ISoTL team

Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
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Simon Bates (PhD) provides academic leadership to CTLT which, combined with his role as Senior Advisor Teaching and Learning, ensures the centre is best positioned to support development, delivery and evaluation of outstanding teaching and learning across all Faculties and units. In addition, Simon holds a faculty position as Professor of Teaching in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, teaching on the PHYS 101 course and contributing to their Physics Education Research efforts.

Director, Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
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Ido leads UBC’s research and evaluation of teaching and learning in on-site and on-line settings. In that capacity he studies the impact of novel technologies and pedagogies on teaching and learning, as well as identifying evidence-based best practices. He also runs the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL), where he supports instructors across UBC in their inquiry into their teaching, from conceptualization to dissemination. More can be found on idoroll.com.

Manager, Learning Evaluation and Research
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Adriana manages the planning, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of evaluation and research frameworks, strategies and tools across UBC’s teaching and learning initiatives, programs, and projects. She designs and oversees impact evaluation of UBC’s teaching and learning programs and identifies synergies in evaluation and research activities that occur at multiple levels. Adriana is also working to ensure that the outcomes of different evaluation and research efforts inform current and future teaching and learning projects and initiatives.

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Alejandra is a MA student in Counselling Psychology at the department of ECPS at the University of British Columbia. She completed her bachelor’s degree of arts in psychology at UBC and has been involved in several research projects as a research assistant over her years at this campus. Her research interests include body image, athletes’ well-being, positive psychology, as well as the development and evaluation of education strategies.

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Kristi currently works in CTLT as part of the SoTL specialist team, helping to manage projects granted research funding through the SoTL Seed program. She is a Master’s student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. Her work on higher education and racialized student activism seeks to explore how institutional and interpersonal memory come together to shape the stories we are told and the stories we tell, particularly in times that are cut so heavily by political and epistemic violences. She is invested in un/re-mapping the kinds of colonial illusions that inform our historical and contemporary experiences, traumas, geographies, and relationships, in hopes that we might think together to find alternative ways of being, knowing, doing, and surviving.

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Patrick is a PhD student in the social/personality area of the psychology department at UBC with a research focus on a phenomenon known as “overclaiming” which measures both knowledge and the tendency to exaggerate knowledge. He also has an extensive history as a professional musician, including educating and supporting students of all ages.

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Kari Grain is a doctoral candidate and Vanier Scholar in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include social justice and global service-learning, international development, critical emotion studies, and the politics of hope in global engagement. Grain’s current fieldwork uses photovoice and community-based research to examine community impacts of international service-learning program in rural Uganda. Grain serves as assistant editor for the upcoming Wiley International Handbook of Service-Learning for Social Justice. Her previously held positions include manager of service-learning at the University of Calgary and division manager of education programs for an immigrant and refugee settlement organization. Grain’s master’s thesis on volunteer teacher programs in Rwanda garnered the Michele Laferriere Award for top Canadian thesis in comparative education.

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Bruce is a PhD student in the faculty of education with a research focus on ethics. Prior to joining ISoTL he acted as an educator at the University of Victoria to improve experiential learning programs. He has served as a researcher and program developer in social services sector. His interest and work on Michel Foucault focuses on historical identity and formation of subjectivity in the context of education and political economy.

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Firas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and his primary research interest is to explore new MRI techniques to assess whether cancer therapies as early as possible. Of course, Firas also has a strong interest in teaching and learning technologies and is an instructor for the distance education version of Physics 100 where he helped transition the entire course over to edX. Firas hopes his experience with online learning technologies helps him support SoTL initiatives at UBC.

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Lyana is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia as well as Acadian/Scottish. She has worked in communications and education for almost two decades. After five years co-creating Indigenous health curriculum in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, she started a PhD program at the School of Community and Regional Planning. She is also the Research Manager for project #2 of the Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, entitled Evaluating and Extending the Aboriginal Men’s Dudes Club Program. Her research explores the intersection of governance, history, health and storytelling.

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Paulina is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Studies. Her doctoral dissertation explores the affective and spatial dimensions of social and emotional learning curricula in an elementary school setting. She is interested in post-qualitative and visual research methodologies, as well as critical childhood studies. Paulina graduated with a BA (Honours) in Anthropology from York University in 2004, and with an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2012. She has taught in the Faculty of Education (International Programs) at SFU, and as a sessional instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Since 2014, she has also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology at UBC.