EPISODES

 
SEASON 3:  SEPTEMBER 2020 – AUGUST 2021

LONG-FORM INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS

#40: www.globetrotters.edu

Faced with university travel bans and course rosters full of students who were counting on study abroad programming and credit hours, Karen Edwards and Sandy Strick of the University of South Carolina, and Tori Ellenburger of Australia’s Deakin University, shifted gears from globetrotting to web surfing with barely a tap on the clutch pedal.

#36: Made to Measure

Academic integrity shouldn’t begin with crime and punishment. It should start with sense and sensibility. Dan and Kieran discuss some of the problems inherent when students are measured with isolated assessments that prioritize performance over mastery.

#31: Teaching in a Time Warp

Time is the raw material of our days.  On the one hand it is precise and predictable. The clock chimes hours into equal measures.  But on the other hand it is pliable and easily warped. We write the syllabi, we schedule assignments, we set grading schemes.  If we are careless, time can unravel and spin out of control.

#30: Ocean Onliners

The Marine Institute at Memorial University – Newfoundland and Labrador’s University offers undergraduate and graduate Maritime Studies programs intentionally designed to serve working adults who are far from any of the institution’s five land-based campuses. Online courses don’t get much more remote than a ship in the middle of an ocean. 

#29: Activist Educators

Often, when we review our syllabi, course design, delivery strategies, and degree programs we focus on what’s missing, what doesn’t work. But Carey Borkoski of Johns Hopkins University and Brianne Roos of Loyola University – Maryland propose that using “deficit-free language” allows teachers to see what’s actually happening so they can advocate for change.

#24: Chart a Course to Everywhere

There are many reasons to create academic programs that can reach students who are unable to travel to campus. Maybe you’d like to expand the audience for an existing in-person degree, or create an entirely new online offering.  But before you begin this journey there’s something you need to know — when geography is no longer a barrier to access,Continue reading “#24: Chart a Course to Everywhere”

#23: Anatomy of a Lesson

It’s summertime, and the living is… well, easier than last year, at least.  With the start of a new academic year on the horizon, a mere two months and change away, we decided this is the perfect season for an episode that begins to explore the choreography of moving from learning objectives to lessons to assignments that will resonate withContinue reading “#23: Anatomy of a Lesson”

#22: Math Snippets & Stories

Thanks to a year in which online instruction became the unexpected but necessary standard practice in higher ed, our community’s assumptions about what subjects can be taught without the physical classroom underwent a profound evolution. Even Dan and I were surprised to discover fellow academics teaching subjects as diverse and seemingly ill-suited to the virtual classroom as Ag Education, BiologyContinue reading “#22: Math Snippets & Stories”

#21: Missing the Table

As higher learning moved into the Fall 2020 academic term, it became clear the Covid-19 pandemic would continue to impact all professors, whether they were seasoned veterans or newly minted. Educators who had honed classroom techniques over decades had no choice but to adapt to new techniques and technology at the start of the school year, even those in disciplinesContinue reading “#21: Missing the Table”

#20: Innovative Learners (Alumni Panel)

In March 2020, Wired Ivy dropped its first episode, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was closing university campuses around the world. As we enter our second year of podcasting, we’ve decided to switch from semester-based seasons to releasing one episode per month, starting with Episode 22 – Innovative Learners. In keeping with what is quickly becoming a tradition at WiredContinue reading “#20: Innovative Learners (Alumni Panel)”

#19: De-Tooling BIO Lab

Look past the equipment in an academic wet lab classroom — the pipettes, autoclave, centrifuge, DNA sequencer, gel and blot imaging station, incubators, microscopes — and what’s left? UC Irvine Associate Teaching Professor Pavan Kadandale had to ask himself that very question regarding his upper-level undergraduate molecular biology lab when the University of California System moved to all-remote instruction inContinue reading “#19: De-Tooling BIO Lab”

#18: Virtual Speaks Volumes

Artists are trained to look, to examine the world from different perspectives, to notice the smallest detail and appreciate the big picture. Maybe that’s why sculptor, installation artist, and Professor of Art and Design, Rebecca Hutchinson, saw that it was entirely possible to teach studio arts, including ceramics, in a virtual classroom… and to recognize this opportunity for expanding herContinue reading “#18: Virtual Speaks Volumes”

#17: Growth Edge

I think sometimes people take for granted that face-to-face is more rigorous but I know my outcomes are more intentional. There’s a lot of prep work that goes into online delivery.

#16: Community Composition

Whether the subject matter is undergraduate poetry or graduate creative nonfiction, a writing class would appear, at first glance, to be almost perfectly suited to the virtual classroom. Everyone knows writing is a reclusive endeavor, right? Yes… and no. Daniel Stanford, will share the abridged story of his life as Composition Coordinator at Pitt Community College in North Carolina.

