about how the crisis teaching methods, and other technological strategies, we undertook in 2020 might have unforeseen consequences, and about how we might work together to build back better in spite of the pressures on us and our institutions.


with other members of the TRU community and beyond, and think through strategies to use these tools better, or maybe to resist them all together. Last year, 225 people — students, staff, faculty, concerned individuals — participated from around the world.


after a stressful and complicated 2020 that saw many of us engage with technology in unhealthy and unsustainable ways. Let’s get critical — in a productive way! — and plan for 2021 to be a better year for students (and everyone!) in higher education.

What to Expect When You’re Digitally Detoxing

From January 15th to February 26th, you’ll get a weekly essay that takes a deep dive into some aspect of the relationship between education and technology: from the use (and abuse) of analytics, to the ethics of virtual proctoring, to the cognitive load of the videoconference, to the implications for equity of the choices we make. We’ll talk about what we want the university to be, and what we can do to shape it.

All members of the TRU community and beyond are welcome to join in our conversation. Register by 14 January to ensure you receive every update.

TRU Digital Detox 2021

Posts will appear here through the Detox period (January 15 – February 26, 2021) and will be archived on this site thereafter.

Digital Detox #6: Build Back Better

Reading Time: 9 minutes What would it mean to build back better in the wake of Covid-19? When I think about the scope of the problem, all that there is to manage and to repair, I confess that I shrink…

Digital Detox #5: The Harm Was Always There

Reading Time: 8 minutes It’s bitterly cold this week in Kamloops. I went out for a walk today before sitting down to write this, and it is taking me forever to warm up again, even though I’m now s…

Digital Detox #1: Welcome to the Show

Reading Time: 4 minutes Welcome to the 2021 TRU Digital Detox.  Last year, I used the Digital Detox at least in part to introduce myself to the TRU campus and showcase my priorities in my new rol…

Digital Detox #0: Preview

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last year, following the example of the very cool team at Middlebury College, we launched the 2020 TRU Digital Detox. In a series of eight essays (and three face-to-face sessio…

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