Robin DeRosa

Director of the Open Teaching and Learning Lab at Plymouth State University

UW-Madison Distance Teaching & Learning Conference Keynote Speaker Robin DeRosa

Robin DeRosa is the Director of the Open Teaching and Learning Lab at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. The Open Lab is a dynamic hub for praxis around pedagogical innovation, open education, and integrated approaches to teaching and learning. Robin is an editor at Hybrid Pedagogy, an open access journal that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education. An advocate for public higher education, Robin is internationally known for her work designing learner-driven structures and approaches for courses, programs, and institutions that reduce barriers to college enrollment and completion and empower students to participate passionately in their own learning.


Date Time Session
August 7, 2019 8:00 – 9:30 am Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote

Personal Space: Rethinking “Distance” Learning

In this keynote address, Robin will offer new ways of conceptualizing the phrase “distance learning,” focusing less on how distance can be mitigated with clever online strategies and tools, and more on how distance can be leveraged to enrich learning ecosystems. In particular, she will explore how inclusivity, connection, and criticality can all be enhanced through the valuing of distance. Instead of casting “personal space” as a protected border, she will inspire us to consider how distance can transform online environments into truly personal and human-centered educational spaces that empower learners and build a more collaborative knowledge community.