#15: Field & Screen

With video conferencing fatigue taking a toll on students and faculty alike, what better time to consider adding some physically active assignments to your syllabus?  Our guest for this week’s episode, Jim Egenrieder of Virginia Tech, provides inspiration and tips for integrating Field & Screen. 

#14: Role Rehearsal

The curtain is rising on another academic year — admittedly it’s odd one. Season 2 of Wired Ivy opens with an exploration of the Socratic method* for the virtual stage, directed by Doug Ward of University of Kansas, to be performed asynchronously with student-audience participation.

#9: Two-Way Street (Alumni Panel)

Throughout this first season of Wired Ivy, our conversations with faculty and program directors have centered on the role of virtual learning communities and our efforts to encourage students to connect with one another. Well, the academic year has ended so you know what that means–time for teacher evaluations! In Wired Ivy’s first ever panel discussion, Dan spoke with a currentContinue reading “#9: Two-Way Street (Alumni Panel)”

#8: Anytime, Anywhere

Michael Carey, chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, discusses how leadership is learned through an online curriculum, as well as the importance of online communication skills and how they carry over to professional work. 

#7: Studio Matters

Moving a lecture from face-to-face classroom to virtual conferencing is a pretty straight-forward conversion. That doesn’t mean the switch is seamless or ideal, but it is feasible. Activities that are inherently welded to synchronous delivery in a physical space, like studio and field trips… that’s a different story. Or is it? While we’re on that topic, are online courses weldedContinue reading “#7: Studio Matters”

#6: From Campus to Cloud

Now that many institutions have closed the book on their spring term, educators may finally have some time to catch their breath, reflect on the emergency remote instruction experience, and think about how to prepare for various teaching contingencies in the fall. What better time to talk with an experienced educator on the front line of the sudden switch fromContinue reading “#6: From Campus to Cloud”

#5: Newly Minted

Olivia Marcucci offers her perspectives as a newly minted PhD who accepted a full-time faculty position with the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s online Doctor of Education program, where she teaches educational and racial equity.

#4: A Quick Pivot

Wired Ivy’s own Kieran Lindsey, whose experiences in online higher education include time as a graduate student, an instructor, and currently as program director, has seven questions new-to-online faculty should as they prepare to switch courses to remote instruction.

#3: Connecting the Dots

Last week, we talked about the value of virtual learning communities to help students and faculty feel engaged and supported. Now we’re shifting from theory to practice, sharing some of the things we’ve tried and continue to use in class. We’re hoping listeners will follow our lead and help us make this a conversation by discussing your hits and yourContinue reading “#3: Connecting the Dots”

#2: Community Values

In Season 1, Wired Ivy will lean into online communities — their contribution to better learning outcomes, their benefits and challenges, as well as creative ways to connect and manage virtual groups. We’ll begin with a two-part conversation; we’re calling this episode Community Values, and in Connecting the Dots we’ll share specific strategies we’ve used in virtual classrooms. Of course,Continue reading “#2: Community Values”

FOOTNOTES (UNPACKING DETAILS FROM A PREVIOUS EPISODE)

#41: Virtual Experiential Learning

Dan and Kieran revisit the ideas shared by our Episode 40 guests for incorporating virtual content into experiential learning activities, including study abroad and other field trips.

#37: Learning Objectives

Listeners who’ve followed Wired Ivy for a while now will know Dan and Kieran are firm believers that course design needs to begin with the learning objectives, regardless of academic level and mode of delivery.  Any test ride of course technology, content, activities, and assessment options that takes place before the learning objectives have been properly groomed is simply putting the cart before the horse.

#35: Ungraded Collaborations

A popular perception, especially in the Age of Covid, is that online instruction consists solely of delivering lectures via Zoom to a Hollywood Squares screen of boxed faces and, therefore, doesn’t allow for personal connections to form between instructor and instructed or between learners.  Tell that to students who have taken online classes from Wired Ivy co-host Dan Marcucci! 

#34: Learning Literacies

In Episode 30 – Ocean Onliners, our guest Elizabeth Sanli offered perspectives from both sides of the virtual podium – she teaches online and she’s currently an online student. Returning to class as a student has raised Elizabeth’s awareness of the ways in which instructor expectations may not align with learner preparedness, and she offers ideas for how to address this.

#33: Sharing Screens & Skills

The classic structure of formal education is built on a one-way flow of information, from teacher to student. In Episode 18 – Virtual Speaks Volumes, our guest Rebecca Hutchinson of UMass Dartmouth shared a wonderfully multi-directional approach to teaching and screen sharing in her synchronous online sculpture classes.

#32: Virtual Versus Non-Virtual

Now that the majority of higher education faculty have had at least some experience with virtual instruction, returning to a physical campus has caused many academics to ponder how to apply the lessons we learned online to our non-virtual courses. Are there benefits to using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content and, if so, how do you decide what needs to be done in real-time?

OFFICE HOURS (BRIEF EXPLAINERS FOR COMMON TERMS & CONCEPTS)

#38: Who or What is NC-SARA?

