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MYFest 2024 schedule is emerging so the confirmed session times are posted on this schedule and we will continue to add more. Please check back for new sessions periodically.

Accessibility

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Exploring and Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity

Facilitators: Lauren Butler, Mishka Reddy, Diann Selman, Janet Small with learning design colleagues | Wed 24 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In just 90-minutes, join us on an exhilarating journey to sample and explore the Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity (ENABLE) Framework that aims to embed equity into design processes. Using the world cafe format and experiential methods, collaborate with us to improve and advance this agenda.

Representation of People with Disabilities in Media

Representation of People with Disabilities in Media

Facilitators: Lobna Hassan | Tue 6 Aug 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Following the increased work to raise disability awareness, nowadays, we see many characters with disabilities in books, games, movies, and TV series. More representation is always great, or is it? In this talk, I will discuss how the current ways we present disability can be counter productive rather than empowering. I discuss how some of the seemingly innocent characters we see on Netflix or in games are still advancing harmful stereotypes. We need a shift in our understanding of people with disabilities as we call for better representation. I end this talk with real life, practical examples of positive disability representations and how they help us understand ourselves and others more.

Artificial Intelligence & Critical AI Literacies

AI and Authorship: Navigating the Ethics of AI-Assisted Writing

AI and Authorship: Navigating the Ethics of AI-Assisted Writing

Facilitators: Laura Dumin | Mon 24 Jun 2024 | 15:30–16:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Who are we and how do we show that in our writing? That is one of the big questions that surrounds how AI might be used in writing assignments and professional publications. How do we ensure that our voices and ideas are shining through and how do we determine when to acknowledge AI’s help in bringing our ideas to the page. This session will look at some of the discussions around ethical, responsible, and transparent AI use in writing assignments. There will be time allotted for questions, so please come ready to engage in discussion on these ideas.

Humanizing Academic Writing Pedagogies in the Age of AI: Centering Voice

Humanizing Academic Writing Pedagogies in the Age of AI: Centering Voice

Facilitators: Heba Fathelbab, Mariah Fairley | Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 11:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Students often struggle to engage with academic writing, expressing feelings of disconnection, discomfort and even dislike. Such feelings may lead some students to turn to AI, often employing it uncritically in order to complete their writing assignments, thus losing their voice. Humanizing the writing classroom through centering the element of voice may offer a great way to address these concerns. In light of AI concerns in particular, voice takes on even more importance as one of the aspects to writing that may distinguish human writing from AI writing. Focusing on voice may allow students to connect more meaningfully with academic writing as a mode of communication because it can make writing more personally relevant to them and expressive of their identities. Thus, it is our belief that by humanizing the writing classroom through centering voice, students may be less likely to rely solely on AI, and rather develop more critical approaches to their writing. However, providing effective instruction for students to develop their academic writing voice can be challenging. In this session, we will provide a brief background on voice in academic writing, and then share several activities that the presenters have tried with their students to help them (a) explore voice and its importance, especially in the age of AI, (b) reflect on their own developing voice constructions, and (c) develop more ownership over their writing.

Is AI A Threat to Democracy? Session 1/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

Is AI A Threat to Democracy? Session 1/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

Facilitators: Jon Ippolito | Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this three-part session series, we use the metaphoric structure: AI as a Growing Child. So in this first session we will describe AI’s impact on democracy as the “adolescent phase,” where it can be rebellious and unpredictable. Just as it would be irresponsible to let a young child adolescent play with a firearm, AI and elections are a volative mix. From deep-faked images of politicians to more subtle threats that can disable government infrastructure, this session demonstrates how AI tools can help saboteurs destabilize democracy. Participants will learn the weaknesses of commonly proposed solutions like AI watermarks as well as other solutions with a greater chance of safeguarding the democratic process.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: The Basics 1/3

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: The Basics 1/3

Facilitators: Danielle Dubien | Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

What is trauma? How can we shape our pedagogical practices to support students in their learning despite being impacted by trauma? We’ll explore these questions in this interactive session about Trauma-Informed Pedagogy. This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

AI for Writing Feedback: Supporting a Human-Centered Writing Process and Building AI Literacy

AI for Writing Feedback: Supporting a Human-Centered Writing Process and Building AI Literacy

Facilitators: Anna Mills | Wed 26 Jun 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive session, we’ll test out various forms of targeted AI writing feedback. How can AI feedback be incorporated to support students’ development of their own voice and ideas and also to give students practice questioning plausible AI advice? Can we put AI in a limited place where it supplements the responses of human readers and stimulates student thinking without telling them what to write? We’ll explore student comments on how it felt to use AI feedback from recent pilots of the teacher-created app MyEssayFeedback.ai.

How Can Generative AI Make New Things? Session 2/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

How Can Generative AI Make New Things? Session 2/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

Facilitators: Jon Ippolito | Wed 26 Jun 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Sometimes caricatured as mere regurgitators of online content, tools like ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion are more like a growing child that is facile at fabricating fresh ideas and novel imagery. A peek under the hood of these models will equip participants with a grasp their special brand of creativity, along with their limits in representing diverse perspectives and potential for disinformation.

Thinking Machines? Or Lying, Cheating, and Stealing Machines? Ethical Considerations for the Use of AI in Education

Thinking Machines? Or Lying, Cheating, and Stealing Machines? Ethical Considerations for the Use of AI in Education

Facilitators: Torrey Trust | Thu 27 Jun 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Date and Time to be confirmed
This interactive workshop encourages participants to critically examine how and why generative AI tools were designed and what that means for their use in education. Topics of exploration include: Bias, Hallucinations, Exploitation of Human Labor, Data & Privacy, Digital Divide, Academic Integrity, and Intellectual Property Rights. As participants explore each of these topics, they will consider how to bring these critical issues into their practice and how to help prepare students to become critical AI users.

When Should We Trust AI? Session 3/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

When Should We Trust AI? Session 3/3 of Jon Ippolito's Track

Facilitators: Jon Ippolito | Thu 27 Jun 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Maturity, whether in childhood development or in AI use, means knowing when to trust instinctual responses and when to check their unimpeded influence. Drawing on a range of sources from the mathematics of probability to Roman history, this workshop proposes a framework for sifting appropriate uses of AI from those that can cause undue harm, be they in healthcare, business, or education. (Spoiler: it’s not high- versus low-risk tasks!)

Human Nature of Writing in the Age of AI

Human Nature of Writing in the Age of AI

Facilitators: Mia Zamora | Fri 28 Jun 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

From time immemorial, human beings have reached out to the world with words, hoping to connect and communicate. But in a world where the machine can do some things more effectively and efficiently, how do we now reckon with the art and science of writing? This conversation about AI is an invitation to brainstorm together about how to center our humanness in a increasingly automated world.

Skeptical Approaches to AI Research Tools

Skeptical Approaches to AI Research Tools

Facilitators: Anna Mills | Tue 2 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive workshop will survey a range of AI-enabled research assistance apps that aim to help us find and analyze sources. We’ll look at general-purpose ones like Perplexity, ChatGPT4o, and Gemini as well as apps geared to academic research such as Elicit, Consensus, Keenious, ResearchRabbit, SciSpace, Scite_, and Undermind. In what ways do they facilitate source retrieval and analysis, and how can they also mislead us? What does wise use of these tools look like?

Playful Prompting: A Lighter Approach to AI

Playful Prompting: A Lighter Approach to AI

Facilitators: Mark Marino | Wed 3 Jul 2024 | 17:00–19:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

How can we respond to the terror of AI? Laughter. Play. Let’s explore the possibilities and pitfalls of this platform with playful activities to help you dream up uses of AI that expand your creativity.

Speculative Futures for Education: Session 1

Speculative Futures for Education: Session 1

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Fri 5 Jul 2024 | 17:00–19:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Session 1: Worlding the Future (90-120 minutes) Higher education globally is in a state of seemingly endless disruption and change. In this session, we will spend time examining our hopes and fears for the future of education, including, but not limited to, the impact of Generative AI. We will start with micro-storytelling activities to introduce speculation and help participants start thinking about the future. Then, in groups, we will collaboratively construct three future worlds: a world of hope, a world of despair, and a world of possibility, interweaving the good and bad.

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Facilitators: Sarah Elaine Eaton | Tue 9 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this session, Professor Sarah Elaine Eaton, looks at the ethical implications of advancements in artificial intelligence and neurotechnology for education. We will look at threats to human dignity and mental integrity, as well as how advanced technology can be used to catalyze equity, inclusion, accessibility, and learner agency. This is not a session about how to use specific tools, but rather how to think broadly about ethics of advanced technology for learning.

Using Generative AI to Interrogate Assessment Practices

Using Generative AI to Interrogate Assessment Practices

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Thu 11 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Many Generative AI conversations focus on academic integrity and preventative measures so that established assessment practices remain secure. However, it could be argued that rather than viewing generative AI as a detriment to assessment, it could be seen as a tool for revealing the hidden curriculum of assessment and identifying ineffective assessment designs (the assessments that are not doing what we think they are). This session will explore how Generative tools can be used to interrogate and improve assessment designs.

Leaning In and Leading with Students: An Open Pedagogical Approach to Exploring AI with Students

Leaning In and Leading with Students: An Open Pedagogical Approach to Exploring AI with Students

Facilitators: Lance Eaton | Mon 15 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will be a case study of how College Unbound worked with students to develop their institutional policy on the use of generative AI for students and faculty. From there, the session will explore through conversation, activities, and sharing how we can think and learn with students about how to critically use generative AI in general and in our respective disciplines.

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Facilitators: Carrie Diaz | Tue 16 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

During my own personal journey to find belonging, it has been instrumental to be involved in, to create, and to nurture communities of practice and transformation. The mathematical foundations of networked ecosystems, with its relational and complex adaptive systems perspective, has informed this STEM community building work. However, for many years, undertaking social justice meant personal activism, teaching, service, and education research and excluded “mathematics research.” But mathematical and computational research for social justice is now gaining exciting momentum. Our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity is that we are both shaping the future of mathematics, computation, STEM and STEM education as well as redefining the community that should shape it. Creating mathematical research communities for social justice offers an exciting moment to build an inclusive and mutually supportive community focused on nurturing belonging, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, openness, and innovative mathematics.

Speculative Futures for Education: Session 2

Speculative Futures for Education: Session 2

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Thu 18 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Being in the Future (90 minutes) We will start with new micro-storytelling activities to introduce speculation. This session will focus on the personal and what existing in our speculative futures means. Participants will spend some time reflecting on who they are in the present and how much of that is contextual. Then we will explore the three worlds constructed in the first session. Each participant will choose a world and write a letter from the future, explaining who they are in this future, what they do. The goal of the session is to empower participants to understand where/how they will retain their sense of self in uncertain futures.

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AI Policies & Guidelines — Views from South Africa, Egypt & Canada

Facilitators: Sukaina Walji, Hoda Mostafa and Christina Hendricks | Mon 22 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

TBA

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Get AI Ready: Your Guide to AI Literacy

Facilitators: Stella Lee | Mon 22 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

AI literacy is more than learning how to code. It’s about critically examining and using AI ethically and effectively. In our session, we’ll break down what it means to be AI literate and explore an AI Literacy Framework designed for educators. We’ll cover seven key areas, discuss the essential skills for each, and share practical resources. Join in for an animated discussion and prepare to dig in for some fun activities.

