The Unworkshop

The workshop is not the ideal method or vehicle for encouraging active and collaborative pedagogies. Enter the Design Sprint.


Listening and Hearing

We talk about teaching our students media literacy and about coding literacy, but in order for them to be truly literate or be functional coders, they really need to be able to listen, to ask the right questions, and to hear with the goal of understanding what they are reading or seeing or coding. How do we teach those skills when we are woefully poor at these skills ourselves?


Musings on Ethical Policies of Institutional Data

I’ve been thinking a lot about the values, ethics, and ideology I bring as an administrator over our LMS, and how that impacts the people who use it.


Cell blocks in the sky

The Digital Liberal Arts and Sciences: A Town Hall

We are seeking to bring voices from across campus in concert to begin our discussions around the often thorny and complicated issues of disciplinarity, pedagogy, the liberal arts ethos, and technological change.


Spotlight on gears in the dark

What is the Digital Liberal Arts?

UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies is hosting a series of conversations and conversation starters focused on the digital liberal arts.


USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus

What Do I Bring Back?

One of the goals of DTLT is to empower faculty to explore digital pedagogy, which typically involves encouraging faculty to explore digital tools and platforms. We choose to recommend WordPress (both on a multisite and as an individual install) as a place to start because it lets you creative and tailor your projects and sites so that they can be unique.


Peer-Driven Learning

The work, then, for you as a teacher, gets flipped, and the nature of the work that you do fundamentally changes. You work on setting the parameters, certainly, but then your role becomes much more improvisational, especially at first. You can’t predict where the students will go or where their interests will take them. But, this is an opportunity to model lifelong learning (and good independent learning strategies) for your students when you are confronted with a question or topic or reading that lies outside of your typical area of expertise or knowledge. You show them how you would go about learning about it.


Upside-down shadows of children jumping rope, black-and-white.

The Flip That Matters

When you read about the flipped (or inverted) classroom in the media, the focus is almost always on course content. Look at this new way to “deliver” education to our students! And it’s personalized! The focus is typically on video, the internet, how the digital revolution will disrupt education as we know it.


Old Keys on Adding machine

Edtech in the Time of Clickers

I will be the first to admit that I am completely dependent on the internet. It’s hard to find a facet of my life and work that aren’t entangled in “the cloud.” Most of my work happens inside a web browser. While various cloud services have the potential to greatly improve the classroom experience, I’m also keenly aware of how fragile those systems can be.


Arrested (Professional) Development

Professional development, like any teaching, is extraordinarily difficult to do well. Unfortunately, most of us have experienced poor (ok terrible) professional development sessions during our careers. Most sessions on pedagogy don’t even use the pedagogy they espouse. Others assume the worst of the participants.