29 episodes

The Teaching Strides podcast is a production of the Academic Development Centre and the journalism department at Mount Royal University. A space dedicated to highlighting the many and varied teaching philosophies at MRU, each episode features professors (and sometimes their students!) as we dig into their unique teaching practices.

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The Teaching Strides podcast is a production of the Academic Development Centre and the journalism department at Mount Royal University. A space dedicated to highlighting the many and varied teaching philosophies at MRU, each episode features professors (and sometimes their students!) as we dig into their unique teaching practices.

    An interdisciplinary discipline: How women's studies connects topics beyond gender

    An interdisciplinary discipline: How women's studies connects topics beyond gender

    Politics, socio-cultural climates, oppression, and anti-racism are all disciplines that come into play in a women's and gender studies course. But Maki Motapanyane, an associate professor in Mount Royal's department of women's and gender studies, takes the conversation beyond readings and lectures and asks her students to position themselves within the context of the issues.

    • 13 min
    Thinking spatially: How geography interacts with our everyday lives

    Thinking spatially: How geography interacts with our everyday lives

    How much do we rely on Google Maps to get around? How do we track the way viruses spread? Can Twitter be used to address local issues? These are all questions Dr. Lynn Moorman, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Department of General Education, says can be answered by thinking spatially — a concept you don't need a background in science to get behind!

    • 13 min
    Truth and reconciliation: how libraries can change the way we think about colonization

    Truth and reconciliation: how libraries can change the way we think about colonization

    Libraries may be a space for keeping knowledge, but how often do we think about who is creating it? Jessie Loyer is the anthropology and Indigenous studies relations liaison at the Riddel Library and Learning Centre. She's worked with students to help them develop their research skills but goes beyond that and asks them to think ethically about their sources. In this episode, we explore truth and reconciliation, interconnectedness and how libraries have played into both.

    • 13 min
    Flipped: how this "read first, lecture second" model makes Chemistry accessible

    Flipped: how this "read first, lecture second" model makes Chemistry accessible

    Dr. Brett McCollum’s students loved his lectures so much that he stopped doing them. After realising that his students weren’t doing much reading outside of their classes, he wanted to introduce a new, problem solving-based approach. In a move to encourage them to read academic texts and engage with what they were learning, he developed the “flipped classroom.” In this episode, Dr. McCollum talks about the success of the approach and its benefits can be found outside of class and how it can encourage team building in a highly competitive discipline.

    • 11 min
    All aboard the Medieval school bus: making Old and Middle English Literature come alive in the classroom

    All aboard the Medieval school bus: making Old and Middle English Literature come alive in the classroom

    Dr. Kenna Olsen has been teaching in MRU’s Department of English, Languages and Culture since 2008. She teaches Old and Middle English Literature, but the tools she uses are anything but medieval -- from tweeting the field's best-regarded academics to feasting in the MRU Library's Immersion Studio to Twitter.

    • 12 min
    You Belong Here: celebrating and encouraging diversity, accessibility and good teaching at MRU

    You Belong Here: celebrating and encouraging diversity, accessibility and good teaching at MRU

    Dr. Tim Rahilly is MRU’s tenth President and first Vice-Chancellor, but he’s had an extensive teaching career before that. His journey through academia has taken him to Fraser University, University of Manitoba, Royal Roads University, Technical University of British Columbia and McGill University. Recently, he co-authored “University Pathways: A Global Perspective” and “Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education: Models and Practices for Success.” In this episode, Dr. Rahilly talks about what “good teaching” means to him, and why MRU’s slogan “You Belong Here” resonates with him.

    • 16 min

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