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.
The Digital and the Liberal Arts
- Rebecca Frost Davis. (2015, September 14). “Freshmen are Mobile, Social, and Always Connected.” Instructional Technology. Retrieved fromhttp://sites.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/2015/09/14/freshmen-are-mobile-social-and-always-connected/
- Cheryl Faux. (2015, February 27). Generation Z: Connected From Birth. Retrieved from http://www.jbchicago.com/generation-z-connected-from-birth/
- Prensky, Marc (October 2001). “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”. On the Horizon9 (5): 1–6.
- Blended Learing in the Liberal Arts: http://blendedlearning.blogs.brynmawr.edu/
- CIC Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction: http://www.cic.edu/Programs-and-Services/Programs/Online-Humanities/Pages/default.aspx
- Poushter, Jacob. “Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies.” Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, February 22, 2016. http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/02/22/smartphone-ownership-and-internet-usage-continues-to-climb-in-emerging-economies/.
- Caldwell, Serenity, Lory Gil, and Jen Karner. “Beginner’s Guide: How to Play Pokémon Go!” iMore, August 5, 2016. http://www.imore.com/pokemon-go.
- Morrison, Brice. “How Pokemon GO’s Design Creates Systemic Crowds.”Gamasutra, July 29, 2016.http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/BriceMorrison/20160729/278115/How_Pokemon_GOs_Design_Creates_Systemic_Crowds.php.
- Wong, Julia Carrie. “The World’s Largest Pokémon Go Gathering Hits the Streets of San Francisco.” The Guardian, July 21, 2016, sec. Technology.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/21/pokemon-go-gathering-san-francisco.
Newhouse, Alex. “Pokemon Go Might Finally Have Hit Its Peak Number of Users in the US.” GameSpot, July 23, 2016. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/pokemon-go-might-finally-have-hit-its-peak-number-/1100-6442135/.
- Jenkins, Henry. “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. http://digitallearning.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7B7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C-E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF.
Designing Digitally-Informed Liberal Education
- Bass, Randy, and Bret Eynon. “Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem.” Association of American Colleges and Universities, June 16, 2016. https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/publications/open-and-integrative-designing-liberal-education-new-digital.
- AAC&U GEMs: https://www.aacu.org/gems
- “General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement.” Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), 2014.
- The LEAP Challenge: Education for a World of Unscripted Problems. (2015). Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Retrieved from http://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/LEAP/LEAPChallengeBrochure.pdf
Signature Work: Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects
- Century America | Campus, Community, and the Great War. (2015). Retrieved from http://centuryamerica.org/
- No Man’s Land | Kirksville, Missouri & the Great War. (2015). Retrieved fromhttp://truman.centuryamerica.org/
- Jeff McClurken. (April 4, 2015). Public. In Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, & Jentery Sayers (Eds.), Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments (unpublished draft). Retrieved fromhttps://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy
Scaffolding the Digital Curriculum
- Classroom Salon: http://www.classroomsalon.com/
- Lebow, D. G..; Lick, D. W. & Hartman, H. J. (2003/2004). HyLighter and Interactive Annotation: New Technology to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, XXIII (1 & 2 ) 69-79. https://www.academia.edu/7907843/Lebow_D._G.._Lick_D._W._and_Hartman_H._J._2003_2004_._HyLighter_and_Interactive_Annotation_New_Technology_to_Develop_Higher-Order_Thinking_Skills._Inquiry_Critical_Thinking_Across_the_Curriculum_XXIII_1_and_2_69-79
Computer-Assisted Text Analysis
- Rebecca Frost Davis. “Reflections on a Text Analysis Assignment.” Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, November 12, 2013. https://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/reflections-on-a-text-analysis-assignment/.
- Voyant Tools: https://voyant-tools.org/
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
- FemTechNet: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/ and
- Wikistorming: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/wikistorming/
- “Department of Media and Communication Storymapping Project.” Accessed March 20, 2015. http://storymapping.blogs.muhlenberg.edu/.
Engaging Faculty & Institutional Change
- St. Edward’s University Innovation Fellowship:
- Blog: http://sites.stedwards.edu/innovationfellowship/
- Guidelines: http://think.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/innovationfellowship
- Risk-Taking & Experimentation: http://sites.stedwards.edu/innovationfellowship/risk-taking-and-experimentation/
- Transparency Project: http://www.unlv.edu/provost/transparency
- Kenyon Essentials Project, https://cip.kenyon.edu/essentials
- LaGuardia ePortfolio: http://eportfolio.laguardia.edu/
- Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, eds. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, 2016. https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy.
- Fiona Barnett. “The Pedagogy Project.” HASTAC, April 1, 2014.https://www.hastac.org/pedagogy-project.