TWU’s Scott Macklin wins w3 Silver Award for Best Podcast Host

Congratulations to Scott Macklin, Executive Director of Online Learning, for becoming the 2021 w3 Awards Silver Winner for Best Podcast Host, for his work on the podcast, Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice. The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts w3 Awards celebrates global digital excellence.

Since 2019, Scott Macklin has been speaking with the world’s gifted and creative educators, from his podcast studio at Trinity Western, called Studio Yarah.

The Executive Director of Online Learning for TWU GLOBAL hosts Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice, conversations that explore educational strategies, and how to align these with evolving technologies to “deliver an engaging, inquiry-based, and hands-on learning experience.”

This November, Macklin was selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (New York, NY) to receive a w3 Award. He is the 2021 w3 Awards Silver Winner, Best Host for Podcast.

Engaging world leading scholars and practitioners

From climate crises to technological disruption, Macklin has tackled a wide variety of critical and timely topics with educators, researchers and experts from around the world. This fall, he spoke with art professors Erica Grimm, Joshua Hale and Alysha Creighton, along with Indigenous elder and University Siya:m Patti Victor, about the impact of climate change at the local scale of the lower Fraser River watershed in B.C. Earlier in the year, he spoke with Almetta Pitts about somatic wellness and anti-racist practices, and discussed Black History and amplifying diverse narratives with Tony Benton.

Featured speakers from Trinity Western have included Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Dr. Sonya Grypma, who spoke on leadership in higher education, and Dean of Nursing, Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, who discussed the intersection of spirituality and health care. Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Todd Martin, spoke on family development in the context of pandemic challenges, and Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Dr. Glen Van Brummelen, spoke on astronomy in ancient and medieval cultures.

Upcoming episodes include a conversation with TWU Professor Monica B. Hilder discussing the book, The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship, and the creation of the Dr. Hans & Colleen Kouwenberg C. S. Lewis Reading Room at Trinity Western's Norma Marion Alloway Library.

About the 16th Annual w3 Awards

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts w3 Awards celebrates digital excellence and honours outstanding work in multimedia. Winners of the 16th Annual w3 Awards were selected from 3,000 entries from across the globe. The w3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and media. This year, Scott Macklin from Trinity Western University has been selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to receive the 2021 w3 Silver Award, Best Host for Podcast, for hosting Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice.

  About Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice

The 2021 Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice podcast series concentrated on discussing convening methodologies for holding space for hope, healing and restoration, as well as asking the question, “How do we take the best of what emerging technology has to offer and use it to provide the best education possible and fulfill our university’s mission?” This is the underlying question behind Learning Matters: A Bridge to Practice, where guests talk about how students today learn and how educators can use their collective insight to inform practice in the classroom—including the virtual classroom and multi-access pathways to learning. Science, technology, and the internet are continuously improving how people collect, assemble, edit, upgrade, archive, display, distribute, access information and use it to interact with one another. This podcast explores educational strategies and how to align these with evolving technologies to deliver an engaging, inquiry-based, and hands-on learning experience. 

Learning Matters engages with world leading scholars and practitioners from Trinity Western University and throughout the world. For a complete list of shows and guests please see: Learning Matters: a Bridge to Practice.

About Scott Macklin

Scott Macklin serves as the Executive Director, TWU GLOBAL Online Learning. Online Learning at TWU seeks to provide the best online learning experience is possible for any student.

Scott creates stories using deep media, and he is an award winning author, interactive designer and multimedia maker. His work focuses on developing narrative-based learning systems and comprehensive strategies to improve education and the ways we can reach and engage our students and constituents. His teaching and scholarship focuses on developing critical career connected pathways.  Scott served as the curator of TEDx Seattle, City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development Commission and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Christian Studies and the Seattle Interactive Conference. You can see his work in action at his website.

See alsoTWU faculty unveil research-creation project addressing climate change at the local scale of the lower Fraser River watershed:​
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About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier Christian liberal arts university dedicated to equipping students to establish meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. It is a fully accredited research institution offering liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has four campuses and locations: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, and Ottawa. TWU emphasizes academic excellence, research, and student engagement in a vital faith community committed to forming leaders to have a transformational impact on culture. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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