The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University. She enlightened us about her research on student-centered learning, what it really is versus what it's commonly perceived to be, and how it can be used to include marginalized or minoritized student populations in the learning outcomes they deserve. Topics include:

  • Self-determination theory and its motivational building blocks
  • The role of autonomy in student-centered learning
  • Why changing instructional practice begins with a shift of instructor mindset
  • The differences between student-centered learning and active learning
  • How focusing on human motivation is an investment in people

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. When he spoke with us last year, he'd just reopened U.C.R. for fall quarter amidst severe budget cuts and a surging pandemic. This time, he shares his wisdom about the impact of alliances in higher education, the ideals and realities of collegiate athletics, and yet another surge in the COVID pandemic. Topics include:

  • A review of the UIA's noteworthy outcomes
  • The value of institutional alliances in higher education
  • How the U.C. system has approached the pandemic's challenges
  • Rethinking the status and practices of collegiate athletics
  • Leadership advice received and given
  • Four book recommendations

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Tim Renick, Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University. This is a newly created institution in the emerging field of student success, and Dr. Renick shares his wisdom about what the term "student success" means from an administrative standpoint, using data to determine and implement best practices, and why he might be the most qualified person to lead the way. Topics include:

  • Identifying and overcoming the institutionally created barriers that students face
  • The pandemic as a test of support systems
  • Patience with incremental results
  • The moral imperative for student success
  • The value of fostering future allies

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