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January 22, 2012

Podcast Stuff - Episode 27 of Down the Hall

It's that time once again! Yes, Jenny and I are back with the next episode of Down the Hall. Instead of the normal discussion, we have two great interviews for you.

The Master of Educational Technology (MET) program is something that I've been a part of since its inception ten years ago, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished in it. So far, 342 students have graduated with the Master's degree in that time. This year is the 10th anniversary of the program, and we're celebrating with a double-barrel blast of MET goodness that should also be of interest to many other people as well.

First, we have an interview with Yael Tagerud (from Linnaeus University in Sweden) and Leah Macfadyen (UBC's Faculty of Arts), who are designing a new course for the MET program, "Culture and Communication in Virtual Learning Environments." We not only discuss the new course, but also the concepts behind the course. They both have extensive experience with multicultural settings in educational backgrounds. In a classroom where students of many different cultures are represented, how do we get along, get past any cultural biases we may have, and succeed in creating a learning environment that's conducive and supportive to everybody.

We then talk to Tony Bates, who is a respected leader in the field of online learning, as well as being involved with the MET program at its inception. We talk the history of the program and how it was set up, and also get to pick his brain on what he believes is coming in the field of online education.

Both conversations were fun to do, and ones that I found fascinating. I hope you do too.

You can listen to the episode here.

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