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Course Stories, Season 3, Episode 7: Branding Your Pedagogy

In this episode, Ricardo Leon interviews Emily Zarka, PH.D., the monster expert of ASU and host of the popular PBS show, Monstrum. 

Emily is an adjunct instructor for ASU Online and teaches a variety of courses that were developed prior to her involvement. As such, she has some unique and impactful suggestions for how to personalize courses when the content is standard and prepared ahead of time. She also shares her perspective on branding your teaching and approach within your discipline. We hope you enjoy the episode and take some time to become familiar with Monstrum! 

In this Episode:

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Emily Zarka

Emily Zarka holds a Ph. D. in British Romantic Literature with an emphasis on the Gothic. She is ASU’s official “monster expert.” Her research explores the roles of desire and knowledge dissemination in portrayals of undead characters produced during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Zarka has taught literature, film and media, and writing classes at Arizona State University. She writes and hosts a show called Monstrum for PBS Digital Studios.

For more information about her work, check out her feature in ASU Now.

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Jeff Aguila

Jeff Aguila is a media specialist at our Tempe Campus Studios. Jeff, the episode editor, has been with the Instructional Design and New Media team for just about a year. He is an ASU Alumnus with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Before coming back to work at ASU, Jeff spent 15 years as a photojournalist in TV news.

Your Hosts

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Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Resources from this Episode

Additional Links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

Emily Zarka in Duct Tape before Guns, a Zombified Podcast 

What monstrous tales do for human heads by ASU News

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