Online learning

Course design

I design online courses, and teach and facilitate online. I also design training and materials to help educators teach more effectively in online learning environments, for example:

  • Culture and Communication in Virtual Learning Environments: ETEC 565G (2013 – )

This course, developed in collaboration with Yael Tagerud of Linnaeus University in Sweden, is an elective course in the University of British Columbia’s Masters in Educational Technology online graduate program. First offered in spring 2013, it introduces learners to theoretical frameworks and existing research that considers the potential impact of culture on communications and learning in virtual learning environments.

  • Foundations of Global Citizenship (hybrid): HUMN 103 (2016)
    College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada
  • Perspectives on Global Citizenship: SOCI 430B (2005-2013)
    Department of Sociology, UBC Faculty of Arts
  • Cell Biology 1: Structural Basis: BIOL 200 (2008)
    UBC Faculty of Science
  • Effective Online Teaching and Facilitation (2009-2010)

This online professional development course for educators who will teach or facilitate online courses has now been implemented by UBC Continuing Studies as Facilitating Online Across Cultures, within their IDRC-funded North-South partnership Cooperation Knowledge and Development with Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM) in Bolivia.

Research

I undertake qualitative and quantitative analyses of online communities – primarily online learning communities – to investigate how online learners ‘perform’ their ethnic and cultural identities, and to identify ways in which cultural differences must be considered when teaching online.

See my related research and publications

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