AsktheFLN Episode 036 – Sean Michael Morris

--Originally published at Ask the Flipped Learning Network

Show Notes

In this episode, Ken chats with Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher on Twitter). I met Sean initially through my work with Virtually Connecting for Digital Pedagogy Lab workshops and was very excited to meet him in person at the 2016 edition of the OpenEd Conference (more on that in the episode). Sean is truly an inspiration to many in the space of digital and critical pedagogy. I reached out for an episode a year ago but finally managed to approach Sean again to join me. I really enjoyed this conversation and hope that you do too.

This episode was recorded on May 30, 2019.

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About our Guest

Note: Excerpt taken from Sean’s “about” page on his website. Please read more details at that location.
“I am a digital teacher and pedagogue, with experience especially in instructional design, networked learning, digital composition and publishing, collaboration, and editing. I’ve been working in digital teaching and learning for 16 years. My work in the field of Critical Digital Pedagogy and Critical Instructional Design is founded in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, and finds contemporary analogues in the work of Howard Rheingold, Audrey Watters, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and Jesse Stommel. I am committed to engaging audiences in critical inspection of digital technologies, and to turning a social justice lens upon education.”


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Ken’s Take

My choice of quote from the conversation that particularly resonated with me.

On labels:

“When it [Flipped Learning] was first described to me I was like ‘Oh yes, that makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t you do things like that?’ and then it became like ‘Flipped Learning Trademark’ and it became like the thing. And as soon as something becomes (and I’ve been asked this about the idea of critical instructional design too), as soon as it becomes this sort of like “ABCs of Flipped Learning”, then something has gone wrong. Because education should always be subject to our inspection and our imagination and we should always be reinventing what we are doing.”

There is much more to that quote which starts at about 13:47 into the episode.




The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

Portrait of Sean Michael Morris, original at his site

Again, all rights reserved and taken from Sean’s “About page” on his website.

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