Down the Hall – Episode 43 – The Game’s The Thing

Big changes are in store for the entity formerly known as External Programs & Learning Technologies. We’re changing our name and adjusting our role in the Faculty of Education to meet the faculty’s strategic plan and goals. We are now Professional Development & Community Engagement (PDCE).

In this week’s episode, the faculty’s new Assistant Dean, Dr. Mark Edwards, explains what changes are in store for our unit, enhancing our engagement with communities local, provincial, and even global. We will be offering the same great service we always have, but now even more so. Mark  also talks about his new role as Assistant Dean (he was formerly Director of EPLT) and how that will facilitate all of these changes. Great things are in store for the unit, so take a listen and see just how you can be part of this new direction.

In addition to the interview, your hosts talk about the recently completed Paralympic Games, as well as educational games. Just how can Angry Birds be a metaphor for learning methods? We’ve got you covered.

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

More details, including the link to the episode itself and the time stamps, after the jump.

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Episode 43 (42:01)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction

Paralympics – Team Canada

What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction?” – Chronicle of Higher Education

13:37 | Interview – A new direction and a new name

Dr. Mark Edwards talks about the transition from EPLT to PDCE, and the new direction that will result from it.

38:07 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

M.Ed Cohort in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education – UL10. Information session at the VESTA offices on September 18!

Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA) 17th Biennial Conference – Vancouver – October 18-21, 2012

ECED 421 (October) and ECED 438 (January) – Two courses being offered as part of the Early Years Education diploma program

Plug: Extra Life – Gaming for the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals in North America – Donate to team GIO!

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Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Shedneryn” by Roger Subirana Mata

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

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