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Using Metaphors to Develop Critical AI Literacy

Facilitators: Anna Mills, Anuj Gupta, Yasser Tamer, Maha Bali | Thu 1 Aug 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

TBA

Empowering Students: Student Roles in the Co-creation of Open Education and Harnessing the Potential of AI to Create Open Textbook Chapters

Empowering Students: Student Roles in the Co-creation of Open Education and Harnessing the Potential of AI to Create Open Textbook Chapters

Facilitators: Glenda Cox | Mon 5 Aug 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This workshop will engage participants in thinking about the potential roles of students in open pedagogy and the creation of open educational resources after sharing two case studies done at UCT. There will also be interaction around shifting hierarchies and changing the traditional power balance in HE. Student partnerships are seen as a pathway to inclusion and a means to address injustice in the classroom and in course materials. These inclusive practices seem essential for future higher education to be just and sustainable.

AI in Audio and Podcasting: What’s Been Done, What’s Being Done and What You Can Do!

AI in Audio and Podcasting: What’s Been Done, What’s Being Done and What You Can Do!

Facilitators: Kim Fox | Tue 20 Aug 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This 1-hour workshop will address how AI has been used for audio deep fakes, but can you identify one if you heard it? Meanwhile, like all areas of generative AI, the audio field is exploding with options. We’ll survey the AI for audio and podcasting toolbox and we’ll play around with some of those tools.

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AI Pedagogy Project Panel

Facilitators: Sarah Newman, Maha Bali | Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

TBA
Date and Time to be confirmed

Community Building

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (3)

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (3)

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join us for an hour of supporting each other’s writing… quietly… where we will kick off with 5 minutes of inspiration, give everyone about 50 minutes to work on what is important to them right now, and have 5 minutes to celebrate what we’ve accomplished today. This group is dedicated to anyone who is working on a writing project of any kind: you can work on a peer-reviewed paper, grant application, syllabus, even a really tricky email, even your creative work, a poem you want to capture, lyrics for your next song 🙂

Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle: Community (1)

Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle: Community (1)

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Thu 27 Jun 2024 | 13:00–14:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

A Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle, is an opportunity for individuals to come together virtually to share their love of reading.

Unlike a traditional book club, where everyone brings a commonly read book, these BYOB circles invite anyone to come with any book that they have read, or are currently reading, based on a central theme.

With the support of a facilitator, these events are meant to create community, inspire new reading and learning, and engage with one another in fun and unique ways.

Authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/2

Authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/2

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Wed 3 Jul 2024 | 12:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join Maha Bali & Mia Zamora in deepening their equity/care research to integrate the importance of authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care. We will invite you to share your own stories and reflections on our model, and hopefully incorporate some of your voice in our upcoming writing.
Note: This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Ally, Advocate and Activist — Moving Towards Collective Socially Just Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/3

Ally, Advocate and Activist — Moving Towards Collective Socially Just Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/3

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Tue 9 Jul 2024 | 12:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join Maha Bali & Mia Zamora to explore the spectrum of a “socially just praxis” related to their current research. We will invite participants to reflect and share their own stories of acting as: Ally, Advocate and/or Activist. We will discuss and reflect together on how we can move towards “Collective Socially Just Care”.
Note: This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (4)

Writing Time with Mia and Maha (4)

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Wed 10 Jul 2024 | 12:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join us for an hour of supporting each other’s writing… quietly… where we will kick off with 5 minutes of inspiration, give everyone about 50 minutes to work on what is important to them right now, and have 5 minutes to celebrate what we’ve accomplished today. This group is dedicated to anyone who is working on a writing project of any kind: you can work on a peer-reviewed paper, grant application, syllabus, even a really tricky email, even your creative work, a poem you want to capture, lyrics for your next song 🙂

Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle: Wellbeing (2)

Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle: Wellbeing (2)

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Thu 18 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

A Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Circle, is an opportunity for individuals to come together virtually to share their love of reading.

Unlike a traditional book club, where everyone brings a commonly read book, these BYOB circles invite anyone to come with any book that they have read, or are currently reading, based on a central theme.

With the support of a facilitator, these events are meant to create community, inspire new reading and learning, and engage with one another in fun and unique ways.

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Island at the End of the World: A Collaborative Narrative Experience

Facilitators: Sam Veneruso, Christina Hendricks | Sun 21 Jul 2024–Wed 24 Jul 2024 | Anytime

Join us for a 4 day collaborative writing experience. Using a prompt, you are invited to add your part of the story. This is a collaborative story with multiple authors including you. Drop in at any point between 21 July and 24 July and add your part of the story. Come back throughout the period and see where the story goes. 

This is an open novel writing experience for MYFest participants.

Held- July 21-July 24

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Conflict Resolution for Healthy Communities: A Friction Lab

Facilitators: Sam Veneruso | Wed 31 Jul 2024 | 15:30–16:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Conflict is something most of us shy away from, but it is also inevitable. It makes us uncomfortable and unsure, and unresolved conflict can lead to negative mental health consequences, destructive or toxic community spaces, loss of community connections members, and limitations on solutions and opportunities. But not all conflict is negative; conflict can be generative, and there are constructive ways to resolve conflict that contribute to the health of organizations, communities, teams and individuals. Join us for this conversation about how conflict manifests at organizational, team and individual levels, how and why we respond to conflict negatively, and generative, healthy approaches to conflict with the goal of transforming our understanding of conflict to create better communities. Together, we will build a framework for understanding conflict, its impact, and chart impactful strategies for resolution. We will use theory and strategy and invite lived experiences.

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Mon 5 Aug 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Though historically (and in popular media), Tarot has been popularized as a tool for divination, it actually provides a powerful tool for storytelling, reflection, and self-discovery. The major arcana consists of a collection of 22 archetypes that encompass major life themes including creation, stability, loss, solitude, curiosity, healing, transition, balance, justice, wisdom, patience, and hope. Drawing on radical and queer approaches to tarot, this session will introduce participants to the major arcana and the questions that these archetypes provoke. Participants will be invited to participate in a 22-day asynchronous autoethnography project focused on daily reflections, storytelling, and activities based on each of the cards.

Asynchronous: The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a tool for radical reflective practice

Asynchronous: The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a tool for radical reflective practice

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Tue 6 Aug 2024–Wed 28 Aug 2024 | Anytime

This is a 22-day asynchronous autoethnography project focused around the major arcana of the tarot. Each day, participants will receive an email focused on one of the cards of the Major Arcana. They will be provided with a brief introduction to the card and its themes and provided with reflection journal questions related to the card’s theme in relation to higher education contexts and practices.

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Human-Centered Teaching and Learning in Dangerous Times

Facilitators: Kai Foster | Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

Date and Time to be confirmed
This offering would be specifically for individuals who are working in countries/states within which legislation has been passed that limits or prohibits content related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It will not be recorded and priority will be placed on holding space for folks to voice their feelings, thoughts, hopes, and transformative ideas given constraints which make otherwise unsafe to do so in other spaces.

Critical Pedagogy

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Facilitators: Sarah Elaine Eaton | Tue 9 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this session, Professor Sarah Elaine Eaton, looks at the ethical implications of advancements in artificial intelligence and neurotechnology for education. We will look at threats to human dignity and mental integrity, as well as how advanced technology can be used to catalyze equity, inclusion, accessibility, and learner agency. This is not a session about how to use specific tools, but rather how to think broadly about ethics of advanced technology for learning.

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A Framework for Decolonizing Academic Integrity

Facilitators: Carolyn Ives, Paul Martin, Shaun Longstreet | Wed 10 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Inspired by frameworks from Nan Wehipeihana (2019) and the Anti-Racism Network (2021), this session will share a framework for decolonizing academic integrity policies and practices that asks us to question western epistemologies and consider multiple ways of knowing.

On Becoming: Building Awareness and Action Through Reflective Practices

On Becoming: Building Awareness and Action Through Reflective Practices

Facilitators: Bonni Stachowiak | Thu 11 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session explores reflective teaching, focusing on critical pedagogy and diverse student needs, leveraging lenses and tools (including AI) for actionable insights and fostering incremental pedagogical changes.

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Facilitators: Carrie Diaz | Tue 16 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

During my own personal journey to find belonging, it has been instrumental to be involved in, to create, and to nurture communities of practice and transformation. The mathematical foundations of networked ecosystems, with its relational and complex adaptive systems perspective, has informed this STEM community building work. However, for many years, undertaking social justice meant personal activism, teaching, service, and education research and excluded “mathematics research.” But mathematical and computational research for social justice is now gaining exciting momentum. Our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity is that we are both shaping the future of mathematics, computation, STEM and STEM education as well as redefining the community that should shape it. Creating mathematical research communities for social justice offers an exciting moment to build an inclusive and mutually supportive community focused on nurturing belonging, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, openness, and innovative mathematics.

Partnership: Collaboration and Compromise

Partnership: Collaboration and Compromise

Facilitators: Jennie Blake | Thu 18 Jul 2024 | 10:00–12:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Working together as a community, reflect on frameworks around partnership to explore building connections. This session will use interactive activities to collectively explore ideas and ideals around partnership. We’ll come away with an idea of some of the practical demands, emergent possibilities and possible tensions in working in partnership across institutions, communities and cohorts and begin to create our own contextual “elegant steps”.

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Exploring and Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity

Facilitators: Lauren Butler, Mishka Reddy, Diann Selman, Janet Small with learning design colleagues | Wed 24 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In just 90-minutes, join us on an exhilarating journey to sample and explore the Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity (ENABLE) Framework that aims to embed equity into design processes. Using the world cafe format and experiential methods, collaborate with us to improve and advance this agenda.

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Facilitators: Mays Imad | Fri 26 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of a learning sanctuary and examine trauma and agency through the lens of recent student protests. We will focus on heartful listening, a compassionate and empowering approach that emphasizes humility, community, and understanding, essential for creating a learning sanctuary. Additionally, we will discuss how trauma affects students’ lives and learning, offering strategies to help them reclaim their agency. By analyzing recent student protests, we aim to gain insights into the collective trauma and calls for justice driving these movements, enabling us to better support our students.

We will also discuss the notions of safety and discomfort in learning, exploring the meaning and implications of the pedagogy of discomfort. This includes promoting reflective spaces and using restorative practices to address conflicts and rebuild trust. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with practical tools to create inclusive, supportive, and responsive educational environments that foster growth and understanding.

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Centering Radical Kindness and Black Feminist Pedagogy: A Workshop

Facilitators: Ameena Payne | Wed 31 Jul 2024 | 09:00–10:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this workshop, we’ll begin to explore the heart of Black feminist pedagogies which embody radical kindness and which center on fostering a culture of inquiry, embodying political clarity, and building connectedness through community. Led by Ameena L. Payne, this workshop will ask participants to engage in both synchronous and asynchronous interactive exercises and reflective dialogue; we’ll unpack how radical kindness can fuel curiosity, cultivate critical thinking, and better enable seeing our own, each other’s, and our students’ full humanity.

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Sociocracy in Intentional Community

Facilitators: Rebecca J. Hogue | Wed 7 Aug 2024 | 13:00–14:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Rebecca will introduce the concepts of sociocracy and intentional community, and will describe the benefits of a governance system that is not consensus nor majority rules. She will touch on how an introduction to some of the sociocracy concepts can help students be more effective at group work.

