Critical Digital Pedagogy at the University of North Texas

October 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Yesterday and today I’ve been at the University of North Texas as part of their Critical Digital Pedagogy faculty mentoring community.  Last night, I gave a talk I’ve delivered multiple times, “Designing for Agency  in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem”. I include a link to the slides and works cited below.  This morning I am teaching a workshop on Digital Liberal Arts with the goal that participants will construct their own assignment.  These events are important precursors the the institution wide-engagement needed to transform the curriculum and intentionally multiple high-impact assignments that gives students repeated practice partnering with technology to solve unstructured problems (complex problems to which there is not a clear answer).

Evening Talk: Designing for Agency in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem

What skills, abilities, and habits of mind do today’s graduates need for their careers and to solve complex problems in a constantly changing, globally-connected world? How do we integrate liberal education with learning in a digital context? The future of liberal education depends upon an integrative vision of digitally-informed learning that is not merely content delivery online but rather is reshaped in the same ways that digital learning has already fundamentally changed our culture. This talk will present a vision for implementing liberal education in the emerging digital ecosystem and developing a curriculum that scaffolds self-directed, digitally-augmented problem-solving from introductory to capstone level courses.

Workshop: Digital Liberal Arts 

How can assignments that take advantage of digital tools and methods build student capacities in critical reading, thinking, and writing? What do community-engagement, global learning, and problem-solving look like in our globally-networked, data-driven, participatory digital culture? In short, how do we do liberal arts learning in the emerging digital ecosystem? Participants in this workshop will develop strategies for uniting the best of liberal arts education with our constantly changing digital culture.

References

The Digital and the Liberal Arts

Pokémon Go

Participatory Culture

Designing Digitally-Informed Liberal Education

Signature Work: Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects

Scaffolding the Digital Curriculum

Social Annotation

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

FitBits and Analyzing Personal Data

  • Mike Wasserman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, “Incorporating Personal Health Devices Into Environmental Science and Global Studies Courses in Angers, France: Understanding the Influence of Culture and Environment on Human Health” http://think.stedwards.edu/tltr/2015-tltr-pilot-projects

Wikistorming

Storymapping

Engaging Faculty & Institutional Change

Models

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