Learning Innovation: The Teaching & Learning Podcast
E20: Tech Tips with Tyler & Artificial Intelligence

E20: Tech Tips with Tyler & Artificial Intelligence

January 25, 2022

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Tyler Wall and Jude Bialik banter about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and its explosion into our lives through the consumer market.

During the podcast, Tyler shows Jude A.I. tools that are currently in the marketplace. Here is a list of those tools:

Writesonic: AI powered content writing tool that automatically generates unique, high-quality, SEO-friendly articles and blogs from scratch within seconds. 

https://writesonic.com/ai-article-writer-generator 

Use the world's most advanced AI copywriter to generate your marketing copy in seconds! Create high-performing Blogs, Product Descriptions, Ads, and landing pages. 

https://writesonic.com/ 

Personal AI: Personal AI is an AI that’s trained on the memories that move you. Our mission is to empower every individual to own their intelligence and be their own thought 

https://www.personal.ai/ 

Delve AI: AI-Based Information Condenser and Knowledge Graph Builder

https://www.delv.ai/ 

Krisp AI: Use Krisp to remove distracting background noise and echo during online meetings and podcasts and maintain your mic's HD audio quality. 

https://krisp.ai/ 

Browse AI: Monitor any webpage for changes. Download any data on the web as a spreadsheet. Turn any website into an API. 

https://www.browse.ai/ 

Botify: Create and chat with a bot, a game but you can create a person you have conversations with. 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/botify-ai-create-chat-bot/id1566710178?ref=producthunt 

HUENIT:  has AI vision, 3D printer, laser engraving and drawing modules. All your ideas become reality with HUENIT!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/huenit/huenit-ai-camera-and-modular-robot-arm

How Higher Ed is handling A.I. ethics: https://edscoop.com/list/how-higher-ed-is-handling-ai-ethics/ 

Tyler also mentions an A.I. that animates old photos: https://www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia/

E19: How the Trades Fosters Critical Thinking and Lifelong Learning in the Community

E19: How the Trades Fosters Critical Thinking and Lifelong Learning in the Community

December 17, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Sheldon Anderson (Dean for the Centre for Trades) and Joshua Hill (an instructor for electrical apprenticeship) discuss the connection between the trades and lifelong learning. This warm and honest conversation reveals how practical, hands-on learning and skills-building develop critical thinking, which leads to connection, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship and opportunities galore!

 

During the podcast, Donna mentions a news article about a recent collaboration between LC Extension and Blood Tribe Employment and Skills Training (BTEST) focused on equipping youth with real-world skills.

 

During the recording, Joshua mentions the following:

  • A “garbage-can-looking item” that’s actually a residential wind turbine! A Utah-based company called Halcium is currently prototyping this revolutionary product

  • The wind turbine company, Vestas

  • He’s learning about health, fitness – and what his personal Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is

 

During the podcast, Sheldon touches on the following:

E18: How Immersive Technology is Creating More Flexible and Accessible Learning Experiences

E18: How Immersive Technology is Creating More Flexible and Accessible Learning Experiences

December 3, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Cherie Bowker, Lethbridge College’s Chair of the School of Spatial Design Technologies expands on how Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Extended Reality programs are sparking opportunities for every type of learner. In this upbeat conversation, Cherie traces the growth of this innovative field and even drops a few fascinating hints about “The Metaverse”.

During the podcast, Donna mentions her own VR experience with the program: Traveling While Black. She also says she's a big fan of HGTV (aren't we all?)!

During the recording, Cherie touches on the following:

E17: Thriving in Action – Developing Resilience in Adult Learners through Grit, Optimism, Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion

E17: Thriving in Action – Developing Resilience in Adult Learners through Grit, Optimism, Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion

November 19, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as two of our most experienced student support staff discuss student resilience, motivation, and stress management! Academic Strategists Diane Fjordbotten and Marianne Martin adapted Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Schaffer's Thriving in Action program for Lethbridge College students and tell Donna how it’s been going so far, as well as the contents and practices used in the program. This program takes a proactive, innovative, and research-based approach to student stress management and this episode discusses safe spaces, positive psychology, and the impact of student support programming on student success, health, and overall life. 

To learn more about the original Thriving in Action program, go here or here or here

Diane and Marianne both work in the Learning Café and recommend their open educational resource (OER) the eLearning Café

For more information on our Student Core Competencies, go here

For more information on the Coulee Walk, go here

Here’s more information on Mark Seligman’s “Three Good Things” and approach to positive psychology. 

Diane and Marianne both recommend Louie Schwartzberg's 2011 TED Talk Gratitude

Diane has loved learning about bullet journaling lately and recommends this webpage

Marianne has loved learning about doing nothing (as a wellness strategy!) and recommends Olga Mecking’s book Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing 

E16: Striving for Reflective and Reflexive Learning Through Systems Thinking

E16: Striving for Reflective and Reflexive Learning Through Systems Thinking

November 5, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as EDI Strategist, Michelle Ni Dochartaigh-Derbich and Provost and Vice President of Academic, Samantha Lenci, discuss the value of Systems Thinking. In this passionate, insightful and sobering dialogue, the pair speak candidly about when Systems Thinking excels, and what a breakdown in Systems Thinking looks like—specifically, parachuting cats!

During the podcast, Michelle references the following: 

Michelle also recommends the following: 

  • Perhaps even learning to play the traditional Irish bodhrán (bow-rawn) drum! 

During the podcast, Samantha references the following: 

 

E15: Sharing Resources and Preserving Knowledge Through Communities of Practice

E15: Sharing Resources and Preserving Knowledge Through Communities of Practice

October 22, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as guests Kelsey Janzen (Production Coordinator) and Lorraine Leishman (Learning and Development Plan Team) discuss the knowledge-rich pools known as Communities of Practice (CoPs). Learn how we’re all a part of CoPs, how they facilitate team building, and how you can create your own.

