I hold a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and I am an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University. I am also a former Fulbright scholar and early-career fellow of the Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning, a European Union Initiative. My research aims to understand and improve teaching and learning in emerging digital environments. I achieve this by examining the practices and experiences of learners, educators, and scholars with/in online learning, social media, and open education/scholarship.
I have been designing, developing, and studying digital learning environments since 2004. Since then I authored one book and edited three open access books on the topic: Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars (Routledge, 2016), Emergence & Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications (Athabasca University Press, 2016), Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (Athabasca University Press, 2010), and Learner Experiences in MOOCs and Open Online Learning (Hybrid Pedagogy, 2013). The latter book is an collection of essays written by students, each reflecting on their experiences with open learning. Individually and collaboratively, I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and given more than 100 talks at conferences and events worldwide. My research has been funded by the Canada Research Chairs Program, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European Union, National Geographic, and the Swedish Knowledge Foundation.[Disclaimer: The contents of this site represent my personal thoughts and opinions and, as such, may or may not represent the opinions of my past, current, or future employers.]