40 under 40

Thrilled to share that I’m part of Avenue Magazine’s 40 under 40 class of 2020! It feels very good to be considered among such talented people, and I’m thankful for my colleagues, friends and family that helped make this happen. You can find the full profile here, and in Avenue Calgary magazines across the city throughout November.

Mount Royal University also did a write up on the 40 under 40 list, where I discuss my podcasting work (and the upcoming Community Podcast Initiative!). You can find the full article here.

Dr. Brad Clark and I also put together a piece for J-Source that explains the Community Podcast Initiative and our hopes for the hub once it’s completed. You can read that article here.

This month on EdTech Examined…

It was such a pleasure to be the guest on this month’s episode of the EdTech Examined podcast with Erik Christiansen and Kris Hans — click below to hear us talk about podcasting trends, how I use podcasts in the classroom, and muse on what boy band is truly the best.

Exciting grant news!

I can finally share some exciting news — we’re building a podcasting hub at MRU, thanks to a national grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund! It will be the first of its kind in Canada, and I can’t wait to see how we can connect with communities to tell stories in new and compelling ways.

Special thanks to my co-investigator Dr. Brad Clark, collaborators Dr. Cherie Woolmer and Dr. Ada Jaarsma, and to my colleagues in Journalism and Broadcast Media Studies and the Research and Development Office who helped shepherd my first grant application though.

You can read the official press release here: https://www.innovation.ca/about/press-release/canadas-top-researchers-have-tools-they-need-stay-ahead

New podcast programming at the Calgary Public Library

After some successful podcasting workshops at the CPL Central Library in September 2019 , I rejoined with the library to offer a special summer PodChats program online — think like a book club, but instead about podcasts!

Through May and June, we piloted the concept with a group of 20 podcast keeners, and had some great conversations and guest speakers. In fact, it worked so well, we’re bringing it back!

PodChats starts back up August 13th. I’ll be running the first session, and then bringing in different guest curators each month for a mix of voices and conversation. It’s FREE to register for CPL members, and you can find all of the information on the program here.

Teaching Strides is back!

A new podcasting project to kick off the school year — I’m pleased to share that I’m hosting season four of MRU’s Teaching Strides podcast! Every month, I sit down with one of the university’s talented educators and talk with them about the many ways they innovate in their classrooms.

We kicked off the new season this week with Patti Derbyshire and Spirit River Striped Wolf, co-founders of Otahpiaaki Fashion Week in Calgary, to talk about how this classroom project has become an annual event that fuels year-round research into Indigenous fashion, reconciliation, and entrepreneurship. You can subscribe wherever you podcast, or listen here:

The series is produced by Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, a senior student with our journalism program, in conjunction with the Academic Development Centre at MRU. We’re looking forward to a great season of interesting stories and new views on teaching from the talented ranks of educators working across the university.

Joining the B.C. Heritage Fairs Society

Great news to share — I’m joining the B.C. Heritage Fairs Society‘s Board of Directors for the upcoming year!

If you aren’t familiar with the Heritage Fairs — think of a Science Fair, but where the students do projects on Canadian history — it could be about a big national event, like the construction of the railway, or it could be about a student’s family history. It’s a great program that lets students explore their own curiosities in Canadian history (and yes, I say that as a proud alumna of the Fairs and as a past summer intern with the program!)

I’ll be running communications for the Society this year, and am looking forward to contributing to the organization and its fantastic programming.