Pedagogo is the podcast for anyone and everyone in higher ed, brought to you by ExamSoft. Listeners will stay current on education and assessment trends and come away from each episode with insights to transform thinking and practice. Hear from Season 3 host and ExamSoft Director of Education and Assessment, Dr. Divya Bheda as she engages with higher ed leaders on “Big Ideas & Trends in Education,” such as change management, democratic education, and the future of assessment. Tune in for exciting ideas, opinions, thoughts, and experiences sure to keep you informed and “edutained.” Join the host of Seasons 1 and 2 and former education consultant at ExamSoft, Dr. Allison Case as she interviews faculty, administrators, accreditors, and assessment specialists to bring you pedagogical pointers for the pandemic era, best practices to foster cultural attunement in the classroom, and strategies to effectively assess student learning.
Using Democratic Education Principles to Co-Create Inclusive Classrooms
At the turn of the 21st century, Art Pearl and Tony Knight published a trailblazing volume, The Democratic Classroom: Theory to Inform Practice. In this episode, two of Dr. Pearl's former students discuss his influence on their views and careers, and the potential of democratic education to empower students, foster problem solving, and build strong citizens. Join Dr. Divya Bheda and her guest, Dr. Robin Harwick, founder of The Pearl Remote Democratic School.
Tune in to learn about:
The principles of democratic education The mental health and social benefits of the democratic classroom The skillsets that you need to implement these principles Practical strategies and techniques to apply in your classroom, whether K-12 or higher ed Resources to learn more and network with other educators who are adopting democratic education
Effectively Managing Change
With the challenges posed by COVID-19, the many socio-economic issues that are impacting education, and the advent of technology as an essential element of education, managing change has become increasingly important. Join host Dr. Divya Bheda and her guest, Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Athens State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, as they share insights and advice for becoming an effective change agent at your institution.
understanding organizational culture, tradition, and mission to prioritize initiativesbuilding relationships across the institution to co-create changeestablishing ongoing scenario-planning conversations to anticipate changeidentifying issues that can impede changecreating psychological safety to support faculty, staff, and students while implementing change
Realizing the Value of Comprehensive Assessment
In our final episode of the season, we talk assessment. How do we determine what students really know about what they know? Join Dr. Allison Case and guest Dr. Natasha Jankowski, Executive Director of the National Institute of Learning Outcome Assessment (NILOA) and Research Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as they take a deep dive into establishing impactful practice in assessment. Learn about the four lenses through which assessment can be viewed to add value for both faculty and students.
Show Notes and Resources:
NILOA: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Natasha talks about the Spellings Commission and their work in 2008 for standardizing measurement
AAC&U : The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to advance the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy.
TILT: Transparency in Learning and Teaching project which aims to advance equitable teaching and learning practices that reduce systemic inequities in higher education through two main activities:
Promoting students' conscious understanding of how they learnEnabling faculty to gather, share and promptly benefit from current data about students' learning by coordinating their efforts across disciplines, institutions and countriesInfographic
Finding Empowerment Through Resilient Leadership
What is enablement-minded leadership? How can programs and institutions resist the stigma attached to being promoted to leadership roles and prepare faculty for future success from day one? Join Dr. Allison Case and guest, Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief Academic Officer and Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, as he shares his personal story about the journey from faculty member to administrator, what he learned along the way, and how he champions identifying others to tap for leadership roles.
Show Notes and Resources:
Brian suggests the following books on leadership:
Bolman and Deal: Reframing Organizations
Bolman & Gallos: Reframing Academic Leadership
Steven Sample: A Contrarian's Guide to Leadership
Jim Collins: Good to Great
Buller: Academic Leadership
Buller: Academic Leadership Day by Day
Anything by Chip and Dean Heath; e.g., Switch; Upstream
Susan Scott: Fierce Conversations; Fierce Leadership
Kim Scott: Radical Candor
Grawe: Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education
Chronicle for Higher Education
Inside Higher Education
Inclusive Assessment: Find Out What You Might be Missing
Inclusive assessment for deep learning. What is inclusive assessment, how to do it, and what to avoid.
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: The Role of Assessment in Deep Insights and Learning
There’s little doubt as to the value assessment can bring to the classroom. But what if we are underutilizing assessments and under-appreciating the areas where they can lead to insights? Tune in today to hear Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices at the University of Denver, talk about sources of trauma in our students’ lives; how the chemistry of the traumatized brain interrupts deep learning; and how low-stakes, alternative assessments facilitate deep, transformative learning, and are a first step toward ensuring our students are supported in a way that acknowledges trauma. Dr. Iturbe-LaGrave and Dr. Case discuss the nature of trauma-informed pedagogy and how the insights gleaned from low-stakes assessments can translate to large gains in traditional assessments. Tune in to learn what steps you can take to create a classroom of inclusive excellence.
Show Notes and Resources:
‘This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work’, Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand
Dr. Iturbe-LaGrave mentions conducting a critical incident questionnaire which comes from the book "Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms" by Brookfield and Preskill
Dr. Iturbe-LaGrave mentions including a basic needs security statement in our syllabi. A modified example of UVA's Center for Teaching Excellence Basis Needs Security Statement is provided here, but many more examples can be found via an internet search. "Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable them to provide any resources that they may possess."
For more information about responding to trauma in the classroom, read Dr. Iturbe-LaGrave's article of the same name here: https://otl.du.edu/responding-to-trauma-in-the-classroom/
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