Upcoming Episodes

Here are some of the episodes that are underway in our short series on design: 

Bruised Tomatoes:  teachers might well deploy their own teaching designs in the classroom, but it is students who navigate these designs with varying degrees of interest.  If the classroom is a scientific space, then according to philosophers of science Isabelle Stengers and Vincianne Despret, good science only takes place when students act like non-conforming users.  This episode invites undergrads to reflect on what’s at stake in becoming articulate and recalcitrant students. 

Tomatoes in their Gardens:  each teacher has a tomato, but tomatoes emerge in highly specific ecological contexts.  This episode turns to grad students who share incisive analyses of “gardens”: the curricular, canonical and programmatic commitments that shape (but don’t determine) what goes down in particular classrooms. 

Upcoming Series

Our next series of episodes will track and explore algorithms:  what do algorithms want in the classroom?  This will be our animating question for the series. 

Latest Podcasts:

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    Episode 1.2: We Are The Tomato
    September 19, 2019

    Today’s keyword is “iteration.”  Our exploration into the artistry of teaching moves to the terrain of a thought experiment: what happens when a teacher confronts their own set of teaching practices (their sleights of hand, their design choices)?  Do they risk the very suspension of belief that is vital to …

  • Episode 1.1: Tomatoes in the Classroom
    September 19, 2019

    Today’s keyword is Tomatoes.  There is a peculiarity to classrooms that is rarely noticed. It involves tomatoes, the weird and wonderful (and occasionally woeful) techniques that professors deploy in order to spark learning in their classrooms. This episode explores the artistry of teaching practices. Erin Manning reflects poignantly on the risky …

  • Pre-Episode 1: Starting in the Middle
    September 19, 2019

    Today’s keyword is Ontogeny. This is the podcast’s pre-episode, shared here in the spirit of “starting in the middle.” If there is no “learning gene,” then how does learning actually take place? This pre-episode looks to evolutionary science for an answer, introducing a concept—and today’s keyword, ONTOGENY— that opens up the …