MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy


MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy is a six-week exploration of Critical Pedagogy. As with previous iterations of MOOC MOOC, we are aiming less at amassing registrants and more at building community. Starting the week of January 19, 2015, we’ll engage directly with both the foundational texts of Critical Pedagogy, and with modern thinkers whose work — by design or by coincidence — aligns with that approach.

MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy, like its immediate predecessor MOOC MOOC: Dark Underbelly, leaves behind the traditional LMS-based “course” model of the MOOC, and will be left to roam wild, free, and grass-fed on the web. Once each week, we’ll hold a hashtag chat on Twitter using #MOOCMOOC. We’ll also hold a series of Google Hangouts On Air featuring guests from the field and from our community.

Click here to read our original announcement. See below for the full schedule. Go to to see when to join us in your time zone. And check back for updates to the schedule and watch for announcements about additional events.

A note on readings: We’ve included at least one open-access reading for each week, however some of the materials we are using are not available free on the web. You may want to buy the full books, but in some cases, you can also find the chapters we’re using on Google Books, in a Kindle sample, or at your local library. We are also encouraging participants to write blog responses each week and post links on the hashtag. We consider your posts primary texts alongside the “official” assigned readings. We’ll be using the #moocmooc topic on to curate highlights from the community posts:

Don’t fret if you can’t do all the reading; read what you find useful, write on your blog or elsewhere on the web, and jump into the discussions on Twitter. Here’s our schedule. We’ll be adding more detail as we go.

January 19 – 23: Foundations
Reading: Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, chapter 2
Emily Dickinson, “From all the Jails the Boys and Girls”
Hosts: Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel
Discussion Prompt: “The ‘Critical’ in Critical Pedagogy” by Sean Michael Morris
Twitter chat: 1/21 at 5PM EST

January 26 – 30: Feminist Perspectives
Reading: bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress, chapter 1
Anita Sarkeesian, LEGO & Gender Part 1 and Part 2
Hosts: Maha Bali and Jesse Stommel
Discussion Prompt: “Radical Pedagogies; Pedagogies of Care” by Maha Bali and Jesse Stommel
Twitter chat: 1/28 12PM EST

February 2 – 6: Agency
Reading: Henry Giroux, On Critical Pedagogy, chapter 4
Explore some of the #FergusonSyllabus posts on Twitter
Hosts: Marisol Brito and Kris Shaffer
Discussion Prompt: “Politics, Pedagogy, and Agency” by Kris Shaffer
Twitter chat: 2/4 at 5PM EST
Google Hangout On Air: 2/6 at 12PM EST

February 9 – 13: Anarchist Pedagogies
Reading: Anarchist Pedagogies, chapter 7 “Spaces of Learning: The Anarchist Free Skool”
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Hosts: Adam Heidebrink-Bruno and Sean Michael Morris
Discussion Prompt: Countersites in Learning — Constructing Anarchist Educational Alternatives by Adam Heidebrink-Bruno
Twitter chat: 2/11 at 5 PM EST
Live Digital Roundtable: 2/13 at 8 PM EST

February 16 – 20: Outside Institutions
Reading: Henry Giroux, “Rethinking Education as the Practice of Freedom: Paulo Freire and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy”
Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society, Ch. 1: “Why We Must Disestablish School”
Ricky Lee Allen, “Whiteness and Critical Pedagogy”
Discussion PromptLearning Our Way away from Institutions by Alex Fink
Hosts: Alex Fink and Chris Friend
Twitter chat: 2/18 at 5PM EST

February 23 – 27: Critical Digital Pedagogy
Reading: Seymour Papert, Mindstorms, Preface and Introduction
Paulo Blikstein, “Travels in Troy with Freire: Technology as an Agent of Emancipation”
Discussion PromptCritical Digital Pedagogy; or, the Magic of Gears by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel
Hosts: Sean Michael Morris, Jesse Stommel, and Audrey Watters
Twitter chat: 2/25 at 12PM EST
Google Hangout: 2/27 at 5PM EST

To join MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy, do some reading, write on your own blog, and show up for our discussions (on Twitter or in the comments on the discussion prompts). Registration is not required for MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy. No personal data will be collected and everyone is welcome. However, if you’d like updates about the course, there are a few things you can do. First, follow @hybridped, @moocmooc, and #moocmooc on Twitter. And sign up for Hybrid Pedagogy’s e-mail list where we send updates about events (like MOOC MOOC) and digests of recently published articles.

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