Articles by Kris Shaffer

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Education in the (Dis)Information Age

We are all on the front lines in the war against disinformation. I recently visited a seminar course for history majors at University of Mary Washington....
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Indie, Open, Free: The Fraught Ideologies of Ed-Tech

I grew up in a middle-class American household, and I studied classical music. I took private lessons from seventh grade on. I owned my own instrument...
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Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies

Misinformation abounds. This has always been the case, but the problem has become acute in the age of digital communication. As Mike Caulfield and Zeynep Tufekci...
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Homework is a Social Justice Issue

This article was originally published in Educating Modern Learners. When a teacher assigns homework, she makes some big assumptions about students’ home lives. Do they have the...
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HybridPod, Ep. 3 — Assessment and Generosity

https://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/4139/assessment.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 29:36The traditional take on assessment positions the teacher (or the state) as the one with all the...
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MMCP: Politics, Pedagogy, and Agency

MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy (MMCP) is a six-week exploration of critical pedagogy. For this third week, we’ll be discussing Chapter 4 of Henry Giroux’s On Critical...
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HybridPod, Ep. 1 — Listening to Students

https://hybridpedagogy.org/podcast-player/4022/listening-students.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 23:50Much of the conversation about modern education discusses what we as teachers can say or do within...
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Love in the Time of Peer Review

Over the weekend of November 21-23, the Hybrid Pedagogy editorial board gathered in Washington D.C. for an intensive working retreat. During that time, we collaborated on...
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Hack This Book: Announcing Open Music Theory

Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing is proud to announce its first textbook: Open Music Theory, “beta” edition—co-authored by Kris Shaffer, Brian Moseley, and Bryn Hughes. Open Music Theory, or OMT,...
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Three Lines of Resistance: Ethics, Critical Pedagogy, and Teaching Underground

This article is a response submitted for our series about critical digital pedagogy. See the original CFP for details. It is easy for those of us invested in critical...
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The Open, Interactive Music Theory Textbook: Campaign Update

This Summer, Hybrid Pedagogy launched a new long-form publishing venture, spearheaded by Robin Wharton and Kris Shaffer: Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing (HPP). HPP began with a call for participation...
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The Open, Interactive Music Theory Textbook

This Summer, Hybrid Pedagogy launched a new long-form publishing venture, spearheaded by Robin Wharton and Kris Shaffer: Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing (HPP). Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing seeks to encourage active...
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#digped Storify: How to Think about Books

On Friday, June 6, Hybrid Pedagogy held a conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #digped to discuss the present and future of books — digital, print,...
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Martian Codicology, or How to Think About Books: A #digped Discussion

“While the form of the ‘book’ is now going through a period of general upheaval, and while that form now appears less natural, and its history...
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The Critical Textbook

Nothing enshrines an idea quite like printing it in a textbook. In fact, the textbook is the ultimate canon: a fixed tome of knowledge, shared across...
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What is music theory?

Music theory is making the rounds lately. It seems to have started with Ethan Hein’s post on Quora, and subsequently on Slate, “How Can Traditional Music Theory...
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Pursuing a Social Media Policy that Supports Academic Freedom

Last year, my then-employer, Charleston Southern University (CSU), instituted a new social media policy. Though I believe it was largely unintended, that policy (which is still...
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An Open Letter to My Students

The following is a letter to my first- and second-year music theory and aural skills students at The University of Colorado–Boulder. This is my second semester...
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Push, Pull, Fork: GitHub for Academics

In his article, “Open-source Scholarship”, Kris Shaffer argues that the open-source software model has lessons to offer the academic community. Here, Kris demonstrates how a scholar...
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Open-source Scholarship

Scholarship is, by its nature, open source. Let me explain. The open-source (or “free” or “libre”) software movement centers around a single ideal: community ownership of...
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