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Student Experience Podcast

Student Experience Podcast

By Tanya Rutherford
Talking all things Student Experience, Engagement, Retention and Success in Higher Education.

We bring you a series of interviews from a myriad of different perspectives.

Hosted by Tanya Rutherford from Learn Grow Become (

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Episode 3: With special guest Professor Sarah O'Shea

Student Experience Podcast

S3 E8 - Jeremy Chetty from Student Edge sharing the importance of informed career aspirations for a successful student experience
We talked about the importance of helping students understand career opportunities in both high school and higher education,  creating a supportive International student experience and developing Entrepreneurial skills for life! Available as transcript:
August 07, 2022
S3 E7: Exploring Micro-credentials with special guest, Dr Rachel Fitzgerald
With the new framework on Micro-credentials just released, what better timing than now to explore the world of micro-credentials - what are they, why are they important, and how can we make the most of them? Episode transcript is available here:
March 31, 2022
S3, E6 - with special guest Eddie Blass talking student focused online learning experiences and the power of encouraging curiousity
Online learning - love it or hate it, we all have our own interpretations of what it is, and perhaps what it could be.  Today's guest Eddie Blass shares insights and ideas from creating The Inventorium, an alternative online education experience targeting youth who are disengaged from the "Traditional" schooling system. We talk about the impact of centering the education experience around the teacher-student relationship, and what needs to change to create a schooling system that addresses the needs of our innovation and ideas age. We also chat about what makes an engaging online education experience and how it has the potential to be more engaging than face-to-face (including at University)! Transcript is also available here: 
March 18, 2022
S3, E5 - Professor Scott Bowman (VC Charles Darwin Uni) on making a difference and the importance of connecting with students
In this episode, our final for 2021, leader and follower, Prof Scott Bowman (Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University) shares the importance for staff AND students to have the opportunity to make a difference, as well as how the Executive can (and should) have better connections with students.  Any chat with Scott is always insightful and enjoyable - and a great way to round out the year! Transcript available:
December 14, 2021
S3, E4 with special guest Dr Mollie Dollinger, talking Student Partners - they what, how, who and why!
Students as Partners is a hot topic at the moment, but what exactly is it, how might you go about creating a Student Partnership and why is it an important component of the overall student experience? You can access the transcript here:
November 09, 2021
S3, E3 with special guest Sam Jacob, talking creating safe and inclusive learning for LGBTIQA+ students and Metro vs Regional strategies
All students have the right to experience a safe and supportive learning (and work) experience - unfortunately this is not always the case. In this episode the amazing Sam Jacob shares their insights into some of the challenges LGBTIQA+ students experience and how we can create an environment to be more inclusive AND to improve student outcomes for all students. For more information and support for creating a more safe, supportive and inclusive student experience: Pinnacle Foundation Pride in Diversity and other Pride inclusion programs CDU Pride Group NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) Rainbow Tick accreditation Transcript is available here:
August 10, 2021
Series 3, E2 with special guest Staci Jordan Shelton, talking creating environments to enable learning and innovation
Whether you are in education wanting to encourage learning, or wanting to encourage application and innovation in the workplace, this one is for you! You can learn more about Staci's work by following her on facebook ( or checking out her current programs ( Transcript available here: 
June 27, 2021
S3, Episode 1 - talking Climate Change, Student Engagement and International Recruitment with Ailsa Lamont
In this episode we explore how an increasing number of students are assessing the climate activity and sustainability of an Education Institution when making the choice to enroll, and the need for considering sustainability impacts with International recruitment.  Ailsa joins us from Pomegranate Global, and is co-founder of CAN-IE Need to implement more sustainability practices? Wanting to join the movement? Transcript available:
June 03, 2021
S2, Episode 10: Where the tables are turned and Tanya is interviewed by Ben Hallett of Vygo about what drives her, and why Student Experience and Learn Grow Become.
For our final episode of this season, Tanya is interviewed by Ben Hallett of Vygo about what drives her, and why Student Experience is her passion, and Learn Grow Become is the vehicle. Success is defined differently by all of us. We need to be able to tailor to individuals on a large scale. To do that, we need to think beyond automation and self-serve.  Transcript is available for download here:
October 26, 2020
S2, Episode 9 - reimagining University , talking Students as Partners and the power of the Block model with special guest, Trish McCluskey
In today's episode we are joined by Trish McCluskey of Victoria University discussing the impact their transition to an integrated Students as Partners and Block model have had for their first year students - and how this approach set them up for success during COVID19.
October 14, 2020
S2 Episode 8 - Brain readiness, the new post COVID challenge with special guest Jane Schueler
Getting students back on campus is still the key focus for Universities around the world... but the students they will get back are not the same. In today's podcast we talk about the post-COVID brain and how this will impact student outcomes over a longer term, and why "Back to Normal" is not going to happen as easily as we might like.  Resources mentioned in our conversation include: ROI Economic and Social Indicators and TVET:  Understanding the Return on Investment from TVET: A Practical Guide  (2020). Paris UNESCO & NCVER Publishing. Authors Jane Schueler &  Phil Loveder. Neurotechnology and Brain Fitness/Training:  Tracey Butler, Jane Schueler & Jay R. Lucker (2020) Changes in  Auditory Processing After Completing The Listening Program Training,  International Journal of Listening,
October 08, 2020
S2, Episode 7: Talking creating community online with Alaia Peres
Today we talk about the importance of connected community and the benefits that online communities bring even when students are on campus. Alaia is the co-founder of Jumbea ( and joins us from Paris. 
September 24, 2020
S2, Episode 6: Reimagining outbound experiences and their power to transform the student experience, with special guest Dr Julie Roberts.
Talking about the value of outbound experience, social impact and reimagining student travel in COVID and beyond with special guest Julie Roberts..
September 17, 2020
S2, Episode 5: Talking personalised course/career decisions with Special Guest Adebisi Adebowale of Upliftology
In today's episode we talk about the issues of student debt, and the  importance of personalised career decisions - which higher education  option is right for whom? It's not a one-size-fits-all.    You can learn more about the work of Adebisi Adebowale at
September 08, 2020
S2, Episode 4 : Positive lifecycle innovation enhancing student experience With special guest Cindy Cooper
In today's Student Experience episode we talk Innovation with social and environmental  awareness, and how embedding these values and principles we are not only  enhancing student experience, but also changing the way they approach  innovation throughout their careers.  Definite employability skills for  future success! Additional resources: Lemelson’s site: Free resources for teaching and learning “Inventing Green”: About Engineering for One Planet:
September 03, 2020
S2, episode 3: Special Guest Dr Lydia Woodyatt talking the power of academic-student connection.
In today's episode we talk with Dr Lydia Woodyatt about the importance of connection with our students, particularly as academics, and how that plays a significant  part of student experience and well-being. You can access the transcript here:
August 27, 2020
S2, Episode 2: Talking peer to peer connection with Vygo co-founder, Ben Hallett
Ben shares how inspiration from their own student journey lead to a career change and the creation of Vygo, and we discuss the benefit of online peer to peer connection particularly in times of disconnection. To learn more about Vygo: To learn more about The Mentor Academy:
August 19, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: Why we created our Learn2Learn program and whats planned for season 2!
Today we share some of the research outcomes from our 2019 pilot project and share some of whats to come!
August 12, 2020
Episode 15: Exploring Innovation and Impact with special guest Jenna Baskin
Talking Innovation and impact for online learners - with a focus on vocational education.
April 07, 2020
Episode 14: Talking with Linley Lord about having a global university approach and creating culturally relevant student experiences
Global perspective of student experience - adaptability and local relevance.
March 09, 2020
Episode 13: With Special Guest Cherie Diaz talking Online Learning environments
Online learning isnt just recording a face to face lecture and making it available online. There are different ways to create an engaging online learning experience - listen in for more.
March 08, 2020
Episode 12: Special guest Alf Lizzio (my hero) talking student success, the future of higher education and changing our mindsets.
Today we get to hear from the source - about the 5 senses of success, what changes do we need to adapt to in higher education to survive and thrive, and what are some of the mindset shifts we need to make as academics and administrators...
March 01, 2020
Episode 11: Talking dyslexia and reframing the learning experience with special guest Christina Maurer-Smolder
Today we talk about rethinking curriculum to support students with dyslexia and make learning easier for ALL students.
February 24, 2020
Episode 10: Talking embedding a career focus in the student experience with special guest Claire Cuvyer
We discuss the importance of keeping the end goal - career or employment - in mind during our studies. It can be easy to focus on just the learning experience, and yet without an employment outcome at the end the experience is somewhat emptier... Claire has kindly shared some useful student resources: ‘Your Application Toolkit’ can be downloaded via the link in my website My social media handles are: Instagram @whiteblankpages_by_claire Facebook
February 16, 2020
Episode 9: Special Guest Josh Farr talks student leadership development
Developing leadership skills and qualities has a positive impact on the student experience for all students Transcript is available here:
February 09, 2020
Episode 8: Special Guest Marty Lock from TAFE Queensland
Today we talk about the International VET market - and how to support International Students in their initial transition to Higher Education in Australia. Transcript is available here:
January 30, 2020
Episode 7: Special Guest Howell Williams from Keypath
Today we talk data based decision making, innovating for different approaches for online education and more! Transcript is available here:
January 22, 2020
Episode 6: Special Guest Dr Cathy Stone
In this episode we explored strategies for changing the way we approach student processes and policies, to really get to know our students and redesign our communication approach to really connect with them. Transcript is available here:
January 14, 2020
Episode 5 - Special Guest Dr Melinda Mann
Joining me today is proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, Dr Melinda Mann.  Today we talk about the power of lived experience, and of asking our students what they need. Throwing out assumptions and process before people, we explore how we can best support the students of today. Transcript is available here:
January 09, 2020
Episode 4 - Special guest Jonathon Hassall from ConnectADHD
Get the inside knowledge on how ADHD affects your students, and how you can better support them for success. Transcript is available here:
January 05, 2020
Episode 3: With special guest Professor Sarah O'Shea
Talking Equity, Peer-Led programs, and supporting student experience. You can find out more about Sarah's work on her website: Transcript is available here:
December 18, 2019
Episode 2: With special guest, Desiree Cai.
Desiree  is the current (outgoing) President of the National Union of Students in Australia, and an expert consultant to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Desiree joins us from Melbourne and shares her perspectives as a student, as a student representative, and with regards to the current Higher Education environment with all its many challenges and opportunities to create a really supportive student experience. Transcript is available here:
December 08, 2019
Episode 1: introducing the Student Experience podcast.
Our first episode in a series which will share the experiences and perspectives of Student Experience experts, and reflect on different student experience practices across the industry.
December 08, 2019