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Podagogies is a learning and teaching podcast hosted by two curious instructors glimpsing into the strategy and improvisation that drives educators. We ask questions about what makes their classrooms tick, and we uncover compelling work of educators who bring scholarship to students in surprising ways. Check out the latest episode and learn more about our hosts below!

Open Pedagogy with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

In this episode, Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani discusses the role of Open Pedagogy in digital justice and digital education futures. From creating and assessing Open Educational Resources to navigating digital redlining, we critically cover a range of pedagogical practices meant to offer students more agency.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, where he directs the Inclusive Education Research Lab and is an affiliated member of the Social Justice Research Institute. The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, his scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centered pedagogies, and ethical approaches to educational technology.

Chelsea Temple Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University. Specializing in critical disability studies, as well as disability-driven media development, Jones's teaching focuses on multimedia, activist-driven research methods. She holds a PhD from the joint program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities.

Curtis Maloley is an Educational Developer at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Ryerson, and an Instructor in the RTA School of Media.

Past Episodes 

Episode 23
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Teaching Climate Change w/ Dr. Katrina Moser, Dr. Beth Hundey, Sara Mai Chitty and Serena Mendizabal

In this episode, we speak to a teaching team behind "Connecting for Climate Change Action," a course that blends science with storytelling and student reflection to help students take action. Dr. Katrina Moser, Dr. Beth Hundey, Sara Mai Chitty and Serena Mendizabal relay student stories and tell us how they learned to do more than teach the science of climate change as they work together to expand the course's reach beyond Western University.

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Episode 22
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Failure, Creativity, and Well-Being in the Classroom with Dr. Krystal Nunes and Dr. Dave Colangelo

In recognition of Wellbeing Week at TMU (October 3-7), two professors discuss their research on how educators can be purposeful about fostering student wellbeing in the classroom.

Dr. Krystal Nunes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology who is studying how students can develop the skill of resilience and learn to appreciate the importance of failure in the sciences. Dr. Dave Colangelo is an Assistant Professor of Digital Creation and Communication in the School of Professional Communication. His work focuses on the connection between creative assessment strategies and mental health.

Both CELT Learning and Teaching Grant recipients, Dr. Nunes and Dr. Colangelo reflect on their research into the impacts of assessment choices and facilitation practices on student mental health and wellbeing.

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Episode 21
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Heart-centred Pedagogy with Dr. Robyn Bourgeois

In this episode, Brock University Acting Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement Dr. Robin Bourgeois explains what it means to bring “heart-centered” pedagogy to the classroom and beyond. From the position of a classroom “auntie” who invites students to make mistakes, Dr. Bourgeois reveals the magic of her heartful teaching and its wide, growing reach across universities and communities.

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Episode 20

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Imagining Better Learning Spaces with Dr. Terri Peters

Dr. Terri Peters is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Science at X University. Her research focuses on building design, sustainability, health and wellbeing. In this episode, we imagine the future of classroom learning spaces, the benefits of biophilic design, and what it means to invite students back to in-person learning after two years of remote teaching during a global pandemic.

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Episode 19
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Unpacking Academic Misconduct with Dr. Eric Da Silva

Dr. Eric Da Silva is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Chair of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Designated Decision Maker Council, a group of faculty members who are trained to adjudicate suspicions of academic misconduct. In this episode, we discuss the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and remote teaching on the prevalence of academic misconduct, and discuss ways that educators can create more meaningful assessments and structure pedagogy in ways that encourage academic integrity and support student learning.

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Episode 18
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Solution-Focused Graduate Supervision with Dr. Yukari Seko and Asmaa Malik

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Yukari Seko and Asmaa Malik about what they call a “solution-focused” approach to graduate supervision. Together with seven other Supervisors at Toronto Metropolitan University they have been exploring new supervisory strategies that meet the needs and academic development of today's graduate students.

Dr. Yukari Seko is an Assistant Professor at the School of Professional Communication at Toronto Metropolitan University. Asmaa Malik is an Associate Professor and Interim Co-Chair and former graduate program director at the School of Journalism.

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Episode 17
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Ungrading with Dr. Ebru Ustundag

In this episode, we explore the concept of ungrading: What is it? How do we get started? What might it mean for students in higher education? After attending the Digital Pedagogy Lab in 2019, Dr. Ebru Ustundag began exploring ungrading in her classes. Over the past year and half she has used ungrading as a teaching strategy to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to deepen student learning and agency. Join us for a discussion of why disrupting traditional grading practices in higher education might benefit both students and instructors.

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Episode 16
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Pedagogies of Distress with Dr. Fady Shanouda and Dr. Tobin LeBlanc Haley

In this episode we discuss the theme of distress in our pedagogy and how we handle and address distress with our students in an era of social crisis. Joining us is Dr. Tobin LeBlanc Haley, a Mad critical political economist and critical disability studies scholar who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Toronto Metropolitan University and Dr. Fady Shanouda who is an Assistant Professor at The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University.

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Episode 15
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Cultivating Indigenous Collaboration in Curriculum with Dr. Shiri Pasternak

As a non-Indigenous educator, and someone who's committed to developing an anti-colonial curriculum, Dr. Shiri Pasternak received a teaching grant to explore possibilities for centering Indigenous analysis, experience, history and epistemology in her classroom, and to do so in ways that take responsibility and build relationships with Indigenous peoples. This past year, she also surveyed her students about their learning experiences, and in this episode we delve into some of what she has learned throughout this process.

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Episode 14

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Critical Digital Pedagogy with Dr. Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris

Dr. Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris are the co-founders of the Digital Pedagogy Lab and co-authors of  "An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy." In this episode, we look back at a year of emergency remote teaching during a pandemic, and discuss its implications for the work of critical digital pedagogy moving forward.

