Teaching Plus Podcast

Centre for Teaching and Learning Teaching Plus Podcast dives into issues facing post-secondary instructors.

 

Teaching Blended & Online Series

Episode 16: Generating Student Engagement in Online Forums—Tara Milbrandt

Online forums can be a safe(r), inclusive space for critical thinking and learning from peers. In this episode, Dr. Tara Milbrandt describes how she structured the forum activity in her courses and how impressed she was with the quality and collegiality of student postings. Listen here

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Episode 15: Creating a Virtual Community of Learners—Nicole Dyck

In this episode, Nicole Dyck, Director of Programs and Planning with the Faculty of Engineering, shares elements and strategies of the summer Bridge to Engineering Program that brings together students entering their first year of studies. Listen here

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Episode 14: Three Innovative Strategies for Online and Flipped Teaching—Brian Rempel

In this episode, Dr. Brian Rempel, Associate Professor and Chemist at Augustana campus, shares three unique teaching strategies that work well in both an online and flipped environment, namely video alternatives to written exams, structured reading guides, and fun mid-class breaks. Listen here

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Episode 13: To e-Proctor or not to e-Proctor—Jason Carey

e-Proctoring is a complex topic with variables of academic integrity, technical inequalities, and more. In this episode, Dr. Jason Carey from the Faculty of Engineering joins Educational Developer Anita Parker to discuss some assessment strategies being implemented by instructors during these unprecedented times. Listen here

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Episode 12: Looking Ahead to Post-Pandemic Teaching & Learning—Emily Block

Many instructors have worked tirelessly to build and deliver fully online versions of their courses as part of the University’s response to COVID-19. In this episode, Dr. Emily Block from the Alberta School of Business joins Educational Developer Anita Parker to share what she will keep and what she will leave behind as her course moves back into the physical classroom sometime soon. Listen here

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Episode 11: Successes in Online Education—Roshan Abraham Part 4/4

In this episode, CTL staff member, Chris Borger, is joined by Dr. Roshan Abraham, the Pre-Clerkship Director of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, to converse about the successes that Dr. Abraham has found while teaching remotely. Listen here

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Episode 10: Assessing Student Learning & Challenges of Online Education—Roshan Abraham Part 3/4

In this episode, CTL staff member, Chris Borger, is joined by Dr. Roshan Abraham, the Pre-Clerkship Director of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, to reflect on the ways remote learning in a medical education context has affected the assessment of student learning, as well as challenges that Dr. Abraham has faced while teaching remotely. Listen here

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Episode 9: Keeping Students Engaged in an Online Setting—Roshan Abraham Part 2/4

In this episode, CTL staff member, Chris Borger, is joined by Dr. Roshan Abraham, the Pre-Clerkship Director of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, to discuss strategies instructors can take to keep their students engaged while learning remotely. Listen here

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Episode 8: Transitioning into Remote Education—Roshan Abraham Part 1/4

In this episode, CTL staff member, Chris Borger, is joined by Dr. Roshan Abraham, the Pre-Clerkship Director of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, to discuss his role at the University, and reflect on the steps that he has taken to transition into a world of remote learning within the context of medical education. Listen here

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Episode 7: Relatively Simple Ways to Make an Online Course Great—José Bowen

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, invite Dr. José Bowen to discuss a plethora of tangible and relatively simple ways to make an online course great, how to make online content more relevant and personal for students, and the impact of COVID-19 on the future of post-secondary education. Listen here

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Episode 6: Online Teaching for Physical Education Courses—Hayley Morrison & Lauren Sulz

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, invite Dr. Hayley Morrison and Dr. Lauren Sulz to discuss the impact of "emergency" online teaching for courses that centre on a physically interactive environment, like their physical education courses. Listen here

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Episode 5: Encouraging Inclusive Environments in Online Courses—Julie Rak & Corrinne Harol

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, invite Dr. Julie Rak and Dr. Corrinne Harol to discuss encouraging inclusive environments in online courses including the opportunities and challenges presented by online instruction. Dr. Rak & Dr. Harol also share important strategies to consider when creating inclusive & just classrooms. Listen here

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Episode 4: Teaching Languages and Literature Remotely—Mimi Okabe

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, discuss teaching languages and literature remotely, using Instagram as a community building and assessment tool, and bringing a positive attitude to an online synchronous session with Modern Languages and Cultural Studies sessional instructor Dr. Mimi Okabe. Listen here

