HFT Summer Academy

HFT Week Eight: Building Your Own Digital Pedagogy

As we enter week 8 of this summer academy, it's a good time to reflect and think through what has been valuable, and what you will take forward with you into your experience of digital teaching and learning (whether that's fully online, hybrid, remote, or inside a digitally-inflected classroom).

My own digital pedagogy has evolved out of my experiences as an instructional designer in the corporate sector, a graduate student who studied critical pedagogy more than he did focus on his thesis, the chair for a fully online English program, and, these days, as a senior instructor with Learning Design and Technology and the founder and director of Digital Pedagogy Lab. My digital pedagogy is focused on people, on humanizing digital education, and on empowering and magnifying student (and teacher) voices.

I've written extensively on what digital pedagogy is to me; and I've spoken to educators internationally about thinking more critically about digital education. For me, the addition/intrusion of digital technology (in)to education has meant an opportunity—not to teach better or more efficiently, but to think more carefully about what we intend when we intend to teach. And this summer academy has been very transparently laced with my own approach to teaching digitally.

But what is your digital pedagogy?

Week 8 Activity: Building Your Digital Pedagogy

This week's only activity is to create a "blog post" of your own. You can use a Google Doc, MS Word, Twitter, college-ruled paper or legal pad, or the back of a napkin to compose your thoughts. Some questions you might consider:

  • What counts as digital?
  • What is my overall pedagogical approach, and how does that translate or not translate to digital environments.
  • What is the most important part of my pedagogy that I don't want to lose when I teach online?
  • What are my favorite digital tools, and how do I use them?
  • If I were to make a reading list for digital pedagogy, what would I include?

Optional, but highly desired: When complete your blog post, send it along to me at sean.m.morris@ucdenver.edu. I would love to read what you've written. And, if you would like to have it included in the HFT summer academy materials, I would be happy to post it on this web site in your honor.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

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About Sean Michael Morris

Sean Michael Morris is the Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Senior Instructor in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver.
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