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HE4Good Book Circles (3–4 sessions)

Facilitators: Catherine Cronin, Laura Czerniewicz | Sat 31 Aug 2024 |

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Intergenerational

"I’ve seen this, I love it"

"I’ve seen this, I love it"

Facilitators: Jennie Blake | Sat 1 Jun 2024–Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

This will be a continuous lowkey way to capture the beautiful quotes, concepts and other ephemera we come across. You can share your favourite quotes of all time, or just drop in something you’ve seen on the day. It will be a spot to recharge and be inspired by amazing things others have found. At the end of MYFest, we could collectively create something from what we’ve discovered. Click on the name of the session to see the link to the Padlet.

Asynchronous - Wisdom of Fools: A Storytelling Project

Asynchronous - Wisdom of Fools: A Storytelling Project

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Sat 1 Jun 2024–Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

This is the Wisdom of Fools website: MYFest24.LauraGibbs.net
This is the asynchronous MYFest-long event. We will have a month of asynchronous activities and prompts in June, followed by a workshop in July when we can talk together about what we’ve learned and decide where we want to go next.

Readers Theater 2

Readers Theater 2

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Mon 24 Jun 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

For details, see the MYFest Readers Theater website https://sites.google.com/view/ccreaderstheater/myfest24
All ages welcome!

Wisdom of Fools: A Storytelling Project (Synchronous Session)

Wisdom of Fools: A Storytelling Project (Synchronous Session)

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Mon 1 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This is the Wisdom of Fools website: MYFest24.LauraGibbs.net
Nasruddin was walking along the river one day when he heard someone shouting; he looked across to the other side of the river and saw a man standing there, waving his arms. “Hey!” shouted the man. “How do I get to the other side of the river?” Nasruddin shook his head and shouted back, “But you’re already on the other side!” Nasruddin is one of the most famous “wise fools” in the world, and there are many more, from A to Z, Aesop to Zen masters. You can find the foolish wisdom of the world in stories and songs, in cartoons and jokes, in riddles and rhymes… just look; you’ll start seeing foolish wisdom everywhere! For this MYFest24 storytelling project, we invite everyone to share their favorite examples of “foolish wisdom,” collecting old stories and also creating new stories to share and learn from together. We will have a month of asynchronous activities and prompts in June, followed by a workshop in July when we can talk together about what we’ve learned and decide where we want to go next. We will have 1 synchronous workshop and MYFest 24-long asynchronous activities.

Readers Theater 3

Readers Theater 3

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Mon 15 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

For details, see the MYFest Readers Theater website https://sites.google.com/view/ccreaderstheater/myfest24
All ages welcome!

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Guided Journaling for Wellbeing

Facilitators: Nadine Aboulmagd | Tue 16 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will start with a short mindfulness meditation and then a short discussion about the benefits and different types of journaling. We will have a short activity on the ways each of you can incorporate a journaling practice in your life. Afterwards the remainder of the session will be dedicated for journaling alone (but together) using prompts provided by the facilitator and beautiful, relaxing background music. Come and join us for a self case, wellbeing and joyful hour that you dedicate to your self. You can bring your family with you.

An Introduction to Neuro-Art

An Introduction to Neuro-Art

Facilitators: Marie Louise Williams | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will be hands on where you’ll get the chance to draw/create art. Though there is absolutely no experience required and it is open to all skill levels, we ask that you prepare to be fully immersed! This means preparing a few materials in advance and blocking out time in your schedule for the entire session so you can get the most out of this experience. Neuro-Art is a form of sketching or doodling that can be used to relax and shift perceptions and experience around a particular issue, belief, emotion or bodily sensation. This introduction will show the simplest method/technique in order for you to have an insight into the process. It will not give you a complete experience of the full method, but is designed to offer a sense of the possibilities so that you can go and explore further for yourself or with a trained therapist if you enjoy the practice. This is an interactive session and you will get the most benefit if you engage with the process and let it unfold.

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Future Dreaming Part 1: Integrating futures for anti-oppressive and liberatory education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive workshop will open a dynamic conversation about open and liberatory education design. How does our work help to accelerate liberatory ed, or maintain current structures and slow it down? How might we start to envision important integration work in order to create a more powerful foundation for an anti-oppressive educational landscape – one that allows all learners to become self-actualized shapers of a more just and sustainable world?

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Future Dreaming Part 2: Storytelling for Liberatory Education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Tue 23 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive session will be the seeds of a participatory storytelling project. We will be considering the feeling of “freedom” when we learn. We invite everyone to attend, reflect, and share stories, which will in turn become the basis of a beautiful mosaic of narratives dedicated to liberatory learning.

Readers Theater 4

Readers Theater 4

Facilitators: Laura Gibbs, Jim Stauffer, Heather Kretschmer | Thu 1 Aug 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

For details, see the MYFest Readers Theater website https://sites.google.com/view/ccreaderstheater/myfest24

All ages welcome!

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Guided Gratitude Meditation

Facilitators: Nadine Aboulmagd | Wed 7 Aug 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will start with a short intro about the different forms of meditation and a reflection on which type resonates most with you. You will also get to hear some tips and tricks for how to incorporate a meditation practice in your life, to the degree that you want/need. We will then of course meditate together. You will be guided through a gratitude meditation. Come and join us for a self case, wellbeing and joyful hour that you dedicate to your self. You can bring your family with you.

Social Justice

Authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/2

Authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/2

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Wed 3 Jul 2024 | 12:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join Maha Bali & Mia Zamora in deepening their equity/care research to integrate the importance of authenticity in Socially Just Distributed Care. We will invite you to share your own stories and reflections on our model, and hopefully incorporate some of your voice in our upcoming writing.
Note: This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Ally, Advocate and Activist — Moving Towards Collective Socially Just Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/3

Ally, Advocate and Activist — Moving Towards Collective Socially Just Care with Maha Bali & Mia Zamora: 2/3

Facilitators: Maha Bali, Mia Zamora | Tue 9 Jul 2024 | 12:00–13:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join Maha Bali & Mia Zamora to explore the spectrum of a “socially just praxis” related to their current research. We will invite participants to reflect and share their own stories of acting as: Ally, Advocate and/or Activist. We will discuss and reflect together on how we can move towards “Collective Socially Just Care”.
Note: This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Postplagiarism: Academic Integrity, Equity, and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Neurotechnology

Facilitators: Sarah Elaine Eaton | Tue 9 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this session, Professor Sarah Elaine Eaton, looks at the ethical implications of advancements in artificial intelligence and neurotechnology for education. We will look at threats to human dignity and mental integrity, as well as how advanced technology can be used to catalyze equity, inclusion, accessibility, and learner agency. This is not a session about how to use specific tools, but rather how to think broadly about ethics of advanced technology for learning.

