My research interests include the five movements in education: personalization of pedagogy through inquiry, digital and networked learning and citizenship, open educational practices, assessment for learning, and access (merging modality through multi-access learning). I have been researching, designing, and teaching online and open since 1998, where all educational materials were open-facing and shareable before MIT created its open courseware and before WebCT was created by a UBC computer scientist. I have not taught using a learning management system in over a decade as I believe it is the equivalent of a lecture podium in an online space.
As we deconstruct industrial and colonial structures, we must also consider how we design learning environments and roles within learning communities. The core of my interests are around this educational reform – for learner voice and agency, inclusion, open sharing of and open access to learning resources, shifting assessments away from grading, which has 0.4 reliability meaning it should be abandoned, and considering flexible designs to include access that spans face-to-face and online. In my recent work, I have coined the term, cyberproxy, to represent one’s right to have online access into a physical space via telepresence robots. This work has won the UVic PitchIt competition, meetings with two provincial Ministers, and top 10 shortlisting for the South Island Smart Cities Innovation Challenge.
To share my pathway, I was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, where I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (specialization in Educational Technology with an emphasis on measurement and statistics) after completing two degrees at UBC. As a faculty member at the University of Victoria, I secured over $1.4 million in funding as primary investigator from SSHRC, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and through partnerships with both government and corporations for my research and to develop the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab.