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Mind States (Bonus) — Semone Kassim-Joseph, Mental Health Counsellor.
In this episode, I speak to Semone Kassim-Joseph—Mental Health Counsellor—as we discuss Mental Health and how we might create a positive culture of wellness within our learning environments for our students.
Humber Play Days — Heather Lowry, Associate Dean. Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.
In this episode, I speak to Heather Lowry, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA) at Humber College as we discuss Humber Play Days and the philosophy of 'Play' in education. Heather and I discuss her beginnings as a designer and her role as the current Associate Dean, along with what Humber Play Days are all about, the benefits for students and teachers who participate, future iterations of how Humber Play Days might be integrated into core curriculum, and much more.
Task Management — Kevin Brandon, Professor of Graphic Design and Adobe Educator.
In this episode, I speak to Kevin Brandon, professor Graphic Designer and Adobe Educator about managing our time and tasks as a student during the pandemic. Kevin and I discuss how we prioritize our education, work, and life so that we might meet deadlines and have a better flow/balance while learning in an online environment. We also discuss maintaining a positive mindset for keeping creative and staying motivated, prioritizing tasks based on your life obligations, managing our time by setting realistic deadlines, establishing a workflow, and much more.
Lifelong Learning — Rob Blain, Professor of Multimedia Design.
In this episode, I speak to Rob Blain, professor of multimedia and design about lifelong learning and how we might iterate ourselves to evolve as designers and people. We discuss how we wen through our academic career learning new things to ultimately create our own path towards design and teaching. Rob shares his thoughts on what propelled him towards his path in design and education, setting milestones to attain your career goals, comparing motivations for learning as an adult learner versus our earlier academic years, having a growth mindset and how we might promote lifelong learning in our learning environment, Rewarding students for process and developing their ideas into executable products, and much more.
Designing Confidence — Bianca DiPietro, Professor of Graphic Design.
In this episode, I speak to Bianca DiPietro, professor of graphic design about her experiences building design confidence and how we might contribute in building or stagnating confidence in the classroom as educators. Bianca describes the effects of choosing meaningful work and we discuss how it might build confidence. Bianca also talks about her experiences and how she coped as a student and designer throughout her career and academic journey, how she nurtures creative confidence in the classroom as an educator, and more.
Internal Environment — Asma Arslan, Professor in UX Design and Mindfulness Instructor.
In this episode, I speak to Asma Arslan, professor in UX Design and Mindfulness instructor about connecting with oneself through nurturing your internal environment. We discuss how students might utilize meditation practices to connect with themselves so that they might enhance creativity, cognition, and develop a deeper sense of empathy for users through design. Asma explains the building blocks of people centered design, how our emotions drive cognition and creativity, optimizing our internal environments through meditation, the process of letting go and being present, finding motivation through your life's purpose versus serving your ego, and much more.
Very interesting and helpful!
Great conversations filled with insights and advice! It’s great to listen and relate to the students being interviewed, it makes us all more human as we learn that everyone goes through similar struggles.
It’s amazing hearing from everyone’s perspective. When I was in school all I really thought about was my own work and future career, but hearing more about the approaches to school and mindsets on starting a career in design from these views is very interesting, and I’m excited to hear more!
As a graduating student starting my internship the first 2 episodes brought me some comfort. It’s really easy to feel alone now that school has ended but this really made me feel at home. Really nice to hear perspectives about before and after internships which for me, is what I need right about now haha! Excited for more episodes!