The Center for Teaching & Learning, the Library, and Technology & Innovation (T&I) have focused 2017-18 faculty development programming in three areas: digital dexterity, inclusive pedagogy and open access. We conclude the year with a two-day workshop to explore these areas in depth.

The workshop will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, in the John Crosland, Jr. Center for Teaching & Learning.

Faculty and staff will enroll in one of three tracks.


Day 1 – May 29
9 – 9:45 Breakfast (Sprinkle Room) – Sign up for concurrent sessions
10 – 11 Panel – Three cohort leaders (Sprinkle Room)
11:15 – 12:15 Morning sessions for cohorts with their cohort leader
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Concurrent sessions on various topics – Davidson faculty and staff discussion
2:45 – 5 Afternoon sessions for cohorts with their cohort leader
5:30 – 7:00 Dinner

Day 2 – May 30
9 – 9:45 Breakfast
10 – 11:45 Morning sessions for cohorts with their cohort leader
12 – 1 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Concurrent sessions on various topics – Davidson faculty and staff discussion leaders
2:45 – 5 Afternoon sessions for cohorts with their cohort leader
5 – 6 Closing Reception


Open (Studio D)
Digital Dexterity (Open Tutor Room)
Inclusive Pedagogy (Fishbowl)

Digital Dexterity isn’t a list of technologies and skills you can check off a list; it is an ethos that informs and inspires your classroom pedagogy and beyond. This workshop will focus on setting our pedagogical priorities and exploring ways that technology can enhance the student learning experience. Participants will be asked to bring a syllabus to work on during the two days, where we will also be exploring innovative assignment design and assessment.

Lee Skallerup BessetteLee Skallerup Bessette, Ph.D., an instructional technology specialist in the division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington (original home of the Domain of One’s Own project). You can find her writing at, as well as on Twitter as @readywriting. She is interested in the intersections of technology, pedagogy and affect.

Inclusive Pedagogy has at its core relational and complex thinking that hold concepts, identities, experience and knowledge in relation to one another. Its framework is interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, and interactive learning. This workshop explores the ways an inclusive pedagogy can enhance the learning of all students amidst the complex interactions of diversity and inclusivity. Participants will strive to develop shared understandings of inclusive pedagogy across disciplines, and are asked to bring  one syllabus to work on to identify and discuss assumptions, interactions, and content that challenge and support the achievement of an inclusive pedagogy. 



Mary James     Mary B. James, Ph.D., is Dean for Institutional Diversity & A.A. Knowlton and professor of physics at Reed College.

Open Educational Practices (OEP) focus on openness in what we do in teaching and learning. OEP can include connecting one’s course with wider networks, such as creating assignments where students’ work makes a larger impact rather than only being submitted to the instructor for a grade. Some educators are involving students in creating open textbooks or other OER (Open Educational Resources), for example. In this track we will not only discuss using and creating OER in educational contexts, but also the benefits and challenges of engaging in Open Educational Practices (OEP).

Christina HendricksChristina Hendricks, Ph.D., a professor of teaching in philosophy and the deputy academic director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has been an open education practitioner and advocate for several years, including as a BCcampus Open Textbook Faculty Fellow and an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group. She blogs about open education, teaching and learning, and philosophy.

Concurrent sessions on related topics will be led by Davidson faculty and staff.

Morning beverages and pastries, lunches and one dinner will be provided. Faculty participants receive an honorarium. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to Ann Fletcher at, listing your preferred track and any dietary considerations.