12:30 – 1:30 – Session 7 – Day 2


Presented by: Andrea Kennedy, Doreen Spence, Jillian Bear Chief, Katharine McGowan, Mohamed El-Hussein, Roy Bear Chief

Room: Sinclair

Facilitated by:  Ana Colina

This round table represents a team of Elders, researchers and practitioner/students who contributed to the creation of the Kimma Pi Pitsin interactive course development tool (Articulate Storyline 3) . This tool represents a living tool to help faculty, staff, students and a general audience engage with certain Blackfoot and Cree teachings surrounding our shared home, and our shared goal of creating a resilient community here at Mount Royal University and beyond. The interactive course development tool emerged as a result of an inter-generational, inter-nation project, bringing together two generations of Siksika, Cree, Métis and settler changemakers, and will be launched to a wide audience during the round table discussion.

Through a deconstruction of how this tool came to be, this round table will address important questions pressing Mount Royal University Faculty, including Indigenization, community-engaged scholarship and knowledge mobilization.

The round table participants will discuss the tool’s origin, including the respectful engagement of Elders, traditional Western academic research, and the blending of new technology with established ways of doing, knowing and being. Contributors will explore several structural decisions represented on the tool itself, including the Seven Sacred Teachings, Kimma Pi Pitsin and A Tso Tsi Ka Ki Maan, as well as the overall project’s relationship to wider trends/conversations around Changemaking, Indigenizing the Academy (at Mount Royal and across Canada) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (2015) Calls to Action.

Through collaborative storytelling and with the aid of the interactive course development tool design and audio-recordings, round table contributors will discuss this project’s process, including key inflection points and tensions (between epistemologies, research expectations, and institutional structures), with an eye to contributing to the wise practice of Mount Royal academics engaging in community-informed scholarship, and Indigenous related projects.

Contributors, especially Elder Roy Bear Chief (Siksika) and Grandmother Doreen Spence (Saddle Lake) will explore the importance of learning foundational concepts and terms, and how these scale up to epistemologies and philosophies. Ergo, this round table will be beneficial to those faculty interested but still unsure about their role in Indigenization, and those already deeply engaged in Indigenizing their curricula and research practice.

Transforming the University: Using transformative learning as a lens for change

Presented by: Andrea Phillipson, Christian Cook, Erika Smith, Gabrielle Lindstrom, Liza Choi, Miriam Carey, and Simon Magennis

Room: Dawson

Facilitated by:  Yuhuan Wang

What is transformative learning and how does it apply to our teaching and scholarship? In this session, faculty members participating in two distinct but connected year-long Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) on transformative learning will share their experience grappling with key concepts and characteristics of transformation and what it means for their scholarship and teaching today. Presenters from the transformative learning FLCs will consider two main areas of interest: 1) leadership and 2) social justice. This session will highlight key readings and aspects from the literature in ways that are linked to concrete elements of praxis for university teaching and learning. Discussion as a group will engage participants and focus on comparing and contrasting overlapping and/or distinct ways in which transformative learning theory and practice relates to our work as individuals and how we might effect change in the wider university.

Experiments in teaching: Using the Library’s new learning spaces to enrich the classroom experience

Presented by: Anna Nuhn, Francine May, Jacqueline Musabende, Kenna Olsen, Kerry Harmer, Matt Laidlow, and Tanya Stogre

Room: Stewart

Facilitated by: Erik Christiansen

Come and listen to faculty and the Library’s Visualization and Maker Studio specialists as they share experiences and lessons learned from incorporating the Library’s new spaces into curriculum. The discussion will focus on the use of immersive 360-degree presentations, virtual reality and maker technology to support innovative teaching, deep learning, and scholarship.

For your earbuds only: Podcasting and the Classroom

Presented by: Alana Gieck, Archie McLean, Karen Owen, and Meg Wilcox

Room: Champion (2nd floor)

Facilitated by:  Christina Tortorelli

Podcasting’s increasing popularity is causing a shift in what were once considered traditional circles of conversation: now, more than ever, the medium is allowing more people to produce and publish their stories and their perspectives online. This panel will explore the evolving interaction between podcasting and public broadcasting, as well as the context and trends behind the most popular podcasting series in the United States and Canada from Serial to Joe Rogan to CBC’s Finding Cleo. We’ll then turn to podcasting in the classroom: how can instructors better integrate podcasts as class resources and what are the possibilities for using podcasts as meaningful resources for Indigenizing class content? Finally, we will discuss emerging best practices for professors looking to have students produce their own class-based podcasts or for starting their own.