Moving the Needle Podcast

When it comes to education these days, there’s a lot to think about:  flipped classrooms, instructional technology, accreditation, authentic assessment, copyright, asynchronous learning, multimedia tools, hybrid learningMoving the Needle delivers frank conversations with instructors, learners, leaders, and creators about all things teaching and learning. Listen to their stories, learn from hard-won experience, and let these ideas help you move the needle in your own teaching. Premiered December 2020.

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Moving the Needle is hosted by Erin Hagar, a senior instructional designer at the FCTL who has worked in higher education for over 20 years. She is also a member of the Physician's Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA) executive board, in which she helps design the curriculum for the PALLA fellows and provides input on faculty development activities for PA educators across the state. Her passions include helping faculty discover active learning strategies that work for their courses, and designing authentic assessments that mirror the real-world application of knowledge.

Erin is also an accomplished children's author and proud mother of two teenagers.


Dr. Corey Shdaimah, is the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor for Social Justice from UMB's SSW. We talk to Corey about how the Covid pandemic provided an opportunity for her to rethink her classes from the inside out, as well as the importance of knowing your students and and the crucial support a faculty member can receive by participating in a communities of practice.


Dr. Faerron is the co-founder and current director of the InterAmerican Center for Global Health in Costa Rica and faculty member in UMB's Global Innovation program. In this episode, he shares his thoughts about the importance of a democratic perspective in teaching and ideas he considers when developing on the ground training for global health students.


In this episode, we explore the realm of teaching and learning from the student perspective in this episode. Three graduate students share their experiences in the online classroom, explain what teaching techniques have worked best for them and offer their insights on the future of online learning.



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Dr. Corey Shdaimah
Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, Academic Coordinator for the MSW/JD & MSW/MPP Dual Degree Programs

December 2020
Dr. Carlos Faerron
Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Maryland Baltimore, Graduate School and Director of the Centro Interamericano para la Salud Global (CISG) in Costa Rica
January 2021

Aishwarya Iyer, MD/PhD student in the School of Medicine;  Chris GoodisPhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Jeffrey Lee, student in the UMB/AACCphysician assistant program.

February 2021
Dr. Roger Ward
Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the Graduate School
March 2021


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