I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. My current research project is entitled “Threshold Concepts in Connectivist MOOCs” and looks at the types of knowledge and skills needed to participate in open online learning experiences. If you’re interested, you can read all 50 pages here: Research Proposal
My MSc. is in Educational Research Methodology from the University of Oxford. My thesis, a mixed methods case study entitled The Role of Facebook in the Lives of Postgraduate Students, earned a mark of distinction. I also hold a B.Ed. and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria.
Currently, I’m working as an Educational Consultant with the Office of Experiential Education in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. We’re designing a series of online modules around teaching and learning in clinical settings to help professional pharmacists as they work with student pharmacists during clinical education placements. I also work as a sessional instructor in the teacher education programme here at UBC teaching courses around technology and digital media, inquiry based approaches to education, and trades/vocational teacher education.
In my previous life I spent seven years teaching upper elementary and middle school students, worked as a technology co-ordinator for my school system, coached teachers on incorporating technology into their teaching, and designed training materials for a software company. More info is available on my CV.
Outside of work, you can find me in the wood shop building furniture, stealing fleece from alpacas to dye and knit with, or just hanging out with my husband, awesome kid, and badly behaved beagle.