Perspectives on current issues in teaching and learning. Hosted through the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Bi-weekly episodes.
 

“Online learning” can mean a lot of things nowadays. While before it mainly consisted of course web sites that contained the entire course, it is now expanding down many different avenues.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Laura Gibbs, who has taught online at the University of Oklahoma for over ten years. Laura talks about the strengths of online learning, how she runs her courses (hint: it’s not in the former way), and they discuss just what online learning can bring to a student’s ability to learn. In addition, they discuss MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), the new wave in online learning. Open to thousands of people, are they the next big thing in university learning? Or a flash in the pan? As usual, it’s in between both extremes. Finally, they extol the virtues of Google+, a social media platform that has not been discussed on Down the Hall before. They rectify that problem.

In addition to Laura, your hosts (Fiona and Dave this week) discuss great things to see at UBC, briefly touch on campus mythology, and much more.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 42 (42:58)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
9:28 | Interview – Google+, Online Learning, and MOOCs

Interview with Dr. Laura Gibbs. You can find her here and on Google+

40:13 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Mystic Forest” by Oursvince

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_42_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:28am PDT
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Education in urban settings has its own unique challenges. What does that mean for teachers who teach in city schools? What situations do they have to be ready for, and how do they learn how to make the school environment rich for students who may bring many personal, cultural, or other issues to the school with them? What skills do these teachers need?

This week, Fiona talks with Dr. Karen Meyer, who has been involved with the Urban Learn Master of Education cohorts (officially titled an M.Ed in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education) since their inception more than ten years ago. Karen talks about her own experiences both as graduate advisor and coordinator for these programs, including what she has learned from her students. She talks about the history of the program and just what those who are interested in Urban Learner 10 (the 10th iteration of this cohort) can expect.

Karen also talks about one of the Faculty of Education’s initiatives in Dadaab, Africa. She touches on the importance of the project as well as some of her own observations from her visits there.

In addition to Karen, your hosts (Fiona and Dave this week) talk about the recently-concluded Summer Olympics as well as Summer reading suggestions! Though the books will be good at any time, of course.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for EPLT or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

And we are now on Stitcher and Blackberry Podcasts too! So you can take us with you no matter what mobile device you have. Just search for EPLT or Down the Hall on your Stitcher or Blackberry Podcast app if you don’t currently have access to the web.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 41 (41:01)

00:11 | Introduction
11:34 | Interview – Urban education and the Urban Learner M.Ed cohorts
37:28 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Commence” by Paul Lisak & After the Ice

Selection 2 | “Crazy Driver” by Peergynt Lobogris

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_41_-_Final.mp3
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Agriculture, and the food we eat, is a very important part of our lives. How much do we think about what we put in our bodies? Do we think about where our food comes from?

The Agriculture in the Classroom foundation (AitC) has been providing educators and students with resources and programs to help them understand the role of agriculture (especially local agriculture) in both our lives and our economy. We suggest going to their site to explore just what they can offer you as a teacher, or even as a student, who is interested in what you eat and how it gets there, as well as your nutritional choices.

Each Summer, the foundation offers a summer institute (administered by EPLT) where teachers can get together and get some hands-on experience in the agricultural world. In this week’s episode, your hosts (Dave and Heather McGregor, who graciously stepped in while our other two hosts are on vacation) discuss the foundation and the summer institute, which Heather visited on the third day. Heather also interviews the executive director of the foundation, Lindsay Babineau, in our first “in the field” interview. So be prepared for background noise.

Heather and Lindsay cover the purpose of the foundation, as well as the summer institute itself. It’s a wide-ranging interview, with a wide-ranging discussion of the foundation before that. Though they do manage to bring in Dave’s old cooking class, and hula hoops!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at podcast.eplt@ubc.ca

Find us on iTunes, (or just search for EPLT or Down the Hall in the podcast section of iTunes)

Or find us on Libsyn too, of course.

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please see our blog post.

Down the Hall - Episode 40 (35:36)

00:11 | Introduction
17:03 | Interview – Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and summer institute

Interview with Lindsay Babineau, Executive Director of AitC Foundation

31:47 | What’s Happening in EPLT?
Credits

Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Foggy Dew” by Dancing Willow

Selection 2 | “Cape Clear – The Greenfields of Rossbeigh” by Aislinn

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_40_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:20am PDT
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