Announcement: The Online Book Club is Starting!

Hello everyone!

I've created a group on Good Reads called "EDC Online Book Club" to get the online book club started. There are many online book clubs using Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter but I was unsure how many members would want to use their personal social media accounts for professional engagements - we can revisit this if a Facebook group or something else would work better for the online book club, but to get us started let's use Good Reads.

Here is what the Good Reads group page looks like: 

You can find the group page using the search bar at the top of the Good Reads page. 

I figured for our first online book club, I'd pick an open source book that has a lot of buzz - An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel. 

Summary from Amazon.ca: "Too many approaches to teaching with technology are instrumental at best, devoid of heart and soul at worst. The role of the teacher is made impersonal and mechanistic by a desire for learning to be efficient and standardized. Solutionist approaches like the learning management system, the rubric, quality assurance, all but remove the will of the teacher to be compassionate, curious, and to be a learner alongside their students. As the authors write in their introduction: “It is urgent that we have teachers. In a political climate increasingly defined by obstinacy, lack of criticality, and deflection of fact and care; in a society still divided across lines of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, income, ability, and privilege; in a digital culture shaped by algorithms that neither know nor accurately portray truth, teaching has an important (urgent) role to play." This collection of essays explores the authors’ work in, inquiry into, and critique of online learning, educational technology, and the trends, techniques, hopes, fears, and possibilities of digital pedagogy. The ideas of this volume span almost two decades of pedagogical thinking, practice, outreach, community development, and activism."

This book is open source and available to read online:
https://criticaldigitalpedagogy.pressbooks.com/ 

You can follow Jesse Stommel on Twitter: @jessifer
You can follow Sean Michael Morris on Twitter: @slamteacher

Book Club start: MARCH 18

Weekly discussions via Good Reads "EDC Online Book Club" group.

Closing synchronous discussion on May 2nd (tentative).



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