Registration Open for Summer Digital Pedagogy Workshops July 12-14

Posted on July 7, 2021

Virtual workshops in creating project web portals, decolonizing digital pedagogy, and how open pedagogy can re-center post-pandemic learners are open to Ohio Five faculty and staff.

Organizers of the upcoming Five Colleges of Ohio's Collaborative for Digital Engagement and Experience (CODEX) Summer Institute would like to extend an open invitation to all Ohio Five faculty and staff to three online workshops scheduled for this summer's institute (July 12 - 16), a week-long event in which teams of faculty, staff, and students from across the five campuses work together to design or redesign courses and co-curricular projects that aim to cultivate critical engagement with technology. The workshops will be conducted virtually over Zoom and will be recorded and posted to the Ohio Five's CODEX website.

Attendance at the workshops is capped at 40 attendees each with preference given to teams attending the CODEX Summer Institute. Those who register but are unable to attend due to capacity will receive an email notification with links to the recordings. To register, please sign-up before the end of the day Friday, July 9th, 2021 using the signup links below:


Quickstart Guide to Public-Facing Projects

Monday, July 13 from 1:30- 2:30pm

Led by Heather Fitz Gibbon, professor in Sociology and Anthropology, and Chair of Urban Studies at Wooster; Megan Mitchell, Academic Engagement & Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Oberlin; and Alex Alderman, Instructional Designer at Kenyon  


Even projects that are not built on digital infrastructure sometimes require a public-facing, web-based portal to communicate with an outside world. This trio of demonstrations will provide overviews of three low-barrier web platforms, as well as a few of the practical "first steps" to get you going on each. Heather Fitz Gibbon will demonstrate ESRI StoryMaps, which is a map-based tool; Megan Mitchell will present on Scalar, a "digital book" platform; and Alex Alderman will present on Wordpress, a familiar WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) website-builder.

What am I Actually Doing? Decolonizing Power in Digital Pedagogy Projects

Tuesday, July 13 from 1:30 - 3:00pm, which includes 30 minutes for Q&A.

Led by Jade Davis, Director of Educational Technology & Learning Management at the University of Pennsylvania  


In this workshop, we will explore the positions of power embedded in collaborative knowledge creation projects, our positions of power as individuals, and how acknowledging these positions of power is a key to cultivating empowerment, agency, and unexpected possibilities when doing digital work. We will begin to develop practices and strategies, from the syllabus through completion of research and projects, that acknowledge our limits, facilitate transparency, and celebrate collective potential for our work.

Open Pedagogy for a Hopeful Future

Wednesday, July 14 from 1:30 - 3:00pm, which includes 30 minutes for Q&A

Led by Robin DeRosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth State University  


In this presentation, Robin will consider the foundational values that comprise Open Education, and explore how Open Educational Resources (OER), open pedagogy, and open access to research can offer us a way to recenter learners and their needs in the “postcovid" university. By focusing on the concrete work that faculty do in teaching, research, and service, Robin will explore how we can better align the contours of our daily practices with the missions of our institutions, and how those institutions could be reshaped through our work to better serve students and the public in higher education’s next generation.

For more information about the CODEX project and the CODEX Summer Institute, please visit For questions about CODEX or the workshops specifically, please contact CODEX Summer Institute co-directors Jacob Heil ( or Heather Fitz Gibbon (