Defining Digital Pedagogy

January 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

What is digital pedagogy?

wikipedia.digital.pedagogy.smIf you don’t have a definition, you might think of checking Wikipedia, but I’m afraid that won’t work for you. Given this absence, we’re asking our network to help us with the definition by entering it on a google form here, tinyurl.com/whatisdigped, or tweeting it to the hashtag #curateteaching.

I’ve been working on the answer to this question for the past few years in collaboration with Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers. Our project, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments is currently under development with MLA Books, available in github at https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy, and has one set of keywords undergoing open peer review in the MLA Commons at https://digitalpedagogy.commons.mla.org/: failure, multimodal, poetry, professionalization, project management, race, sexuality, and text analysis.

Digital Pedagogy Keywords

We are taking a keyword approach, informed by the work of Raymond Williams. In his seminal book Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (first published in 1975), Williams explored words that embody our ideas. Keywords often represent a community’s shared discourse. But they can also reveal differences as they are understood and used differently in different domains. Indeed, this was also the concept behind a session at the 2016 MLA convention called, “What We Talk about When We Talk about DH: Interdisciplinary Vocabularies.”  The session was organized by assigning one interdisciplinary term to each of the panelists: archive, code, edition, curate, data, writing. While this panel focused on vocabulary used by digital humanists, it illustrates how our digital pedagogy project relates to digital humanities, having three words in common. Among our list of keywords you will find archive, code, and curation. We believe that we can gain a clearer understanding of digital pedagogy by asking curators to define the vocabulary of its discourse and illustrate that vocabulary by collecting pedagogical artifacts—examples of pedagogy like assignments, syllabi, and student work. We also hope that by working through keywords we can reach out beyond the usual suspects in the digital humanities community and other typical practitioners of digital pedagogy to all sorts of instructors who may benefit from the resources offered whether they are digicurious or resistant.

What’s your definition?

We also suspect that each person’s definition will differ, but that we can capture a vision of digital pedagogy by aggregating the collective knowledge of this community. There are over 50 curators contributing to our project, and each one curates the work of at least 10 different pedagogues. What can this teach of us? I got a snapshot at THATCamp Digital Pedagogy ATX on Wednesday, when I asked a group to define digital pedagogy through a list of 5-10 keywords. I took those lists and used Voyant’s Cirrus tool to generate this word cloud.

word cloud of digital pedagogy keywords

Collaboration looms large, as does access, open, project, reflection, and text. Looking back at our project’s list of keywords, you’ll find collaboration, open, and project management.

We’ll be continuing this conversation at our electronic poster session, “Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities” session 736 at the MLA Convention on Sunday, 10:15 am, Lone Star G, JW Marriott. If you are at the MLA come chat with presenters about their ideas on digital pedagogy. Co-presiders Katherine D. Harris (@triproftri), Matthew K. Gold (@mkgold), and Rebecca Frost Davis (@FrostDavis), co-editors (with Jentery Sayers, @jenterysayers) of the born-digital project Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, will open the session by explaining how the digital has changed practices, perspectives, and locations for humanities pedagogy. The audience will be invited to visit each presentation station where each roundtable participant will discuss a particular term in the context of teaching and learning and then demonstrate pedagogical artifacts drawn from actual courses, classrooms, and projects. Keywords on display will include failure, hybrid, interface, poetry, queer, and video.

For more info, see https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy/blob/master/MLA2016.md

Since we know there are many who practice digital pedagogy who are not at the convention, we are also gathering input online through the twitter hashtag #curateteaching and a google form at tinyurl.com/whatisdigped. If you haven’t contributed please do. We will share the results at our MLA session and on our github site: https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy

Building Liberal Arts Capacities through Digital Social Learning

September 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today, I’m speaking at Smith College about how we can build liberal arts capacities in our emerging digital ecosystem, which is shaped by networks and driven by data.  This ecosystem requires the same liberal arts capacities, but we need to develop and practice them in new contexts.  I provide the slides from my talk below, as well as a list of references for the model assignments I am sharing.  In addition, the reference section contains pointers to more examples and sources for pedagogical advice the method in question. « Read the rest of this entry »

Engaged Learning in Digital Culture, Susquehanna University

August 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

This morning, I am speaking at Susquehanna University as part of their workshop on “Digital Tools for Liberal Arts Pedagogy”.

