DPL 2020 #STEMDigPed Day 0 (Orientation)

Ghost Post Day 0 (https://stem.dpl.online/day-0/)

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

(T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, Little Gidding (V, 239-242))

Welcome y’all to the STEM-H and Critical Digital Pedagogy track at DPL 2020!

Let’s start out with a Land Acknowledgment – we are all in different locales, but acknowledging the relationship that the native peoples in our locales have to the land is important.

Since I live in Albuquerque, NM, my land acknowledgement is this…

“We live on the occupied territory of many Pueblo nations, who lived in peace with one another until the Spanish occupation, which brought with it forced conversion to Christianity as well as systematic torture and slavery. We acknowledge the role the United States of America has played in the oppression of the Pueblo peoples, even today, with restoration promises made and broken. We recognize and acknowledge the role the Pueblo peoples have had, and continue to have, as stewards and protectors of this land. We are thankful for the Pueblo elders who have provided, and continue to provide, guidance in the ongoing systematic decolonization of this land and the people who exist in direct relationship with it.”

What is your land acknowledgment? If you’ve never done one before, a great place to start is here.

Our theme for the day is Tour and Introductions. To that end, the plan for the day is here: https://stem.dpl.online/tour. You can also find the plan for the entire week here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12WZ8dEU_1MZs-P4up7pO9fHGPgJruJQ7xdp2_nISSy0/edit?usp=sharingThis is a living, collaborative document so please feel free to edit, add to, synthesize, etc. it.

It would be awesome to introduce yourself in the “Introductions” thread on Discourse. Perhaps you could answer the following questions when you introduce yourself:

  1. Your preferred name.
  2. How did you get that name? How has it worked for you throughout your life?
  3. Your pronouns.
  4. Your role and institution or company.
  5. Why you are taking this track.

If you have any questions or need help setting anything up, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. We are available via Discourse or our school emails (csorensen@cnm.edu and aeast@cnm.edu). Rissa is also available via Twitter @RissaChem and Twitter DM.

Our goal is to provide a hospitable, safe space where we all have the space and place to be able to stretch our current pedagogical boundaries. So, again, welcome!

Ghost Page Day 0 (https://stem.dpl.online/tour)

Sunday, July 26, 2020 (Day 0)
Theme: Tour and Introductions

Orientation Materials

Learning in the Time of a Pandemic with Remi Kalir (Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast hosted by Bonni Stachowiak, Episode 310)

Morris, Sean. (2020 June 10). Technology is not pedagogy [Blog Post].

A tour through the week

Themes for each day are listed in italics, while the days are hyperlinked to the page that describes what the plan is for the day.

  • Monday (Day 1)Introduction to Critical Pedagogy
  • Tuesday (Day 2)Critical Digital Pedagogy (How to implement Critical Pedagogy in online learning environments)
  • Wednesday (Day 3)Social Justice, Decolonization, and Equity in Online Learning Spaces
  • Thursday (Day 4)Open Pedagogy, Digital Scholarship, and Open Science
  • Friday (Day 5)Integrating Critical Pedagogy into Online Labs
  • Saturday (Day 6)Self-Care and Show and Tell (Application in the Classroom)

A tour through each day

The entire Digital Pedagogy Lab experience is very much a “choose your own adventure” learning journey, so the level of your participation each day in this track is really up to you. Of course, the more time and energy you devote to the track, the more you will hopefully get out of the experience. But we know your experience is contextual, and your journey is yours.

To aide in your ability to choose what you’d like to do, there are several levels of participation available. At a minimum, you might watch the vidcast episode for each day as each episode provides a pretty thorough introduction to the theme of the day. If you’re interested in doing more, the rest of the material under the “Readings, Videos, Podcasts, etc.” section is available for iteration and expansion of the ideas in the Vidcast episode. Then, if you’re really, REALLY interested in the deep dive on the topic, the “Extension Readings, Videos, Podcasts, etc.” section is for you (and this section will have further additions throughout the week as each of you bring your own resources to our collective).

The “Resources to Explore” section also comprises more information on each topic AND provides a wealth of teaching tips, resources, and implementation ideas for each of the topics. You could honestly get lost in just one of these websites for possibly the entire week. So feel free to explore these resources as much or as little as you’d like, but you might bookmark them if you’re interested in using them in the future.

There’s lots of choices in terms of the products you can make as well. We will have an article that we annotate on Hypothes.is each day. You are highly encouraged to write blogs to document your experience in the lab and how you will bring it with you into the classroom and into future professional development experiences. For folks who want to contribute their blogs to our collective knowledge, we will collect the written blogs in each Day’s page and hashtag the blog titles for future insight. We can connect through Discourse (the course discussion page) anytime, and this is the only part of the track that is not public. We will have Twitter slow chat opportunities and, if needed, possible synchronous chats. There are LOTS of ways to connect, and, during this time, we are available and devoted to answering your questions.

A beginning thought on where we’re coming from

We are both full-time instructors at Central New Mexico Community College. We bring a wealth of practical teaching experience both online and in person. We both deeply reflect on how we teach, what we teach, and why.

I come to this faculty role at DPL 2020 as a DPL 2019 fellow and a pursuer of critical pedagogy within the STEM classroom. I have often said that building this course allowed me to exist with the playground of my mind, and I hope that comes through as we connect with each other throughout this week.

I’ve been deeply immersed in the study of the critical pedagogy throughout the last four years (at least), and I bring an interdisciplinary spin to my work as a chemist, statistician, and learning scientist. I blog regularly at two different sites – my own webpage and the Chemistry Education Exchange (fondly referred to as ChemEdX) – and I am active on Twitter (as @RissaChem), Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Earlier this month, I presented at Davidson University and I think that presentation (slides) sums up my perspective on building community and enhancing student agency within the STEM classroom while trying to maintain a sense of equity.

I have also actively communicated my usage of ungrading within the STEM Classroom. Both blog sites have several posts on ungrading, but the most comprehensive blogs on ungrading I’ve written are here and here.

I’m excited to be facilitating this course, and please feel welcome to share, comment, digest and play with the material throughout this week.

Discourse Welcome to the Track

Hi everyone!
We’re so pleased you’ve joined us this week. Welcome!

We have been excited for this track for awhile now and we are thrilled to be able to share what we’ve learned with you. This is a collaborative learning experience, so we hope you will be able to share what you learn with us too!

A tour of the course for this week is here.

If you haven’t already, it would be awesome if you filled out the google form here.

There is much to see and do. Let’s explore together!

Discourse Participant/Pedagogue Introductions

Hi everyone!
Here’s the place to drop your introductions. You are perhaps answering the following in your introduction (although you may, of course, opt out of any of these or the entire thing altogether):

  1. Your preferred name.
  2. How did you get that name? How has it worked for you throughout your life?
  3. Your pronouns.
  4. Your role and institution or company.
  5. Why you are taking this track.


Go to Day 1.

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