Educational Leadership

At the University of British Columbia, “Educational Leadership” can be understood very briefly as “activity taken at UBC and elsewhere to advance innovation in teaching and learning with impact beyond one’s classroom” (from section 4.04 of the UBC-Faculty Association Collective Agreement).

Below I list some of the areas of my educational leadership work. More information on each of these can be found in my Teaching and Learning Portfolio.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

I have undertaken several SoTL research projects. One focuses on peer feedback in writing, attempting to discover an optimum number of peer feedback sessions in a course for peer comments (given and received) to contribute to improvement in writing. I also conduct research in the use of open textbooks and other open educational resources.

Please see my CV, sections on publications and conference presentations as well as the research page on this website.

Open Education

Open education encompasses many activities, from making one’s courses “open” in the sense that anyone can join them without cost (such as with MOOCs: Massive, Open, Online Courses), to opening up one’s teaching materials to anyone else to freely view and possibly use and redistribute (i.e., creating “open educational resources” (OER) including open textbooks), to asking one’s students to do some of their coursework openly and publicly, and more.

Nearly all of my teaching materials are shared on course websites that are public.  I have also recently worked hard to use as many open, public and freely available resources in my own courses as possible, such as online texts, videos, and podcasts. In this way I not only have been able to save students money, but also to include numerous kinds of works in my courses, rather than only written texts. In Arts One we have recorded many of our lectures and posted them on YouTube, and student and professor blog posts are collected and posted (along with the lecture videos and our course Twitter stream) on the Arts One Open website.

I am the lead organizer for the Open Case Studies project, which is a collection of case studies used in teaching and learning, written by both faculty and students. I am also working on editing an open textbook for introduction to philosophy courses. You can see more information about this project, which is in process, on the Rebus Community.

Because of my work in these areas I have become a leader in open education at UBC and beyond, being invited to speak about it, facilitating courses about it, and more. I received a fellowship from BCcampus to be a “Faculty Fellow” with the BCcampus Open Textbook program from 2014-2015, through which I engaged in advocacy, raising awareness, and doing research around open textbooks and other OER. Please see this article for reports from the faculty fellows after our year was completed. I also received an OER Research Fellowship from the Open Education Group for 2015-2017, to do research on open textbooks. Please see the publications section of my CV for articles published in 2017 as a result of this fellowship.

Please see my CV for workshops and other presentations I have done on open education at UBC and beyond.

My Teaching and Learning portfolio also has more information on my work in open education, including open online courses I have co-facilitated.

Teaching and learning workshops facilitated

I have designed and facilitated several workshops on open education at UBC and beyond, and have also been involved in planning and facilitating workshops on other topics, such as interdisciplinary teaching and learning, creating educational videos, using audio in teaching and learning, and providing effective feedback on writing.

More broadly, I have co-designed and co-facilitated several open online courses on teaching and learning that are available to anyone with an internet connection to take for free, including courses on educational technology, openness generally (including open education), and teaching with WordPress.

Please see this section of my CV for a list of teaching and learning workshops facilitated.