Digital Pedagogy is precisely not about using digital technologies for teaching and, rather, about approaching those tools from a critical pedagogical perspective. So, it is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully as it is about deciding when not to use digital tools, and about paying attention to the impact of digital tools on learning. From Hybrid Pedagogy
The Digital Pedagogies Pathways Project (DP3) is an initiative of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning to create a faculty learning community around digital pedagogies. The Project aims to provide opportunities for thoughtful and critical discussion along with purposeful action about how learning experiences using digital technologies can provide agency, ownership and authentic engagement for learners. The Project was conceived to build greater awareness and perspectives around learning technologies and tools by employing a more critical analysis and decision-making process with a small group of faculty members and support staff to build capacity and engagement across all campuses.
Over the past two decades, Vancouver Island University has had supports and services for faculty and students on online learning and blended learning, web conferencing, web 2.0 technologies, video and audio streaming, blogging and website creation – among other digital tools. Faculty and student engagement with the tools and technologies has risen every year along with needs for additional supports and services from the teaching and learning centre. However, over this same time period VIU’s IT infrastructure has not been adequately resourced resulting in a serious technology deficit. In 2018, the start of many investments and enhancements have begun. These investments are to improve essential requirements for the student digital learning experience, including linking to BCNET’s Advanced Network, upgrading wi-fi, leveraging more cloud technologies and off-site hosting (such as moving Kaltura/VIUTube instance to UBC’s shared service). VIU still has a way to go, but we are moving in the right direction. At the same time we’ve been mindful of British Columbia’s privacy laws (FIPPA) in terms of storing all personal identifiable information on compliant Canadian-hosted servers.
The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (VIU’s teaching and learning support team) has been impacted by the inadequate IT infrastructure and has been thoughtful about growth in teaching and learning with digital tools. Through facing this challenge we are afforded an opportunity to critically think about the work we are doing around the design and redesign of classes, assignments, courses and programs, especially as it relates to digital pedagogies and the how VIU can continue to grow the student learning experience.
So in late 2018, the director of the Centre approached eight VIU faculty members, one North Island College faculty member and one Centre support staff member and invited them to create a faculty learning community on digital pedagogies. This group comes together a couple of times a month to build the core foundations for digital pedagogies. The group members are all going to the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Toronto to dive deeper into various aspects of critical digital pedagogies while learning from other colleagues.
This website represents the learning, reflecting and doing of the members as they critically read, reflect, teach and learn with a more critical perspective about student learning with digital technologies.