Toward Dignity-affirming Learning Futures

Saturday, April 13, 8:15am-9:45am US Mountain Time Zone


Note: Our session will begin with a Welcome and OLC and MERLOT Awards, followed by a Student Lightning Talk.  This will be immediately followed by the Plenary address.

Perhaps, like me, you’re unsure about the terrain of future learning—it’s unknown, textured by uncertainty and expectation. As we navigate a landscape of innovation and disruption, let us not forget that our empathy must be as generative as our technology. We know, as educators and leaders, that our pedagogy is as complex as any algorithm. And our learners remind us, every day, that true intelligence cannot be prompted from a bot; rather, we must listen with care to students’ curiosities and stories. In my plenary address, I’ll share a series of provocations rooted by our moral obligation to help all learners and their communities thrive. How might we dream, and begin to pursue, equity-directed learning futures? How might we imagine meaningful participation amid new educational possibility? And how should we design learning that affirms—and uplifts—our learners’ dignity and wisdom?

Thursday, April 25, 2024
12:45pm-1:30pm US Mountain Time
Live-streamed to virtual

Empathy in Action: Shaping Equity-directed Learning Futures

In this special fireside chat, our plenary speaker, Dr. Remi Kalir, will take us further into the heart of creating dignity-affirming learning environments. Building on the profound insights from the onsite conference, we will engage in an informal yet impactful conversation about the intersection of empathy, technology, and educational equity. How do we design learning experiences that not only recognize but elevate our learners’ dignity and wisdom? This session promises a deeper understanding of the provocations shared during the plenary address, enriched by a dialogue with the audience and a thoughtful exploration of questions left unanswered from the onsite event.

Dr. Remi Kalir is Associate Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver. Remi is an award-winning educator who co-founded ThinqStudio, CU Denver’s digital pedagogy incubator that fosters the inclusive, evidence-based transformation of innovative teaching and learning. He has authored and contributed to over 50 peer reviewed publications about digital literacies, professional development, and learning technologies. Remi’s second book, “Re/Marks on Power: How Annotation Inscribes History, Literacy, and Justice,” is forthcoming from MIT Press. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Open Education Group, and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Remi began his career as a classroom teacher at Middle School 22 in New York City, and he earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.