Celebration of Teaching Excellence at UBC – Karen Ragoonaden

Discover the techniques and practices of outstanding teachers at UBC

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden

Okanagan School of Education
EDUC 438

Education for the Whole Person

Who’s zooming who?

community of scholar-practitioners


Why did you choose this slide?

The infographic represents the shared values of the OSE, developing identities as scholar-practitioners, researching and teaching for diversity, equity, inclusivity, freedom, and innovation, drawing upon research-based perspectives and practices.

What are you aiming to convey with it?

An important component of my pedagogy is finding ways to support and nurture individual/collective wellbeing and mental health. A sense of humour is key, especially now, as we head into remote teaching and learning. I have picked up on Aretha Franklin’s 1985, Who’s zooming who?

How do you think it contributes to student learning?

I usually start my classes with this PowerPoint slide from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, or with a video clip from Mabel and Olive. It sets the tone for learning, easing some of the tension and setting the context for engaged learning.

Photo credit: Adwait Aphale / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019; Andrey Giljov / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – Barcroft Media

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