Day 2: Voice


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Show Up and Shimmer: Finding Your Voice Online

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Now that many teachers are working from home, there is an opportunity to enhance the digital teaching environment for good vocal health. Some of these strategies can be transferred to the in-person classroom as well.

Many teachers experience vocal damage and vocal fatigue, but this doesn’t have to happen. Many teachers feel self-conscious in the new online Zoom room. This, too, can be mitigated. Online teaching doesn’t have to feel boring or disconnected.

There are a few simple “tricks” to creating an online presentation so that your voice and your authentic self can show up comfortably and compellingly. In this session, we’ll explore with Vanessa Richards what some of these strategies are.

Come along if you’d like to explore ways to create a clear, strong, and easy presentation style. Come along if you’d like a few more tools for engagement so that your content can really land and learning can bloom.

IMPORTANT: Please bring any kind of drinking straw to the session. We will use it as a warm-up tool.

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa (she/her), born in Vancouver, is an artist and facilitator. Her work focuses on creativity and participatory culture as central in the civic imagination and positive social transformations. As an arts-based engagement facilitator, she has devised and delivered initiatives with universities, unions, cultural organizations, and health care providers.

She holds an MPhil in creative writing from Cardiff University and has continued formal and informal training in community music, equity, and urbanism.

One of Vanessa’s pleasures is to advance imaginative thinking across disciplines. To that end, she has sat on a number of advisory committees, including the RADIUS Fellowship Advisory Committee out of the SFU Beedie School of Business, Kwi Awt Stelmexw Language + Arts Society for the Squamish People, the City of Vancouver Black History Month Citizens’ Advisory, and the Hogan’s Alley Working Group. She is a volunteer mentor for two Black youth cultural co-operatives — Ethọ́s Lab and Afro Van Connect — and a producer and facilitator for the Social Venture Institute with Hollyhock Leadership Institute.

In the performing arts, she has worked in music, film, television, and theatre, the last of which has earned her a nomination for a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award. As an artistic director, she’s devised public celebrations and arts education programs with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University, the Portland Hotel Society, and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, in addition to premier venues in the UK.

Her poetry and critical works have been anthologized in the UK, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Vanessa is the founder and song leader of a drop-in community choir open to all voices, and Creative Together is her voice-based facilitation process you will experience in her Studio20 session.

For her work in community engagement, Vanessa was the 2018 recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Achievement Award.


Sarah Van Borek

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Sarah (she/her) is a media artist, educator, and PhD scholar in environmental education at Rhodes University in South Africa. Sarah has been a sessional faculty member of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 2012 and is a 2019–2020 BCcampus EdTech Fellow, through which she is exploring the potential for podcasting to support more diverse, equal, and inclusive online learning environments. She has designed and implemented project-based university courses that work toward social and ecological justice that included partnerships with the David Suzuki Foundation, the University of Johannesburg, and the Future Water Institute at the University of Cape Town, as well as collaboration with a wide range of museums, including the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Courtenay & District Museum, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the Apartheid Museum.

Sarah has been producing videos and social practice media works for more than 15 years, supporting mainly UN-level clients since 2018. Sarah’s passion for African music, film, and sustainable development has taken her work to Gabon, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, and Mali. Sarah provides customized training and support in digital storytelling through video and podcasts for research, education, and advocacy across a variety of sectors. For her doctoral research, Sarah is using a praxis process to develop a relational model of site-specific, media arts–based environmental education toward reconciliation in Canada and South Africa.

Jacqueline Turner

Jacqueline (she/her) is a writing specialist at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which, Flourish, was published in 2019 by ECW Press. She was the inaugural poet-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia, and an artist-in-residence at Gorge Cottage in Launceston, Tasmania. She has held recent writing residencies in Granada and Berlin and is an active member of local, national, and international writing communities. She has worked as an instructor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University and several other campuses, including Ts’zil Learning Centre on the territory of the Lil’wat Nation in Mount Currie and the Secwepemc Learning Centre in Kamloops. Her recent writing-related research investigates practices of reading in academic contexts and the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She is a co-researcher in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council–funded project exploring the potential of critical literacies and pedagogy-as-gift in post-secondary learning environments. She is also at work on her first novel, The Daphnes or Dianas.

Brian Ganter

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Brian Ganter (he/him) currently works and resides on Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, shíshálh, Lil’wat, and Musqueam territories in the settler city of Vancouver, B.C. Since 2008, he has worked as a faculty member in the English Department at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Brian was educated at institutions in New York and Seattle and has taught at various colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Japan, such as the University of Washington.

Brian has published in academic journals including Textual Practice and The Red Critique. For The Capilano Review, he has both published articles and also edited a special issue on manifestos (“Manifestos Now!” [PDF]). Brian is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician. His films — such as Metropole (2007), a feature documentary about social class in the U.S. — have shown at screenings and festivals around the world, including in Seattle, Italy, Vancouver and Victoria in B.C., New York, and at the British Museum in London.

In a former life, Brian worked at the education department of The Cinematheque in downtown Vancouver, where he was an educator delivering media literacy workshops and public talks on Buster Keaton, Samuel Beckett, Russian cinema, and cinema culture. While there, he edited two volumes in a series on Western filmmakers published by Anvil Press: one on Nettie Wild and the second on David Rimmer. Brian’s recent research has touched on the political and material dimensions of sound in the field of what N. Katherine Hayles calls “electronic literature”: literature that has been “digital born.”

Steven Bishop

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Steven works as a learning designer, program developer, and instructor at Douglas College and as a learning consultant in applications relevant to his background in construction and project management.

He is engaged in multiple teaching and learning topics, including exploring innovative approaches, “guerrilla video,” podcasting, and exploring alternatives to conventional delivery and assessment practices.

Recent projects include: