1. Peeragogy – Howard Rheingold
In “Toward Peeragogy,” Howard Rheingold writes, “The more I give my teacher-power to students and encourage them to take more responsibility for their own learning, the more they show me how to redesign my ways of teaching.” During a dynamic hybrid session, Howard will present virtually and then lead on-ground participants in an interactive conversation about learning through social media, participant pedagogy, and his recent Peeragogy project. We will kick off the unconference with this session as a large group, before collaboratively scheduling the rest of our sessions.
2. Digital Publishing – Audrey Watters
Although many traditional academic presses are struggling to stay afloat, it’s actually easier than ever for academics themselves to publish their work — outside the academy, that is. This workshop will address how and why scholars should write for publications outside “traditional” academic ones. This can include both writing about one’s scholarly research as well as writing about the academy itself. We’ll discuss some of the practicalities of doing so — blogging versus freelancing versus self-publishing, for example — and the technical, financial, rhetorical, political and licensing questions these raise. The workshop will also talk about promoting your work through various social networks (again, academic and otherwise).
3. Marca and Open Source Learning Technologies – John Weatherford and Robin Wharton
If you teach composition, you’ll love Marca. (Your students will, too.)
This workshop will introduce participants to a beta version of Marca, an integrated suite of simple yet powerful web-based tools designed specifically for composition classes. With a focus on project and process oriented composition pedagogy, Marca supports collaborative projects, multimodal composition, textual markup, and extensible, intuitive ePortfolios.
Participants will have an opportunity to explore the platform and to provide feedback about existing and desired features. We will also engage in a discussion of the potential costs and benefits of open source learning technologies, and consider the feasibility of building resources that are responsive to the legal, ethical, economic, and pedagogical concerns of both teachers and students
Marca is an open-source software development project, created by The Calliope Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.