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About your host, Shirantha Beddage

Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer, and faculty member in the Bachelor of Music program. He has released three critically acclaimed albums as leader, including the JUNO-nominated recordings “Identity” and “Momentum”. His compositional skills have won him accolades from the Montreal Jazz Festival and placements in the Emmy-winning TV series “Fargo”. In the Bachelor of Music program, Shirantha teaches courses in Music Theory and Large Ensemble. His innovative teaching methods have earned him national recognition as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber.

As a secondee with Humber Innovative Learning, Shirantha loves to help faculty use technology more effectively by creating Panopto videos, facilitating conversations with teachers, and hosting the Staff Lounge.

Getting in Touch

Do you have a theme or a guest idea for our show? Let us know! Contact: elisabeth.springate@humber.ca


Season 2: Episode 4 - Sustainability Solutions

COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, is fast approaching. This international conference allows world leaders to address the pressing issues of climate change and consider solutions. As the climate emergency becomes an increasingly urgent issue, we ask how Humber can be part of the solution. We talk to faculty members Vidya Rampersad, Rossie Kadiyska, Vladimira Steffek and discover how they embed sustainability into their teaching practices. Jennifer Ball introduces the En-ROADS climate simulation tool; an interactive, role-playing tool perfect for use in the classroom. Devon Fernandes chats about Humber’s innovative approach to sustainability.

Season 2: Episode 3 - Two-Eyed Seeing And Learning From The Land

As we mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, we honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

In reflection, we talk to Louise Zimanyi and Lynn Short about Humber’s new Early Childhood Education (ECE) initiative, that focuses on teaching students, educators and the community to co-learn from the land using Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. The initiative is grounded in the principles of Etuaptmumk/Two-Eyed Seeing (in the Mi’kmaq language).

Season 2: Episode 2 - Perfect First Day

What makes a perfect first day back? Shirantha chats with Catherine Mitro, Dave Neill, Mark Promane to hear their experiences of how to make the most of your first day back in class. We chat about how to approach your first day and explore helpful strategies for day one, especially if you’re a new instructor. Shirantha shares a valuable teaching tip on lesson planning for the first day of class.

Shirantha’s video: “Creating Effective Lesson Plans with OmniOutliner” (note: requires a Humber log-in to access)

Kicking off Season 2! Meet our ED-Venture Days Keynote Speaker, Anthony McLean

Meet Anthony McLean, keynote speaker at Humber’s ED-Venture Days this Fall. The Staff Lounge producer, Fiona Tudor Price, chats with Anthony about his early school experiences, hip hop and creating a safe environment to learn.
To hear more, register for Anthony McLean’s Keynote Address at Humber College’s orientation week:

Humber Faculty Orientation Week 

Innovative Learning Website

Reflecting On The Year - LIVE From Showcase

Recorded live at Humber College’s end-of-year Showcase celebration – we reconnect with previous guests and reflect upon their previous year of teaching; a truly unique time during the pandemic. Colleagues share their poignant or amusing stories from an unprecedented year of teaching experiences.
Shirantha Beddage chats with Kelsley Grant, Peter Cook and Lisa Martinelli of Humber College’s Faculty of Media and Creative Arts. And Teaching and Learning secondees Nicole Chuchmach, Mike Wells and Catherine Dunn.

Episode 9 - Achieving Wellness in the Workplace

Teaching and learning can be stressful for students and teachers. As some of us head into the summer season, we discuss easy ways to incorporate activity into our lives, how to establish healthy routines especially as we work remotely, and how noticing nature can be a useful remedy for stress.

Innovative Learning Website

Humber Arboretum Website

All Trails Website

Birds Canada Website

Toronto Bird Celebration Website

My Wellness School Website

Episode 8 - Digging Deeper Into The Scholarship Of Teaching and Learning - SoTL Projects

What does it mean to teach well? Want to try something new in the classroom? In conversation with Laura Page and Senay Habtu, we discover how Humber’s SoTL team can provide ongoing guidance and support for faculty research projects.
Anne Zbitnew and Nicola Winstanley have collaborated on multiple research projects at Humber. Their SoTL projects have, over time, transformed the way they teach.

SoTL projects

Episode 7 - What Is UDL And Why Do We Need It?

Many of us have heard of UDL, but what exactly is Universal Design for Learning, and why do we need it? In conversation with Katie Billard, UDL expert in Humber College’s Teaching and Learning Dept., we discover the benefits of UDL to both the student and the teacher. Can it really save you time? We chat to Megan Primeau and Mackenzie Ketchall and hear how they successfully integrated UDL into their teaching.

Episode 6 - EdTech Highlights From Ed - Venture Days

EdTech tools – which are the most useful for you? Listen to EdTech highlights from Humber College’s professional development week, Ed-Venture Week and the Part-Time Teachers’ Conference. We’ve distilled insights and use-cases from sessions on: Miro, Lumen 5, Powtoon, MindMeister, Infographics and TextExpander. Powerful problem solving tech tools.
For links to watch each of the hour long webinars please visit

Innovative Learning website

Ed-Venture Days Recorded Sessions

Episode 5 - Dive Into Ed-Venture Days and The Part-Time Teachers' Conference

Want a a sneak peek into Humber College’s professional development week?
We talk to Flower Darby, the keynote speaker presenting at the Part-Time Teacher’s Conference 2021 on the topic of “Regeneration”.

Innovative Learning

Ed-Venture Days: March 22-25, 2021

Part-Time Teachers’ Conference: March 26, 2021


ThinkDUL podcast interview

Planning a Great Online Class Through Roundabout Design

Episode 4 - Integrating Integrity - Embedding Academic Integrity In Your Course

With so much information readily available with a quick “search”, academic integrity can be a hot button topic for some faculty. Could it be that the way a course is designed may lead to a better outcome? We discuss strategies to integrate integrity into your course, and how this can affect attitudes in the work place long after students graduate.

Episode 3 - Group Work

Group work among students can be a powerful tool for learning, but how best to make it work? We explore group work with Humber College’s Teaching and Learning secondees Nicole Chuchmach, Mike Wells and Catherine Dunn. Colin Bartley shares strategies to avoid the pitfalls of becoming Judge Judy!

 RISE Model

Episode 2 - Reassessing Assessment

Moving to an online teaching environment has forced many to rethink the way we assess student learning. What are the most effective ways to assess? We hear ingenious and, importantly, time saving ideas from Humber’s T+L secondees.

 How to Make Breakout Rooms Work Better (The Chronicle)

 RISE Model

Shirantha’s Panopto video: Assessing Creative Projects in Blackboard 9.1 

Episode 1 - Building Community Online

How to build community while learning remotely? Host Shirantha Beddage chats with Humber faculty to hear their strategies and success stories of engaging with students in an online environment.

Introducing The Staff Lounge

Welcome to The Staff Lounge, a place to reflect and connect with staff from Humber College, Toronto, Canada. We bring you interviews, panel discussions and tips from local and global educators, providing a platform to explore best teaching practices.