HigherEd Heroes podcast series

In the ‘HigherEd Heroes’ podcast series, we interview some of the best teachers at UQ to discuss ‘what works’ in their classrooms in a jargon-free, non-technical manner.

Our objective is to communicate practical advice from the bottom-up to a broad range of teachers about new ideas they may want to integrate into their classrooms and to stimulate open conversations about their everyday practice.

Each episode explores what excites students to learn, what keeps them coming back for lectures, and what makes teaching fun for both teachers and students.

We hope that you engage in these conversations and (like us) find something in them which inspires you to make small changes that may reward you and your students in big ways.

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Season 2

Episode 7 – How to grab and hold the attention of students in large first-year lectures

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Associate Professor Sarah Percy (The University of Queensland) and Professor David J Hornsby (Carleton University) about the art of the lecture. In particular, they discuss the tricks and techniques they employ to grab and hold the attention of students in large lectures. 

 

Episode 6 – Scrapping exams and making students learn through solving practical, real-world problems

In this episode, we are talking to Prof Lydia Kavanagh (UQ School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering) who decided to get rid of exams in her courses and instead offer learning exercises where students collaborate on solving practical, open-ended, real-world problems.

 

Episode 5 – How to make students learn through researching the impact of real-world problems

In this episode, we talk to Dr Kim de Rijke (Senior Lecturer in Anthropology) on how he makes his students learn through research activities that focus on the social impact of real-world development projects.

 

Episode 4 – Blake McKimmie on how to redesign your courses around the way students learn

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Prof Blake McKimmie (School of Psychology) on how he revamped his courses around the way students learn. They also talk about the crime drama series Blake produced and which is used week by week to help students navigate through their course. 

 

Episode 3 – Jacqui Bond on how to engage with the emotional aspect of learning

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Dr Jacqui Bond (School of Pharmacy) about how teaching is not just about cognition but also – and crucially – emotions; how integrating and addressing the emotions of learning enable students to have a more holistic experience.

 

Episode 2 – James Arvanitakis on learning as a journey and the classroom as both a safe space and a brave space

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Professor James Arvanitakis (Western Sydney University): how he sees his role as a teacher as someone who wants to take his students on a journey and how he designs his classroom as both a safe and space.

 

Episode 1 – Kicking off the new season

In this episode, Al and Seb introduce the second podcast season and reflect upon what they have been doing in the classroom both during COVID and outside their current existence as Zoom/online teachers.

 

Season 1

Episode 11 – How students learn through pitching their ideas for a public exhibition on the subject they are studying

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Dr Mary Broughton (School of Music) about how her students collaborated with the curator of one of the museums in Brisbane to pitch their own ideas for a public exhibition on the psychology of music. The conversation centers around how, through this exercise, students are offered a more complex and deeper learning experience.

 

Episode 10 – How to use scavenger hunts and have students use their own bodies as empirical devices for learning

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Dr Ryan Williams (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at The University of Queensland) about making students aware of how their studies are being embodied and lived in their every environments and spaces.

 

Episode 9 – How to use non-traditional forms of participation in the classroom

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Dr Lynda Shevellar (Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at The University of Queensland) about to get students who don't feel comfortable speaking to use their bodies to participate in the classroom.

 

Episode 8 – How to take students out of the classroom and expose them to different forms of learning

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Dr Simone Smala, Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at The University of Queensland, about how taking her students out of the classroom and into different institutions and museums helps them understand different forms of learning.

 

Episode 7 – On the merit and value of the old style lecture

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Associate Professor Andrew Phillips (School of Political Science & International Studies, UQ) about the value and merit of the traditional, old-style lecture for student learning. They talk about what makes a great lecture stand out, the importance of a narrative arch and storytelling.

 

Episode 6 – How to really involve practitioners in the classroom

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Cameron Parsell – an Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland – about how he not only brings practitioners into his classroom but fully involves them in assignments and making them work with students.

 

Episode 5 – How to involve students in the re-design of your courses

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Associate Professor Nicholas (Nic) Carah about his experience and practice of involving students in the design and redesign of his courses, and how it has led him to change his own teaching practices. Nic is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland.

 

Episode 4 – How to use Lego as a teaching tool in your uni classroom

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Elske van de Fliert, the Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change at The University of Queensland, about how her students use Lego as a means to develop ideas and stories, and thereby learn.

 

Episode 3 – How to place students in the driving seat during your lectures

In this episode, Al and Seb talk to Associate Professor Gerhard Hoffstaedter (UQ School of Social Science) about the ways in which his students collaborate in lectures, oftentimes even taking the lead during his lectures. In particular, Gerhard points to how the techniques he uses (including Pecha Kucha) open up new possibilities for students to learn.

 

Episode 2 – How to use simulations and practical scenarios in your classroom

In this episode, Seb and Al talk to Dr. Caroline Wilson-Barnao (Lecturer in Public Relations in the School of Communications and Arts at the University of Queensland) about how her students learn through practical simulations and crisis scenarios.

 

Episode 1 – Yay, we're live! But what's this all about?

In this opening episode, Al and Seb talk about what their new podcast is all about and what you can expect from this series. And they share a few gems you might find useful in your uni classroom.