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Guest: Mirabelle Tinio

Join us on December 6th  for a visit with Mirabelle Tinio when we will chat on the topic of “Connectedness and community building in the classroom and beyond.”

Tune-in 12 Noon PT on DS106 Radio  and listen with the link:

Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


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Mirabelle Tinio

Mirabelle Tinio is an Educational Technology advisor, French instructor, and Chair of Modern Languages at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓-Langara College, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has an MA in French literature from UBC and a Maîtrise de lettres modernes from la Sorbonne Nouvelle and is currently pursuing a Master of Education at UBC. In addition to teaching, she offers workshops on learning technologies, supports instructors with EdTech tools, and facilitates book clubs. She enjoys collaborating with others on projects that are student-centred, exploring opportunities to work with students as partners and building connectedness and community.

Over the last 18 years as a French instructor, she has come to realize how important it is to collaborate with fellow instructors and has enjoyed working with colleagues throughout B.C. who teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish on projects through the Standing Committee on Language Articulation (SCOLA). Collaborating with BCcampus on the Small Teaching Online book club in the Spring of 2020 has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The pandemic has given her first-hand experience of how connection in the classroom and with colleagues can empower us.

She is acutely aware of the need for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary institutions and is concerned that, despite learning institutions existing for students, sometimes students’ needs are forgotten. As a lifelong learner, she is constantly challenging herself to be a more reflective teacher and find ways to humanize education.


Guest: Junsong Zhang

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Junsong Zhang

On November 29th, Junsong Zhang  joins us to talk about “Designing online, blended and immersive learning experiences.”

Tune-in 12 Noon on DS106 Radio with this link to listen.  Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


Junsong is currently a Program Manager, Simulations, at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

His main responsibilities include designing blended and online courses for JIBC schools and government agencies, developing gamified 3D simulations with emerging technology, consulting with stakeholders on technology and design, creating resources and workshops for faculty and students, and contributing to various initiatives on teaching and learning such as Universal Design for Learning. Recently he is also leading the pilot of a new ePortfolio tool with JIBC schools and divisions.

Junsong holds a Master of Education from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Digital Media from the Center for Digital Media. He is passionate about transforming learning experiences with digital technology, delivering user-centred products and solutions, fostering personal and professional development, and improving team collaboration and performance in complex environments.



Show Notes


Publications (see Junsong’s blog for more)

Zhang, J., Takacs, S., Truong L., Smulders, D., Lee, H. (2021). Assessment Design: Perspectives and Examples Informed by Universal Design for Learning. Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Justice Institute of British Columbia

Takacs, S., Zhang, J, Lee, H. (2020). Universal Design for Learning: Strategies for Blended and Online Learning. Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Justice Institute of British Columbia

Takacs, S. & Zhang, J (2020). Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide. Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Justice Institute of British Columbia


Listener Challenge

“What type of simulations have been/are widely used in  your institution or organization and what is the impact  to learning and assessment?”  Share #LunchableLearning #ds106radio


Book Recommendation 

Costanza-Chock, S. (2020). Design justice: Community-led practices to build the worlds we need. Available via Open Access,


BCcampus Webinars/Courses

December 3rd webinar Engagement Strategies for Hybrid/Hyflex Courses

November 30th, webinar OER Production Series: Beyond Accessibility

December 6-10th (asynchronous micro-course)  More than Words: Developing Anti-Racism Policies


Easy on Me  – Adele

Exogenisis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemptiom)  – Muse

Close Your Eyes – KSHMR X Tungevaag

Guest: Jewell Gillies

On November 22nd, Jewell Gilles  joins us to talk about “Humility in Higher Education – How to naturalize Indigenous World Views into practice.”

Tune-in 12 Noon on DS106 Radio with this link to listen.  Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


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Jewell Gillies

Jewell Gillies (they/them) is a proud Two-Spirit Indigenous Person from the Kwakwakawakw First Nation in BC. They works for Okanagan College in their Aboriginal Services Department, Chair for the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, Chair for the Positive Space Committee, and a Mental Health Training facilitator for the Okanagan College Wellness Peer Ambassador Program. Jewell is also the Executive Board Chair for Strengthening Connections, the Indigenous Recruitment Collective in BC for Post-Secondary and Career pathways recruitment. Jewell is also an independent contractor for organizations like BCcampus, working as their Indigenous Advisor on their Mental Health and Wellness and Sexual Violence and Misconduct OER’s.


