Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute 2016: Action
To explore the politics of the digital and to consider what “action” looks like with and through digital technologies
To challenge dualisms – thought/action, thinking/building, making//writing, digital/analog, public/private, action/inaction, “real world”/classroom – that permeate our cultural expectations of (digital) scholarship, (digital) pedagogy, and (digital) activism.
To ask what role “education” might play in critical/digital engagement.
To become more comfortable with constructing and deconstructing “ed-tech”
Questions and Provocations:
How do we privilege “action”? How do we privilege “technological expertise” and/as action? What types of actions “count”?
Many of the topics for this track involve exploring various digital technologies, but the track assumes that participants have zero background or previous experience working with them. Indeed, one of the areas this class will repeatedly explore is how our ability to “take action” or even “see action” might change depending on our familiarity, expertise, and/or reluctance to use certain tools. The point of introducing and playing with these various technologies is not mastery; rather it’s to think critically about what actions they afford and what they constrain – in the classroom and beyond.
“What Will Start Taking Shape By Friday” Project:
Participants should plan begin work on a project that would extend academic work beyond the research journal and/or beyond the classroom. Participants will present their works-in-progress to their cohort for feedback.
- Yasmin Nair, "Suey Park and the Afterlife of Twitter"
- Mark Sample, "A protest bot is a bot so specific you can't mistake it for bullshit"
- Rebecca Solnit, "Hope is an embrace of the unknown"
- Ivan Illich, excerpts from Tools for Conviviality (PDF)
- Deb Chachra, "Why I Am Not a Maker"
The GitHub repository for this course contains more materials. See also: The Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institutute website.
Discussion: What is “action”?
Theme: Numbers vs Stories
Discussion: Why/how does our culture privilege “building” and “making” as “action”? Our Nate Silver problem: Why/how does our culture privilege quantitative data?
Tech Projects: A Domain of One's Own, Intro to GitHub
Theme: Arguments in Public
Discussion: The assignment as “action”
Tech Projects: Updating Wikipedia; Getting Published
Discussion: The Protest Bot
Tech Project: Build a Bot
Presentations and feedback