Reimagining Post-Secondary Education with Jennifer Anaquod

Show notes and links mentioned in the recording

Conversation between Jennifer Anaquod, Director, Indigenous Academic Initiatives, and Steven Bishop, Learning Designer, Academic Technology Services

Land Acknowledgement

Douglas College respectfully acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and qiqéyt (Qayqayt) First Nations.

Jennifer Anaquod, Anishinaabe from Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan

Steven Bishop, from the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. Originally, from the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30, 2023

UDL – Universal Design for Learning

Dr. Michael Marker

SFU Sustainable Agriculture –

Jaime Yard

First Peoples’ course at UFV

Jesse Stommel Ungrading: an Introduction

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald Indigenous Storywork

First Nations and Higher Education: The Four R’s – Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, Responsibility

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:  Calls to Action

Cia Verschelden Bandwidth Recovery (also include link to the Better Together recording and artifacts)

NITEP, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program in UBC The Faculty of Education

Pathways Partnerships with Indigenous Post-Secondary Institutes – Prepared for BCCAT by: Jennifer Anaquod, Anaquod Educational Consulting Jason La Rochelle, Heather Simpson, Dawn Ursuliak, Justice Institute of BC

IAHLA – Indigenous Adult & Higher Learning Association institutions

UN experience with Women Peace and Security assignment in Mali – SDG #5 Gender Equality – Marie-Therese Atsena-Abogo

Marie Therese Atsena Abogo, Ph.D. is an Anthropologist, Consultant, and Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences. In this presentation, Marie-Therese discusses her fieldwork experience with the UN Mission in Mali.

Video recording from the March 7, 2023 SDG Week Canada at Douglas College World Café presentation:

PowerPoint presentation


1.Mali and the Djenne Mosque

2.Mopti and its Arts Center or “village artisanal”

3. University of Timbuktu and Sankore Mosque,region%20of%20modern%2Dday%20Mali.

4. Dogon knowledge of Sirius star in Nasa Astrophysics journal….97…26P

5.Sirius star in Modern Science

6. The Gender Unit in the UNPeacekeeping Mission in Mali

7. UN Resolution 1325

8.  UN Resolutions 1325 and 1820: constructing gender in armed conflict and international humanitarian law

9. Jennie Lorenzen. 2018. Women Inclusion in Peace processes (CSA) in Mali

10.Women participation in Peace and Reconciliation processes in Mali (report of Peace research insitute of Oslo)

11. Women situation rooms in Mali: An address and welcome of Ms Martha Pobee, UN Under Secretary General for Africa

12. Women situations rooms in Mali: an opportunity for women participation in electoral processes

13.Jennie Lorenzen, Nana Alassane Toure and Bassirou Gay (2019). “Women’s Participation in Peace and Reconciliation Processes in Mali : Perspectives from Segou, Mopti and Tombouctou”. Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO).

Sustainable Development Goals Canada at Douglas College

Karen Atwal, Steven Bishop, Katharine Shipley, Colin Cheng, and Janice Sestan

A small group of organizers with a lot of supporters help the first UN SDG Week Canada event at Douglas College yesterday. The World Café featured short talks and dialogue from the following instructors who have incorporated UN SDGs into their curriculum:

Assembling with Purpose – Electronics and General Assembly program’s partnership with Purpose Society’s Digital Inclusion Hub. – Karen Atwal
Urban Orienteering
– Multiple SDGs – Jovian Radeshwar
Global Citizenship, COIL and SDGs– Janice Sestan
Indigenous Peoples and the Sustainable Development Goals – Dr. Carling Beninger
UN experience with Women Peace and Security assignment in Mal
i – SDG #5 Gender Equality – Marie-Therese Atsena-Abogo
Chemical Oceanography and Saving Howe Sound – SDG #7 – Brenda Addison-Jones


For the full week program, related Douglas College and SDG resources, upcoming events and more, see:

Better Together Dialogues – Episode Two with Dylan Le Roy

Dylan Le Roy is a Student Affairs and Services Counsellor at Douglas College, and provided a much-needed “Managing Uncertainty with Gratitude” session for the Better Together – Partners in Learning Conference May 2-6, 2022 at Douglas College. Dylan’ sessions was delivered in-person, and streamed to remote participants as well.

Dylan Le Roy, SAS Counsellor

Recorded dialogue with Dylan Le Roy and Steven Bishop

People and resources mentioned by Dylan

Mans’ search for meaning by Viktor Frankl (summary),and%20find%20meaning%20in%20it.

Sharon Salzberg – book and podcast

Employee connect with Employee and Family Assistance Program

Greater Good Science Center –  University of California, Berkeley

Gratitude journal

Douglas College Counselling Services

NPR podcast: Chelsea Handler & Sharon Salzberg: Sharon Salzberg leads a guided meditation. Chelsea Handler talks about her special, ‘Evolution.‘​

Dr. Rick Hansen The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness  What is living you? The Practice: Give over to good. Why? In every moment, you and I and everyone and everything else – from quantum foam to fleeting thoughts, intimate relationships, rainforest ecosystems, and the stars themselves – are each a kind of standing  wave, like the ever-changing though persistent pattern of water  rising above a boulder in a river.​

The Awkward Yeti: Heart and Brain Cartoons

Tree of Contemplative Practices – “….the roots symbolize the two  intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices:  cultivating awareness and developing a stronger connection to God,  the Divine, or inner wisdom.”​

Better Together Dialogues- Episode One with Jacob Goldowitz

Jacob Goldowitz is one of the Learning Designers at Douglas College, and was a big part of envisioning and organizing the Better Together – Partners in Learning Conference May 2-6, 2022 at Douglas College. The conference sessions were delivered in-person, and virtually. Stay tuned for more episodes

Recorded dialogue with Jacob Goldowitz and Steven Bishop

Fundamentals of Digital Teaching and Learning – March 2021

I just completed my Blackboard Academy certificate on Fundamentals of Digital Teaching and Learning, and thought the course was well organized and an excellent and up-to-date review of the topics, which include:
> What we know about learning
> Introduction to digital teaching
> Digital teaching approaches and the LMS
> Designing e-learning courses
> Developing e-learning content
> Principles of learner assessment and feedback
The instructor, Cynthia Crenshaw, was super engaged and encouraged me to get the most out of the course.

