On October 15, 2018, Digital Pedagogy Lab opened registration for a new event in 2019: Digital Pedagogy Lab Toronto. The Lab in Toronto will take place March 18-20, and will feature six courses, brand new workshops, great food, and a uniquely intimate environment that will feature smaller cohorts, cozier spaces, and close sense of community. Keynotes will be offered by Rajiv Jhangiani—author of Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science and co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook—and Jess Mitchell—Senior Manager, Research + Design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto.
Sponsored and co-organized with eCampusOntario, DPL Toronto will be held at the city’s oldest operating inn, the Gladstone Hotel, a boutique art hotel perfect for the intense, creative discussions about pedagogy the Lab is known for.
Joining the faculty will be Dave Cormier, Amy Collier, Chris Friend, Martha Burtis, and Jesse Stommel. These five teachers will lead small, intimate seminar-style courses:
- Introduction to Digital Pedagogy
- Open Pedagogy
- Digital Storytelling
- Writing Workshop
- Inclusive Design
- and Radical Assessment and Ungrading.
DPL Toronto is the perfect spot for close, collaborative conversations about digital learning, critical open pedagogy, inclusion and equity, and creative expression.
Why the Gladstone Hotel?
Every previous Digital Pedagogy Lab event—from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Warwick, England to Cairo, Egypt—has been hosted on a university campus. But this March, we’re breaking form. The Gladstone Hotel offers not only an environment well-suited to collaboration and close conversation, but also to the care and feeding of the pedagogical soul. Located in the heart of one of Toronto’s most creative neighborhoods, the Gladstone will make DPL Toronto into a true winter retreat for everyone attending.
As important to its comfortable, beautiful decor, the Gladstone also wears its ethos on its sleeve—an ethos very much aligned with the values of the DPL community. According to events coordinator, Abbey Pepall, the Gladstone operates “in an evolving, feminist, anti-oppressive framework where everyone feels welcome and at home.” They believe that
a business can be a model for a new social and economic order. We acknowledge and appreciate the whole humanness of our employees, guests, suppliers and partners and value our inter- independence. Our feminist perspective is that “best practice” is a moving target and therefore we embrace a methodology of constant re evaluation of context, impact and inclusiveness of policies, procedures and business practices. As a feminist business, we strive to model new ways of working, living, creating and flourishing together.
The Gladstone Hotel is also the first Canadian hotel to be certified as a B-corp, and they consider sustainability a responsibility. Certified B Corporations “are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.”
Digital Pedagogy Lab is excited to be partnering with the Gladstone Hotel to create a creative, new approach to bringing together scholars, librarians, technologists, administrators, and students. We’re looking forward to three days of intense, meaningful, fun collaboration, learning, and leadership!Register Today for DPL Toronto