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Episode 3: Create Relationality and Community in an Online Learning Environment—Paul Gareau

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and educational developer, Jen Ward, discuss remote teaching from an indigenous perspective with Faculty of Native Studies professor Dr. Paul Gareau. Paul and Jen discuss how to create relationality and community in an online learning environment. Listen here

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Episode 2: Assessment and Active Learning—Lisa Stein

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, discuss the move to teaching online with microbiologist, Dr. Lisa Stein. Lisa discusses assessment and active learning in the world of remote teaching. Listen here

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For CTL's resources about remote teaching, visit: https://ctl.guide/remoteteaching

Episode 1: Adventures in Joy—Billy Strean

In this episode, CTL instructional designer, Jordan Long, and senior educational developer, Ellen Watson, discuss the move to teaching online with 3M award winner, Dr. Billy Strean. Billy enlightens us on being human and how we might connect when we teach online. Listen here

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To find Billy, visit: https://www.adventuresinjoy.com/

For CTL's resources about remote teaching, visit: https://ctl.guide/remoteteaching

Teaching Plus General Podcasts

Episode 23: Self-Determination Theory in the Classroom—Geoff Bostick

Relatedness, competence, and autonomy are basic psychological needs underlying student motivation and learning. In this episode, Dr. Geoff Bostick, Associate Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, shares his ideas and strategies for implementing self-determination theory in his teaching. Link to podcast.

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Episode 22: Inclusivity Strategies & Perspectives—Stephanie Oliver

In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Oliver, Assistant English professor in Fine Arts and Humanities at Augustana campus, shares how she works to create an inclusive environment in both her physical and online classrooms. Link to podcast.

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Episode 21: Reflecting on Teaching—John Nychka

In this episode, Educational Developer Ellen Watson is joined by Dr. John Nychka, professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Vice Provost Learning Initiatives at the University of Alberta, to discuss reflecting on teaching. John shares his own experiences in becoming a reflective practitioner and provides reflection strategies that can lead to personal and professional growth. Listen here.

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Episode 20: Gender Pronouns, Teaching and Learning, and Cultures of Respect—Tommy Mayberry

In this episode, Educational Developers Jennifer Ward and Ellen Watson are joined by queer-pedagogue Tommy Mayberry of St. Jerome's University. Tommy discusses the use of pronouns (and other strategies) that we can use to connect our classrooms to our students. Listen here.

Episode 19: Oral Exams in Undergraduate Courses—Brian Rempel, Ingrid Urberg & Shauna Wilton

In moving to online learning spaces, oral examinations are an option many are curious about exploring. In this episode, Dr. Brian Rempel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ingrid Urberg, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies, and Dr. Shauna Wilton, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, all share their experiences using oral examinations in their courses and offer advice to those wanting to explore using oral exams in their courses. Listen here.

Episode 18: How to Interview Students About Academic Integrity Violations—Roger Graves

Cosette Lemelin and Roger Graves talk about The Talk: how should instructors go about conducting and interview with a student about a possible, probable, or even blatant academic integrity violation? We identify strategies and profile four different kinds of strategies students tend to use when they arrive for these conversations. Listen here.

This episode is also available on the Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies podcast.

Episode 17: Experiences of Rapid Transition—Alex Gainer
In this podcast, Alex Gainer, associate lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at the U of A, discusses his experience of rapidly transitioning his courses to online delivery in the Winter 2020 term. In reflecting, Alex offers insights on what he has learned from the experience. Listen here.
Episode 16: Academic Integrity in Online Teaching Environments: What Do Instructors Need to Know?—Roger Graves

In this episode, Dr. Roger Graves and Ellen Watson, Senior Educational Developer, discuss how instructors might promote academic integrity (and prevent infractions) in their courses while teaching online. Listen here.

This podcast is published in conjunction with a blog of the same title on The Quad and also available as an episode with the Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies podcast.

Episode 15: Developing More Authentic Graduate Classroom Assessments…Taking Risks and Enhancing Learning—Simon Otto & Aleksandra Tymczak

Creating authentic classroom assessments are necessary for students to make more practical connections to their learning. We know that the use of performance assessments of experiential learning exercises tends to be less common in graduate classrooms and we don’t think it should be. In this episode, we discuss the experiences of an innovative-thinking instructor and how he went about developing and successfully implementing a four-day experiential learning exercise and performance assessment. His exercise focused on students applying the understandings of the Incident Command System team for the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry emergency response team to a realworld scenario about a Salmonella outbreak originating from a hatchery. We even get to hear a little about what happened in the classroom and from two observers who were present during the exercise. We are fortunate to have the instructor Dr. Simon Otto from the School of Public Health and a masters-level graduate student from his class Aleksandra Tymczak for our discussion today. Listen here.