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Data Justice: Imagining an Interdisciplinary and Inclusive STEM

Facilitators: Carrie Diaz | Tue 16 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

During my own personal journey to find belonging, it has been instrumental to be involved in, to create, and to nurture communities of practice and transformation. The mathematical foundations of networked ecosystems, with its relational and complex adaptive systems perspective, has informed this STEM community building work. However, for many years, undertaking social justice meant personal activism, teaching, service, and education research and excluded “mathematics research.” But mathematical and computational research for social justice is now gaining exciting momentum. Our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity is that we are both shaping the future of mathematics, computation, STEM and STEM education as well as redefining the community that should shape it. Creating mathematical research communities for social justice offers an exciting moment to build an inclusive and mutually supportive community focused on nurturing belonging, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, openness, and innovative mathematics.

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Exploring and Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity

Facilitators: Lauren Butler, Mishka Reddy, Diann Selman, Janet Small with learning design colleagues | Wed 24 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In just 90-minutes, join us on an exhilarating journey to sample and explore the Enabling Accessible Blended Learning for Equity (ENABLE) Framework that aims to embed equity into design processes. Using the world cafe format and experiential methods, collaborate with us to improve and advance this agenda.

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Facilitators: Mays Imad | Fri 26 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of a learning sanctuary and examine trauma and agency through the lens of recent student protests. We will focus on heartful listening, a compassionate and empowering approach that emphasizes humility, community, and understanding, essential for creating a learning sanctuary. Additionally, we will discuss how trauma affects students’ lives and learning, offering strategies to help them reclaim their agency. By analyzing recent student protests, we aim to gain insights into the collective trauma and calls for justice driving these movements, enabling us to better support our students.

We will also discuss the notions of safety and discomfort in learning, exploring the meaning and implications of the pedagogy of discomfort. This includes promoting reflective spaces and using restorative practices to address conflicts and rebuild trust. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with practical tools to create inclusive, supportive, and responsive educational environments that foster growth and understanding.

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Centering Radical Kindness and Black Feminist Pedagogy: A Workshop

Facilitators: Ameena Payne | Wed 31 Jul 2024 | 09:00–10:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this workshop, we’ll begin to explore the heart of Black feminist pedagogies which embody radical kindness and which center on fostering a culture of inquiry, embodying political clarity, and building connectedness through community. Led by Ameena L. Payne, this workshop will ask participants to engage in both synchronous and asynchronous interactive exercises and reflective dialogue; we’ll unpack how radical kindness can fuel curiosity, cultivate critical thinking, and better enable seeing our own, each other’s, and our students’ full humanity.

Teaching & Learning with Imagination

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: The Basics 1/3

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: The Basics 1/3

Facilitators: Danielle Dubien | Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

What is trauma? How can we shape our pedagogical practices to support students in their learning despite being impacted by trauma? We’ll explore these questions in this interactive session about Trauma-Informed Pedagogy. This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Trigger Warnings 2/3

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Trigger Warnings 2/3

Facilitators: Dan Dubien | Fri 28 Jun 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Trigger warnings can take many forms. If used alone to warn about sensitive material, they may have no effect or even be harmful. A broader, preventive approach and a careful response for when triggers do occur are explored in this interactive session.

This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Indigenous Students 3/3

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Indigenous Students 3/3

Facilitators: Dan Dubien | Tue 2 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

“Indigenous students can have their learning especially impacted by trauma. Non-Indigenous teachers may not be aware of the effect their teaching approaches can have on Indigenous students. This interactive session intends to shine a light on ways to better support Indigenous learners.

This session is part of a track but you can attend it on its own without attending the full track.”

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Co-Creating Guiding Principles for Academic Integrity AI Policies by Exploring Equity in Pedagogies

Facilitators: Hoda Mostafa, Yasser Tamer Atef, Nicola Pallet | Tue 16 Jul 2024 |

TBA

Counters to Despair: A Creative Workshop

Counters to Despair: A Creative Workshop

Facilitators: Sherri Spelic | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join us for this reflective and creative workshop based on the Higher Education for Good chapter, Counters to Despair. This collection of prose poems will form the basis of our thinking and actions. How do we manage to outwit or outrun our creeping despair in the face of so much gone awry in education and the world? What stands between us and despair? And even more importantly, how do we build and sustain counters to despair that keep us moving towards more peace, equity, and care in ourselves, our institutions and the world. We’ll use structured dialogues, free writing and open dialogue to articulate, share and bolster our defenses against despair.

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

Future Dreaming Part 1: Integrating futures for anti-oppressive and liberatory education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive workshop will open a dynamic conversation about open and liberatory education design. How does our work help to accelerate liberatory ed, or maintain current structures and slow it down? How might we start to envision important integration work in order to create a more powerful foundation for an anti-oppressive educational landscape – one that allows all learners to become self-actualized shapers of a more just and sustainable world?

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

Future Dreaming Part 2: Storytelling for Liberatory Education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Tue 23 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive session will be the seeds of a participatory storytelling project. We will be considering the feeling of “freedom” when we learn. We invite everyone to attend, reflect, and share stories, which will in turn become the basis of a beautiful mosaic of narratives dedicated to liberatory learning.

