Teaching Matters is delighted to launch a podcast to accompany and complement the Teaching Matters blog, adding another space for conversations and debates around learning and teaching at the University of Edinburgh. The podcast invites students and staff to engage in topical conversations, which are recorded and edited as podcast episodes. In general, the podcast topics will align with the Teaching Matters’ mini-series, but will also aim to capture other important discussions across the University around learning and teaching.
In the first three episodes, University of Edinburgh staff and students debate how sustainability and environmental concerns are being tackled in today’s university. They discuss emotionally-charged issues around climate change, asking if they are facing climate optimism or climate fatalism in the classroom.
The first two episodes, which are released today, capture a student-led discussion. MSc Environmental Sustainability student, Polly Wells, is our guest host, who welcomes fellow students Ryan Gilmour (MSc Electrical Engineering), Ellie Ashton (Religious Studies, first year) and Emily Bankert (Technology and Liberal Arts in Science, on exchange from the Netherlands) to the conversation.
In the first episode, Polly invites discussion on what inspired our guests to become involved in matters of sustainability at University level. She sparks debate around how learning and teaching can complement or antagonise ‘armchair activism’, and asks if sustainability should be a specialist subject or woven throughout all university curricula…
The second episode continues this conversation, and addresses further issues on inspiring climate optimism in the classroom, use of social media, embedding sustainability teaching in each School, teachers’ and students’ roles in tackling climate change, teaching empathy, and cross/inter-disciplinary learning…
Finally, in the third episode, which is released next Wednesday (now available here), Polly welcomes three University of Edinburgh staff members: Dr Velda McCune, Dr Emily Creamer and Dr Hannah Chalmers. Polly asks her guests what inspired them to teach about climate change issues and their most effective ways of teaching these concerns, as well as inviting debate about the merits and challenges of interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
Teaching Matters podcast credits:
Guest host: Polly Wells (School of GeoSciences)
Director and Editor: Jenny Scoles and Sarah Thomas (IAD)
Advisor: Meg McGrath (Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability)
Producers: University of Edinburgh’s Communication and Marketing Media team.