11 August: Digital Pedagogy and the Undergraduate Experience: An Institute

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Instructional Centre - Rooms IC-300, 302, 306, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto 

Join us for an event that considers the way digital scholarship is changing the landscape of undergraduate pedagogy!

Emerging technologies have had an immense impact on the way that research is now conducted by scholars in academic disciplines. There is a move toward the use of computers, applications, and larger, non-discrete data sets for what is increasingly termed “digital scholarship.” Thanks to these advanced developments in computing, research in all fields has taken on a much more collaborative nature, and has resulted in experimentation with research outputs in new formats, and the creation of new intellectual products. These major changes in research methodology mandate the development of new skill sets, both in faculty and in the training of students. As such, Digital Literacy and Pedagogy must become a priority for undergraduate and graduate students, as well faculty members who must inherit and participate in new, digitally-mediated methodologies.

This institute will explore the potential impact that Digital Pedagogy can have on student experience, with specific focus on the undergraduate level. This will include the following topics:

  • How can digital research methodologies be used to improve undergraduate engagement?
  • What are the best methods for teaching students digital skills so that they can participate in the creation of digital research? What has proven to be successful,
  • What political and ideological decisions do educators involved in digital scholarship need to make in order to benefit students, preparing them for work beyond the academy, and how can this influence the formation of canons that might help stabilize the field, and
  • How can faculty members shift from transmitting knowledge to facilitating projects, co-inquiring and co-learning with students in activity-centered projects.

This institute will bring together digital scholars with considerable expertise in the area of Digital Pedagogy, and will consist of plenary sessions, informational sessions, hands on workshops involving digital tools, workshops focusing in methods for integration of digital pedagogy into both specific courses and the larger curriculum. It will also involve presentations from students who have participated in the development of digital scholarship projects in hopes of gaining insight into the integration of this skill sets improves the learning experience and job readiness.

Featured events will include plenary talks by Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technologies (St. Edwards University, Fellow at NITLE), and Lisa Spiro (Executive Director, Digital Scholarship Services, Rice University, Former Director of NITLE labs).

The institute will close with THATCamp, which will allow scholars to discuss the most pertinent issues that concern them in the realm of digital pedagogy, and will be preceded by Islandora Camp. 

This Institute is generously sponsored by the UTSC Library Chief Librarian, the UTSC Office of the Dean and Vice President Academic, the Office of the University Chief Librarian, University of Toronto, and UTSC's Centre for Digital Scholarship. 

See our Call for Proposals. Due by June 30th, 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4