This is the first in a series of primers from Hybrid Pedagogy. These are not intended as definitive collections, not exclusively the best articles on a given subject, and not simply the highlights. What we offer is a series of rabbit holes for readers to fall down, one point of entry to a subject we’ve explored (and are continuing to explore) on the pages of the journal. Our hope is that these primers don’t close down a topic but remain dynamic, offering a snapshot, while also encouraging continuing questions and exploration.


Digital Pedagogy is precisely not about using digital technologies for teaching and, rather, about approaching those tools from a critical pedagogical perspective. So, it is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully as it is about deciding when not to use digital tools, and about paying attention to the impact of digital tools on learning.


Our Digital Pedagogy feed:

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MMCP: Critical Digital Pedagogy; or, the Magic of Gears

MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy (MMCP) is a six-week exploration of critical pedagogy. During our final week, we’ll be discussing Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms, and Paulo Blikstein’s “Travels in Troy with Freire: Technology as an Agent of Emancipation.” Our discussion will center ...
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Twitter Pedagogy: An Educator Down the Twitter Rabbit Hole

How do we know if the new ‘it’ technology will work in our classroom? Will it create meaningful learning for our students, or even for ourselves as educators? As an educator whose research focus is on digital identities and technology ...
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MMCP: Countersites in Learning — Constructing Anarchist Educational Alternatives

MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy is a six-week exploration of critical pedagogy. During this fourth week of MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy (MMCP), we will be discussing Jeffery Shantz’s  essay, “Spaces of Learning: The Anarchist Free Skool” (chapter 7) in Anarchist Pedagogies ...
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Ecstatic Necessariness: Turmoil as Process in Digital Humanities

For the last three years while I’ve worked with Hybrid Pedagogy, I have been flip about Digital Humanities as a field, a practice, or a pursuit. I have largely dismissed the work of digital humanists as arcane, irrelevant, boxy and ...
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Digital Pedagogy Lab: a 5-day Institute

On May 4, 2012, Hybrid Pedagogy hosted its first hashtag chat using #digped (digital pedagogy). The chat revolved around a discussion of the first chapter of Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. Since that time, the journal has ...
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The Rules of Twitter

Twitter is an incredibly dynamic digital tool that can create spaces of flattened hierarchies. These spaces can fuel inclusive pedagogy. But before teaching with Twitter, instructors have to think about how to use it together with students. What are the ...
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Love in the Time of Peer Review

Over the weekend of November 21-23, the Hybrid Pedagogy editorial board gathered in Washington D.C. for an intensive working retreat. During that time, we collaborated on the following article -- 10 authors and reviewers working together in a single document ...
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If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance

On November 21 at the OpenEd Conference in Washington, DC, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel will present on critical digital pedagogy and MOOCs. This is the second of three articles that inspired that talk. The first, Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Definition, appeared on November 18; ...
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A Misapplication of MOOCs: Critical Pedagogy Writ Massive

On November 21 at the OpenEd Conference in Washington, DC, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel will present on critical digital pedagogy and MOOCs. This is the second of three articles that inspired that talk. The first, Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Definition, ...
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Critical Digital Pedagogy: a Definition

On November 21 at the OpenEd Conference in Washington, DC, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel will present on critical digital pedagogy and MOOCs. This is the first of three articles that inspired that talk. “There is no such thing as ...
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Ephemeral Realities: When Two Worlds Collide

On Friday, November 7, several brave souls joined a conversation working towards uncovering and discovering the mysteries of the digital experience. It didn't take long before the digital/physical dichotomy began to fall apart. And as the façade fell, new visions ...
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Trust, Agency, and Connected Learning

This interview with Jesse was published on HASTAC as part of the Digital Media and Learning Competition 5 Trust Challenge. We are republishing a revised version here on Hybrid Pedagogy’s Page Two with additional content. What about our contemporary moment ...
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Designing Critically: Feminist Pedagogy for Digital / Real Life

This article is a response submitted for our series about critical digital pedagogy. See the original CFP for details. I’m a feminist teacher of writing and literature of over 25 years and, amazingly, I still love it. I love the transformative nature of ...
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Risk, Reward, and Digital Writing

Autocorrect is tyranny. It is interruption of thought, of speech, of creation, a condition for -- and sometimes a prohibition against -- my voice being heard. When I type “phone-less” and autocorrect changes it to “phenols”, when my sister-in-law’s name, ...
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Invention, Ambition, Fearlessness: Digital Writing Month 2014

We are all animals of speech and expression, we are creative beasts with crayons, we are all authors, and we are all founding mothers and fathers of a territory yet unclaimed. So write because you want to, write because you ...
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Dissertations, Theses, and Other Pedagogical Monstrosities: a #digped Discussion

The dissertation is a curious beast. It has eyeballed me for years. Even now, having tucked it safely in a drawer since 2010, I still catch it looking at me. The word alone, "dissertation," evokes a certain awe -- a ...
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Synchronous and Asynchronous Technologies: When Real Worlds Collide

Many of us are drawn in by the allure of digital technology, tempting us to structure our daily personal and work routines increasingly on asynchronous communication. Making choices to act asynchronously, often by default and in ways that will limit ...
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Introducing Digital Humanities Work to Undergraduates: An Overview

You are already a digital humanist, whether or not you know it. Digital humanities has exploded in popularity over the last decade, as evidenced by the creation of many different types of grants to help digital humanities research (The Office ...
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Three Lines of Resistance: Ethics, Critical Pedagogy, and Teaching Underground

This article is a response submitted for our series about critical digital pedagogy. See the original CFP for details. It is easy for those of us invested in critical pedagogy to see need for major change in education in the U.S. It is ...
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A Pedagogy of Discovery: Reflections on Teaching Tech to Elementary Students

When I discovered a rather nondescript blurb on Craigslist about needing an immediate replacement for a “technology specialist,” I didn’t know exactly what I’d find. Much to my joy, however, I soon found myself working once a week at a ...
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