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Imagination PLAYce: Towards Critical Liberatory and Digitally Mediated Pedagogies of Higher Education

Vasudevan, Veena and Dias, Bea and Boulder, Tinukwa (2023) Imagination PLAYce: Towards Critical Liberatory and Digitally Mediated Pedagogies of Higher Education. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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As bell hooks writes, “classrooms remain the most radical space of possibility in the academy.” We take up hooks’ charge by exploring how we can shift teacher training to be informed by the changing digital media and technology landscape, such that they are cultivating digital and data literacies as essential to their practices. To do so, we argue that making digital and tangible artifacts as central to teaching and learning can have meaningful implications for future and practicing teachers across learning contexts. Our research question is, “what happens when educators engage in making tangible and digital artifacts as a central component to their educational experiences?” We are currently developing a classroom, titled Imagination PLAYce, that is rooted in the principles of play as praxis, productive failure, and tinkering. We want teachers to see their work as designing classrooms that are rooted in social justice, critical pedagogies, and dynamic ways of using technology and digital media to engage and nurture learners. The funding will help to: 1)source classroom materials 2) create digital content (e.g. digital stories, how-tos) 3) collect data and produce research on shifts in higher education pedagogies related to innovative technologies and media in classrooms.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vasudevan, VeenaVEENAV@pitt.eduVEENAV0000-0001-6666-4510
Dias, BeaBEADIAS@pitt.eduBEADIAS
Boulder, TinukwaTBOULDER@pitt.eduTBOULDER0000-0002-3154-6060
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/drz1-mq43
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
Other ID: 6333
Additional Information: Poster to be added March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 21:52
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 17:12


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