Open Online Participatory Faculty Development: DigPINS

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

DigPINS (Digital: Pedagogy, Identity, Networks, and Scholarship) is a new and exciting online faculty development course focusing on participatory exploration of who we are and how we interact and learn online. Built using open resources, a Creative Commons template of the curriculum has been released which can be adapted for your institution.


Autumm Caines is a liminal space. Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. She likes spending time at the place where differing disciplines intersect. Autumm is an Instructional Designer at St. Norbert College and is a Co-Director in the Virtually Connecting movement. Virtually Connecting is a volunteer based network that uses synchronous video technology to have conversations between participants and presenters who are at conferences with those who could not attend. Autumm uses her work in Virtually Connecting to explore questions of access, virtual presence, online conversation, spontaneity in virtual environments, networking, and professional development.
As the Assistant Director for Digital Learning, Sundi leads a joint team of technologists and librarians who promote student and faculty digital agility and the integration of new and emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and scholarship at Davidson College. Interested in empowering students to be active citizens in their online and offline worlds, Sundi works to explore digital identity and is part of an ongoing conversation in higher ed about digital citizenship #digciz.

Extended Abstract

Most faculty development technology trainings take one of two forms. Often they are either a “click here” workshop based on a specific technological tool or a demonstration of how a technology is used with a specific pedagogical approach. Both of these models have merit in specific contexts, however, they both also have limitations. Tool based workshops can be quite prescriptive if you are still trying to decide on the right approach and not all pedagogical approaches fit every instructor or discipline.

DigPINS is an online cohort based faculty development experience that focuses on Digital Pedagogy, Identity, Networks, and Scholarship. The course is completely online and uses open resources to give faculty a place to explore and articulate digital identity and participatory online learning experiences. Rather than focusing on the tool or the method, DigPINS focuses on the person and the human experience of using technology in community. Using both open and closed environments DigPINS also models what online teaching can look like in a variety of different approaches.  

Having been successfully executed multiple times at Davidson College and St. Norbert College, a template of the course is now being offered by the designers under a Creative Commons license that is free for remix at your institution. This session will engage the audience by detailing the template, presenting highlights from past iterations of the course, and engaging in interactive activities that have the audience start to think more deeply about their own digital identities.