Kieran provides an introduction to NC-SARA (the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements), it’s history, why it exists, and the role it plays in online higher education.

#39: What is Quality Matters?

Dan provides a quick overview of the Quality Matters online course design rubric, including a brief history, ambitions, and critiques.


SEASON 2:  SEPTEMBER 2020 – AUGUST 2021

LONG-FORM INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS

#21: Missing the Table

As higher learning moved into the Fall 2020 academic term, it became clear the Covid-19 pandemic would continue to impact all professors, whether they were seasoned veterans or newly minted. Educators who had honed classroom techniques over decades had noContinue reading “#21: Missing the Table”

#19: De-Tooling BIO Lab

Look past the equipment in an academic wet lab classroom — the pipettes, autoclave, centrifuge, DNA sequencer, gel and blot imaging station, incubators, microscopes — and what’s left? UC Irvine Associate Teaching Professor Pavan Kadandale had to ask himself thatContinue reading “#19: De-Tooling BIO Lab”

#17: Growth Edge

I think sometimes people take for granted that face-to-face is more rigorous but I know my outcomes are more intentional. There’s a lot of prep work that goes into online delivery.

#16: Community Composition

Whether the subject matter is undergraduate poetry or graduate creative nonfiction, a writing class would appear, at first glance, to be almost perfectly suited to the virtual classroom. Everyone knows writing is a reclusive endeavor, right? Yes… and no. Daniel Stanford, will share the abridged story of his life as Composition Coordinator at Pitt Community College in North Carolina.

#15: Field & Screen

With video conferencing fatigue taking a toll on students and faculty alike, what better time to consider adding some physically active assignments to your syllabus?  Our guest for this week’s episode, Jim Egenrieder of Virginia Tech, provides inspiration and tips for integrating Field & Screen. 

#14: Role Rehearsal

The curtain is rising on another academic year — admittedly it’s odd one. Season 2 of Wired Ivy opens with an exploration of the Socratic method* for the virtual stage, directed by Doug Ward of University of Kansas, to be performed asynchronously with student-audience participation.

SUMMER SHORTS (MUSINGS AND RANTS)

#28: Slicing the Creative Pie (Summer Shorts)

Technology is disrupting academia in many ways, including the question of who owns course content and other intellectual property. As Dan explains, the issue of control and access is critically important to online educators.

#27: Everything Old is New Again (Summer Shorts)

The new academic year seems like an opportune time to ask… are online, asynchronous, and hybrid strange new teaching strategies, or are we simply using new terminology to describe familiar techniques?

#26: No Teacher is an Island (Summer Shorts)

In some respects online teachers are islands. It’s easy to feel isolated but Dan shares some tricks to help you stay connected to your community and the resources you need.

#25: Time is on My Side (Summer Shorts)

A new showdown brewing on campus: Team Sync, Team Async, and running as an Independent candidate, Team Self-Paced. Fans of each are sorting themselves out on the sidelines and Kieran has some play-by-play commentary.


SEASON 1:  MARCH – AUGUST 2020

LONG-FORM INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS

#8: Anytime, Anywhere

Michael Carey, chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, discusses how leadership is learned through an online curriculum, as well as the importance of online communication skills and how they carry over to professional work. 

#7: Studio Matters

Moving a lecture from face-to-face classroom to virtual conferencing is a pretty straight-forward conversion. That doesn’t mean the switch is seamless or ideal, but it is feasible. Activities that are inherently welded to synchronous delivery in a physical space, likeContinue reading “#7: Studio Matters”

#5: Newly Minted

Olivia Marcucci offers her perspectives as a newly minted PhD who accepted a full-time faculty position with the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s online Doctor of Education program, where she teaches educational and racial equity.

#4: A Quick Pivot

Wired Ivy’s own Kieran Lindsey, whose experiences in online higher education include time as a graduate student, an instructor, and currently as program director, has seven questions new-to-online faculty should as they prepare to switch courses to remote instruction.

#2: Community Values

In Season 1, Wired Ivy will lean into online communities — their contribution to better learning outcomes, their benefits and challenges, as well as creative ways to connect and manage virtual groups. We’ll begin with a two-part conversation; we’re callingContinue reading “#2: Community Values”

SUMMER SHORTS (MUSINGS AND RANTS)

#13: Remix (Summer Shorts)

Does the room where it happens always have to be a room? Which room was once the only option. Here’s my proposal: There’s now an arsenal of content delivery options at your disposal. You don’t have to pick between a room and Zoom, a lectern or broadband. Your choices are unlimited… not OR but AND.

#10: What’s Your Name? (Summer Shorts)

Welcome to Wired Ivy… Summer Shorts! Kieran here with some thoughts on what we call teaching and learning that takes place outside of a brick-box classroom. When you think about it, terminology is a kind of short-hand. Having an established, defined vocabulary allows academic colleagues to discuss their discipline without having to explain what theyContinue reading “#10: What’s Your Name? (Summer Shorts)”


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