I was asked to take the course to learn more about the Ultra Base Navigation which the College is in process of transitioning to; additionally, I was pleasantly surprised at how the course served as a review of ideas and practices that I am quite familiar with in my daily work. The timing was interesting too—to take a course during an avalanche of work associated with helping an institution transition from in-person to remote learning is a bit crazy! So I started looking at the course as a resource to help in the planning of workshops, in the curating of content to support new-to-online instructors, and in many other ways in my daily work. The discussion posts from other participants contained valuable insights, ideas, and links to resources. Taking the time to post my thoughts in the Discussion forums served as a welcome reflection time too. I used the assignments to review a course I am designing, and found the prompts useful in that process.

#LetsAdvanceLearning #BlackboardAcademy #DTLS

Digital Humanity Episode Nine: Professing in Novel Times

Tracy Ho
Organizer-Advocacy & DSU Ombudsperson

This month, Steven met up for a virtual hallway chat with Tracy Ho, the Organizer-Advocate and Ombudsperson for Douglas Students’ Union. Tracy shared her insights based on student experiences taking courses during the 2020 emergency education delivery. We discussed things we learned and hopeful indications for the future.

A few links to things mentioned in the recording:


Douglas Students’ Union Services

Douglas Students’ Union Ombudsperson

SHIFT – Tracing the impacts of COVID-19 online conference, March 2 -4

Digital Humanity: Professing in Novel Times—Episode Eight

Joseph Thompson, PhD

Last month, Steven and I met up for a virtual hallway chat with Joseph Thompson, a Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology at Douglas College since 2019. Joe shared with us some of his experiences with online teaching this past Summer 2020, as well as some of his plans as he steps into the role of Facilitating Faculty Online (FFO) for HSS. Joe also discussed some of the ways his research can help us understand the process of building expertise, as it relates to the transition to being online instructors.  

Join the conversation by sharing your comments, observations, and suggestions with us!  

Until next time, 

Lisa and Steven 

Digital Humanity is recorded on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations. 


Joe studies experimental psychology and is not a clinical psychologist. For a explanation of the difference, see: 

American Psychological Association (2020). Understanding Experimental Psychology. Retrieved Dec 11, 2020 from

Joe does not want to give the impression that intelligence tests have always been used ethically or that scientists are incapable of bias. For a brief discussion of the history of racism in intelligence testing see

Benjamin, L. T. Jr. (2007). A Brief History of Modern Psychology. Blackwell. 

For more information on the ethics behind the use of assessment tools, see

American Psychological Association (2017). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. American Psychological Association. Retrieved Dec 11, 2020 from

For background on Transfer, see

Kimball, D. R., & Holyoak, K. J. (2000). Transfer and expertise. The Oxford handbook of memory, 109-122.

For the study behind Joe’s reference to basketball, see 

Keetch, K. M., Lee, T. D., & Schmidt, R. A. (2008). Especial skills: Specificity embedded within generality. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30(6), 723-736.

For the notion that chess could serve as a model organism for cognitive science see

Simon, H. and Chase, W. (1973). Skill in chess. American Scientist, 61. 393–403.

We have only glossed over the messy process by which psychologists use science to improve their psychological tests. For further reading on the history and philosophy behind this process, see 

Slaney, K. (2017). Validating Psychological Constructs: Historical, Philosophical, and Practical dimensions. Palgrave Macmillan

For background on Joe’s research methodology, see

Thompson, J.J., Blair M.R., Chen L., Henrey A.J. (2013) Video Game Telemetry as a Critical Tool in the Study of Complex Skill Learning. PLoS ONE 8(9).

Digital Humanity: Professing in Novel Times—Episode Seven

Jovian Radheshwar

This week Steven and I met up for a virtual hallway chat with Jovian Radeshwar, a Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science at Douglas College. We were also joined by our invited co-host, Rim Gacimi. Rim is a recent graduate from the Bachelor’s of Psychology program at Douglas College. Rim was an honours student and research assistant to Dr. Lisa Smith. Her work aims to better understand social behaviour and inequality using empirical research methods. Rim is also interested in socio-political discourse and was once a student of Dr. Jovian Radheshwar.

Jovian is a creative and enthusiastic instructor, who does not shy away from tackling everything under the sun when diving into international politics. We caught up with Jovian to chat about some of the ways he’s approaching the design of his online courses this fall. In addition, we wanted to hear his thoughts on how anti-racist pedagogy can help us navigate the chaotic world we find ourselves in.

If you want to read / watch more, check out some recommendations from Jovian:

– Maria Lugones,

The Great Hack,

– Democracy Now! Amy Goodman

You can also check out the podcast he co-hosts.

– Jovian Moondough Show

Join the conversation by sharing your comments, observations, and suggestions with us!

Until next time,

Lisa and Steven

Digital Humanity is recorded on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations.