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.

How to convey caring and create a social interaction online

social presencePlante, K. & Asselin, M. E. (2014.) Best Prac­tices for Cre­at­ing Social Pres­ence and Car­ing Behav­iors Online. Nurs­ing Edu­ca­tion Per­spec­tives:35, 4, 219–223.

Blended Learning Toolkit


The Blended Learn­ing Toolkit from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida is “based on proven research and informed by prac­ti­cal expe­ri­enct” and pro­vides work­sheets, instruc­tional design tools and examples.

Addi­tional resources are at Wel­come to Online Ped­a­gog­i­cal Repos­i­tory.

Tools of Engagement Project for faculty

toepThe Tools of Engage­ment Project (TOEP) from The State Uni­ver­sity of New York (SUNY) offers an inde­pen­dent study oppor­tu­nity for fac­ulty on the fol­low­ing top­ics. In each cat­e­gory the research on using the tool in teach­ing is included.


Life­long Learn­ing
Blogs and Wikis
Cita­tion Man­age­ment
Col­lab­o­ra­tive Spaces
Mobile Apps
Photo Shar­ing
Pro­duc­tiv­ity Tools
Social Book­mark­ing
Social Media
Other Tools