“SYNTHESIZING CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND CREATIVITY”
MAY 23, 2018
What is a THATCamp?
A THAT Camp is an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. THATCamps are “unconferences”: an unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory. A THAT Camp, in other words, does not comprise tightly scheduled panels of papers being read to audiences; rather, participants actively produce the content together and collaborate informally in hands-on workshops designed for everyone to create, build, write, hack, and solve problems.
The morning “Boot Camp” sessions will be scheduled in advance, and participants will be encouraged throughout the morning and lunch sessions to propose sessions on the spot for the afternoon sessions. Proposing a session is your chance explore something that is your passion, something you’d like to learn more about with the help of others here, something you’ve been curious about, or something you’ve always done but want to try to do differently—from ideas for your own scholarship methods to designing better assignments to using technology in the classroom to making online classes more interactive…YOU will decide what will be most useful and engaging for your own teaching and scholarship!
THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” but THATCamps typically include other disciplines as well, and this year’s THATCamp at D’Youville College in Buffalo especially welcomes faculty and high school teachers from the sciences, healthcare professions, and other professional disciplines, because our goal is to help faculty in all disciplines integrate the principles of critical pedagogy and creativity into their curricula.