What’s Going Well? – A SAFE Topics Podcast Live Show

Hello all,

The SAFE Topics Podcast team invites you to a live recording of an episode focused on our students. On Tuesday, January 19 at 5:00pm, Sean and curry will ask a panel of MiraCosta faculty, who teach across the disciplines: what’s working, what’s challenging, and what should students expect as we all prepare for another semester of remote/online teaching and learning? And we want your input too!

With students as our primary audience in mind, we will ask you, our audience, to use the Zoom chat and our Instagram (@safetopics_podcast) to pose questions, share stories, and engage with our panel in an authentic and informed conversation. What can we all do and what can our students do to better facilitate learning and success this spring?

We want to hear from a variety of perspectives, and we believe you have something valuable to contribute to this discussion! We hope you’ll join us tomorrow!!

Here is the Zoom link! 😉

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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The SAFE Topics Podcast – Two Episode Release and Semester Finale

Hello campus community!

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast team is wrapping up the semester with the release of two episodes! We are finishing up our series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In the episode, “Student Voices: Climbing Uphill Both Ways,” we hear from Haillie Hill (Theater) to get another student perspective on UDL. In the semester finale, “Quality and Quantity – Student Voices as Data,” we hear from Kimberly Coutts (Research Analyst) to get their perspective on UDL (*releasing later tonight!). Listen in as we wrap up the Fall 2020 semester with two great releases.

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Spotify
  3. Apple Podcasts
  4. Amazon Music
  5. Audible

What to Listen For

Student Voices: Climbing Uphill Both Ways

  • Who is Haillie and what are her educational goals?
  • The feeling of anxiousness at this point in the semester.
  • What has made learning challenging during this time?
  • Internalizing the feelings of being an online student.
  • Online group projects, good or bad?
  • What has made learning easier during this time?
  • The importance of communicative professors.
  • Getting assignments in earlier before they’re due.
  • The ability to see updated grades.
  • Recorded lectures are a huge plus to follow along with content.
  • The fear of reaching out to the DSPS office. 
  • Vibing well with professors when they are open in the beginning.
  • Students have feelings too! 

Quality and Quantity – Student Voices as Data

  • Bias and data.
  • The importance of having an open mind when reviewing your data.
  • “Bad news bias.”
  • Quantitative vs Qualitative data.
  • The reliability of campus wide surveys. 
  • Data over the course of time and comparing it to right now.
  • Success/retention rates are skewed now because of EW’s (excused W’s)
  • Definitions between success and retention.
  • Are we collecting data of the student experience right now?
  • Asking students: what does not help with your learning and success?
  • Asking students: What advice would you give to faculty to improve our courses at this moment?
  • Qualitative feedback for a teacher may be the most important thing for teachers and students to come to an agreement.
  • The importance of maintaining communication.
  • Plug from Office of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness.
  • Kim: Here to answer questions to help drive good decision making. Happy to help and eager to help any time!

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Stay great,
S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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Accessible Houses Make for Better Homes – How Structure and Pedagogy Work Together – A SAFE Topics Podcast

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast team is back at it with our latest episode continuing the series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)! Our hosts Sean and curry are joined by Catherine Walker (Computer Science) and Liesl Madrona (CE Instructional Designer) in a conversation on “Accessible Houses Make for Better Homes – How Structure and Pedagogy Work Together.”

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Spotify
  3. Apple Podcasts
  4. Amazon Music
  5. Audible

​More ways to listen coming soon!

What to Listen For

Accessible Houses Make for Better Homes – How Structure and Pedagogy Work Together

Listening points:

  • Who is the target audience when we talk about UDL?
  • Design takes time – be patient with the process.
  • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), a different approach.
  • Example of our host Sean and accessibility.
  • Having the user in mind when designing and striving for accessibility.
  • What is accessibility?
  • We are all website designers now.
  • The importance of having alternate modes of content.
  • *New: Audio description; students like to listen to on-screen actions.
  • Being intentional about our designs to promote student interaction and collaboration.
  • The need for people with different experiences and backgrounds.
  • How refining our classes can be scary.
  • Creating “water cooler” spaces for equity.
  • There is mindfulness and tension in equity and UDL. 

