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Core 1 – Interactive Technology and Pedagogy I: History and Theory
Mondays, 4:15 – 6:15PM, online

Course Description

Students will examine the economic, social, and intellectual history of the design and use of technology. The course focuses on the mutual shaping of technology and academic teaching, learning and research—how people and ideas have shaped classroom and research interactions in the past, and how they are transforming knowledge production in the present. By examining the use and design of technologies inside and outside of the university, students reflect on what it means to be human in a world increasingly mediated by technology.

The course also highlights the theoretical and practical possibilities of digital media for teaching, research, reading, writing, activism, collaborative knowledge production, and play. Assignments for the course ask students to leverage new, multimodal approaches for creating scholarship, including a publishable final paper that contributes to the discourse around the use of technology in their discipline as well as considers the growth of fields of academic inquiry such as Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Digital Humanities. This course includes a two-hour non-credit bearing lab (lab schedule).

Course Readings

There are no required book purchases for this course. If you prefer to read paper books to digital documents, you might want to get a copy of the 2019 edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities (DitDH on this syllabus), and Amanda Phillips’ Gamer Trouble.

August 30: Welcome to Class!

We’ll use our first class to get to know one another and talk about what we want to get out of the semester. Our talk will be informed by these short readings, which you can read after class.

A Pedagogy of Kindness, Katherine Denial

How to Build an Ethical Online Course, Jesse Stommel

September 6: No Class (but we will keep discussion going virtually)

We will examine previous syllabi and projects from ITP (we’ll post links and a prompt on Slack).

September 13: ITP, Critical Digital Pedagogy, and Historical Materialist Theories of Technological Change and Transformation

Safiya Umoja Noble, Toward a Critical Black Digital Humanities (DitDH Ch 2)

Curtis Fletcher, Educational Technology and the Humanities: A History of Control (DitDH Ch 30)

Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey, Chapters 1-3 (1987) (email Jill or Maura if you need the page password)

Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1935)

*Activity in class: share an interesting digital humanities artifact. How can digital projects combine critical reflection and pedagogy to do new or interesting things? Here’s an example. 

September 20: A History of the Internet

Vannevar Bush, As We May Think (1945)

Tim Berners-Lee, Information Management: A Proposal (1989)

Roy Rosenzweig, Wizards, Bureaucrats, Warriors and Hackers: Writing the History of the Internet (1998)

Claire L Evans, recorded lecture, adapted from her book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet (2018)

Online Interactive (really just links) history of the internet:

September 27: Bodies and Technology

Donna Haraway, Cyborg Manifesto (email Jill or Maura if you need the page password)

M.I. Franklin, Reading Walter Benjamin and Donna Haraway in the age of digital reproduction (email Jill or Maura if you need the page password)

Jillian Weise, Common Cyborg

Cyberfeminist Manifesto

*Activity: Create an avatar for yourself to discuss in class

October 4: (Speculative) Visions of Technology–Utopias, Dystopias, Science Fiction, Afrofuturism

[Primary Texts]

“The Machine Stops” (E.M. Forster), 1909

“The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas” (Ursula K. LeGuin), 1973

“The Ones Who Stay and Fight” (N.K. Jemisin), 2018

Dirty Computer (Janelle Monáe), 2018

[Secondary Texts]

 Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Ytasha L. Womack), 2013: Chapters 1 (Evolution of a Space Cadet) and 2 (A Human Fairy Tale Named Black)

“How Long ‘til Black Future Month” (N.K. Jemisin), 2013

Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society (Ruth Levitas), 2013: Introduction

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (Eds. Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha), 2015: Foreword + Introduction

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (adrienne maree brown), 2017: Introduction

“Hopepunk and the New Science of Stress” (Rebecca Diem), March 2, 2020

“Kim Stanley Robinson on ‘Utopian’ Science Fiction’ (August 30, 2021)

October 11: No Class

October 18:  Teaching and Pedagogy–Foundational Texts

PDFs of these readings (email Jill or Maura if you need the page password)

Mina Shaughnessy, Errors and Expectations Chapter 1

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Chapters 1 and 2

John Dewey, Experience and Education, focus on Chapters 1 and 2

Randy Bass, “Engines of Inquiry: Teaching, Technology, and Learner-Centered Approaches to Culture and History.”

