January 21 – 27 WEEK 3 – Digital Pedagogy

This week’s focus is how we might use some of what we have been exploring during the past two weeks with teaching students.

If you are a staff member who does not teach in a classroom you still probably teach in some way so you may need to think a little outside of the box for this week. We will be talking about using Twitter and blogging, but the conversation is open to other platforms or spaces that conversation and activity could happen with students.

Let’s step back for a moment, as you may be wondering what we mean by Digital Pedagogy? The way that we approach it in DigPINS is drawing from the work of Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris.

Jesse writes:

“…digital pedagogy is less a field and more an active present participle, a way of engaging the world, not a world to itself, a way of approaching the not-at-all-discrete acts of teaching and learning”

Decoding Digital Pedagogy pt.2

There are multiple approaches to digital pedagogy, but what may be helpful to you is to ask yourself how the digital intersects with pedagogies you already practice. In one of the readings for this week, My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice, you’ll see how it overlaps with Open Pedagogy. How might it relate to Inclusive Pedagogy or Transparent Pedagogy? St. Norbert College has a commitment to an educational environment that fosters intellectual, spiritual and personal development. How do we do this in digital spaces? What does Communio look like when it is practiced in digital environments?

Some Additional Guiding Questions

  • How can you use digital spaces in your courses?
  • What have others done?
  • What do online spaces afford students?
  • What types of literacies/skills would you like your students to develop?


  • As before, take some time to read the posts from last week and comment. Also post one-off ideas or questions to Slack and watch the welcome video posted above
  • On Wednesday, January 23rd at 4:00pm Central, we’ll have what is called a Flash Annotation, looking at the much discussed article “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation” using the web annotation tool Hypothes.is.  A Flash Annotation is us annotating together during a one hour period, but we are also encouraging the annotation to continue happening throughout the week, at your own pace.

    If you are new to Hypothes.is note that the link to the article above will open the article in a new tab and that if you look to the right side of the screen there will be a sidebar. I made a really quick technical video demoing the nuts and bolts of making annotations – this is from a few years ago but should still hold true. And if you are looking for tips about quality annotations in a group Hypothes.is has a great Annotation Tips for Students document that is great for those who are new to social annotation.
  • We have a synchronous guest this Friday, January 25th, at 10am Central. Dr. Mia Zamora. Mia is Associate Professor of English, Director of the MA in Writing Studies, Director of the Kean University Writing Project. You can find out more about her at http://miazamoraphd.com. One of our readings this week is a about an open digital project she did in one of her classes, the selfie/unselfie project.. We’ll be using Zoom as we did for our last virtual meet up.
  • There are a few more readings this week than usual, but most of them are quite short. We start you off with a short list of the things the best digital teachers do. This comes from Hybrid Pedagogy, an online journal that has a wealth of articles from professors, instructional designers, and others who are thinking about digital pedagogy in a variety of ways.
  • For your blog post this week, tell us about a digital project that you have done with students and how it went or something you’d like to try and your thought process around it. You could also reflect on what Digital Pedagogy means to you. As always, feel free to write about what you are reflecting on this week, related to the course or not!


10 Things the Best Digital Teachers Do – Sean Michael Morris & Jessie Stommel Hybrid Pedagogy

My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice – Robin DeRosa

Digital Sanctuary: Protection and Refuge on the Web – Amy Collier

https://clalliance.org/blog/the-selfieunselfie-project/ – Mia Zamora

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation – Anne Helen Peterson

If you want more, check out some of these responses to the article:

This is What Black Burnout Feels Like – Tiana Clark

Here’s What Millennial Burnout is for 16 Different People – Anne Helen Peterson

Looking for More?

Here are some great examples of digital pedagogy: 

Cross Institutional Digital Projects



Larger Annotation Projects



Examples/Reflections on Digital Pedagogy

http://robinderosa.net/uncategorized/my-open-textbook-pedagogy-and-practice/ – Robin DeRosa

https://ashleighwade.com/researchprojects/ – Ashleigh Wade

Brief Reflection on Twitter for Physio Psych – Kameko Halfmann