As the pages, posts, and threads of Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020 begin to go quiet, and as we turn away from our time together to concentrate on the real challenges and opportunities of the coming semester, the question arises: how do we take this work home with us?
Every summer Lab, and even this online event, is a kind of liminal space, existing both inside and outside our professional lives and work. The Lab is designed to be immersive, playful, as challenging as it is welcome. A big pedagogical summer camp. This design makes space for greater creativity while we're together, more invention, more experimentation, and more hope. But at the end of the week, we must return to our institutions, the real limitations and affordances of our positions, and within even a few days DPL can seem far away, aspirational, dreamlike.
So, before we turn our attentions back to our work outside the Lab, we can consider certain kinds of questions. In his Intersections, Collaborations, Commitments workshop, Remi Kalir asks, for example:
- How does your DPL experience intersect with—or productively diverge from—your professional roles and responsibilities?
- How does your DPL experience seed new collaborations with other colleagues and networks on your campus or in a local context?
- How does your DPL experience inspire new commitments to creative and critical digital pedagogy, and how might you anticipate these commitments being enacted through your practices?
But there are also more-than-practical considerations we will find ourselves confronting. Considerations of how, when, where, and how loudly to raise our voices when our voices threaten to get lodged in our throats. Critical digital pedagogy is not simply work done in a classroom... it is work done in offices and conference rooms (through Zoom), done in our syllabus as much as in conversations with our dean or provost, and it is work that requires making the choice to speak.
We will find ourselves asking, "How do I speak (or not speak) from places of marginalization? How do I speak from places of privilege?"
How do we, as Audre Lorde says, "transform silence into language and action?"
For this weekend, let's begin to consider how we speak, how we are silenced, how we can change idea into action—even small steps—and how will our work in this very next semester create hope?
Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action
- What does change look like? What small steps can we take? How do we change ideas (and ideals) into action? What is the importance of activism, work, hope?
- How do we take this work back to our institutions? What one thing can I do tomorrow?