*Discussion/sharing idea for class: is there a foundational and/or paradigm shifting work about pedagogy in your discipline? Let’s get a list going!

October 25: Teaching and Pedagogy–Experiential Learning, Digital Technologies, and Lived Realities

Maura Smale and Mariana Regaldo, Undergraduate Scholarly Habits Ethnography Project and Finding Places, Making Spaces

David Jack Norton, Making Time: Workflow and Learning Outcomes in DH Assignments (DitDH Ch 25)

Stephen Brier, “Where’s the Pedagogy? The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities” and Luke Waltzer, “Digital Humanities and the ‘Ugly Stepchildren’ of American Higher Education” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, “Teaching the Digital Humanities” section

*Due: Lesson Plan draft. You will work with a partner in class to give each other feedback.

November 1: Gaming and Pedagogy

PDFs of these readings (email Jill or Maura if you need the password)

Amanda Phillips, selections from Gamer Trouble

James Paul Gee, Good Video Games and Good Learning

Aaron Chia Yuan Hung, A Critique and Defense of Gamification

Guest speaker: Anthony Wheeler, Doctoral candidate in Urban Education, ITP alumnus

*Due: Revised Lesson Plan (you will get feedback from Jill and Maura)

*Read through Final Paper assignment, and start thinking through topics. We’ll discuss as a class on 11/8.

November 8: Data and Power

Cathy O’Neil, Podcast discussion based on her book Weapons of Math Destruction

Safiya Noble, YouTube Recorded Lecture, based on her book Algorithms of Oppression

Andrew Iliadas & Federica Russo, Critical data studies: An introduction

Deborah Lupton, How do data come to matter?: Living and becoming with personal data

Data & Society:

Optional to watch: Coded Bias (available on Netflix)

*Discussion: Final Paper plans and expectations

November 15: Visualization

Lauren Klein and Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism Chapter 7, Show Your Work (also see this discussion by the authors)

Micheal Friendly, The Golden Age of Statistical Graphics

Livia Gershon, Florence Nightingale, Data Visualization Visionary

Jackie Mansky, W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color

November 22: Lesson Plan Presentations

Lesson Plan Presentations (elaborations on the work from October 25)

*Due: Lesson Plan, Final Draft (via Dropbox — link in Commons Course group)

*Final Paper Lightning Presentations: Ella, Gisely, Jenna, Leanne

November 29: Intellectual Properties, Copyrights, Open Access, and Open Pedagogy

Peruse Creative Commons site

Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani What is Open Pedagogy?

Maura Smale and Jody Rosen, Open Digital Pedagogy = Critical Pedagogy (follow and read the links in the article)

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, by Aaron Swarz

Budapest Open Access Initiative

*Final Paper Lightning Presentations: Adelia, Andy, Cen, Katia, Krisia, Michelle

December 6: What do the Digital Humanities Mean for Academic Scholarship and Academic Labor?

Lisa Brundage, Karen Gregory, and Emily Sherwood, Working Nine to Five: What a Way to Make an Academic Living?

Audre Lorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

Rachel Mann, Paid to Do but Not to Think: Reevaluating the Role of Graduate Student Collaborators (DithDH Ch 22)

Bethany Nowviskie, Capacity Through Care

*Final Paper Lightning Presentations: Cen, Katia, Dvora, Kelley, Mieasia, Natalie, Shane, Vicki

*Discussion: Final paper plans and expectations (revisit discussion from 11/8)

December 13: The Digital Turn and the Future of Academic Inquiry and Academic Publishing + Closing Discussion and a Look Ahead

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Keynote Lecture at ALT Annual Conference 2018 (Association for Learning and Technology)

December 20: Final Papers Due [NO CLASS HELD]

*Due by 5pm: Final Paper (via Dropbox — link in Commons Course group)

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