Digital Knowledge: a Domain of One’s Own Faculty Initiative

Digital fluency is the ability “to consume and produce digital knowledge critically, ethically, and responsibly, as well as creatively adapt to emerging technology.” – UMW President Troy Paino

Putting the word “digital” in front of “knowledge” or in front of “liberal arts” begs a whole host of questions: How do digital technologies change the ways we produce, disseminate and consume knowledge? Does social media indeed have a democratizing effect, as many have suggested? What inequities has it unearthed or enhanced? How are virtual spaces helping to enliven (or disengage us from) physical spaces?

And, importantly, when we say “digital knowledge,” how can we see knowledge as acting also upon the digital? What is the role for educators in helping construct new pathways into, out of, and around the digital?

A Community of Practice

In Fall 2017, the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies will gather together 6 – 10 UMW faculty and staff for a series of discussions and practical labs centering around Domain of One’s Own and this idea of “Digital Knowledge.” We will meet 7 times throughout the semester for two hours. The first hour will be dedicated to discussing historical, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations for our work together. Some of these will be chosen in advance, but many will be suggested by the group, allowing the trajectory of our conversation to emerge organically. During the second hour, we will work individually and in groups to design digital projects for a future course or educational experiences (with support from members of DTLT and the DKC).

A Continuing Cohort

Members of this faculty initiative will be paired with one or more instructional technology specialists in DTLT for continuing support of their project. They will have the opportunity to gather in the Spring to reflect on their work. And we will host a panel in late Spring 2018 as part of our series of Digital Liberal Arts events.  

Applications due by August 11. We will notify participants before August 15. Our first meeting will be held August 30. Click to apply now.

WHAT: a series of discussions about education on and with the Web

WHAT ELSE: a practical workshop for developing a new digital project or assignment

WHO: open to all full-time faculty, adjuncts, and staff interested in working on an educational project utilizing DoOO — you are welcome to apply no matter your previous experience or familiarity with DoOO

WHEN: sessions will be held every other week on Wednesday during Fall 2017 from 2 – 4pm. This is just a tentative list of dates. As a group, we’ll refine these specific meeting dates when we first gather on August 30.

Additional Info
$500 stipend for Fall 2017 workshop participation

  • Attend all two-hour cohort meetings (seven sessions in Fall 2017)
  • Sustained work on digital project / assignment for implementation in Spring 2018 or later
  • Share project design with group at end of Fall 2017

$500 stipend for participation in continuing cohort during Spring 2018

  • Attend one kick-off meeting in Spring 2018 (Date TBA)
  • Partner with DTLT instructional technologists to continue developing or to implement digital project in Spring 2018
  • Collaborate with the DKC on a tailored peer-to-peer student support model for your project
  • Write 750-word blog post for DTLT blog about pedagogy, design, and/or implementation of project
  • Attend or participate on faculty/staff panel in late Spring 2018 as part of Digital Liberal Arts events series

Additional Readings: Coming Soon!