Track

Non-Research Proposal / About SoTL

Proposal Abstract

Last year, Trent Maurer encouraged conference attendees to “give voice to SoTL”—to stand up and speak out for this oft-misunderstood/ignored work. Online, open-access academic journals can help fill that void by promoting SoTL, but pedagogy-centric journals risk becoming repositories of single-use assignment ideas or lesson plans.

By taking an specific ideological stance—in support of Critical Digital Pedagogy in the spirit of Paolo Friere and bell hooks—Hybrid Pedagogy addresses this risk by build community and advocate for students. This presentation addresses how the deliberate perspective helps advocate for students; build a community of learners; and publish focused, meaningful SoTL.

Proposal Description

This presentation expands directly upon Maurer’s “give voice to SoTL” charge by addressing how journals can be used to disseminate, popularize, and even shape the thinking within an interdisciplinary field of research. I will argue that journals have an obligation to give voice to the oppressed. And while we don’t often think of SoTL as being oppressed per se, I will show how scholarly advocacy—specifically in online, open-access venues—is vital to the growth and survival of the discipline. Issues of access, gatekeeping, advocacy, community-building, and scholarly rigor will be discussed, positioning SoTL as perfect material for online academic publication and open-access journals as the perfect means of preserving and developing the field.

To secure audience engagement, I will tailor content to those who work with journals (as editors or directors) as well as those who might submit texts to such journals. I will use my experience as director of an online open-access journal to share first-hand experience related to successes and failures of an ideological approach to journal management and editorial work. I will apply the journal’s pedagogy of advocacy to share pointers for potential authors to craft effective ideologically driven articles of their own, appropriate for a variety of publication venues. I will briefly present a selection of active Calls for Papers to show the kinds of prompts available to nurture ideologically driven scholarship.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 3

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 30th, 4:00 PM Mar 30th, 4:45 PM

“We’re Not Ideologically Neutral”: Using Open-Access Journals for Community/Advocacy

Room 3

Last year, Trent Maurer encouraged conference attendees to “give voice to SoTL”—to stand up and speak out for this oft-misunderstood/ignored work. Online, open-access academic journals can help fill that void by promoting SoTL, but pedagogy-centric journals risk becoming repositories of single-use assignment ideas or lesson plans.

By taking an specific ideological stance—in support of Critical Digital Pedagogy in the spirit of Paolo Friere and bell hooks—Hybrid Pedagogy addresses this risk by build community and advocate for students. This presentation addresses how the deliberate perspective helps advocate for students; build a community of learners; and publish focused, meaningful SoTL.