Resources from the Show:

What is POGIL?
Public Canvas Accessibility Self-Paced Course

Idea for water cooler space: Gathertown (mentioned off air)

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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Stay great,
S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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Designing Classes for All Learners: Possibility or Pipe Dream – A S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast team is back at it with our latest episode! In this release, we are changing up the format from our one-word conversation into an ongoing series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Our hosts Sean and curry are joined by Aaron Holmes (Access Specialist, DSPS) and Jeff Higginbotham (Faculty Director, DSPS) in a conversation on “Designing Classes for All Learners: Possibility or Pipe Dream.”

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean – S.A.F.E. Topics
  2. Spotify
  3. Apple Podcasts
  4. Amazon Music
  5. Audible

​More ways to listen coming soon!

What to Listen For

Designing Classes for All Learners: Possibility or Pipe Dream

Listening points:

  • Faculty’s ability to adapt to accessibility.
  • The need to eliminate the fear factor in online instructional design.
  • Where to start: accessibility or universal design?
  • Understanding universal design as a framework and a mindset.
  • The “angle of ramps” for wheelchair users.
  • Why it is important for faculty to be flexible.
  • Why should I be doing these things?
  • Creating content and being mindful of how it will be used.
  • Intentionally reviewing your own course looking for barriers.
  • Understanding the importance of adapting to different points of access.
  • The importance of consistency.
  • The dangers of using new technology – is it worth it?
  • Are we creating anxiety in our online courses?
  • A celebration of everyone.
  • Focusing on the good and not the limits.
  • The need and want to be equitable.
  • A willingness and openness to assist students.

Helpful Link:

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

Connect with Us

PodBean

Stay great,
S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

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Leaders: A One Word Conversation with Faculty – A S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast

Hello, Campus Community! 

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast has released the second episode of season two today on the topic of “Leaders.” This episode delves into what leaders and leadership are all about from some very qualified and talented faculty members. Also, they are fantastic leaders! 

Ways to Listen!

  1. Podbean Website – S.A.F.E. Topics – Season 2, Episode 2
  2. S.A.F.E. Topics Spotify – Leaders
  3. Apple Podcasts – LeadersPodcasts

Here are the Details!

Leaders: A one-word conversation with faculty

In this second episode of The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we explore the dynamic and fluid concept of leaders. Our hosts Sean and curry are joined by Maria Figueroa (Chair of Letters), Luke Lara (Counseling and Academic Senate President), and Joe Salamon (Physics Chair) in an unscripted conversation about issues related to one word, “leaders.” 

What to listen for:

  • Challenging patriarchal/male-dominated leadership structures
  • Looking toward a collaborative, compassionate, and reflective leadership
  • Understanding how one’s background influences their outlook of leadership
  • Reflecting on our ancestry through family and cultural backgrounds of leadership
  • The necessity of trusting leaders
  • Strategizing as collectives and engaging faculty of color to talk about equity and our students
  • The Latinx cultural personal approach that one is invited into leadership by elders
  • The difference between the academic senate and department chair 
  • Communities of practice – filling the gaps of AB705
  • The journey of conocimiento from Gloria Anzaldúa’s work
  • What does it mean as a counselor on a micro level as a leader and conversations with students?
  • Moving away from traditional modes of conditioning – Paulo Freire’s “Banking System”
  • Leadership hoarding
  • How should students be leading right now in this day and age?
  • “Knowing that you don’t know something but you can know about it.”
  • Having more empathy being key
  • Observing the Black Lives Matter movement and youthful leaders arising
  • Learn from what our students are doing now and honoring those that have come before us.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

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