As Senior Editor for Research and Education at Instructure, I support a team of researchers, writers, and data analysts in order to advance educational research. My work interfaces with Marketing, PR, and Product Development teams. I am also responsible for overseeing Keep Learning, the educational outreach blog for the company.
I am the director of Hybrid Pedagogy, a journal of learning, teaching, and technology. The journal features a unique collaborative peer review process that favors author agency over editorial authority. Educational outreach — in the form of MOOCs and Twitter chats — is a vital part of the work of the journal.
Digital Pedagogy Lab
Digital Pedagogy Lab is a foundation which provides educational and professional development for teachers, administrators, students, and others who work, teach, and learn in digital or hybrid environments. As a director, I oversee the annual institute and the development of new courses.
I have more than 15 years teaching and instructional design experience in online, on-ground, and hybrid environments. I have worked with community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, corporations with educational interests, high school teachers, contingent faculty, tenure track faculty, instructional designers, and others.
I am a digital teacher and pedagogue, with experience especially in networked learning, MOOCs, digital composition and publishing, collaboration, and editing. I have been working in digital teaching and learning for 15 years. My work as a pioneer in field of Critical Digital Pedagogy is founded in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, and finds contemporary analogues in the work of Howard Rheingold, Cathy N. Davidson, Dave Cormier, and Jesse Stommel. I am committed to engaging audiences in critical inspection of digital technologies.
Teaching and learning in digitally-influenced environments.
Networked Educator / Speaker
Connecting with others through social media, innovative digital solutions, conferences, & more.
Collaborating, reviewing, and empowering writers in both academic work and narrative writing.
Leading, coordinating, and enabling diverse teams in non-profit, research, and educational settings.
I was eight or nine. I was playing with my little brother at the playground adjacent to the apartment complex where my family lived. My mother and father were at a round of tennis nearby. Up to a point, the afternoon was peaceful and clear; but a ruckus disrupted that calm. A sudden and large[…]
This post was originally published on September 24, 2014 on Keep Learning. Recently, there has been some lively debate online about whether devices like laptops, tablets, or phones should be allowed in classrooms. As well, during a digital pedagogy workshop that Jesse Stommel and I presented at Lewis & Clark College, discussion arose around whether students should[…]
This post was originally published on Hybrid Pedagogy. As some are raised a Catholic or an atheist or a vegetarian, I was raised an academic. The university always had about it a mystique, a cloud of mystery and veneration. Lauded in my household were the values of objectivity, critical thinking, close reading. As early as the[…]
This post was originally published on Hybrid Pedagogy. We are not ready to teach online. In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself puzzled, and a bit troubled, when he expressed confusion about digital pedagogy. He said something to the extent of, “What’s the difference between digital pedagogy and teaching online? Aren’t all[…]
This post was originally published as part of an online lecture in my Digital Composition course at Marylhurst University. What, on the web, is real? In his long explication of the “red circle” (pages 67-71 of Uncreative Writing), Kenneth Goldsmith demonstrates the multiple ways in which a simple phrase can be interpreted. I see that these[…]
This post was originally published as part of an online lecture in my Digital Composition course at Marylhurst University. Words are active and affective in concrete ways … this is where things get interesting: we aren’t hammering away on typewriters; instead — focused all day on powerful machines with infinite possibilities, connected to networks with[…]
In August of 2012, shortly after Jesse Stommel and I ran MOOC MOOC for the first time, I found myself on a call with Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun. To be honest, until Sebastian had innocently posted a comment on the profile page of my web site, I knew nothing about him. He’d seen a piece[…]
This post was originally published as part of an online lecture in my Digital Composition course at Marylhurst University. “How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?” – E. M. Forster In her short piece, “First Person Singular: Sometimes, It Is About You”, Deneen L. Brown tells us that, “To[…]