About

collage of photos with Sonia Chaidez

I am the Instructional Technologist at Whittier College. I work as part of faculty and staff development to drive and inspire the effective and ethical integration of educational technology. I provide specialized instruction, advice, and guidance in the application of educational tools and techniques.


I build programming and projects that focus on digital pedagogy, media & digital literacy, and blended learning.
In 2021 I helped launch The Center for Teaching & Learning at Whittier College.

I also produce and host a new podcast called Teaching at Whittier.

My specialty is teaching digital storytelling to engage students in higher order thinking, deep learning, and to build digital literacy skills.  In 2020 I contributed to a chapter in the book Digital Storytelling: Story Work for Urgent Times on digital storytelling in higher education.

I also work on a series of multilingual PhotoStory projects, the most recent called “Life During Pandemic/La Vida Durante La Pandemia.”

My research and teaching interests include partnering with community-based groups to create learning spaces (physical and virtual) that provide opportunities for diverse populations to participate in digital media making projects like digital photo archives, story maps, multimodal storytelling & podcasts, and augmented reality tools.

Equity and inclusion are at the forefront of every digital initiative that I engage in. The ethos of reflection, education, and social justice greatly influences the dynamic of my workshops and partner projects.  I believe that through creative and collaborative projects, participants are invested in a learning community that together we have helped to build by contributing to digital platforms for the diverse populations that will use them to continue the cycle of life-long teaching and learning.

My background is in filmmaking and I have traveled to Mexico, Cuba, Syria and Iraq to make documentary films that show the plight of cultures trying to preserve their history while adapting to modernity.
My documentary projects can be viewed on Vimeo.

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CONTACT
schaidez@gmail.com (personal)
schaidez@whittier.edu (work)

Twitter: @soniachaidez