Digital pedagogy conference to be hosted at Brock

Fifty faculty, educational developers, librarians and graduate students from across North America will be gathering at Brock this week to discuss digital pedagogy in higher education.

The annual Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference, now in its fourth year, is a collaboration between Brock University, University of Guelph and University of Toronto Scarborough. This is the first year it will be held at Brock.

“The Digital Pedagogy Institute is all about partnerships,” explains David Hutchison, Director of Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities. “The conference program comprises presentations and workshops that focus on partnerships between faculty, digital librarians, educational developers and doctoral students.”

Participants, he says, are interested in “looking holistically at digital pedagogy best practices that go well beyond the traditional focus on Learning Management Systems to also incorporate a much broader set of digital pedagogy tools and digital collaborations with partners both inside and outside the university.”

Presentations will focus on the innovative uses of digital technology to enhance and transform university teaching across a variety of disciplines, including modern languages, ESL and popular culture.

Brock will be well-represented at the conference, with faculty and graduate students from the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education sharing their experiences. Brock’s MakerSpace and Centre for Pedagogical Innovation are also involved.

The organizing committee includes staff and students from the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, the Centre for Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program and Brock’s James A. Gibson Library.

The two day conference runs Aug.16 and 17.

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