Digital Pedagogy 2017 Recap

by Julia Polyck-O’Neill

What do Trap music (a regionally-specific subgenre of Southern hip hop that emerged from the Southern United States) and digital pedagogy have in common? Moreover, why is this intersection an important pedagogical consideration within the context of 21st century learning? When ethnographer Joycelyn A. Wilson took the stage as the closing plenary speaker of the 2017 Digital Pedagogy Institute (DPI) at Brock University, her audience was eager to discover how the Virginia Tech researcher and alumni fellow of the Harvard HipHop Archive brings music, social justice, and digital learning together. As it turns out, by combining her passion and knowledge of music (both as a scholar and industry insider) with community engagement and digital humanities in the classroom, Wilson is able to show students and researchers alike how bridging emerging research methods with popular culture and civic engagement allows for under-represented communities to find new relevance in their studies.

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