Learning through experience and interaction
Learning requires access to flexible, manipulable tools. The ability for students to take control of some form of technology and put it to use is as old as cuneiform on clay tablets. Today, the pace of growth in modern technology seems overwhelming. It would be convenient, albeit misguided, to suggest that we don't need to change education to keep up with the times. I believe, however, that we need to examine the way our society communicates, the way we do business, and the way we provide education for future learners.
This year I have been selected by BCcampus for an open education fellowship. Throughout the year, I will be attending conferences and universities, promoting and carrying out research into the use of open educational resources and practices. I'm honoured to work with fellow open education advocates Jennifer Barker, George Veletsianos, and Rajiv Jhangiani.
Textbook: Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals
Masters in Learning and Technology
I hold a Masters degree in Learning and Technology My focus was on using educational technology to enhance the education of adult learners, both in class, or online. I have always been interested in studies gauging the efficacy of using social media in the classroom, and in the effects of social relationships, online and in-person on learning outcomes and opportunities.
Conference and Workshop Presentations
Transmedia in education: Building the story of your course across multiple media platforms
Photos by Dennis Yip
At the spring ETUG workshop, held June 12, 2014 at Langara College, BC, I presented a session featuring my research into the use of social media in the classroom. I shared results that came from analyzing dozens of different studies, as well as experiences that I had discovered first hand in trying social media strategies for myself. One of my favourite parts of the session was being able to open the floor to questions from this packed room of educators, administrators and learning experts, and hear their own experiences with social media (both good and challenging) and how they are dealing with this exciting development in education.
The slides from my presentation are .
I've been working in post-secondary education for the last 10 years, and am currently the program head for the Communication Design Essentials Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology. I have a Master’s Degree in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, where I researched strategies for effectively implementing social media in the classroom. I'm co-chair of the open education working group at BCIT, and co-author of the open textbook Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals. With over 18 years of prior experience in printed communications, and a strong background in typography and design, I'm a keen advocate for student-centered, open, and collaborative learning.
2017 Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow
At the Fall 2014 'Unconference', held at the BCIT Downtown Campus, I co-presented a session with fellow educator and educational technologist, John Born. In an informal information and sharing session, we discussed the benefits of breaking out of the traditional 'lecture' format, and engaging students using different modes of media and technology. More than just multi-media, transmedia represents not just audio and video, but many other formats as well, including games, quizzes, and interactive content. While the challenges in implementing this type of resource can be daunting, it is also possible to start small, and build up over time. We discussed how it is important not just to implement 'cool technology' without consideration of the pedagogy, and highlighted these five important considerations: Engagement, interactivity, creativity, self-mediation, and autonomy. The hour-long session flew by, and participants took part in some excellent discussion!
Social media in the classroom: Talk about learning!
I presented a breakout session in February at the from February 10-12, 2014. Using my current research into the efficacy of social media in education as a springboard, this breakout session was focused on sharing real-world successes (and failures!) in implementing social media in the classroom. At the conclusion of the session, participants were teamed up, and encouraged to share thoughts, apprehensions, and experiences with the group via Twitter.