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

“Dream On”: The Power of Imagination as a Liberatory Practice

Facilitators: Jasmine Roberts-Crews | Thu 25 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this collaborative and interactive session, participants will learn the utility of imagination practice as a tool for liberation. Drawing on the works of Tricia Hersey, author of “Rest is Resistance”, participants will understand how current systems of oppression limit our ability and willingness to imagine what is possible. The goal of this session is to help participants realize what it exactly means to reclaim the dream space and how does this impact our work related to social justice and equity-minded education. Additionally, participants will understand how the power of dreaming can be used as a tool for healing and joy.

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Facilitators: Mays Imad | Fri 26 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of a learning sanctuary and examine trauma and agency through the lens of recent student protests. We will focus on heartful listening, a compassionate and empowering approach that emphasizes humility, community, and understanding, essential for creating a learning sanctuary. Additionally, we will discuss how trauma affects students’ lives and learning, offering strategies to help them reclaim their agency. By analyzing recent student protests, we aim to gain insights into the collective trauma and calls for justice driving these movements, enabling us to better support our students.

We will also discuss the notions of safety and discomfort in learning, exploring the meaning and implications of the pedagogy of discomfort. This includes promoting reflective spaces and using restorative practices to address conflicts and rebuild trust. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with practical tools to create inclusive, supportive, and responsive educational environments that foster growth and understanding.

Empowering Students: Student Roles in the Co-creation of Open Education and Harnessing the Potential of AI to Create Open Textbook Chapters

Empowering Students: Student Roles in the Co-creation of Open Education and Harnessing the Potential of AI to Create Open Textbook Chapters

Facilitators: Glenda Cox | Mon 5 Aug 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This workshop will engage participants in thinking about the potential roles of students in open pedagogy and the creation of open educational resources after sharing two case studies done at UCT. There will also be interaction around shifting hierarchies and changing the traditional power balance in HE. Student partnerships are seen as a pathway to inclusion and a means to address injustice in the classroom and in course materials. These inclusive practices seem essential for future higher education to be just and sustainable.

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Mon 5 Aug 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Though historically (and in popular media), Tarot has been popularized as a tool for divination, it actually provides a powerful tool for storytelling, reflection, and self-discovery. The major arcana consists of a collection of 22 archetypes that encompass major life themes including creation, stability, loss, solitude, curiosity, healing, transition, balance, justice, wisdom, patience, and hope. Drawing on radical and queer approaches to tarot, this session will introduce participants to the major arcana and the questions that these archetypes provoke. Participants will be invited to participate in a 22-day asynchronous autoethnography project focused on daily reflections, storytelling, and activities based on each of the cards.

Asynchronous: The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a tool for radical reflective practice

Asynchronous: The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a tool for radical reflective practice

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Tue 6 Aug 2024–Wed 28 Aug 2024 | Anytime

This is a 22-day asynchronous autoethnography project focused around the major arcana of the tarot. Each day, participants will receive an email focused on one of the cards of the Major Arcana. They will be provided with a brief introduction to the card and its themes and provided with reflection journal questions related to the card’s theme in relation to higher education contexts and practices.

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Sociocracy in Intentional Community

Facilitators: Rebecca J. Hogue | Wed 7 Aug 2024 | 13:00–14:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Rebecca will introduce the concepts of sociocracy and intentional community, and will describe the benefits of a governance system that is not consensus nor majority rules. She will touch on how an introduction to some of the sociocracy concepts can help students be more effective at group work.

Students as Partners in Experiential Learning (and Liberatory Scholarship)

Students as Partners in Experiential Learning (and Liberatory Scholarship)

Facilitators: Heather M. Wright, Jennie Blake | Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

Date and Time to be confirmed
This series will begin with a workshop, followed by three sessions will involve discussion, brainstorming, writing, and guest visits from leaders in Students as Partners pedagogy and research, and guest visits from students who are partners in pedagogy and research.

Wellbeing & Joy

"I’ve seen this, I love it"

"I’ve seen this, I love it"

Facilitators: Jennie Blake | Sat 1 Jun 2024–Sat 31 Aug 2024 | Anytime

This will be a continuous lowkey way to capture the beautiful quotes, concepts and other ephemera we come across. You can share your favourite quotes of all time, or just drop in something you’ve seen on the day. It will be a spot to recharge and be inspired by amazing things others have found. At the end of MYFest, we could collectively create something from what we’ve discovered. Click on the name of the session to see the link to the Padlet.

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Reducing the stress of the day to day: ways and techniques to help you be more present and calm while achieving your goals

Facilitators: Nadine Aboulmagd | Wed 3 Jul 2024 | 14:30–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

How many of us are stressed, frazzled, frequently overwhelmed and are going about every day in that state? I know! I see you and I feel you! Life is way too fast paced now. During this wellbeing session where we will dedicate an hour to our selves, we will start with discussing how you manage to get things done and achieve your goals/tasks now. Afterwards we will start to pinpoint specific techniques that would solve your own individual challenges, which we will call “friction points.” We will end with creating a system that works for you and that is kind, gratifying and enriching so you can try to reduce your day to day stress.

Healing/Compassion Circles (2)

Healing/Compassion Circles (2)

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Thu 11 Jul 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Healing circles are a means for people to come together for meaningful connection through deep listening and compassion. Using poetry, and other forms of creative expression, healing circles invite participants to move out of intellectual consciousness into emotional consciousness, connecting more deeply with what’s in their hearts as well as their minds. Spaces are limited so separate registration is required. Please click on the session name to find the link of the registration form.

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Guided Journaling for Wellbeing

Facilitators: Nadine Aboulmagd | Tue 16 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will start with a short mindfulness meditation and then a short discussion about the benefits and different types of journaling. We will have a short activity on the ways each of you can incorporate a journaling practice in your life. Afterwards the remainder of the session will be dedicated for journaling alone (but together) using prompts provided by the facilitator and beautiful, relaxing background music. Come and join us for a self case, wellbeing and joyful hour that you dedicate to your self. You can bring your family with you.

