Pre-Week // Welcome & Logistics

Jul 27, 2021

Welcome Video

We're glad that you've joined the Information Literacy Course at Digital Pedagogy Lab 2021! This video offers:

  • Welcome message from your instructors, Karen and Kodi
  • Quick history of the Information Literacy Course (better every year!) -Overview of the Information Literacy Course's content
  • Careers that Information Literacy Course participants tend to have (we're open to all, though!)
  • Ways to make this course most effective

You are all very welcome here; we hope that you have a wonderful week. As always, please talk with Karen or Kodi any time you have questions, concerns, or needs during the Information Literacy Course.

Goals for the Week

The goals below describe major themes that we intend to learn about during the week. We aim to make the learning flexible enough so that you can modify these to meet your needs, no matter what role you play in the field of education.

  • Develop a richer understanding of information literacy practice in classrooms and other educational workplaces.
  • Support equity, diversity, and inclusion through information practices, particularly in terms of incorporating lived experiences, respecting cultures and identities, and supporting life needs.
  • Create strategies for supporting lifelong learning through your work.
  • Understand the ways in which power is expressed through information practices – and ways in which these can be subverted.
  • Foster intellectual and artistic creativity through information practices.
  • Empower ourselves, our students, our colleagues, and our communities by building information-related skills.

Logistics Video

Digital Pedagogy Lab is using two platforms called Ghost and YellowDig. Ghost contains the content and activities for each day as post labeled by day. The lesson content, asynchronous ("async") activity, and reflection journal questions are all in Ghost. YellowDig contains the discussion questions for each day. (Ghost and YellowDig connect, so you can just come to our Ghost site for everything. You are also welcome to post in our YellowDig community with questions or conversation.  There are no right or wrong ways to do this course. This video shows you some tips on how to find the content for each day and manage YellowDig.

How to Plan Each Day

Each day of this course has three main elements: lessons and async activities, discussion meeting/questions, and reflection journal questions.  Each day has a post on the Ghost site containing  lessons and async activities and reflection journal questions. The discussion questions are located in our track's community in YellowDig which you can get to going to the menu at the top of this page and clicking discussion. The questions for each day are tagged with the day making them searchable (see the logistics video for more help.) There are also links to the discussion questions in YellowDig within the content posts.

In addition to this course’s work, you should attend various workshops and keynotes and bring your thoughts back to our discussion.

Each day, you can:

  • Work through the course's content and short asynchronous activities that accompany the course's presentations or readings.
  • Join in our daily discussion. You have two options for doing this (you can do one or both). This will happen via a daily live Zoom session and the posted question in our track's YellowDig community. Engage in either or both as your time and inclination allow.
  • Answer reflection journal questions towards the end of the day.
  • Attend keynote speeches or individual workshops that are offered throughout Digital Pedagogy Lab.
  • Arrange meetings with smaller groups of coursemates if you'd like to hold smaller discussions on shared interests.

Daily Discussion Meetings/Questions

Each day, we will have discussions about the day’s content. You are welcome to post your answers as a comment on the discussion question post in YellowDig (you can find our YellowDig community by click on discussion in the menu above) or to join us for a Zoom meeting or both. Neither are required.

Building relationships and connecting ideas are a valuable part of this conference. We’ve tried to plan these discussions in as many modalities as are available to us in order to help those connections happen. The link to the Zoom meeting is below, but will also be posted with the discussion questions for each day. The link is the same for every day. We will be meeting at 2:00 PM Mountain Time (If you're using a time zone converter, you can select Denver as our city).

You are welcome to join this session at anytime and stay for as long as you want.

kodi saylor (She/Her) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

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Reflection Journal

Week-long professional development experiences are full of information and useful ideas, but so many ideas can also be overwhelming. Each day we want to give you the opportunity to reflect and connect with ideas and people. You may have a specific goal or reason for attending this track or you may be hoping to learn more about information literacy. Regardless, the reflection journal portion of this track should support you as you further your goals.

Every day’s post will have a reflection journal section with reflection questions. You are welcome to write these down in a notebook or a journal. At the end of the week, you can attempt to bring all your notes together into a single page culmination of your ideas about information literacy.


Please feel free to contact Kodi or Karen via YellowDig messages or via email if you have any questions or concerns. Karen Sobel: Kodi Saylor:

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