Critical Pedagogy & Critical Digital Pedagogy

21328216950_5f57da6aa7_hAs Higher Education seeks to create effective teaching and learning experiences for diverse populations, Critical Pedagogy may play a vital role. The definition and elements are described by U. of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies.

Critical Pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning predicated on fostering agency and empowering learners (implicitly and explicitly critiquing oppressive power structures). The word “critical” in Critical Pedagogy functions in several registers:
• Critical, as in mission-critical, essential;
• Critical, as in literary criticism and critique, providing definitions and interpretation;
• Critical, as in reflective and nuanced thinking about a subject;
• Critical, as in criticizing institutional, corporate, or societal impediments to learning;
• Critical Pedagogy, as a disciplinary approach, which inflects (and is inflected by) each of these other meanings.

“…from individual productivity to collective value co-creation….”

Walking-to-the-future---Orange A vision of how we work from the Office 365 Team is relevant for Higher Education.

“…how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have moved from static hierarchies of people and the way communication flows between them, to dynamic networks of open sharing; from individual productivity to collective value co-creation; from work being where you go to being what you do. And, for organizations, it is also about attracting and retaining the best, new talent. Today, workplace technology is a key factor as the Millennial generation become the majority of the workforce.”

Top ten do’s and don’ts for educators from the IHI

IHIThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement surveyed more than 100 participants asking the questions:

1. Think of your last good educational experience. What made it good?

2. Think of your last bad educational experience. What made it bad?

The top ten do’s and don’ts may be useful for educators.

Instructions on using Groups in Canvas

groupAn instructor may create groups of students in a Canvas course. The following links will demonstrate for students and instructors how to use a Group. Both students and instructors have them same permissions to create content and edit withing a Group.

How do I view Student Groups?

How do I create a new Page in my group?

How do I edit a Page in my group?

How do I start a Collaboration with a Student Group?

How do I make an Announcement in my group?

How do I start a Discussion with my Group?


Twitter in the classroom?

twitterHave you considered using Twitter in the classroom? There are numerous benefits according to Jason Rhode, Ph.D., Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University.  In his blog find resources and read about Best Practices Teaching with Twitter. See also Twitter in the Classroom from the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota.

Device or no device in the classroom?

Classroom with laptopsCurrently there is a lively debate among university faculty on the question of whether to have a policy on use of laptops and devices in the classroom and what the policy should be. One article that contributes to the debate is by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer, titled
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking in
Psychological Science June 2014 25: 1159-1168, first published on April 23, 2014 doi:10.1177/0956797614524581. Several authors differ with their conclusions including John Jones whose post is titled Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education and Luc P. Beaudoin who writes the post Cognitively Potent Software Is Mightier than the Pen in the Hands of Able, Motivated Knowledge Builders. For a student perspective see the blog by Michael Oman-Reagan and his posting Your Nostalgia Isn’t Helping Me Learn.