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Podagogies: A Learning and Teaching Podcast

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. 

Current Episode: 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.

Access the transcript for Episode 7: 2018 OCUFA Award Winner Dr. Frankie Stewart on Teaching Large Classes.

 

 

Episode Archive

Episode 1: Introductions and Land Acknowledgment

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. Please send us your feedback, questions and comments at podagogies@ryerson.ca

 

Episode 2: Accessibility in the Classroom with Dr. Eliza Chandler

In the second episode of Podagogies, Dr. Eliza Chandler describes what it means to bring disability and art together in the classroom, and explains how we might think about disability differently. Send us your feedback, questions and comments at podagogies@ryerson.ca.

Dr. Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson 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.

 

 

 

 

Episode 3: 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 Ryerson’s Learning and Teaching Conference.

 

 

Episode 4: "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. Send us your feedback, questions and comments at podagogies@ryerson.ca.

Episode 5: 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.

Access the book through eCampus Ontario

Access the transcript for Episode 5: Creating an Open Access Textbook with Dr. Paul Chafe and Aaron Tucker.

Episode 6: 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.

Access the transcript for Episode 6: Identity, Inclusion and Difficult Classroom Discussions with Dr. Anita Jack-Davies

Episode 7: 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.

Access the transcript for Episode 7: 2018 OCUFA Award Winner Dr. Frankie Stewart on Teaching Large Classes.

 

 

Hosts

Curtis Maloley

Curtis Maloley

Curtis Maloley is an Educational Developer in the Learning and Teaching Office, and an Instructor in the The Chang School of Continuing Education and the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. He also coordinates and facilitates the Professional Development in Teaching Program for Ryerson graduate students.

Chelsea Jones

Chelsea Temple Jones is an instructor at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Specializing in the topic of disability and representation, Jones's teaching focuses on writing for disability activism and research methods. She holds a PhD from the joint program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities.