The Framework

The Application Framework for Critical Pedagogy (AFCP) is an interactive tool intended to guide users through a self-examination of online or remote courses with regard to use of critical pedagogy. It is a thinking and teaching tool created to meet instructors wherever they are in their professional development to assist in the application of critical pedagogy techniques. It is designed to be used online in a web browser or LMS environment.

The original framework was created as part of a dissertation study by Mary Mathis Burnett using a multi-disciplinary team including faculty, staff, and students in Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Including participants of diverse backgrounds, varying power levels, and sometimes opposing perspectives in the committee created a diversity of thought and experience which offered the opportunity to refine the purpose, expectations, and specific language of the tool. You can read the full work or watch a presentation (with a critical pedagogy primer given by Maria T. Accardi) given February 2021 to the NYU Metro Area Chapter of ACRL.   

AFCP is easily installed in the Canvas LMS. It has not been tested in Blackboard or other environments, but any system that can read an html file should not have an issue rendering the framework. Note: In the event your LMS or other system cannot read or render the html file, you may also open the file using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are not compatible with AFCP or Twine.

Use this document to download and work with AFCP 1.0:

AFCP is currently licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA. For more information or additional questions, please contact Dr. Mary Mathis Burnett at

We are continuing to collect feedback on the AFCP. If you would like to share your ideas, notes, comments, concerns, or adaptions you made to the framework, please continue reading below.

Invitation to Contribute

As educators at Arizona State University, we are interested in providing the highest quality instruction whether online, in-person, remote, or any other learning format. Dr. Mary Mathis Burnett, Sr. Instructional Designer and Instructor, Dr. Chandra Crudup, Associate Dean of Inclusive Design, Equity, and Access, and Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf, Clinical Associate Professor, are working together to conduct a research study to revise and expand the Critical Pedagogy Framework. 

Knowledge of critical pedagogy is not necessary for participation in the study.

We are requesting your participation in study which may include an online survey and an optional interview or focus group. We invite you to participate for the duration of the project. We anticipate the maximum time commitment to be approximately 15-90 minutes over the course of the project.

The initial survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes and will focus on your experience with and opinions about the framework. We estimate the focus group will take approximately 1 hour, and each interview will last approximately 30 minutes.

Your participation in this study is voluntary, and there is no penalty at all if you choose not to participate or to withdraw from the study at any time. You have the right not to answer any question, and to stop participation at any time. You must be 18 years of age to participate.

Your participation will benefit the overall quality and expansion of the Application Framework for Critical Pedagogy to include the future design and development of higher education courses. There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to your participation.

Your responses to the survey will be confidential, and no personally identifiable information will be automatically collected. US Participants who elect to participate in the second part of the study, when focus groups and interviews will be completed, will be asked to provide contact information. Participants who want to remain anonymous may decline to provide contact information in the survey. Participants in interviews will be known to co-researchers and limited to US participants. Focus groups will remain anonymous and open to domestic and international participants. All data collected will remain anonymous for publication. No personally identifiable information will be collected from international participants.

Results of this study may be used in reports, presentations, or publications but your name will not be known.

To participate in the survey, please visit:

Prior to the interview, we will ask you to provide your written consent to participating in the study and having your responses video recorded. Focus groups with international participants will not be recorded. US-only focus groups will be audio recorded, and participants will be consented via Zoom’s opt-in feature. The recordings will be used for transcription and will be destroyed on or before December 31, 2022.

Thank you,

Mary Mathis Burnett, Sr. Instructional Designer and Instructor
Chandra Crudup, Associate Dean of Inclusive Design, Equity, and Access
Leigh Graves Wolf, Clinical Associate Professor