Episode 14: Addressing Racism in the Classroom—Cathryn van Kessel

In this episode, Dr. Cathryn van Kessel from Secondary Education and Jennifer Ward and Ellen Watson from the CTL talk about how instructors might promote community by addressing potentially harmful comments made by students (especially those related to the COVID 19 pandemic). Listen here.

More information on Dr. van Kessel's work regarding this topic is available on the Open Education Alberta "The Grim Educator" webpage.

Episode 13: Metacognition in the Classroom—Greg Thomas

Post-secondary instructors are not only charged with teaching students content but, also, how to learn within their discipline. Dr. Greg Thomas, Professor of Secondary Education, discusses how instructors might begin to tap into learners' awareness and understanding of their own thought processes (a.k.a. their metacognition). In conversation with Dr. Neil Haave, Associate Director at the CTL, Dr. Thomas provides instructors some concrete suggestions they can begin to try in their own classrooms. Listen here.

Anyone interested in further learning about metacognition can access a bibliography on it at

  1.  https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-t5ay-w140 or
  2. by email request to Dr. Thomas at gthomas1@ualberta.ca
Episode 12: Improv-ing Teaching—Lisa Stein
In this podcast, Educational Developer Graeme Pate speaks with Microbiology professor, Dr. Lisa Stein, about the benefits (and the scary side) of using improv in her post-secondary classroom. Listen here.
Episode 11: Preventing Boredom in the Classroom—Cheryl Poth & Lia Daniels
Banishing boredom in classrooms might be seen as an elusive goal. We know that banishing boredom takes both instructors and students, but what are some ways to begin? In this episode, we discuss common sources of boredom and explore strategies for banishing with Cheryl Poth from the CTL and Lia Daniels, Director of the Alberta Consortium for Motivation and Emotion in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Listen here.
Episode 10: Teaching Observations—Melissa Li Sheung
Teaching observations are a great way to get another set of eyes on your teaching. In this episode of Teaching+, Educational Developers Cosette Lemelin and Ellen Watson chat with Dr. Melissa Li Sheung about her recent teaching observation with the CTL. Listen here.
Episode 9: Using Student Feedback—Lisa White
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Lisa White about using student feedback throughout a course to evaluate how student's feel about the course material, how to improve the course, and how the immediacy of the information helps change the course in real time. Listen here.
Episode 8: Gender Inclusive Classrooms

In this Teaching Plus podcast, Educational Developer Cosette speaks with Katie (who uses the pronouns she and her) and Rachel (who uses the pronouns she and they) about best strategies for creating teaching and learning environments that are welcoming and supportive of all genders and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Cosette specifically asks them to discuss the use of pronouns in teaching and learning interactions. Listen here.

Resources

Episode 7: Teaching Dossiers—Janice Miller-Young & John Nychka
The teaching portfolio is becoming increasingly used across Universities in North America as a way to reflect on (and evaluate) teaching. Whether you are starting your first portfolio, or looking to revise, Drs. Janice Miller-Young and John Nychka have some great advice for you in this episode of Teaching+. Listen here.
Episode 6: The Teaching Institute

n this episode, CTL Academic staff Graeme Pate, Educational Developer, and Dr. Neil Haave, Associate Director, describe the new Teaching Institute being hosted by the University of Alberta Centre for Teaching and Learning. Listen here.

Some useful links for this podcast include:

Episode 5: Creating a Rapport with Your Students—David Chorney
Dr. David Chorney, Associate Professor in Secondary Education, joins the Centre of Teaching and Learning's Director, Janice Miller-Young, in a conversation about creating (and maintaining) a positive rapport with your students. Listen here.
Episode 4: Teaching Philosophies—Roger Graves
In this podcast, we are featuring a recording made for our colleague podcast "Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies" produced by Roger Graves. In this episode, Roger and Cosette Lemelin discuss writing teaching philosophies just in time for preparing for faculty evaluations! Listen here.
Episode 3: Resistance to Active Learning—Maryellen Weimer
Tried active learning in your class only to have students scoff at the idea? Don't give up hope! Cosette Lemelin and Neil Haave both academic staff at the UAlberta CTL sit down with Dr Maryellen Weimer, professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks to discuss the use of active learning in the post-secondary classroom. Listen here.
Episode 2: Two-Stage Exams—Carla Starchuk
Exams are a pretty common practice in post-secondary courses. Typically, exams consist of students showing what they know in a quiet room by individually writing an exam, but what if we thought of them differently? Carla Starchuk, an instructor with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, joins Ellen Watson, Educational Developer at the CTL, to talk about her exams that take place in two phases - individual and group. Curious? Listen here.
Episode 1: Multifaceted Evaluation of Teaching—Keith King & Sarah Forgie

