ISoTL Team

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.

SoTL Specialist

Zarah is a PhD student in the Measurement, Evaluation & Research Methodology (MERM) program at UBC in the Adult Development & Psychometrics Lab. Zarah has many years’ experience conducting research and evaluation studies across domains notably in cognitive neuroscience (human learning & memory systems), cognitive psychology (thinking and reasoning), higher education, medical education (development of expertise) and psychiatry (mental health & addictions) using diverse methodologies. She received her Master’s training in Neuroscience from McGill University. Until recently she worked at the Wilson Centre for Health Professions Education Research at University Health Network and at the University of Toronto where she applied her training in cognition and learning to advance research on the development of expertise and how to train current and future physicians to be able to deal with complexity and comorbidity in practice as part of a health system initiative called the Medical Psychiatry Alliance in Ontario. She is excited to continue to use cognitive and learning theories as well as putting into practice ongoing training in measurement/psychometrics to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning across faculties and disciplines at UBC.

Student Diversity Initiative
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Hélène Frohard-Dourlent is a member of the Student Diversity Initiative and uses the pronouns they/them or she/her. Hélène helps develop leading pedagogical strategies, educational modules, and learning tools to support student diversity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding, with the goal to enhance the experiences of all students in the classroom. Hélène has over 10 years of experience with educational initiatives focused on equity and inclusion, and has developed several classes in the Faculty of Arts on social inequality and diversity. Hélène holds a PhD from UBC’s Department of Sociology.

SoTL Specialist

Fabian is a graduate student in the faculty of education. His master program and his passion focus on media and technology. His research interests include democratizing technology in educational institutions, visual arts in educational research and video-gaming through the lenses of education. Prior to joining ISoTL Fabian worked in the European television and movie industry. He has also served as an instructor combining creative and technical skills. If not in the Scarfe library, you can find him in the aquatic centre…in the hot tub.

SoTL Specialist

Matty is a PhD student in Human Development, Learning, and Culture. Her research interests include critical thinking and inquiry-based learning in the science classroom. Prior to joining ISoTL, she worked as a research associate for a non-profit organization, where she conducted quantitative research to investigate the impact of a literacy-based program on student learning outcomes. She received her B.A in psychology from Whitman College and her M.A in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

SoTL Specialist

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.

SoTL Specialist

Trinh is a current Masters student in Adult Learning and Education. She graduated the Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian RMIT University in Vietnam in 2007 and then the MBA from the University of Hawaii in 2016. Her business background is contributed with over eight years working as a market research specialist and business development manager. Trinh wishes to combine the tools in Education and Business Administration to embrace people development and human resource management in organizations. Trinh is also one of the project leaders in the UBC Community Leadership Program 2017.

SoTL Specialist

Natasha is a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Science area of the Psychology Department at UBC. Her research focuses on the cognitive processes underlying how we make quick, holistic decisions. She is passionate about pedagogy and interdisciplinary collaboration, and about integrating her love of research and of teaching through the SoTL team.

SoTL Specialist

Nathan Roberson is a PhD student in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM). His research interests include: measurement, econometrics, immigration, quality of life, and bilingual education. During his Ph.D. tenure, Nathan has worked as a statistician with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on migration issues. Prior to UBC, Nathan worked as an Associate with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates where he conducted research on early-childhood interventions, early literacy interventions and performed cost modeling, school finance studies, and return-on-investment analyses. He graduated summa cum laude in International Affairs (B.A.) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds an M.A. in International Relations from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. When he is not running statistical models, you may find him mushroom hunting, doing yoga on the beach, or climbing a mountain in search of his next great eating experience.

SoTL Facilitator

Paulina supports the design and implementation of teaching and learning research and evaluation projects across campus and assists in the coordination of the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is responsible for supporting faculty members as they evaluate their Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects (TLEF), for sustaining and expanding a community of SoTL practitioners among UBC Faculty, facilitating the student network of SoTL Specialists, and engaging in research into teaching and learning initiatives that serve the UBC Strategic Plan. Paulina has held various research positions at UBC including work with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, and Skylight (UBC). She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC.

SoTL Specialist

Gerald is a Ph.D. student in the UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education. His research explores how data visualization, modeling, and multimedia can address “Threshold Concept-Based learning and teaching” in physics and its role in rural schools in the Philippines and Canada. His passion for integrating innovative educational technology in teaching science started during his teaching in a private high school for girls in the Philippines, masters studies at Okayama University, Japan, and employment at Accenture-Microsoft. You might find him swimming, playing basketball, cooking or just walking along Main Mall when he is not doing research or teaching assistantship.

SoTL Specialist

Trish is a PhD student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Trish’s research interests focus on understanding how attentional factors, particularly mind wandering and distraction, influence learning and retention. Through experimental design, she studies how different learning environments increase or decrease our likelihood to mind-wander. Through working with the SoTL team, she is excited to learn more about the role of technology in shaping the future of our education system.

SoTL Specialist

Xinke is an MA student in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at the Faculty of Education, with a specialization in self-regulated learning. Before coming to Canada, Xinke completed her Bachelor’s degree in pedagogy at Beijing Normal University in China. For her research engagement at UBC, Xinke strives to understand how students can thrive as self-regulating learners through thoughtful, engaging, and transformative instructional design and pedagogical support. Her research interests also include self-authorship, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning. Xinke hopes to bring her research specialty in fostering rich, active forms of teaching and learning as well as her passion for bridging the gap between theory/research of educational psychology and authentic teaching practice to the SoTL position. In her role as a youth educator, Xinke enjoys facilitating workshops on mindfulness for teenagers in elementary and secondary schools across the Lower Mainland area.

SoTL Specialist

Lisa is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is keenly interested in considering how and in what ways Indigenous approaches to knowledge may re-imagine and inform principles and practices of research in public educational policy and planning to accurately reflect the realities of Indigenous learners’ lives. For fifteen years, Lisa worked as a senior/research analyst in institutional research at a local university and, in conjunction with a sole proprietorship, conducted numerous studies focused within educational research. She holds a Masters degree in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MERM), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and an Associate of Arts degree in International Studies and Development. In her former life, Lisa served as a recreational therapist working with both seniors and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Lisa has a passion for her Indigenous heritage, her family, her dogs, the outdoors, and making a difference through research.