaces.” Themes include:
- The facility of online and digital learning
- The ways that educational technology and instructional design make space for, or do not make space for, student agency
- Accessibility, disability, equity, student rights, teacher agency, and the representation of unheard and silenced voices in education
- Pedagogies, policies, and critical practices that support agency, creativity, and inquiry
For more detail, please visit Digital Pedagogy Lab