Counters to Despair: A Creative Workshop

Counters to Despair: A Creative Workshop

Facilitators: Sherri Spelic | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Join us for this reflective and creative workshop based on the Higher Education for Good chapter, Counters to Despair. This collection of prose poems will form the basis of our thinking and actions. How do we manage to outwit or outrun our creeping despair in the face of so much gone awry in education and the world? What stands between us and despair? And even more importantly, how do we build and sustain counters to despair that keep us moving towards more peace, equity, and care in ourselves, our institutions and the world. We’ll use structured dialogues, free writing and open dialogue to articulate, share and bolster our defenses against despair.

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

Future Dreaming Part 1: Integrating futures for anti-oppressive and liberatory education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Wed 17 Jul 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive workshop will open a dynamic conversation about open and liberatory education design. How does our work help to accelerate liberatory ed, or maintain current structures and slow it down? How might we start to envision important integration work in order to create a more powerful foundation for an anti-oppressive educational landscape – one that allows all learners to become self-actualized shapers of a more just and sustainable world?

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

Island at the End of the World: A Collaborative Narrative Experience

Facilitators: Sam Veneruso, Christina Hendricks | Sun 21 Jul 2024–Wed 24 Jul 2024 | Anytime

Join us for a 4 day collaborative writing experience. Using a prompt, you are invited to add your part of the story. This is a collaborative story with multiple authors including you. Drop in at any point between 21 July and 24 July and add your part of the story. Come back throughout the period and see where the story goes. 

This is an open novel writing experience for MYFest participants.

Held- July 21-July 24

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Future Dreaming Part 2: Storytelling for Liberatory Education

Facilitators: Mia Zamora, Lisa Petrides, Andrea Saveri | Tue 23 Jul 2024 | 16:00–17:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This interactive session will be the seeds of a participatory storytelling project. We will be considering the feeling of “freedom” when we learn. We invite everyone to attend, reflect, and share stories, which will in turn become the basis of a beautiful mosaic of narratives dedicated to liberatory learning.

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Out Beyond, there is a Learning Sanctuary

Facilitators: Mays Imad | Fri 26 Jul 2024 | 14:00–15:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of a learning sanctuary and examine trauma and agency through the lens of recent student protests. We will focus on heartful listening, a compassionate and empowering approach that emphasizes humility, community, and understanding, essential for creating a learning sanctuary. Additionally, we will discuss how trauma affects students’ lives and learning, offering strategies to help them reclaim their agency. By analyzing recent student protests, we aim to gain insights into the collective trauma and calls for justice driving these movements, enabling us to better support our students.

We will also discuss the notions of safety and discomfort in learning, exploring the meaning and implications of the pedagogy of discomfort. This includes promoting reflective spaces and using restorative practices to address conflicts and rebuild trust. By the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped with practical tools to create inclusive, supportive, and responsive educational environments that foster growth and understanding.

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Conflict Resolution for Healthy Communities: A Friction Lab

Facilitators: Sam Veneruso | Wed 31 Jul 2024 | 15:30–16:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Conflict is something most of us shy away from, but it is also inevitable. It makes us uncomfortable and unsure, and unresolved conflict can lead to negative mental health consequences, destructive or toxic community spaces, loss of community connections members, and limitations on solutions and opportunities. But not all conflict is negative; conflict can be generative, and there are constructive ways to resolve conflict that contribute to the health of organizations, communities, teams and individuals. Join us for this conversation about how conflict manifests at organizational, team and individual levels, how and why we respond to conflict negatively, and generative, healthy approaches to conflict with the goal of transforming our understanding of conflict to create better communities. Together, we will build a framework for understanding conflict, its impact, and chart impactful strategies for resolution. We will use theory and strategy and invite lived experiences.

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

The Fool’s Journey: Using Tarot as a Tool for Radical Reflective Practice

Facilitators: Dani Dilkes | Mon 5 Aug 2024 | 17:00–18:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Though historically (and in popular media), Tarot has been popularized as a tool for divination, it actually provides a powerful tool for storytelling, reflection, and self-discovery. The major arcana consists of a collection of 22 archetypes that encompass major life themes including creation, stability, loss, solitude, curiosity, healing, transition, balance, justice, wisdom, patience, and hope. Drawing on radical and queer approaches to tarot, this session will introduce participants to the major arcana and the questions that these archetypes provoke. Participants will be invited to participate in a 22-day asynchronous autoethnography project focused on daily reflections, storytelling, and activities based on each of the cards.

MYfest logo: A spiraling grid of pink and purple and blue.

Guided Gratitude Meditation

Facilitators: Nadine Aboulmagd | Wed 7 Aug 2024 | 15:00–16:00 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

This session will start with a short intro about the different forms of meditation and a reflection on which type resonates most with you. You will also get to hear some tips and tricks for how to incorporate a meditation practice in your life, to the degree that you want/need. We will then of course meditate together. You will be guided through a gratitude meditation. Come and join us for a self case, wellbeing and joyful hour that you dedicate to your self. You can bring your family with you.

Healing/Compassion Circles (3)

Healing/Compassion Circles (3)

Facilitators: Theresa Destrebecq | Thu 8 Aug 2024 | 13:00–14:30 UTC | Your time: JavaScript Disabled JavaScript Disabled

Healing circles are a means for people to come together for meaningful connection through deep listening and compassion. Using poetry, and other forms of creative expression, healing circles invite participants to move out of intellectual consciousness into emotional consciousness, connecting more deeply with what’s in their hearts as well as their minds. Spaces are limited so separate registration is required. Please click on the session name to find the link of the registration form.

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