Week 3 – Digital Pedagogy Starts June 15th

Welcome back! We are moving right along and once again thank you to everyone for your thoughts, insights, questions and comments as we work through our topics. This week we concentrate on the one everyone has been waiting for…

Digital Pedagogy

It is important to recognize that digital pedagogy is different from online learning. Digital pedagogy can, and often does, take place in face to face courses but of course online learning is a form of digital pedagogy. 

Some of the guiding questions for this week are:

  • How do different digital spaces shape your teaching and students’ learning?
  • What does “the digital” give to teaching and learning and what does it take away?
  • How do we create learning communities in online spaces?

Let’s think for a moment about the digital spaces we have been using to communicate during DigPINS. Compare the style of say Slack Vs blogging style Vs Twitter style. Slack is often shorter messages but isn’t it interesting that, unlike Twitter, it is not because of an imposed character limit. The possibility for longer messages exists in Slack and it does happen but not as often. Slack, if you are using the app and get notifications, feels faster somehow. And what about blogging? Even when they are shorter blogs somehow feel more like a “conversation by letter” – email kind of feels that way too but email is more private (or at least it seems that way – though emails are forwarded with no notification all of the time).

The affordances and limitations of different tools – what they allow you to do and where they put up barriers – shape the way you present yourself, communicate, interact, and even just… are. So, of course they affect the way you teach. But this should not be a surprise, even our physical classrooms affect the way we teach. Is there a chalkboard or a whiteboard, does the furniture move, what is the lighting like? Answers to these questions impact how we teach and digital environments are no different. 


Continue to Converse through Blog Posts and Slack

Watch our welcome for the week

Read – We have a lot of reading suggestions for this week – read two from our list

Critical Uncertainties in Digital Pedagogy exercise – Synch or Async
This exercise will take place in multiple steps over the course of the week. Our sync meeting is Thursday June 18th at 9am CT but it is optional and we have designed this activity to be one that you can complete either sync or async.

There is so much uncertainty coming up this fall. Will we be online or not, will students have reliable internet or not, will our students be experienced in online learning or not…? We are going to refer to these as spectrums of critical uncertainty and this exercise will explore them and challenge us to consider possible ways to affect them.

If you can make it to the sync meeting let us know if you will be coming by filling out this short form

To start this activity we are asking you to identify a spectrum of critical uncertainty for fall of 2020. Use this doc to add your name to a spectrum that has been identified already or to create one of your own.

To work async feel free to dive in and use this slide deck to map two critical uncertainties 

On Thursday – sync: those who can attend our sync session will work in groups to map the spectrums and write about overlapping scenarios. The main session and break out groups will be recorded and added to a YouTube playlist.


There is a lot of information on digital pedagogy – we are providing you this list to get started. Read two of the articles from this list or tell us about a reading that inspired your digital pedagogy through a blog post.

Looking for More?

Larger Projects to Possibly Join

  • Equity Unbound “is an emergent, collaborative curriculum which aims to create equity-focused, open, connected, intercultural learning experiences across classes, countries and contexts.”
  • The Digital Polarization Project – Working with students to build a fact-checking wiki
  • Marginal Syllabus – Online academic reading group that collaborates once a month to do social annotation on journal articles that have a focus on equity issues in education

Examples/Reflections on Open Education Practices

More Content to Explore