Celebrating 3 years of Silver Lining for Learning with the Podcast Crew, Toks Bakare, Lea Anne Daughrity, Ragini Lall, Annie Nam, March 18, Noon Eastern
In this episode of SLL, we are celebrating 3 years of the series with Toks Bakare, Lea Anne Daughrity, Ragini Lall, and Annie Nam. They call themselves the “Volunteer Crew” as avid listeners and fans of the episodes, who have come together with the goal of moving Silver Lining for Learning over onto more accessible podcast platforms. YouTube was just not cutting it, and they wanted to listen on the move! They are truly a global bunch taking full advantage of the technologies of our times to make this work happen. They have been collaborating fully remote, joining across 2 continents, 3 countries, and 4 different time zones. They have met biweekly for the past several months with the goal of learning about podcast distribution platforms, setting up a system to move over 140+ episodes of Silver Lining from the website and youtube over to a RSS feed, and manually formatting each episode as they got ready for the transfer. They are four education technology enthusiasts and our meetings turn into sharing the latest trends around learning sciences, chat GPT, workplace learning, and more.
Tune in to learn more about the Volunteer Crew – how it came to form, our process, as well as our highs and lows and their takeaways from digging through the archives of SLL.
More about our guests below the video
Our guests (in alphabetical order)
Harvard Graduate School of Education EdM ‘20
Toks is an XR enthusiast who seeks to further the use of immersive learning experiences for education and training. She is currently a Director of Business Development at Mursion, and sits on the Equity board at Classcraft. In the last three years, Toks has served as a teaching fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education; led a student organisation (LEAD) which brought conversations around tech in African education to four conferences; hosted a short series of webinars discussing the impact of COVID-19 on education in Africa; and has served as co-dean of the AR/VR Africa Bootcamp and hackathon judge.
Before moving to the US, Toks spent more than 15 years working on improving access to quality inclusive education for neurodiverse learners in the UK, Europe and in West Africa. She founded a social enterprise called asktoks.com, which promotes inclusive education for neurodiverse learners.
Dr. Lea Anne Daughrity has spent the past 16 years in education, serving students from Early Childhood all the way through to Graduate School. Her true passion is in Learning Experience and Instructional Design. She began working at SMU in 2022 as a STEM Research Fellow in the Technology Enhanced Immersive Learning (TEIL) Cluster in the Simmons College of Education. In her current role, she focuses on the learning experience design of immersive and embodied learning applications in STEM projects under the guidance of Dr. Lin Lipsmeyer. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Masters in Instructional Technology and Library Sciences from Texas A&M Commerce, and a Masters in Public Relations and Bachelors in Communications from The University of Alabama.
Ragini is a learning design and innovation expert who leverages her decade-long expertise in design research, pedagogy, and technology to create effective learning strategies for curricula, products, and platforms. She launched her career at Quest Alliance, a leading edtech NGO in India, where she focused on improving learning outcomes for low-income communities in the vocational training, ITI, and government school ecosystems.There, she developed blended learning experiences, games, and workshops for young learners and educators. Amidst the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ragini contributed her skills and knowledge to the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Teaching Fellow and Online Learning Fellow with the Teaching Learning Lab.
Currently, Ragini is building a consultancy called “The Student Act” and wears multiple hats
as she continues to develop the practise around games for learning, workplace learning, and teacher education. She maintains a strong focus on human-centered design methods and digital learning pedagogy keeping up with the rapidly changing landscape of education technology. Ragini holds an undergraduate degree in Art & Design from Srishti Manipal School of Art, Design & Technology in India, and a Masters in Education in Technology, Innovation & Education from Harvard University.
Annie is a learning advocate and research enthusiast with 10 years of experience that cross the frontiers of education, technology, and business. Her lifelong mission is to advance the role of learning in various organizations and aid in the advancement of human development and her passion lies in designing and deploying immersive, innovative learning experiences to users of all backgrounds at scale.
She currently sits at the board of Girls in Tech Korea where she works on business development and partnerships with organizations like AWS, Microsoft Korea alongside various government entities. She was the former Global Partnership Lead at the Education Commission, Asia hub. Additionally she has worked at MIT Sloan and Berekley Haas as a learning designer.
Her strengths include data analytics, learning design, strategic decision making, as well as writing for both academic and non-academic publications.
She holds a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology Innovation and Education.