#DigPINS – Digital Pedagogy, Identity, Networks, & Scholarship

St. Norbert College

Overview and Schedule

Summer 2018

June 18th – July 20th

Facilitators: Autumm Caines, St. Norbert College and Joe Murphy, Kenyon College

Week 0?

Welcome to #DigPINS!

This summer #DigPINS is a five week online professional development course/conversation for faculty and staff designed to introduce and expand how connected digital environments impact pedagogy, identity, networks and scholarship. DigPINS will run from June 18th – July 20th with four weeks of content and a week long break in the middle.

What is Week 0? Week 0 is just a fun name to give the time before the course actually starts where we will give information about the experience and give some prompts of things that you can do to prepare. Note that this week 0 information is directed toward those participating in a St. Norbert cohort. Those participating from St. Norbert do not have to do this prep work but if you do not do it then week 1 may take a little more time. Public participation in #DigPINS for those outside of St. Norbert College and Kenyon College is possible as we will be posting all materials publicly and many of our activities will happen in public. 

Our facilitators recently recorded a week 0 video which you can view to get an introduction.

It is our hope that through this experience we can build an online learning community with each other and perhaps with a broader global online education community. Through the tradition of Communio, St. Norbert College has a deep investment in community. In the weeks that follow we will explore the possibilities of using digital tools to extend, expand, and further connect our community to each other and beyond.

Digital Tools

It is important to note that the focus of #DigPINS is not meant to merely build technical skills – This is not a “click here” kind of course. We aim to look at technology through a critical lens but you will need technical skills to participate – it is an online course. Some of us may need to build different technical skills than others but everyone is encouraged to use the time in #DigPINS to push themselves in learning and evaluating new skills and technologies. The facilitators are here to help and ideally the community will work together to help one another to empathize and learn together in these areas. The technologies used to facilitate this course may or may not be something that you would use in your own courses.

To get ready for the course one of the things that you can do is just make sure that you have access to the following and if you have questions about access to reach out to Autumm Caines.


Slack is a text based chat program that is a little more fun than similar technologies that came before it (irc chat – if you were ever into that kind of thing). It has fun features like emoji reactions and gif responses. You will need an account and you will stay most connected if you download the app and turn on notifications or at the very least log in once a day – read what is going on and/or leave a comment. Slack is not a public communication tool, it is just for our team though past participants of #DigPINS also have access. Slack will be our main communications tool for #DigPINS at St. Norbert. Though Kenyon College participants do not have access our co-faciliator Joe Murphy will have access.

Access – To access Slack you need to be invited. Autumm is handling invites so if you have not received one please reach out to her.

Blogs –

As part of developing a digital identity you will blog publicly on this site. You are encouraged to post weekly in your blog, promote your blog post on Slack or Twitter or elsewhere, and read and comment on your colleagues’ posts. There are no due dates for blog post but do try to post once a week. 

Access – Autumm will create accounts for each participant and you will receive an email invite.

Sync Video Calls

We will be using YouTube Live/Google Hangout for our synchronous video calls. Each week we will meet in this way and the call may be recorded for review later in some cases. You will need a good internet connection, a camera and microphone, to be able to participate; this could be a webcam on your computer or a smartphone/tablet. If you feel like you need a test call to check your connection, camera, mic, etc just contact Autumm.

Our poll to find a time for our first call is now live. Please fill this out to let us know your availability. Because the size of our groups have grown so large we will need to have two meetings to accommodate everyone.

Access: You will access google hangouts or meet through a link that will be provided prior to our meetings. Look for this link in your email or in Slack. If you have questions reach out to Autumm


Before we begin you may want to set up a Twitter account if you do not have one already, however, you may also want to wait till after the week on digital identity if you are unsure.

Access – You can sign up at https://twitter.com/ and there are instructions on signing up  at https://help.twitter.com/en/create-twitter-account

Other Tech

Note that this is not a comprehensive list of technology that we will use for the course but a minimum list. We are still refining the content for the course and a last minute technology or service could be added. Technologies used will always be free of cost.


Note that this is a very broad schedule and that as each week starts materials, readings and more solid schedule of activities will be released.

Week 1 starts June 18th – Digital Identity

We all contain multitudes; you have different identities depending on context and probably identify differently as a scholar, teacher, professional, member of the community, and member of your family. During this week we will explore digital identity through some readings, your blog post, a synchronous introduction call, and V&R Mapping.

Week 2: Starts June 25th – Digital Networks – Community

No man (or woman) is an island; we all participate in networks everyday through work and/or family but what about online networks and community? How do we create and maintain strong connections when the environment is digital? This week we will start exploring what it is like as we move more toward the resident side of the V&R map through connecting in the public, there will likely be a video call, twitter chat, or other sync activity. Blog posts and comments too.

Break – Week of July 1st

Enjoy your holiday

Week 3: Starts July 9th – Digital Pedagogy

This week we begin to think about how all of what we have been learning can come into play as we are working with students. What are the benefits and drawbacks to working with students in the open? What digital tools could help students to think about subjects from new perspectives. Again, we will have a set of readings, blog posts, and a sync video call perhaps with a special guest. 

Week 4: Jan 18th – Jan 24th Digital scholarship

How are scholarship practices changing with the digital?  Who reads our scholarly work? How much of our scholarly work is understandable to those outside of our disciplines? If your work does not have a scholarly requirement then how do you stay current in your field and how do you contribute and forward your field?  We will be pulling from what we learned in networks to reflect on our scholarly practices through readings, blog posts, and a sync activity/call.


This course is completely online using a variety of digital tools which are explained in more detail below. There are both synchronous and asynchronous activities in this course and the course is highly participatory through many forms of reflection and conversation. This is not click through, lockstep, online training – there are no multiple choice questions.

The time commitment is at least 2-3 hours a week, but it could be more depending on how much you want to participate. Our time will be spent on asynchronous activities like readings and recorded videos as well as synchronous activities such as video calls, collaborative annotation, Twitter chats, etc.

To help you feel connected please consider being open to receiving notifications on your phone and/or plan to check in with our Slack channel daily.

Every topic has a guiding document (which will be hosted on this site) and the facilitators will post a video outlining the week’s theme and activities. For synchronous activities we will poll the participants to find a common time. If a common time can not be agreed upon we will choose a time that is best for most and try to record for those who can’t make it (we will not be recording week 1’s synchronous call as this call will deal with the topic of identity and we are all still getting to know one another so we wanted to provide a space that was non-recorded). We would like everyone to have both synchronous and asynchronous experiences.

Our designated hashtag is #DigPINS. This tag has been active on Twitter for the last three iterations of the course with participants from here at St. Norbert but also from around the globe. It was also recently used at Davidson College. No one owns hashtags but we have started to develop a community of educators here who are asking similar questions so Check it out on Twitter! You may also use the tag on other social media platforms but we are not aware of other platforms where an active community exists around the tag.

FSP Implementation Plans – Additional two weeks of #DigPINS

SNC Faculty who are working on the Implementation level of a Full Spectrum Pedagogy Stipend will continue using the skills and tools that we used in #DigPINS to continue for another two weeks. We will take a break before these additional weeks start and will poll everyone who will be participating to determine the best time to start back up but you should plan for this if you have an implementation level stipend. During this time we will continue our community of inquiry to share and collectively collaborate on each other’s implementation plans for elevating student learning through digital pedagogy. The scope of any particular implementation plan may require more individualized work beyond these additional weeks.

#DigPINS is strongly inspired by University of Mary Washington’s Domain of One’s Own Project, their faculty training initiative, and the Community of Inquiry model. #DigPINS is an openly licensed template that can be found at http://digpins.org/