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Critical Pedagogy, Organic Writing, and the Changing Nature of Scholarship


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Using critical pedagogy as the foundation for their work in hybrid and fully-digital environments, Jesse Stommel (Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison; @Jessifer) and Pete Rorabaugh (Assistant Professor of English in the English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts Department at Southern Polytechnic State University; @allistelling) explore how academic writing and scholarship are changing from within and without. Pete discusses the practice of Organic Writing and how the affordances of digital environments allow us to explore how to teach writing as a creative and critical thinking process. Jesse focuses on the ways that new-form multimodal scholarship upsets the distinction between academic writing and public outreach.

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Critical Pedagogy, Organic Writing, and the Changing Nature of Scholarship

  1. 1. “Unless the mass of workers are to be blind cogs and pinions in the apparatus they employ, they must have some understanding of the physical and social facts behind and ahead of the material and appliances with which they are dealing.” John Dewey, Schools ofTo-Morrow Photo by flickr user Thomas Hawk
  2. 2. Photo by flickr user LearningLark Critical Pedagogy, Organic Writing, and the Changing Nature of Scholarship Pete Rorabaugh (@allistelling) and Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer)
  3. 3. Photo by flickr user jared The “critical” in critical pedagogy functions in several registers: •Critical, as in mission-critical, essential; •Critical, as in literary criticism and critique, providing definitions and interpretation; •Critical, as in a reflective and nuanced approach to a thing; •Critical, as in criticizing institutional or corporate impediments to learning; •Critical Pedagogy, as a disciplinary approach, which inflects (and is inflected by) each of these other meanings.
  4. 4. Critical pedagogy is not ideologically neutral.
  5. 5. Critical pedagogy is emergent. Photo by Praline3001
  6. 6. Critical pedagogy interrogates power hierarchies. Photo by Hamed Saber
  7. 7. Critical Pedagogy is praxis, the intersection of philosophy and practice Photo by flickr user henry grey
  8. 8. “Everybody is an intellectual in that we all have the capacity to think, produce ideas, be self-critical . . . [This] demands a new kind kind of literacy and critical understanding with respect to the emergence of the new media and electronic technologies, and the new and powerful role they play as instruments of public pedagogy.” ~ Henry Giroux, On Critical Pedagogy Photo by flickr user seier+seier
  9. 9. Organic Writing Photo by flickr user Tatcher a Hainu “The act of writing is organic and generative . . . Digital environments maximize the potential for organic writing in three distinct ways: they rebuild “audience,” expose the organic layers of a composition, and invite outside participation in key stages along the way.” ~ Pete Rorabaugh, Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs
  10. 10. Author Cycles
  11. 11. Assignment Cycles
  12. 12. Media Cycles
  13. 13. Conversation Cycles
  14. 14. Connectivist Composition and Rhizomatic Learning Photo by Crystal
  15. 15. all learning is necessarily hybrid Hybrid Pedagogy is an open-access journal that : is not ideologically neutral; : connects discussions of critical pedagogy, digital pedagogy, and online pedagogy; : brings higher education and K-12 teachers into conversation with the e-learning and open education communities; : considers our personal and professional hybridity; : disrupts distinctions between students, teachers, and learners; : explores the relationship between pedagogy and scholarship; : invites its audience to participate in (and be an integral part of) the peer review process; : and thus interrogates (and makes transparent) academic publishing practices.
  16. 16. “The commitment to learners, to their exploration, their community, their authentic engagement, and their ultimate agency and empowerment, governs our work.” ~ Pete Rorabaugh, Occupy the Digital: Critical Pedagogy and New Media Photo by Bob Jagendorf
  17. 17. “To listen for voices that have something to say, but which may not find purchase in traditional academic venues.” ~ Sean Michael Morris, Collaborative Peer Review: Gathering the Academy’s Orphans Photo by MythicSeabass
  18. 18. “What is the place for a student in a discussion about learning in the digital landscape?” ~ Matthew David Morris,A Letter from a Hybrid Student Photo by Éole
  19. 19. “Play constitutes a new form of critical inquiry.” ~ Adeline Koh,The Political Power of Play Photo by nandadevieast
  20. 20. “In digital space, everything we do is networked. Real thinking doesn’t (and can’t) happen in a vacuum.” ~ Pete Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel,The Four NobleVirtues of Digital Media Citation Photo by mmechtley
  21. 21. “I believe generosity is what will drive the future of digital publishing.” ~ Jesse Stommel A Scholarship of Generosity: New-form Publishing and Hybrid Pedagogy. Photo by Celeste
  22. 22. What is the future of academic writing? Photo by flickr user Dirigentens