Engaged Learning in Digital Culture

How do we engage learners in the context of our globally-networked, data-driven, participatory digital culture?  Not by moving the lecture hall online.  Instead, we must create a curriculum that builds our students’ abilities to apply their learning to complex problems in the context of that culture.  Students must practice analyzing, transferring, and integrating their learning using digital data, tools, and approaches to solve unscripted problems. This talk will present a vision for a liberal arts curriculum that scaffolds self-directed, digitally-augmented problem-solving from introductory to capstone level courses.

Slides are here:
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New Faculty Roles in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem (discussion results & resources)

July 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Discussion Results: Old Faculty Roles

Discussion Results: Old Faculty Roles

On July 16 I led an interactive discussion session on “New Faculty Roles in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem” at the AAC&U Institute for Integrative Learning and the Departments. This post contains the slides I used, discussions results, and some brief bibliography.

Session Description

If all information is available online and the best professors are giving their lectures away for free, do we really need so many faculty members?  This questioning provides an important opportunity to redefine the faculty role in a way that advances the goals of liberal education.  Rather than merely being repositories of content knowledge, faculty must help students progress along the path to mastering life-long learning. Terminal degrees indicate not only content expertise, but also the transferable learning skills of a master-learner, including synthesis, analysis, evaluation, and creativity. The key faculty roles, then, are mentoring and modeling learning, collaborating with students as they build learning networks, and helping students learn to self-evaluate as they develop the agency to become life-long learners.  This session will explore alternate models for understanding the faculty role drawn from digital learning models and strategies for promoting that role at the individual, departmental, and institutional level.
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Open Peer Review of New Resource for Digital Pedagogy Ends August 3

July 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m excited to report that the first batch of keywords from our digital pedagogy project is now in open peer review.  Read on for details.

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, is a dynamic open-access collection currently in development on MLA Commons. The editors invite your participation in the open peer review of this collection.
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Designing for Agency in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem

July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Slides for my concurrent session, Designing for Agency in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem, at the AAC&U Institute for Integrative Learning and the Departments.

Learning Ecosystem Responses

I asked participants to define both their professional and personal learning ecosystems.  Here are word clouds of their answers.  Note that people (colleagues, friends, students, etc.) play a large role in both professional and personal learning.

Where and from whom do you, as a professional, learn outside of the formal classroom, keynote, workshop or conference session?

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Engaged Learning in Digital Culture

July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

This morning at AAC&U’s Institute for Integrative Learning and the Departments, I’m giving a brief tech talk that defines the emerging digital ecosystem and gives examples of how we might integrate engaged learning into that ecosystem.  Here are the slides:

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Engaging Undergraduates with Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects

June 19, 2015 § 2 Comments

On Friday, June 19, 2015 I’m presenting a plenary talk on “Engaging Undergraduates with Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects” at the New American Colleges and Universities 2015 Summer Institute and Chairs Workshop.  This talk argues for intercampus collaborative digital scholarship projects as signature work in the emerging digital ecosystem, then lays out a scaffolded curriculum to develop that work, then finally examines the changes in faculty roles this type of work requires. Slides and references are below.

Slides

References

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TXDHC2015: Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today, I’m presenting on our project, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments at the 2015 Texas Digital Humanities Conference. You can read the abstract here: https://conferences.tdl.org/uta/index.php/txdhc/txdhc2015/paper/view/42

And here are the slides:

For more on the project as well as they keywords and artifacts cited, please see our github repository: https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy

Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem, Slides and References

March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today I’m celebrating the first day of Spring at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  We’re expecting snow, and I’ll be talking about Liberal Education in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.

Slides

References

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