The New Professor is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Ryan Straight, an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Arizona. With his guests he explores what it means to be an educator and a learner in the current changing landscape of higher education, along with various related (and sometimes not-so-related) topics.

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Dr. Ryan Straight

Dr. Ryan Straight

Latest Episode

Owning Your Digital Identity

Posted on Thursday, Jan 16, 2020

In episode 48, Ryan discusses your digital identity and some ways to be the person to own it. Also, happy 2020!

Let's Gush (About Online Education)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

In episode 37, Ryan fights the urge to complain and instead focuses on a few of the things he loves about online education. Also, there’s toast.

This Shouldn't Be Here

Posted on Friday, Mar 15, 2019

In episode 36, Ryan briefly discusses why sometimes producing nothing is better than producing something. Also irony.

Churning Butter

Posted on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

In episode 35, Ryan walks you through the evolution of his audio setup, demonstrates what effects each piece of equipment has, and tests the range of microphones he’s used.

No Such Thing as a Work-Life Balance

Posted on Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

In episode 34, Ryan talks about striking a balance in your life, spinning plates, and the circus.

Ben Scragg, Lead Design Strategist

Posted on Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

In episode 33, Ryan catches up with Ben Scragg, a college buddy who also just happens to work just up the road at ASU as the Lead Design Strategist in the Teachers College. They talk about everything from the color of Band-Aids to the upcoming OLC Innovate conference in Denver.