Show Notes


Climate Action


Listener Challenge

“Identify what is your action that you will take that is going to support Truth and Reconciliation and shift the meter for equity for all of our people.” Share your thoughts  #LunchableLearning #ds106radio


BCcampus webinar:

Inclusion Training: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion for Safer Spaces for Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Team Members and Students. First offering:  November 23rd 10 am – 12:00 pm. Info to Register.

Additional offerings:


FLO Tech  Tool 

Annie Prud’homme-Généreux shares her tip on the tool dotstorming:




One Day – Matisyahu

All Nations Rise – Lyla June

This is Me –  from The Greatest Showman

Guest: Saeed Dyanatkar

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Saeed Dyanatkar

On Monday November 15th, Saeed  Dyanatkar will talk to us about “Creating an Innovation Hub with Permission to Fail.”

Tune-in 12 Noon PT on DS106 Radio  and listen with the link:

Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


Saeed Dyanatkar is the executive producer of the award-winning UBC Studios and the Emerging Media Lab at the University of the British Columbia. Saeed has been leading and facilitating innovation projects that focus on applications of emerging technologies in teaching and learning for over a decade at UBC.

In 2016, with support from UBC leadership, and in collaboration with a group of faculty and staff Saeed initiated the Emerging Media Lab (EML) at UBC. The EML provides an interdisciplinary innovation incubation hub with “Permission to Fail” for turning innovative ideas into new tools or techniques. At EML, faculty, students and staff, collaborate on experimenting with emerging technologies to solve problems related to teaching, learning and research.

In collaboration with colleagues from other universities and industry, Saeed also spearheaded the creation of the Emerging Media Community of Practice (EM CoP) where practitioners and researchers from across the country meet, exchange ideas, and share their work in a regular basis.

Show Notes

More Info:

Listener Challenge

“Think of a gap or problem in BC postsecondary education that might be solved through greater inter-institutional/organizational collaboration. What might that be?”  Share your problem and invite collaborators to connect.  #LunchableLearning #dsd106radio


BCcampus webinar

OER Production Series: Technical Accessibility Webinar on November 18th. Info to register.


Book recommendation

Design to Engage by Beth Cougler Blom


Beautiful Day – U2

Where is the Love?  – Black Eyed Peas

Blackbird by The Beatles sung in Mi’kmaq  – Emma Stevens


Guest: Sophia Palahicky

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Dr. Sophia Palahicky

Join us on November 8th  when we will be having a conversation with Dr. Sophia Palahicky on the topic of “Leadership and Relationships”.

Tune-in 12 Noon PT on DS106 Radio  and listen with the link:

Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!



Dr. Sophia Palahicky is currently serving as Associate Director of the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET). She provides leadership for instructional design, faculty development, and CTET Studio. The Learning Design team works with core and associate faculty to design and develop courses and programs that promote social constructivist learning, team based learning, and collaborative learning as prescribed by the learning, teaching and research model of RRU.

She has more than 12 years of experience in the field of educational technologies, instructional design, and online education. She worked as an instructional designer at the University of Manitoba and was a provincial consultant for web-based courses for Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning.

Sophia completed her Doctor of Education (EdD) with Athabasca University.  Her dissertation focused on virtual learning for Indigenous students. She also holds a Master of Distance Education (MDE) from Athabasca University and teaches in Royal Roads University’s School of Education and Technology.  She is certified with B.C. College of Teachers.

Show Notes


Royal Roads International Ted Talks – Sophia Palahicky – Racism Not Racists

H elped each other out
U nderstood that we had to do things efficiently and together as a team
D edicated time for planning
D ivided the work so everyone was carrying an equitable load
L imited distractions by prioritizing
E mbraced opportunities to do things differently
D eepened relationships within the team by listening and being open, respectful supportive

Listener Challenge

“The challenge is to create a compelling title for an article that has potential to go viral that includes these two words – leadership and relationships. My title that I think would go viral is – “Bad leadership. Bad relationships. What’s the difference?”  Share your compelling title for an article #LunchableLearning #ds106radio


Aschaiek, Sharon. How instructional designers enabled the great shift to digital learning amid COVID (2021, October 13). University Affairs. Retrieved November 2, 2021, from

Palahicky, S. (2020). Enhancing learning design for innovative teaching in higher education. International Global Publishing.

Palahicky, S. (2020). Innovative leadership: The higher educational context. In Palahicky, S. (2020). Enhancing learning design for innovative teaching in higher education. International Global Publishing.

Palahicky, S. (2020). Innovative curriculum design: A disruptive approach. In Palahicky, S. (2020). Enhancing learning design for innovative teaching in higher education. International Global Publishing.

