[Eril-l] Digital Pedagogy Institute 2023 - Plenary Speakers and Call for Proposals

Tim Ireland tireland at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Apr 18 07:52:10 PDT 2023


Apologies for cross posting
[Image of the Digital Pedagogy Institute crest.  Words on it are Digital Pedagogy Institute Transform undergraduate and graduate teaching]
2023 Digital Pedagogy Institute (DPI2023)

The DPI2023 Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the 9th annual Digital Pedagogy Institute conference will be taking place virtually on August 16th and 17th, 2023. A partnership between Brock University, Toronto Metropolitan University , the University of Toronto Scarborough Library and the University of Waterloo, the two-day online conference will feature keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, and digital tools training. DPI2023 serves as a meaningful professional development opportunity to learn more about the innovative use of digital technologies for the enhancement and transformation of undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning.

Plenary Speakers

This year, we will be welcoming two plenary talks, featuring interactive and engaging elements.

Talk Title: Machinations: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of Care, and the Future(s) of EdTech

Dr. Brenna Clarke Gray

Coordinator, Educational Technologies at Thompson Rivers University, where her research interests include the history and future of open tenure processes, the role of care and care work in the practice of educational technology, and scholarly podcasting. Prior to her transition to faculty support, she spent nine years as a community college English professor and comics scholar, and has published extensively on Canadian comics and representations of Canada in mainstream American comic books. She holds a PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of New Brunswick. Outside of the academy's walls, Brenna co-hosts Haze & Katniss & Harry & Starr, a podcast about young adult literature and film adaptation. You can find her on Twitter @brennacgray.

Talk Title:

Embracing vulnerability: Interrogating colonialism as a team - Western Libraries

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell is an uninvited settler of Scottish and Irish descent who lives and works on Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnapéewak and Chonnonton lands. As Curriculum Librarian for Western, she supports the university’s strategic curricular initiatives as both a member of Western Libraries and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Heather’s scholarship looks at teacher identity, feminist pedagogy, curriculum decolonization, and epistemic justice.

Kim Carson

Kim Carson is an uninvited settler of English and French descent who lives and works on Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnapéewak and Chonnonton lands. She holds the role of Head, Teaching & Learning at Western Libraries at Western University. She is particularly interested in supporting the intentional growth of people through a developmental, integral theory-informed lens to coaching; and taking a heart-centred approach to creating a cohesive knowledge justice / IL program at a large institution.

Bobby Glushko

As part of a flexible, high trust, high functioning leadership team, Bobby Glushko is helping to shepherd Western Libraries collective ambition to become a key player in the research and teaching missions of Western University. Raising ambitions, having fun, and empowering each other to achieve our best!

Christy Sich

Christy Sich is a Teaching and Learning Librarian with Western Libraries.  She has worked as a librarian in academic libraries for over 20 years. She specializes in teaching information literacy skills and assisting with systematic and scoping reviews, partnering with the Faculties of Social Science and Business. Christy’s current research interests include exploring methods of teaching and combating the spread of misinformation.

Dan Sich

Dan Sich is the Teaching and Learning Librarian, E-Learning at Western University. His current research interests include: anti-racist, Indigenous and decolonized pedagogy; and faculty representation of academic librarians and library services and resources to their students.

Call for Proposals

DPI2023’s Call for Proposals is now open. At this year’s Digital Pedagogy Institute (DPI), our goal is to create a virtual space that allows participants to explore diverse approaches to digital pedagogy from a variety of perspectives, including those of undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, librarians, educational developers, and technologists.

Our themes for this year’s conference include:

a.            Critical ideologies and digital pedagogy: How do we question and challenge dominant beliefs and practices in the field of digital pedagogy? What underlying approaches and questions should we engage with more deeply? How can our pedagogical practices help support new educational priorities and social change?

b.                 Digital (de)colonialism: How have digital pedagogy techniques and tools helped instructors and students address anti-racist and decolonizing practices in their curriculum and research? What are the challenges and opportunities? Do you have any best practices to share?

c.                  Inclusivity, accessibility, and digital pedagogy: Issues related to inclusivity and accessibility are at the forefront of Digital Pedagogy. What barriers have you encountered in your research and practice? How have you resolved them? What barriers remain? This is an opportunity to reflect on and share frameworks and best practices that have helped to reduce pedagogical barriers and integrate digital pedagogy approaches.

d.                 Sustainability, renewability, and environmental costs in the digital sphere: Digital pedagogy is not immune to environmental critique. There are environmental impacts associated with generating the power and equipment needed to support digital initiatives. How should we reconcile the benefits of digital pedagogy with its environmental costs? Can digital pedagogy proponents be good environmental stewards?

e.                  Digital pedagogy and the post-truth society: It is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate what is real and what is true. How can Digital Pedagogy help instructors and students to navigate issues related to digital literacy, data ethics, artificial intelligence, social media influences, etc.


Presentations - 20 minute synchronous sessions presenting papers or presentations on projects, initiatives, and/or case studies related to one of the conference streams, with time for Q&A.

Tool demos/workshops - 30 minute or 60 minute interactive demonstrations of innovative or new tools that you have integrated or are thinking of integrating into your teaching.

Important Dates
Please fill out the CFP form<https://forms.gle/qjwpVDHmgEaDxiK17> by May 10th, 2023:


Please contact Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Paulina Rousseau<mailto:paulina.rousseau at utoronto.ca> or Timothy Ireland<mailto:tireland at uwaterloo.ca> should you have any questions.

Registration: Please stay tuned for registration information via the website<https://uwaterloo.ca/digital-pedagogy-institute/registration> and email.

Tim Ireland (he/him)
Liaison Librarian,
Psychology, Anthropology, & The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, On

519-888-4567 X 45061
tireland at uwaterloo.ca<mailto:tireland at uwaterloo.ca>

Co-Chair of DPI 2023


The University of Waterloo acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of ‎ the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract<https://www.sixnations.ca/LandsResources/HaldProc.htm>, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

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