Assessing our teaching can be a sticky and sensitive task. We know that we will receive anonymous student evaluations (USRIs at UAlberta) each year, but is this enough to really show the level of teaching? The UAlberta policies indicate that we should be assessing students using a multifaceted approach an, increasingly, there is discussion about assessing teaching the same way, but what does that mean?

In this episode, we discuss a multifaceted approach to evaluating teaching with the help of Keith King and Vice Provost of Learning Initiatives, Sarah Forgie. Listen here.

Trailer: Introduction to Teaching Plus
In this episode, we will enter begin our educational journey of enhancing your teaching through this podcast. Listen here.

Open Education Series

Episode 4: Dentistry Community Open Education Resource Project—Maryam Amin

In this episode, Dr. Maryam Amin from the School of Dentistry speaks about her experience with the creation and sharing of an open educational resource with students, colleagues, and the community. Listen here

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Episode 3: From the Student's Perspective

In this final episode of our series celebrating Open Educational Resource Week 2020, Joel Agarwal, VP Academic for the University of Alberta Students' Union, discusses the benefits of using OER in the classroom from a student perspective. Listen here.

Episode 2: Creating an Open Textbook

In this special episode (part 2 of 3 celebrating OER week 2020), Tino Villatoro, shares his experiences with creating an Open Textbook for his students to explore Medical Laboratory Sciences! Listen here.

Episode 1: OER & Copyright

Interested in Open Educational Resources (OER) but worried about what you can and cannot use or share? This podcast may help! In this special episode (part 1 of 3 celebrating OER week 2020), Amanda Wakaruk, Copyright Librarian at the University of Alberta, shares advice on using OER materials and explains a bit about the copyright behind OER. Listen here.

Festival of Teaching and Learning Podcast Series

Episode 5: Communicating Research Information for a General Audience Using a Class Blog

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Passey and Dr. Karsten Loepelmann, who both teach psychology courses at the University of Alberta, discuss how they used class blogs as a way to teach students to communicate research information for a general audience. Both Dr. Passey and Dr. Loepelmann had different approaches and both continued this practice when moving their class to remote instruction. Listen here.

To view Dr. Passey's blog, please see: https://psyco347interpersonalrelationships.family.blog/

Episode 4: Working with Teaching Assistants Online
In this episode, Lead Educational Developer, Ellen Watson, is joined by Dr. Kara Schick-Makaroff and Ph.D. candidate, Morgan Wadams, to talk about their research into supporting the development of Teaching Assistants online. As a result of their work, Kara and Morgan have developed some resources to assist instructors and programs as they prepare TAs for non-traditional modalities of instruction. Listen here.
Episode 3: Memory Encoding Techniques
In this episode in our series of podcasts highlighting presentations accepted to the 2020 Festival of Teaching and Learning, Ellen Watson, Lead Educational Developer at the U of A CTL is joined by Felicitas Kluger, Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Science about memory encoding techniques and how students can use these techniques to improve their memorization! Listen here.
Episode 2: Teaching Culture

In another episode in our series of podcasts highlighting presentations accepted to the 2020 Festival of Teaching and Learning, CTL's Ellen Watson is joined by Dr. Kyle Whitfield and Bryan Braul. Kyle and Bryan discuss their SoTL project investigating teaching culture in the Faculty of Extension and give our listeners insight into the important work of developing a teaching culture—even in a remote environment. Listen here.

Read the transcript here.

Episode 1: Metacognition and Citations

This is the first episode in our series of podcasts highlighting presentations accepted to the 2020 Festival of Teaching and Learning. In this episode, Ellen Watson, Senior Educational Developer at the U of A CTL is joined by Dr. Gregory Thomas, Professor in Secondary Education, and U of A librarians, Virginia Pow and Debbie Feisst to talk about their research into the use of podcasts to engage students' metacognition with citations. Listen here.

Read the transcript here.