Breaking barriers in academia: How Professor JooYoung Lee is innovating the online classroom using Twitch (Featured on CBC Radio One)

October 20, 2020 by Sarah Tran

Professor JooYoung Lee recently spoke on CBC Radio One 99.1FM on how he has been adapting to the changes of online teaching, using the popular video game streaming platform Twitch. In this conversation, Professor Lee discusses the benefits of using Twitch, his typical online lecture, how students are responding to this platform, and the future of online learning.

Professor JooYoung Lee says that using Twitch as a teaching tool gives professors the use of polished software features (such as chat rooms and microphone settings) and the fun of a familiar, modern platform for students. Professor Lee believes that the growth towards online learning allows for greater ease and accessibility, breaking down the exclusionary practices of traditional academia. He is interested in preparing a "starter kit" for fellow professors to learn the basics of Twitch for teaching purposes.

JooYoung Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, faculty member in the Centre for the Study of the United States, and Senior Fellow in the Yale University Urban Ethnography Project. His research interests are focused around how gun violence transforms the social worlds and health of young Black men in different contexts. His new work examines how murder transforms families and communities; how we can use videos to enhance research on interaction; and a collaborative SSHRC-funded study with Julian Tanner and Scot Wortley on youth experiences with guns in Toronto.

Listen to theĀ full CBC Radio One interview.