I am a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, and Associate Professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. I study emerging technologies and pedagogies, trying to understand learners’, educators’, and scholars’ practices and experiences in emerging online settings (e.g., social networks, social media, digital scholarship, and open learning environments). My research focuses on improving the ways that we design digital learning environments, via an in-depth understanding of learners’ and instructors’ experiences. My research and design/development work have been funded by the Canada Research Chairs program, the National Science Foundation, the European Union, the National Geographic, and the Swedish Knowledge Foundation. I am a past Fulbright scholar and was recently awarded one of seven early-career fellowships by the Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning, a European Union Initiative.
I have been developing online learning environments since 2004, and since that time I have edited two books, single- or co-authored 40 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and gave over 100 presentations worldwide. My first book, Emerging Technologies in Distance Education, was published by Athabasca University Press in e-book and paper format, and included contributors from eight countries. My second book, Learner Experiences with MOOCs and Open Online Learning, is an anthology of essays, each written by a student, each reflecting on their experiences with open learning. Both books are available for free under an open access license.[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.]