Down the Hall – Episode 58 – Expedition to India

With the end of the term and many people finishing up all of their courses, MOOCs, or other educational opportunities, we thought we’d give you a light-hearted episode this time around.

Dave spoke to Marie-France Hetu, a Master of Educational Technology student who is graduating from the program in three weeks. They spoke about her experiences in the program and what drove  her to take the program, but they also spend a lot of time talking about her experiences at the India-Canada Conference at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, India. What was it like, both the travel and the conference itself?

Before that, your hosts talk about language and animals, especially animals that can mimic or understand human speech. Whales that make human-like sounds, dogs that love Tim Horton’s, and monkeys who keep the entryways to 7-11 stores clear of those who just like to hang out. (That last one may just be a fantasy)

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

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Episode 58 (35:45)

Time Stamps

00:20 | Introduction

Elephant mimics Korean with its trunk. (BBC)

Beluga whale makes human-like sounds (BBC)

Monkey recognizes bad grammar (BBC)

Experts reveal how animals “talk” (BBC)

09:56 | Interview – India Conference & MET Program

Interview with Marie-France Hetu

28:54 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

MED in Curriculum Studies (Ecojustice & Sustainability Education) – Vancouver. Application deadline: May 31, 2013


Exit Question: Would you give up social media on your vacation in exchange for a 25% discount on your hotel bill?


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