Episode #031 – Innovation Lab 2017 Plans: Top 5


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In this episode, we used another design kit method to help us prioritize and focus on our most important goals for the Innovation Lab this year which is coming up right around the corner in April down in New Orleans. Quick reminder that the early-bird registration ends on Feb. 8th, so don’t miss that! Anyway, the practice Ben, Steven and I are going to use today is called Top Five. You can find in the resource page of Designkit.org under the category of “How do I know if my idea is working?”

In the next 10 weeks before OLC Innovate this year, we are going to identify and explore further Design Kit methods as a way to expose, tinker with and evaluate the usefulness of these practices in conjunction with our continued planning for the 2017 Innovation Lab. In the next episode, Dr. Steven Crawford will be guiding us through some “How Might We” questions in light of our collective top 5 priorities identified in today’s episode. In the episode after that, Ben Scragg will be helping us to collaboratively define success for ourselves in the Innovation Lab. In episodes after that, the plan is that we will be continuing these and other methods with some of our top notch volunteers for the space this year.


  • Padlet wall where we collaborated in this episode on the Top 5 priorities


Episode #029 – #4YOS Part II


an icon of three people in a black roomIn episode 29, Angela and Ben continue the conversations from weeks past on the recent initiative we are calling “Four Years of Service.” It is an offshoot of using Design Thinking concepts in light of social justice issues in society today. Four Years of Service is affectionately referred to as #4YOS and you can learn more about it at 4YOS.com.

Here, Angela and Ben discuss having the Innovation LabCast focused on being a Design Thinking Lab and using the building of 4YOS as a societal problem to be solved. This conversation helped challenge and clarify my own thoughts about how and why this experiment has been so valuable to me in these past months. It also instilled even further anticipation I already have for what these new ideas and initiatives have the potential to do for our collective futures in the years ahead. I hope it does the same for you as well.

Here’s the conversation.

Episode #028 – Four Years of Service #4YOS


an icon of three people in a black roomSo, for our die hard listeners, you may have noticed that we didn’t have an episode last week.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Innovation LabCast.

In fact, we did record, we just had some technical difficulties.

So, we recorded again this past week on the topic of “four years of service” otherwise known as #4yos.

Much like this LabCast itself, 4YOS has been a result of using design thinking.

This time, design thinking is being used as a grassroots response to the recent election and concerns over the state of our country.

This 4YOS movement and effort has been led by Angela Gunder as a tangible way to address the burden many of us share over the recent election divisiveness.

You can learn more about it at 4yos.com.

Note that because much of our energy is being diverted currently around that effort, our regularly scheduled programming may be less regular than usual, but that we will not be altogether absent on this stream in the weeks and months ahead.

As always, thank you for listening and joining with us in these conversations.

We enjoy collaboratively exploring and learning more about implementing design thinking mindsets and practices into our work.

Together with you and with our guests on the show we work to use technologies and research-driven pedagogies to improve learning environments in higher education.

We call this an educational technology podcast made of epic win.

This episode contains our recent conversation about four years of service. It includes our invite to you our listeners to join in the service efforts being highlighted there in the next four years.

Episode #027 – A11Y with Nate Evans and Kate Sonka

Accessibility icon with finger pointing to keysTonight is a special treat as we are joined by Nate Evans and Kate Sonka from Michigan State University who do notable work around accessibility in their roles at MSU. Good laughter and stories were shared. Grab a beverage of choice and enjoy the interview!


Episode #026 – Back to The Start


OLC Innovate Conference LogoThis is a brief episode in light of it being the last day to submit proposals to the OLC Innovate call for proposals. We decided to take a break this week accordingly and bring back the the first recording experiment episode with the Innovation LabCast in this episode. This is in anticipation for the OLC Accelerate conference happening in a couple weeks and for the OLC Innovate conference coming up in April of 2017. Looking forward to it.

Next week: a conversation with Nate Evans and Kate Sonka on all things accessibility.

Episode #024 – Collecting OLC Stories


boy loopTonight was a conversation with Dr. Jessica Knott and Angela Gunder asking Ben Scragg about his initial OLC conference experience. As part of their work as chairs for OLC Innovate 2017, Angela and Jess are collecting narratives on how folks came to become volunteers for the OLC and what that work has meant to them professionally and personally. Ben’s story of how he stumbled into the OLC community was one that I think many of us can relate to, especially those of us who lean toward being introverts. Enjoy the conversation.

Episode #023 – Josh Steele: Like Mystique But Less Blue


headphones loopToday, we are going chat with Josh Steele, Director of Online Student Success for UA Online, The University of Arizona’s office for fully-online programs. Josh is my frequent partner in crime on many things related to online learning, particularly redefining the way that we support students in the online learning environment.

Our level of excitement at having you on is banana cakes, and we are going to guide you through one of our favorite formats for this podcast – a game of 21 questions. Because rules are for winners, you will have approximately a minute to answer each question, and Dave is a time assassin when it comes to cutting people off if they go over their one minute. Are you ready? Then, let’s get cooking!


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Episode #022 – John Stewart: That’s What the Parrot Said

Today, we are going chat with John Stewart, Assistant Director for Digital Learning in the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma. John is a father, a sports fanatic, a historian of chemistry with
interests in #EdTech, #Gamification, #OER, #GBL and learning in general. We first met John at OLC Innovate in April where he ran a session called “Forking the LMS” which explored GitHub as an alternative constructivist approach as well as using GitHub as a metaphor for educational technology and instructional design. This episode is another game of 21 questions as an inaugural introduction to John Stewart for you, our listeners. We look forward furthering conversations with John and the fine folks at the University of Oklahoma from here on forward. Thanks for
tuning in, folks. Here’s the conversation.


John Stewart


Episode #021 – Confessions with Ben


wineOn this fine evening we embarked on a less academic rooted conversation and replaced it with reflections on a Design Thinking Workshop Angela and Ben facilitated last week. Honestly, much of the conversation tonight was a fun reflection on this whole podcast experiment. Sit back, relax over some homemade tonic water, a LawnRaker or a Eagle Rare Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. You’re about to be LabCasted with conversation. See what I did there?