Empathy and education

Day 3 of the Introduction to Digital Pedagogies (#dplintro) strand explored the roles of listening and empathy within teaching. It was a logical progression from a heart-wrenching keynote earlier by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab (@saragoldrickrab) about college students’ struggles to meet their basic needs and the social justice imperatives behind affordable higher education (here she is […]

Letting Students in on the Design Secret

I’ve been wondering about how to let students in on the instructional design secret.  I know it’s not really a secret, but it often seems like a black box that students never really get to occupy with the teacher.  Even when we give them choice in assignments, this isn’t giving them a say in what […]

Hitting the ground running

The Digital Pedagogy Lab (#digped) is off to a rolling start. Day 1 (for me) in the Introduction to Digital Pedagogy strand (#dplintro) was full of eye-opening moments, starting with our discussion of how we define Critical Digital Pedagogy. My own definition, which I tweeted (part of the assignment), was “My Critical Dig. Pedagogy is: […]

Design Principles

If you teach, in informal or formal settings, you are a designer.  I like this idea because it is at once simple and accessible and quite nuanced.  On the one hand, duh. We are making decisions about teaching and learning so this is design.  On the other, we must ask the following questions: WHO (whom?) […]

Stories of teaching and change, part 2

Here’s the second story in response to the prompt, “tell me about a time a teaching/learning experience changed how you thought about something?” “I started my undergraduate education with an interest in human behavior, from a very biological perspective. I had read Desmond Morris’ books in high school, and he makes all these very detailed […]

Stories of teaching and change, part 1

We’re one day into the DPL conference in Vancouver. In my writing track we’ve already created a collaborative poem about teaching, talked about audiences and challenged our assumptions about what is good writing. Inspired by our homework yesterday (to write a short story about teaching) and the poem, I decided to ask some colleagues and […]