I am the husband of my wonderful wife Marilyn and the father of two amazing sons, Levi and Caleb. I am a learning theorist, a learning innovation consultant, virtual professor, a perpetual student of inquiry, and the former Vice President Academic of Concordia University of Edmonton. I am currently serving as a Visiting Professor and co-developer of the M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading at Lamar University. I recently aided the School of Health Sciences at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) develop their Learning Innovation Strategy. I am also teaching in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College.
This is my personal blog, eportfolio and part of my learning environment. It is focused on learning and learning environments. My mission is to help you understand and build significant learning environments that will serve all learners. To fully understand why I believe it is crucial for everyone to have a personal learning environment read my post Why Learners Should Blog. Because this blog is part of my learning environment it will never be fully finished.
I write/post 2-4 times a week on all aspects of significant learning environments, leadership & change, disruptive innovation, instructional technology, mobile and web-based learning, constructivism and instructional design. As of the summer of 2013 I also started writing and reflecting Becoming an Intentional Father. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories. You will also notice that I am an advocate for new media–especially video and infographics and I believe that we should be incorporating media in to everything we do (see my… Embedding Media into all Programs post for a full justification). On Wednesdays I add to my Wednesday Watchlist where I post an amazing video I found at TED, Youtube, Vimeo, RSA or one of the many other sites that I monitor on a daily basis.
The following video provides a snapshot into my thoughts on school and learning:
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my posts on the following topics.
Significant Learning Environments
- Significant Learning Environments
- Creating Significance to Foster Learning
- You Learn What You Live
- Why Student Engagement Plummets in High School
Leadership and Change
- Head Won’t Go Where the Heart Hasn’t Been
- Practice Change by Living It
- Three Powerful Phrases Kids and Learners Need To Hear Daily
- Quality time is spelt “TIME”
- Power of Media in Informal Learning
Teaching & Learning
- Innovation in Education – A Return to Teaching & Learning
- Motivating Learners – As Simple as a Change in Mindset
- Why Learners Should Blog
- Six Things That Innovative Universities Do Well
- Is the Post-PC Age a Catalyst for the Start of the Digital Information Age?
- 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Sold in 3 Days
Mobile & Web-based Learning
- Mobile Devices as Engagement Catalysts
- What Tablet Should One Purchase?
- Horizon Reports and Mobile Learning
Instructional Technology & Design (enhancing learning with technology)
- Media/Visual Arts Programs vs Embedding Media into All Programs
- Seton Hall University to pilot Windows 8 Tablets – Slippery slope to limiting learning
- Cyberinfrastructure – Moving from Theory to Practice
My Full Bio
I received my PhD. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and am currently serving as a Visiting Professor and co-developer of the M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading at Lamar University in Beaumont TX. I have a worked as an educational consultant for many years and most recently aided the School of Health Sciences at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) develop and their Learning Innovation Strategy. I am also teaching in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College.
I have also provided Instructional Design and Technology Integration support as an Instructional Development Consultant at BCIT. Prior to working at BCIT I served as the Vice President Academic of Concordia University College of Alberta. Concordia’s priority is to prepare its learners for a future that is very difficult to predict and in my responsibility was to provide the leadership that ensured that Concordia developed learning environments that utilizes innovation to stimulate critical and analytical thinking and that equipped its graduates to effectively communicate as they tackle global challenges.
Prior to joining Concordia I was the Director of Faculty Enrichment at Abilene Christian University in Southwest Texas. As the Director of Faculty Enrichment my primary responsibility was to help the faculty to develop active and engaging learning environments and to provide strategic direction for: Mobile Learning; instructional design; faculty development; teaching, learning and Technology; and the Researchers in Residence, and Scholars in Residence programs.
My previous professional appointments include Manager Educational Technology at Lethbridge College and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. As the Manager Instructional Technology, my primary focus was to provide vision, leadership, expertise and creativity to support and develop the use of educational/instructional technology at Lethbridge College.
While at the University of Alberta I was in involved in pioneering web-based instruction in the Faculty of Education. In my work on online and web-based learning and I developed an approach to learning called Inquisivistism. My research has demonstrated that Inquisitivism is as an effective approach for web-based instruction as well as most other forms of inquiry based learning.
This approach is at the foundation of many web-based courses that have developed, facilitated and instructed in a blended or fully online format at several institutions across North America. In addition, to my research into adult learning, I am also researching the application of the Project Approach in Elementary and Early Childhood in a home school and/or tutorial based learning environment.
As an advocate of practical hands-on learning I put theory into practice as a consultant and have served as a Director of Information Technologies for one of largest private Residential Real Estate firms in North America and also served as a volunteer Chief Information Officer for a global mission and relief organization.
I strive to find a balance between my academic and professional career by regularly volunteering at a variety of community based programs and by focusing on my family.