From 2012 to 2014 I was the Education Specialist for E-learning at the Commonwealth of Learning where I managed e-learning activities focused on policy development, and capacity building in the use of appropriate learning technologies and advised Commonwealth governments and educational institutions on e-learning and ICT policy and practices. I also helped found the Journal of Learning for Development and served as Associate Editor.
Before joining COL, I spent seven years at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as Associate Dean and Dean of the Learning & Teaching Centre.
From 1982 to 2005 I worked at the University of British Columbia in a variety of distance education and educational technology roles including Associate and Acting Director of the Distance Education & Technology department and the Director of the Centre for Managing & Planning E-Learning (MAPLE). MAPLE research projects focused on institutional planning and management issues, policy, and social and educational impacts of e-learning.
I have extensive international consulting experience related to online course development and the planning and management of e-learning. I have taught workshops on developing and delivering online instruction and the planning and management of e-learning in Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan, Croatia and Canada and I have been a consultant on distance education projects in Mongolia, Indonesia and Bhutan.
I am an adjunct Professor in the UBC Master of Educational Technology program.
From 2006 to 2012 was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Distance Education.
I have a Ph.D. in Adult Education (1997), a Masters degree in Educational Psychology (1989) and a B.Ed. (1982) from the University of British Columbia. I also hold a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Journalism (1977) from BCIT.