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Teacher of the Ear

Teacher of the Ear

By Chris Friend

The aural side of Hybrid Pedagogy, listening for ways to empower educators and champion student agency
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Hope
Hope
Chris Friend (Kean University) talks with Brenna Clarke Gray (Thompson Rivers University) about finding hope in education, even—or especially—in today’s world. Along the way, Brenna explains the importance of learning technologists, the dangers of cruel optimism, and the critical need for honesty at all levels in academia. A complete episode transcript is available. Our theme music is by Blue Dot Sessions. This episode’s cover art is by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. The show is hosted on Anchor.fm, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The full catalog of episodes, including show notes and complete transcripts, lives at hybridpedagogy.org/podcast.
46:16
July 19, 2022
Kindness
Kindness
Chris Friend (Kean University) talks with Cate Denial (Knox College) about her pedagogy of kindness and ways to make teaching easier by trusting students. A complete episode transcript is available. Our theme music is by Blue Dot Sessions. This episode’s cover art is by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. The show is hosted on Anchor.fm, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The full catalog of episodes, including show notes and complete transcripts, lives at hybridpedagogy.org/podcast.
39:28
June 10, 2022
Feedback
Feedback
Laura Gibbs believes feedback—giving advice and support—makes learning and growth the center of any class. Hear her thoughts on providing meaningful feedback, separating feedback from assessment, working alongside students, and ungrading. A complete episode transcript is available. Our theme music is by Blue Dot Sessions. This episode’s cover art is by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. The show is hosted on Anchor.fm, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The full catalog of episodes, including show notes and complete transcripts, lives at hybridpedagogy.org/podcast. An earlier release of this episode contained time-offset audio that has now been corrected.
33:34
February 24, 2022
Love
Love
In October 2021, the University of Michigan hosted a panel discussing Critical Digital Pedagogy. Moderated by Jesse Stommel, the panelists included Sean Michael Morris, Ruha Benjamin, and Martha Fay Burtis. In that discussion, Martha made a comment about wanting to say she loves her students, but that she’s not always comfortable using that specific term. In this episode of Teacher of the Ear, she discusses her concerns and shares her thoughts about loving students. She frames her thinking in the context of a pedagogy of care, turning the traditional authority- and expertise-focused education model on its head. Martha views loving students as a situation that involves giving students freedom and flexibility while changing the nature of the work done in our classes. She explains how we need to change classroom work and not simply offload it onto students. That change, then, also entails setting limits for ourselves to avoid burnout. Care for ourselves and caring for students is all connected because at the heart of it, isn’t teaching really a labor of love? Our theme music is by Blue Dot Sessions. This episode’s cover art is by Nick Fewings on Unsplash. The show is hosted on Anchor.fm, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The full catalogue of episodes, including show notes and complete transcripts, lives at hybridpedagogy.org/podcast. This episode has a complete transcript available.
32:33
February 01, 2022
Optimism
Optimism
Back in October 2021, Jessica Zeller posted a tweet about a particular class session. She said her class “went everywhere” and that she already missed being in that class by later that same day. Jessica said they discussed “not passing down our own pedagogically-induced trauma; the problem with ideals; ego, power, & responsibility; how words shape students' feelings about their bodies; & pedagogic optimism.” Hear Jessica’s take on the inherent optimism of teaching, what we could all learn from ballet pedagogy, and the benefits of ungrading, regardless of content area. Our theme music is by Blue Dot Sessions. This episode’s cover art is from Sandy Millar on Unsplash. The show is hosted on Anchor.fm, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The full catalogue of episodes, including show notes and complete transcripts, lives at hybridpedagogy.org/podcast. This episode has a complete transcript available.
25:27
January 05, 2022
Self-Care
Self-Care
Hear from Kaitlin Clinnin (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and sarah madoka currie (University of Waterloo) as they discuss the problems and prospects of attending to our own mental-health needs as the global pandemic enters its second year. We discuss ways to care for ourselves and our students to help make our classes more inviting and successful environments. Theme music is from Blue Dot Sessions. Episode cover image from Kate Stone Matheson. Full transcript also available.
40:34
December 17, 2021
Public Scholarship
Public Scholarship
I talk with Dr. Mia Zamora about ways the work we do at our institutions should benefit others outside our disciplines, our silos, even our institutions themselves. We talk about ways to blur the lines between school and community, between class and real-world, between disciplinary expertise and broader experience.
31:13
December 02, 2021
Care
Care