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Episode 13

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Slow Teaching with Dr. Louis-Etienne Dubois

Dr. Louis-Etienne Dubois is an Assistant Professor of Creative Industries, and Director of the Future of Entertainment Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University. In transitioning his courses to an emergency remote environment, Louis decided to take a Slow Teaching approach that he describes as being "low tech and high human," and that focuses on time well spent.

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Episode 12

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Discussions Done Differently with Dr. Damien Lee

Dr. Damien Lee is an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biskaabiiyang and Indigenous Political Resurgence in the Department of Sociology at Toronto Metropolitan University. In this episode we discuss Dr. Lee's unique approach to asynchronous online discussions in remote teaching.

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Episode 11

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Teaching with Podcasts: A conversation with Dr. Lorena Escandon, Wendy Garcia and Angela Glover

Podcasts can be an effective tool for delivering course content and assessing student learning as post-secondary educators prepare to transition to fully remote teaching in the fall. Our guests share their own personal strategies for integrating podcasts in a range of disciplines from Communications to Nursing, and we discuss the impact of podcasts on student learning and engagement. Lots of great advice in this episode, including at least one crucial tip that our hosts, Chelsea Jones and Curtis Maloley, still need to practice.

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Episode 10

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Teaching Philosophies with Dr. Annette Bailey

In this episode, we discuss the process of writing a teaching philosophy with Dr. Annette Bailey who is Associate Director of the Collaborative Degree Program in Nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University. A recipient of numerous teaching awards and honours, Dr. Bailey shares her own teaching philosophy, and discusses how she builds intellectual partnerships with both graduate and undergraduate students to co-create knowledge. We also discuss how she empowers students to take control of their own learning and how she organizes debates in her classes as a way to encourage students to solve complex problems.

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Episode 9

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Transforming Graduate Education with Dr. Jennifer Mactavish and Dr. Samantha Wehbi

What does a relevant 21st century graduate education look like? As the purpose, meaning and scope of graduate education evolves to meet the challenges of an ever-changing social and technological landscape, we speak with two leaders in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University: Dr. Jennifer Mactavish, Vice Provost and Dean, and Dr. Samantha Wehbi, Associate Dean, Student Affairs. From Graduate courses, comprehensive exams, and dissertations to transdisciplinary research and the importance of building a thriving graduate community on campus, we discuss how graduate education needs to transform to meet the needs of the future.

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Episode 8

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Reimagining Science Education with Dr. David Cramb

Dr. David Cramb is Dean of the Faculty of Science at Toronto Metropolitan University, and a passionate advocate for reimagining science education at the post-secondary level. In this episode, we discuss how to shift the culture of science pedagogy in a direction that encourages students to embrace failure, to own the process of learning, and to learn science by doing science. From competency-based assessments to problem-based learning and getting undergraduates more involved in research experiences, to overcoming the tyranny of content in STEM and informing our teaching practice with evidence-based approaches, David Cramb offers a wealth of insight on the future of learning and teaching in the sciences.

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Episode 7

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2018 OCUFA Award Winner Dr. Frankie Stewart on Teaching Large Classes

This year’s OCUFA teaching award winner Frankie Stewart is known for her advocacy, mentorship, and her leading role in teaching students how to find their own voice and get buy-in for their ideas. She teaches hundreds mechanical engineering students each year—many in a movie theatre in downtown Toronto. Her tricks for reaching individual students in large classes? Structure, group work, and a steady supply of light switches, picture frames, and other knick knacks to take apart.

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Episode 6

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Identity, Inclusion and Difficult Classroom Discussions with Dr. Anita Jack-Davies

In this episode, Dr. Anita Jack-Davies discusses culture clashes in the classroom and what it means to open difficult conversations about race, relationships, and (safely) bringing your identity into the classroom. From “other mothering” to filling in policy gaps, Dr. Jack-Davies discusses ways to support underrepresented students in our classrooms.

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Episode 5

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Creating an Open Access Textbook with Dr. Paul Chafe and Aaron Tucker

After two years in the making, Paul Chafe and Aaron Tucker launched a team-built open access textbook this fall called "Write Here, Right Now: An Interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research." The interactive book serves an introductory writing course that seats over 1,000 students each year - and you can use it, too. In this episode, Chafe and Tucker explain why they opted to build a single, multimedia tool and how it became imperative to their team-based pedagogy.

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Episode 4

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"Super" Experiential Learning and Teaching with Vincent Hui

What happens when you ask students to build a structure that will stop a hamster from falling into a bucket of boiling water? In the fourth episode of Podagogies, Vincent Hui leads us through a "super" experiential learning moment in his classroom.

The award-winning instructor explains why he approaches teaching in a relational way, even if you're teaching classes not everyone likes to teach. 

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Episode 3

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Debwewin: On the Pedagogy of Truth with Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Can we really decolonize classrooms? In this episode, Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek cautions against jumping into "decolonization" too quickly. She describes her research on Indigenous learners and teachers' classroom experiences and strategizes around teaching difficult knowledge. Cote-Meek is the author of Colonized Classrooms: Racism, Trauma, and Resistance in Postsecondary Education and was the 2018 keynote speaker at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Learning and Teaching Conference.

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Episode 2

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Accessibility in the Classroom with Dr. Eliza Chandler

Dr. Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is also the founding artistic director of Tangled Art Gallery, Canada's first art gallery dedicated to showcasing disability art and advancing accessible curatorial practices.

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Episode 1

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Introductions and Land Acknowledgements

Welcome to the first episode of Podagogies. In this episode, we discuss the format and aims of the podcast, and unpack how educators might use land acknowledgements in their teaching.

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