Critical and Digital Pedagogies: a Hybrid Pedagogy Commons Virtual Unconference

by Sean Michael Morris, Valerie Robin, and Jesse Stommel
 
Most of us are not strangers to the concept of the forum. Forums are attached to nearly every type of community building platform that hopes to encourage continuing discussion. But what do we do with forums? In their recent article “The Discussion Forum is Dead; Long Live the Discussion Forum,” Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel claim “the forum itself does not automatically promote meaningful conversation -- or conversation at all.” In truth, the forum, any forum, is a metaphorically empty room when no one is in it. But it is much more than just a potential place to gather. It is a space with potential: “In the right hands, it can do wonders.” 
 
Starting Monday, May 27 through June 2nd, Hybrid Pedagogy will host the first ever Hybrid Pedagogy Commons Virtual Unconference. Read the full announcement on Hybrid Pedagogy. 
 
For those who participated in MOOC MOOC, it’s kind of like that -- but in molasses. For those familiar with THATCamp, it's also a lot like that, but with everyone working from different physical places. During the last fourteen days, readers and contributors have proposed session topics, and voting for the sessions occurred over the weekend. The unconference will happen right inside the Hybrid Pedagogy Commons via forum discussion, links to stuff outside the commons, and a #digped backchannel on Twitter. Sessions will be asynchronous but may have synchronous components.
 
The goal with Hybrid Pedagogy has always been to build community, and the journal has had a forum as a beta experiment since its launch. This month, we are launching it more officially -- working to build the Hybrid Pedagogy Commons into a space for our readers -- a space with as much potential and practice as we build within our Hybrid Pedagogy community. The Commons is a space where people can gather, synchronously or asynchronously, like the forever moving Burkean parlor, to pose questions, discuss ideas, share visions, and make new questions. We purposefully use the term “commons” to promote a sense of community -- and therefore a heightened sense of space.
 
Each day will feature two or three discussions, hosted by individual or panels of proposers. Some of the session topics include:
A synchronous exploration of community as curriculum with Dave Cormier (and his class);
A discussion about how to conquer the digital divide;
A lively debate about the LMS;
...and more.
 
To join in this unusual virtual unconference, simply visit the Hybrid Pedagogy Commons to view a schedule of the discussions available this week.
 
[Photo by Stéfan]