Sean Michael Morris
As an Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning, Sean Michael Morris offers pedagogical, technological, and project management support for digital projects across the Middlebury ecosystem, especially the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies. His primary focus is on resourcing digital technology that is complementary to a program’s or teacher’s pedagogy, and his approach to this work is collaborative. Sean brings to these collaborations a diverse knowledge of digital tools and a long history in digital learning.
Before coming to Middlebury, Sean was Senior Editor of Research and Education at Instructure, the maker of the Canvas learning management system, where he contributed to the development of new features for the LMS, and where he facilitated conversations between educational technology researchers, teachers, and learners. Prior to that, he served as the Managing Editor at Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. In that role, he was foundational in growing networked conversations about digital learning and pedagogy, and to establishing the field of Critical Digital Pedagogy. He currently plays a similar role as Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, an educational non-profit organization that offers professional development in digital teaching and learning through online courses and international, on-ground institutes.
Sean has been working in digital learning environments since 1999, first as an instructional designer, and later as an adjunct instructor and English program chair. He has consulted with institutions and corporations including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marylhurst University, the Community College of Denver, Udacity, Instructure, the City University of New York, HASTAC, the University of Delaware, the University of Dayton, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Mary Washington, among others. He received his M.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.