Monday, November 30, 2020

RPP #188: Per Scholas - Interview with Bridgette Gray

  • Interview with Bridgette Gray, Chief Impact Officer of Per Scholas on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Per Scholas is a national skills training nonprofit that provides tuition-free courses across the country. It has worked closely with students to make sure they have the tools necessary to learn from home during this pandemic. We discuss:
    • Training for those traditionally underrepresented
      in technology careers
      Bridgette Gray
    • 15-week "Bootcamp" style training sessions
    • Market-driven technical and professional skills training
    • Moving from in-class to online training during the pandemic     
    • Tech equipment challenges
    • Lack of universal broadband infrastructure
    • Funding sources 
    • Curriculum development including partnerships with
      Amazon and Google
    • Asynchronous or synchronous training
    • Articulation agreements to issue academic credits
    • Western Governors University as their national university partner

  • Links
  • Podsafe music selection
Duration: 35:08

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

COVID-CONVERTED EDITION #4: Interview with Dr. Sian Beilock

This special COVID-Converted Edition audio and video podcast series responds to the impact of COVID-19 on the way we live, learn, and work. Teachers all over the world have been thrown into teaching their "COVID-Converted" courses online. This series will focus on moving from this emergency remote teaching and learning to more thoughtfully prepared online learning experiences.

Interview with Dr. Sian Beilock, President of Barnard College. Learn how one college helps students combat fear and anxiety through mandatory coursework designed to provide context to the big problems we’re facing during this pandemic. We discuss:
  • Dr. Beilock's background
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  • Move to compressed semesters
  • Asynchronous vs. synchronous teaching
  • "Big Problems 2020" and how faculty make meaning out of the current environment
  • "Alumni Circles" helping students
  • Zoom fatigue
  • Student Zoom Preceptors 
  • Women's health in the pandemic 
  • "Feel Well - Do Well" health and fitness program
  • "Student Tutor Corp" to take demand off of faculty and staff
  • How education will change after the pandemic

  • Podsafe music selection
    • Maybe I'm Amazed by Blake Morgan. Licensed cover of the Paul McCartney classic.
Duration: 30:14

Thursday, August 20, 2020

COVID-CONVERTED EDITION #3: Equity & Inclusion in Online Course Design

This special COVID-Converted Edition audio and video podcast series is in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the way we live, learn, and work. Teachers all over the world have been thrown into teaching their "COVID-Converted" courses online. This series will focus on moving from this emergency remote teaching and learning to more thoughtfully prepared online learning experiences.

  • This episode is an abstract of a PADLA webinar entitled "Equity & Inclusion in Online Course Design" by Carrie O’Donnell, Founder of O’Donnell Learn, and Brett Christie, Director of Learning Experience Design for O’Donnell Learn. Watch, listen, and learn about:

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    • 8 Elements of Effective Learning
    • Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    • Quality vs. Equity vs. Inclusion
    • The Bandwidth Immediacy Matrix
    • Establishing a Sense of Community and Belonging
    • Ensuring Multiple Means of Representation, Engagement, and Expression

  • Links
  • Save your seat for the next FREE PADLA Equity & Inclusion in Online Course Design Webinar on September 10 to participate and hear the full story.
  • Podsafe music selection
Duration: 32:44

Thursday, July 23, 2020

RPP #187: CoursePlan - Interview with Maria Andersen

  • Interview with Dr. Maria Andersen, CEO of CourseTune, makers of the new CoursePlan product for individual faculty users to design their courses using visual tools. 

  • We discuss:
    • Background of CourseTune and how CoursePlan is different
    • Course design layers: “What are students learning” and “When will they learn it”
    • Aligning learning and assessment activities to the learning objectives
    • Visualizing the entire course at once
    • Support for HyFlex delivery
    • Accounting for student load and time on task
    • LMS integrations and future directions
    • Contingencies for teaching this Fall during the pandemic
Duration: 42:13