In this episode, I talk with the Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed Collective, which fosters queer, feminist, and anti-colonial approaches to digital humanities teaching. The collective consists of Ashley Caranto Morford, Arun Jacob, and Kush Patel, representing the fields of English, Indigenous, and Filipinx/a/o studies; Information Studies; and Architectural History-Theory and Design Studies. They lead workshops, deliver talks, author texts, and teach courses within coalitions in and across the Global North and Global South that challenge the overlapping injustices of historically white, upper caste, and heteropatriarchal orders, while illuminating the specifics of those injustices and education-centered counternarratives in a given place. Theme music from Blue Dot Sessions; full episode transcript available.
41:46
November 10, 2021
Scholarly Communication
Scholarly Communication
In August 2021, the Digital Pedagogy Institute took place online, hosted by the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto Scarborough, Ryerson University, and Brock University. I was one of two plenary speakers at that event. The other was Hannah McGregor. Her presentation asserted that scholarly podcasts are a form of pedagogy. In this conversation, we talk about how podcasts can be positioned as scholarship, but along the way we challenge the nature of scholarly communication; analyze scholarly publication as a system; question the relationships among teaching, scholarship, and service; and imagine how un-grading principles could apply to tenure and promotion evaluations. Theme music from Blue Dot Sessions; full episode transcript available.
40:14
October 13, 2021
Introducing Hybrid Teaching
Introducing Hybrid Teaching
This bonus episode of HybridPod brings several exciting announcements: This show's name is changing from HybridPod to Teacher of the Ear. A new episode about podcasting as pedagogy will debut in October. The audiobook version of Hybrid Teaching: Pedagogy, People, Politics from Hybrid Pedagogy Books is launching as a serialized podcast starting today. Hear the trailer episode of Hybrid Teaching here, and stay tuned for the next episode of Teacher of the Ear, coming soon!
06:29
October 01, 2021
Connection
Connection
Classes moved online for the pandemic, even those that rely on in-person interaction. How can we maintain connection with students? Sherri Spelic explains.
27:60
June 16, 2020
Active Gratitude
Active Gratitude
What is the nature of gratitude? What does it challenge — or allow — us to do? And how does it change when we think of it as being *active*? I talk with Amy Slay and Kate Bowles to learn more.
47:09
April 01, 2020
Publishing
Publishing
Cheryl E. Ball shares how she blends professional editing, modern publishing, and digital pedagogy to create meaningful courses beyond the classroom walls.
38:55
June 12, 2019
Platforms
Platforms
Chris Gilliard walk us through concerns he has about the state of online surveillance, dangers lurking behind asking students to work in online platforms.
45:56
December 04, 2018
Asking The Right Questions
Asking The Right Questions
Asking the right questions — from teachers and students alike — can make all the difference in helping us connect with one another and our courses.
31:50
June 21, 2018
Access
Access
What does it take to access an education? I spoke with Robin DeRosa about this broad issue that affects the way we do things in our classrooms and schools.
40:02
March 07, 2017
Openness
Openness
Students ask about our interests and lives to understand & connect with us. What happens when the answers reveal more about us than we’re ready to share?
42:00
August 03, 2016
Questioning Learning
Questioning Learning
Amy Collier emphasizes the importance of questioning — as a means of improving our teaching, enhancing student learning, and understanding our contexts.
40:55
May 18, 2016
Responsive Teaching
Responsive Teaching
Our teaching should be responsive, adapting to the situation, the students, and the semester, not determined by the textbook.
34:05
April 20, 2016
Networks
Networks
I talk with Bonnie Stewart about networks in education and society, plus how they work with activism, identity, and power relations.
41:44
January 21, 2016
Collaboration
Collaboration
This episode of HybridPod explores the idea of collaboration — how it works, what it is, and how we can facilitate it in our classes.
31:12
October 29, 2015
Digital Pedagogy, Part 2
Digital Pedagogy, Part 2
New technology may make it too easy for us to focus on novelty, not on implications, in our digital pedagogy. What are risks & benefits of tech in class?
28:20
September 12, 2015
Digital Pedagogy, Part 1
Digital Pedagogy, Part 1
Have we moved from analogue to digital teaching? We talk about transitioning learning into today’s technological era — about digital pedagogy.
31:44
August 06, 2015
Play
Play
This episode explores the assertion that “play is serious business" and tests the ways in which it can be applied to today’s educational environments.
33:30
May 18, 2015
Assessment and Generosity
Assessment and Generosity
Kris Shaffer and Asao Inoue discuss generous ways to assess student work, and we’ll hear from Lee Skallerup Bessette to consider institutional assessment, empathy, and student needs.
29:36
March 20, 2015
Compassion and Integrity
Compassion and Integrity
Common systems that check finished work for signs of plagiarism turn it into a punitive situation, rather than a teaching opportunity. That’s the big difference between the student experience of plagiarism and the academic understanding of it. What if we looked at citation as a compassionate authorial act? Could we situate quoting and referencing as an act of academic kindness?
16:40
February 23, 2015
Listening to Students
Listening to Students
Much of the conversation about modern education discusses what we as teachers can sayor do within our classrooms. Relatively little attention is paid to what we can hear from our students. In this episode, we’ll explore some of the benefits we can get, and improvements we can make, if we essentially talk less and listen more.
23:50
January 26, 2015