Palahicky, S., et al. (2018). Pedagogical values in online and blended learning environments in higher education. In Keengwe, J. (2018). Handbook of research on blended learning pedagogies and professional development in higher education. International Global Publishing


FLO Tech Tool

Accessibility checker – BCcampus. (2021. October 6). Retrieved November 2, 2021, from


Book Club Hub Event  How to be an Antiracist Book: Act 3 Schools and Syllabus

Wed. Nov. 10th at 10 am (PT).  For more information and to register see event information.


We Remember – Barish Golland


Happy – Pharrell Williams

Courage to Change – Sia

Guest: Peter Arthur

On November 1st , Peter Arthur will  join us to talk about the “Pedagogy  of Care”.  As Director of Professional Programs and Summer Institute in Education, as well as being the Professor of Teaching in the Okanagan School of Education, UBC, Peter will share what “Pedagogy of Care” is, why it is important, and how you might show care for students in your own teaching practice.

Tune-in 12 Noon PT on DS106 Radio  and listen with the link:

Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!

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Dr. Peter Arthur


Show Notes



Larsen, Andrew Shayne, “Who Cares? Developing a Pedagogy of Caring in Higher Education” (2015). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 4287.

Listener Challenge 

“Think about what you are already doing to show care for students in your learning context. What other thing could you do or try?” Please share #LunchableLearning and #ds106radio or post in the web site blog comments.


Other show references

How We Make Family: Making Decolonization Personal – BCcampus. Accessed 1 Nov. 2021.

Open Education Global Awards for Excellence 

Ted Lasso – a show about kindness and care



Give a Little Bit – Supertramp

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

1000 Arms – Blue Rodeo

Guest: Rohene Bouajram

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Rohene Bouajram

Tune in to our conversation with Rohene Bouajram , October 25th at noon PST, to hear her views on offering racialized students support from an equity, not equality, perspective. Her article on this topic was recently published in University Affairs. You can read more here:

Currently Rohene Bouajram is the Associate Director, Strategic IBPOC Initiatives at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver where she provides strategic leadership and direction on embedding equity and inclusion and advancing anti-racism in policies, initiatives and programming for Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour (IBPOC) students. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication, BA in Psychology and is certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Rohene has worked in areas related to equity and inclusion, intercultural dialogue, international recruitment, project management, ethical engagement, crisis intervention, policy evaluation and teaches courses related to Canadian immigration legislation. With over sixteen years of experience in post-secondary and international education, Rohene has coached and advised international students as an International Student Advisor and RCIC as well as led many teams at multiple Canadian educational institutions. Her excitement for holding space for courageous conversations often leads her to dive headfirst into opportunities to engage ethically and authentically in intercultural settings.

Link to listen:

Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio

Show Notes



Bouajram, Rohene. Other duties as assigned? August 24, 2021. University Affairs.


Listener Challenge 

“What step do you commit to doing differently today in support of your fellow racialized staff and students?”  Share your response in the blog Comments (see at the top of this post) or tweet your response #LunchableLearning #DS106Radio


Tools for Visuals or 

Arley Cruthers’ keynote “Choose Your Own Adventure”  and example of a presenter doing verbal alt-tags for their visuals.



I See You – Tyler Shaw

Redemption Song – Bob Marley and The Wailers

Freedom – Jon Battiste



Indigenous History in Burnaby Resource Guide


Guest: David Geary

On October 18th, David Geary joins us to talk about “Identity and Resilience” and what it means in these complex and changing times.

Tune-in 12 Noon on DS106 Radio with this link to listen.  Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


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David Geary Photo Credit: Tae Hoon Kim

David Geary is a playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, dramaturg and educator. He teaches in the IDF Indigenous Digital Filmmaking, Documentary and Playwriting programs at Capilano University. He also teaches playwriting and dramaturgy at the PTC Playwright’s Theatre Centre in Vancouver. His recent projects include dramaturg for BAPF – Bay Area Play Festival, short fiction for Aotearoa New Zealand: The Black Betty Tapes, and poetry from the POV of the bat Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off. David loves Trickster tales. He believes storytelling and scriptwriting are muscles best developed through exercises. His yogic mantra is – Life is short, stretch it – and he writes #hahaiku on twitter @gearsgeary.

Show Notes


Listener Challenge 

Choose one thing from this Maori Mihi list that speaks to your identity, or do all of them all if you like.

Maunga – Mountain
Awa – River or Waterway
Waka – canoe – vehicle
Tipuna – Ancestor
Iwi – Tribes (Could be blood ancestry or group/club you belong to…)
Waiata – Song
Write a short paragraph about why this is important to who you are. Share it with #LunchableLearning #ds106radio or post In the Comments to the web site.



APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)

CBC Indigenous Programs on GEM


Reservation Dogs

Rutherford Falls


All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Darrell J. McLeod 


Secret Life of Canada



Free Guy

Night Raiders

Portraits from a Fire

The work of Taika Waititi

More shout-outs…

2021 OE Global Awards for Excellence  led by Clint Lalonde and Laura Pasquini

OpenETC (Open Ed Tech Collaborative)


Changes  – David Bowie

Mehcinut – Jeremy Dutcher

So Am I – Ava Max

Guest: Sarah Van Borek

On October 4th, Sarah Van Borek joins us to share her thoughts about the “Power of Voice”, her work as a BCcampus Research Fellow, and her studies in Environmental Education and explorations to decolonize higher education.

Tune-in 12 Noon on DS106 Radio.    Join the conversation #LunchableLearning #ds106radio!


Sarah Van Borek is a Canadian educator, media artist, and arts-based researcher who taught in BC at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design from 2012 to this year’s spring term. Her life and work has taken her between Canada and various countries across Africa, and she is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. This October she’ll graduate with her PhD in Environmental Education from Rhodes University in South Africa. Her doctoral research focused on developing a relational model of university curriculum using site-specific media arts towards reconciliation of diverse peoples and waterways, while contributing to decolonizing higher education. Her multimedia thesis – as part of her commitment to decolonizing her PhD process – includes podcasts, videos, a song, a music video, and a website. Her aim is for these resources to inspire other institutions and communities to consider adopting parts of this approach towards planetary wellbeing. From 2019-2020, Sarah was an EdTech Fellow with BCcampus, researching the potential for podcasting to support more inclusive online learning environments. She’s particularly passionate about possibilities that emerge in implicit and affective learning, especially through things like sound and voice (including the voice of nonhumans).

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Dr. Sarah Van Borek

Show Notes


Overview of Sarah’s BCcampus Ed Tech Fellowship 2019-2020

Articles from

Emily Carr University of Art and Design course Nature Speaking

Nature Speaking student Keira’s sound clip

BCcampus workshop Studio20 panel Encouraging Student Voices Online with Podcasting

Podcast Making Toolkit  prepared by Sarah Van Borek

“Please Don’t Blow it”  is one part/piece of Sarah’s multimedia PhD thesis in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her multimedia thesis also includes Climate for Changing Lenses podcast ( where you can listen to the full episode/conversation with Siobhan McHugh; the DayOne podcast series co-produced with Anna James (;  a website (with some curriculum/workshop outlines) and videos (which will be available in future.)


Academic Journal Articles

Van Borek, S., & James, A. (2019). (Toward)Sound research practice: Podcast-building as modelling relational sensibilities at the water-climate change nexus in cape town. The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts14(1), 9–27.

View of a media arts-based praxis process of building towards a relational model of curriculum oriented towards reconciliation through water justice. (n.d.). Retrieved October 7, 2021, from

View of water as artist-collaborator: Posthumanism and reconciliation in relational media arts-based education. (n.d.). Retrieved October 7, 2021, from


 Listener Challenge 

In “Please Don’t Blow It”, international podcasting expert Siobhan McHugh says  to “Think through your ears.”  We invite you to consider what that means to you, represent it in a short sound clip and tweet it with the hashtag #LunchableLearning #ds106radio. Or, if you prefer, share your thoughts about what Siobhan McHugh might mean below in the Comments.



Hello  Martin Solveig & Dragonette

Jerusalema Master KG  (and Jerusalema Dance Challenge Tutorial)

Permission to Dance BTS




“Lunchable Learning” Hits the Internet Airwaves this Fall!

We are delighted to be launching a new project this fall, a live weekly web radio show called “Lunchable Learning,” which starts October 4 at noon on ds106 Radio. The goal of “Lunchable Learning” is to provide post-secondary educators with professional learning in a new and fun format that explores and models digital literacy and a curious, experimental mindset. The radio show will aim to:

  • Raise awareness of current hot topics in B.C. post-secondary education
  • Feature guest interviews with individuals from the post-secondary sector
  • Highlight tools and tips for teaching and group facilitation
  • Encourage experiments with teaching and learning strategies through challenge activities
  • Provide resources on show topics for listeners to read and explore further

As well, the show’s hosts, Leva Lee and Helena Prins, will be sure to play a few select tunes to energize and inspire listeners over their lunch break. To tune into “Lunchable Learning,” go to the radio show website and click the Play button.

“Lunchable Learning”: Trending topics, tools, and tips for those who teach and love to learn, brought to you by BCcampus.

Twitter:  #ds106radio #LunchableLearning




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