It is with great excitement and gratitude that Digital Pedagogy Lab heads north to Vancouver, BC this week. Though we had originally planned only a single event this year—a 5-day institute in Fredericksburg, VA with expected registrations of 130 people—the executive order banning travel, and which targeted Islamic countries, made it imperative that we change course. In order to ensure that anyone in the widespread digital pedagogy community could attend, we sought out sponsorship and a home for a second event.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University responded. With Rajiv Jhangiani, an important voice in the open education movement, leading the charge, within only a few days after the travel ban was announced, Digital Pedagogy Lab had found a home… and not one, but three sponsoring institutions.
We would like to thank Kwantlen Polytechnic University for offering us a space to hold our event, along with financial and staff support. We would also like to thank University of the Fraser Valley and Thompson Rivers University Open Learning for their generosity and financial support. Without the help of these institutions, we would not have been able to offer an event outside of the United States, one that could welcome participants from anywhere across the globe.
Digital Pedagogy Lab holds fast to the social justice values inherent in a critical pedagogy. And this year, with both events occurring within such an historic political climate, we know that conversations about educational justice, human agency, and resistance will be at the center of our practice and collaborations.
We are in awe that these three Vancouver institutions came so quickly to our side to make this weekend’s event a reality. And now, in cooperation with the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, who will be hosting the 5-day Institute in August, Digital Pedagogy Lab has grown beyond our imagining, to over 170 participants this year.
If you are able to join us in Vancouver, then we look forward to seeing you. If you are unable to join us, please keep an eye out for posted recordings of our two keynotes:
Rusul Alrubail, Partner, Ci. Strategy+ Design
“Educating for change: activism, organizing, and resisting through storytelling.”
Jesse Stommel, executive director, Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Mary Washington
“Teaching is not an input. Student learning is not an output. Education is about relationships.”
It is institutions like these Vancouver schools that keeps the momentum of educational justice and critical pedagogy going in political climates and times like these.