During the podcast, Lorraine mentions she is reading the book, Widen the Window by Elizabeth Stanley, and Kelsey recommends two books: Radical Candor by Kim Scott and No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien & Mollie West Duffy. Lorraine also referred to Etienne Wegner when talking about the origins of CoPs.

Questions or comments about Communities of Practice? Reach out to Lorraine Leishman at lorraine.leishman@lethbridgecollege.ca to chat! Especially if you’re particularly jazzed about creating a CoP on Growth Mindset!

To watch the video version of this podcast: https://youtu.be/sw4CSLhrKpw

E14: Tech Talks – Hyflex Learning

E14: Tech Talks – Hyflex Learning

October 8, 2021

Remember Tyler Wall from Episode 6? If somebody at the College wants to do something cool (innovative) with technology, they’ll probably end up working with Tyler. And remember Jude Bialik? He’s been LITL-Pod’s co-producer from nearly the start and works primarily in student support. Together, they’re co-hosting and co-producing episodes we’re calling “Tech Talks,” where Tyler talks about the most recent technology implemented by the College and Jude makes sure the discussion is accessible to your average educator.

So for today’s episode, tune in, hit play, and get inspired as guests Trevor Gellrich, Lexi Schaerz, and Ryan Robinson, answer Tyler and Jude’s questions about Hyflex. What is it? How and why should you use it? What should you do when a Hyflex lesson doesn’t go as planned (even great technology is still technology!)? And, most importantly, if Lexi, Ryan, and Trevor entered the Thunderdome, who would survive?

 

Watch the video version of this episode here: https://youtu.be/ND-V9VmLxoQ

E13: Sustainable, Community-Focused Approaches to Research and Education

E13: Sustainable, Community-Focused Approaches to Research and Education

September 24, 2021

Watch this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH7Qn519mpM

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired by a discussion on how our college collaborates with our larger community for training and research. Our guests are Megan Shapka, Associate Dean for the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Jason Donkersgoed, Director for Business and Development. Our discussion topics include:  

- the Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals), 

- community focused programming (including summer camps and tiny homes),  

- systems thinking and the systems approach,  

- corporate training,

- the research and development needs of our local community,  

- Strategic doing (https://strategicdoing.net/),  

- trust triangles, and  

- living campuses.  

If you’d like to get in touch with Megan or anybody at our Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, use the contact information on their webpage here: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/departments/centre-for-applied-research-and-innovation  

If you’d like to register for, or learn more about, our Continuing Education Program, go here: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/departments/corporate-and-continuing-education/continuing-education  

If you’d like to know more about Lethbridge College’s Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre, take a look at their website: https://iatc.ca/  
 
Jason references Dr. Frances Frei’s TEDTalk “How to Build (and rebuild) Trust.” Here’s the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/frances_frei_how_to_build_and_rebuild_trust?language=en  

Megan references Dawson College’s Living Campus. Here’s a link: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/sustainable/living-campus/ 

E12: Bonus episode – 16 Hours more Innovative but 40% Wrong

E12: Bonus episode – 16 Hours more Innovative but 40% Wrong

July 30, 2021

Tune in, hit play and buckle up because we’ve got even more nerds – I mean experts – than usual in this episode. Our CTLI leadership team is friends with the academic leadership team from Collarts in Australia and Donna bravely agreed to host a panel discussion with all 5 of them. Topics include: frameworks for innovative educational support, cross-institutional collaboration, the connection between innovation and grassroots initiatives, and the potential future of education considering the rapid change triggered by the pandemic.

The video version of this episode can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJLg45dR1k

The Collarts website is https://www.collarts.edu.au/

The podcast episode Jackie mentioned where she discusses Complexity Leadership Theory is Episode 3 - https://learninginnovation.podbean.com/e/podcast-3-with-jaclyn-doherty/

The CTLI framework created by Lethbridge College and “not” photocopied by Collarts can be found at https://learninginnovation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CTLIStrategicInnovationModel.pdf

Ben mentions that futurist predictions tend to be 40% wrong, a statistic he got from a Paul Higgins presentation. Higgins’ website is https://www.emergentfutures.com/consultants/paul-higgins/

E11: Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL), Virtual and Augmented Reality, and creating environments to thrive in.

E11: Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL), Virtual and Augmented Reality, and creating environments to thrive in.

April 30, 2021

Tune in, hit play, and get inspired as Lethbridge College Multimedia Production Instructor, Kris Hodgson-Bright and CTLI Interns turned Contract Media Specialists, Eric Reger and Spencer Nelson, chat with Donna about Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) and the value of pursuing internship opportunities. The group also talks about virtual and augmented reality’s potential as learning and training tools, and about an interesting VR project Eric and Spencer worked for Dematic, a leading supplier of automated supply chain technology, during their internship. Kris also facilitated a workshop on using Riipen during Lethbridge College's Spring CanvasCon. The recording for this session can be accessed here: https://lethbridgecol.instructuremedia.com/embed/36813919-e835-471a-a268-b112e461942eSdio (instructuremedia.com)

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI):   Learning Innovation | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation | Lethbridge College  

Dematic:  https://www.dematic.com/en-us/  

Altspace VR:  https://altvr.com/  

Discord:  https://discord.com/  

Skills Canada Alberta:  https://skillsalberta.com 

 

Host: Donna McLaughlin    

Guests: Kris Hodgson-Bright, Eric Reger, Spencer Nelson 

Producer: Mike Smith   

Sound Technician: Ryan Robinson    

Production Team: Darel Bennedbaek, Kelsey Janzen, Joel Godri, Jude Bialik, & Tyler Wall   

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