This Week in ODL: Aug 14-18, 2017

Subjectivity, Rubrics and Critical Pedagogy: Blog Post by Sean Michael Morris

The ODL’s Sean Michael Morris recently published a post entitled Subjectivity, Rubrics and Critical Pedagogy on the ODL blog, in which he addresses the complication of striving for efficiency in traditional instructional design, and the subsequent problematic enactment of erasure that occurs with regard to students’ individuality and agency. Sean writes, “If we are to approach teaching from a critical pedagogical perspective, we must be conscious of the ways that ‘best practices’ and other normal operations of education and classroom management censure and erase difference.”

Also in this piece, Sean delineates and discusses from a critical perspective a list of reasons that both students and teachers usually advocate for rubrics in the learning environment, and in so doing positions the effort of decolonizing pedagogy by asking the difficult question: “How do we confront the classrooms we learned in, our own expectations for education, learners’ acquiescence to (and seeming satisfaction with) instructor power, and re-model an education that enlists agency, decolonizes instructional practices, and also somehow meets the needs of the institution?”

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

Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017: Blog Post by Sonja Burrows

The ODL’s Sonja Burrows published a post entitled Notes from the Road: Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 in which she shares her experience leading up to and participating in the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, an annual 5-day retreat that explores the role and application of digital technology in teaching.

In her post, Sonja shares some thoughts on several readings assigned by the leaders of the track in which she participated, entitled Critical Digital Pedagogy, as well as articulating some details on several activities held within the track and her subsequent developing insights on digital learning from a critical pedagogical perspective. Sonja notes: “The key here is the human in the digital. Digital learning is about people. It’s about human beings thinking, processing, sharing ideas, making connections, and crafting meaning from the information they have around them. Technology bears witness but its presence is peripheral.”

You can read Sonja’s post on the ODL blog here.

Paradigms in Academe: Blog Post in Hybrid Pedagogy by Sonja Burrows

Last week, Sonja Burrows published a piece entitled Paradigms in Academe: On the Digital, Motherhood, and Location-Nonspecific Work in Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. The post looks from a variety of angles at the affordances provided by the digital to parents employed by institutions of higher education, and proposes a new paradigm for working parents that enables — rather than restricts — parents from meaningful participation in the work world.

Sonja writes, “The digital gives me a voice with which to challenge the traditional paradigm about how and where people work. I often think of myself as a ‘fake stay-at-home mom’ because even though I might look like a soccer mom immersed in her phone on the sidelines of a game, I am not scrolling idly through social media. Nope, I am getting stuff done. I am working. I am taking care of business and doing a good job of it, too. Yes, soccer moms — mothers and fathers of any sort, actually — can be working professionals, too. We can contribute meaningfully to the work world. We can be leaders, we can build, grow, collaborate and think creatively. We can take the call, send the email, make the decision, and we can cheer when our kids score goals and be there for them when they need us most.”

We invite you to read this post in it’s entirety here.

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