A continuing series of conversations and conversation starters.

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The core of the liberal arts is what makes an institution like University of Mary Washington distinct — and what makes the degrees students get from UMW distinctly marketable. How, though, do the liberal arts find themselves inflected ethically within edtech, initiatives like Domain of One’s Own, fully online learning, continuing education? How does UMW grow ethically via these mechanisms while continuing to integrate the core values of the liberal arts?

In 2016 – 2017, the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies hosted a series of events aimed at bringing together the UMW community to contribute to these important conversations. The series will continue in the 2017 – 2018 year with monthly “town halls” featuring guest speakers, faculty and student panels, and more.

These events will be live-streamed with a Twitter backchannel on #DoOO. While we will aim to bring in outside experts and to highlight expertise from within UMW, the center of the events will be the discussion had by participants — both on the ground and virtually.

Fall 2017

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Digital Media Tool Parade + Reception

Tuesday, September 19th from 4:00 - 5:30pm

The number of tools that are available to us as educators to create innovative assignments for our students is overwhelming. In this Tool Parade, the members of DTLT will share a variety of digital media tools that are currently being used successfully in the classroom at UMW and beyond. Immediately afterward, we will hold a reception to celebrate the opening of the academic year and to give participants the opportunity to learn more about the tools introduced.

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Web Culture in the Disciplines

Thursday, October 12th from 4:00 - 5:30pm

The web is full of stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, factual stuff, and fake stuff. We know about fake news and how to begin to discern what is fact and what is fiction, but how are academics, intellectuals, experts, passionate people using the web. This faculty panel will consider the following questions: What does each of our disciplines contribute to the Web? How do UMW faculty and students contribute to knowledge online?

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Lora Taub-Pervizpour, "Education and Social Justice"

Wednesday, November 15th from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Increasingly, the work of education is a form of activism. This discussion will consider who speaks in education (who can speak and who should speak) and who we speak for. How do we empower students to create meaningful projects that reflect their values and work towards improving their communities? We are pleased to welcome Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Associate Dean for Digital Learning at Muhlenberg College.

Tentative Topics for Spring 2018...

Universal Design / Accessibility

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How can we use the principles of Universal Design for Learning to give students as many ways (digital and analog) into the learning process as possible?

The Changing Role of the Instructor in Online and On-ground Courses

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How is the role of the teacher being reimagined in online and hybrid learning environments? How can we continue to stress human engagement in the work of teaching and learning?

Digital Knowledge Symposium & DoOO Expo

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This year-end panel will be a chance for the faculty fellows participating in the Digital Knowledge Initiative to share what they have done and their vision for DoOO moving forward at UMW.