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   Spring 2008 Workshop




Meet our presenters and session facilitators:


Nola Johnston







Nola is a practicing graphic designer and illustrator who also teaches visual design courses for the Design Essentials and Continuing Studies programs at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the New Media and Part-Time Studies programs at BCIT.  She has been exploring and creating content in Second Life for two years and is fascinated by its potential for the worlds of both design and teaching. In 2007 she completed a report for BCIT, “Learning and Teaching in Virtual Worlds: BCIT and Second Life.” She is currently developing a course to be taught in Second Life in the fall and working on a BC Campus OPDF-funded project to develop a framework to facilitate the introduction of BC educators to Second Life.





Jody Baker





Media and Consumer Culture online (Univerisity of Pittsburgh)

Television and Society online (Univerisity of Pittsburgh)


Jody is a relative newcomer to Vancouver, arriving from Pittsburgh where he received a Ph.D. in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies. He has published on the relationships between nature, culture and landscape and he has recently developed an interest on the impact of emergent bittorrent technology on the television medium and its audiences. He teaches courses on film, television, and consumer culture at Pittsburgh, SFU, ECIAD and UBC. He is currently developing an online course on web 2.0 tools for ECIAD. 




Dan O'Reilly





Second Life Links of Interest


Dan O'Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Thompson Rivers University in the department of Philosophy, History and Politics. He teaches undergraduate courses in philosophy with his area of specialty in logic, scientific reasoning, law and rights.  He conducts research in political philosophy, having published on the logical structure of rights. In the past five years, he has been involved in the Open Learning Initiative teaching causal and statistical reasoning using causal graphs with a software application called the Causal Laboratory. In the fall of 2007, he was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Melon University working on causality lab exercises.  He is also very involved in both online course and online community development, having presented at numerous conferences on both topics. In 2005, he received Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funds through the Strategic Research Cluster Program to develop the Small Cities Online Research Community. In the fall of 2006, he was co-recipient with a number of other co-researchers and community partners of a $1,000,000 SSHRC Community University Research Alliance (CURA) grant, The Small Cities CURA Mapping Quality of Life and Culture CURA Research Program, to investigate quality of life indicators relevant to online space.  As part of this research project, he leased land, developed resources and conducted workshops in Second Life



Bob Clark








Bob has been in the educational media for over 35 years. He the manager of Media and AV services at Thompson Rivers University. He has also worked on film, news and documentary productions. He has participated as a change agent to help a small community college grow and change in to a modern university. He has watched instructional technology grow from coloured chalk on a blackboard to state of the art display and teaching methods.


His passion is photography and back country 4x4 travels. He constantly travels with a camera and GPS and an eye for adventure. He just got back from a 17day Panama Cruise.

Bryan Fair



phone: 604-451-7109


Bryan has taught PTS since 1984 and has been working in the world of Ed Tech since 1993. As BCIT's Educational Technology Advisor and Supervisor of Distributed Learning Systems, Bryan is involved in all stages of the Ed Tech life-cycle at BCIT and works with all stakeholder groups from initial research and testing, through to ongoing implementation and support. Bryan has been a member of ETUG's Steering Committee since the early 90's and has chaired SCETUG for the past year.


Scott Leslie


Blog: http://www,edtechpost.ca/wordpress/



Scott Leslie is an educational technology researcher and emerging technology analyst. He currently works as the Manager of BCcampus Shareable Online Learning Resources, a multi-disciplinary ‘open content’ repository. In addition, he researches course management systems, repository and eportfolio software with Dr. Bruce Landon as part of the Western Cooperative on Educational Telecommunications’ (WCET) Edutools.info team. Previously, Scott was the research coordinator for educational technology at the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology (C2T2), a post-secondary system agency in British Columbia, Canada.



Brian Lamb




Brian will be the discoordinator of this year's mashup activity.


Brian Lamb is Manager, Emerging Technologies and Digital Content with the Office of Learning Technology at The University of British Columbia. He teaches a course on “Text Technologies” for UBC’s Master of Educational Technology Program.  Brian maintains his weblog Abject Learning, where he mutters ill-tempered observations on social learning, open education, disruptive technologies and other such things.  He has recently published on artistic and data mashups for the EDUCAUSE Review, and also created some mashed-up presentations of his own.

Chris Gratham


email: cgratham@capcollege.bc.ca


A hockey dad, a cyclist, and a grad student, Chris also manages to find time to work as the Manager of Educational Technologies at Capilano where he is a big proponent of open source, wikis, blogs, and other assorted anti-establishment educational technologies. Chris is not quite as sour as the photo indicates.

Paul Stacey



email: pstacey@bccampus.ca


Paul Stacey is Director of Development for BCcampus where he is responsible for educational technology and online learning development and professional services for BC’s public post secondary system. Paul’s work focuses on collaborative program and course development initiatives, shareable online learning resources, online communities of practice, and educational technology professional development for educators across all of BC’s public post secondary institutions. Paul has extensive online learning experience himself having recently completed a 100% online Masters degree in Adult Learning and Global Change and co-developed and taught an online course for Royal Roads University’s MA in Learning and Technology. Dare2BDigital builds on Paul’s interest in the use of games for education.




Heidi May









Heidi May is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work examines visual language systems of contemporary culture. Her practice consists of two-dimensional and multimedia forms that explore technology's impact on the human psyche, incorporating media forms from the past and present. Her work is influenced by all media including television, film, the internet and interactive technologies. Most recent projects include experimental videos that intermingle the aesthetics of slide projectors, 8 mm home movies, and television. Her work has been shown in British Columbia and Ontario, and her writing has been published in Canadian Art. 


Heidi has been a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University since 2002, an instructor in applied art and design programs at Langara College since 2001, and has also taught at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Since 2005 Heidi has become very interested in the role technology plays within post-secondary art education and the affects different types of media have on learning. Heidi holds an Honours BA Specialist degree in Art and Art History with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursuing a PhD (examining the relationship between art education, technology, and communication) at the University of British Columbia.



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