This Week in ODL: July 24-28, 2017

Sean Michael Morris teaching at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute in Vancouver, BC

This week Sean Michael Morris will be teaching at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute in Vancouver, BC. The Digital Pedagogy Lab (DPL) Vancouver is a “three-day institute that explores the role and application of digital technology in teaching. Three tracks offer intensive peer-driven learning with and discussion of open education, new media, and critical digital pedagogy.”

For this particular institute Sean will be teaching a track called Writing about Teaching, which explores both the changing nature of academic writing as well as the difference between what “counts” and what “matters” in scholarly work, especially as it finds its home on digital platforms. Digital Pedagogy Lab Vancouver is co-hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We invite you to learn more about the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute here and about the DPL Vancouver here.

Amy Collier at EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Institute

“The Learning Technology (LTL) Institute is a leadership immersion experience, with participants engaged in active learning experiences throughout the day and as part of a team working on a culminating project.”

As the faculty director for the Learning Technology Leadership program, Amy Collier will be attending this week’s event held in Long Beach, CA.The program this year “is for professionals whose campus role involves the support and promotion of teaching and learning. Participants develop leadership skills and abilities that will serve them both in current and future campus roles.” This will be Amy’s third and final year as a faculty for the program.

We invite you to learn more about EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Institute here.

Reimagining the Syllabus: Blog post from Sean Michael Morris

“The syllabus is a pedagogical tool if we let it be, and not simply bureaucratic.”

Sean Morris this week published a post on the ODL blog exploring what a syllabus is and what it can be within a critical digital pedagogy context. His post, called “Reimagining the Syllabus”, provides us with a series of thoughts and questionings with regards the nature and potential of this device, once it is seen as something different than “a necessary evil full of bureaucratic language…”

“What message does our syllabus send? What kind of class environment does it set up? And more than that, how does it demonstrate our pedagogy?” With questions like the above-mentioned is that Sean challenges us to consider the syllabus as “something greater than a list of required readings, policies, learning outcomes, and expectations…”

We invite you to read his post in its entirety here.

 

 

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