Fostering a pedagogy of care in digital learning environments: One institution’s approach to caregiving in online spaces.
Abstract: In this session we will discuss the promises and challenges of modeling community caregiving an online graduate degree designed with openness and networked learning as cross cutting themes. We will examine the intersection between an institutional learning and teaching model, the values and principles inherent in the open community(ies), and the role of care in creation and use of digital learning environments. We will provide examples from the perspective of program administration, Center for Teaching and Educational Technologies, Teamswork, Student Services, and faculty as we work collaboratively to model caregiving/taking for a future generation of leaders who design, create and implement digital learning environments. After taking part in this session, it is expected that the audience will be better able to: (1) discuss the role of caretaking and caregiving in digital learning environments; (2) appreciate the tensions inherent in modeling the model of caregiving within the confines of higher education, and (3) describe some examples of strategies for modeling caregiving and fostering caretaking at the graduate level in digital learning environment.