Kris Shaffer
Kris is a data scientist and Senior Computational Disinformation Analyst for Yonder, and the author of Data versus Democracy: How Big Data Algorithms Shape Opinions and Alter the Course of History.
Education in the (Dis)Information Age
Digital Literacy
It's time we brought back the hyperlink and learned how to really use it. It’s time we used information abundance to our advantage. And it’s time we disentangled our communications from platforms tuned for the spread of disinformation. The health of our democracies just might depend on it.
Indie, Open, Free: The Fraught Ideologies of Ed-Tech
Digital culture
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 from eighth grade on. I upgraded to
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Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies
Digital Literacy
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 have been showing in the week following
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Homework is a Social Justice Issue
Hybridity
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 requisite supplies? A quiet place to
Assessment and Generosity
Assessment
In this episode, we’ll return to Kris Shaffer and Asao Inoue to pick up the assessment-focused parts of their conversations that didn’t make it on the air, and we’ll hear from Lee Skallerup Bessette to consider institutional assessment, empathy, and student needs.
Listening to Students
Critical Pedagogy
In this episode, we’ll explore some of the benefits we can get, and improvements we can make, if we essentially talk less and listen more.
Love in the Time of Peer Review
Collaboration
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 the following article — 10 authors
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, is an open-source, interactive,
Three Lines of Resistance: Ethics, Critical Pedagogy, and Teaching Underground
Critical Digital Pedagogy CFP
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 pedagogy to see need
The Open, Interactive Music Theory Textbook: Campaign Update
Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing
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 in The Generative Literature Project
The Open, Interactive Music Theory Textbook
Crowdsourcing
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 public discourse by publishing works
The Critical Textbook
Higher Ed
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 institutional boundaries, with the authority to dictate
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 Mesh With Modern Pop Music?
Pursuing a Social Media Policy that Supports Academic Freedom
Digital culture
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 available on CSU’s website) placed unreasonable

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