ISoTL team

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.

SoTL Specialist

Ashenafi is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), where he also works as a sessional lecturer. His research interests include higher education governance, arts in educational research, ethical issues, anti-racist education as well as literary representation, among others. He has participated at the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program and as a research assistant in EDST. Ashenafi volunteers in the Graduate Student Society (GSS) at UBC. He’s the winner of the 2017 Community Fire Starter Award at GSS and the 2018 Patricia Dyer Award in EDST for his community engagement and volunteerism. If not on campus, Ashenafi is certainly biking by the seaside at any time of day.

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Kiera is Haudenosaunee from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, where her research is grounded in curriculum theory, teacher education, and ethical Indigenous education. As a SoTL Specialist, Kiera brings her diverse educational experience within the Ontario, British Columbia and New Zealand education systems, as a primary teacher, curriculum designer, university lecturer and teaching assistant, Indigenous research consultant, and as the Indigenous Advisor at the University of Ottawa. When Kiera isn’t reading, she enjoys spending her time exploring this beautiful city with her husband.

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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.

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.

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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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Simon is a PhD student in the cognitive science area of the UBC Department of Psychology. His primary research interest is the relationship between physical activity and cognitive function, with research questions aimed at determining whether increased exercise participation is related to improved in-class learning and school exam performance. He also has a background in computer science and is interested in studying the viability of smartphones for tracking both real-world physical activity and changes in cognitive performance over time.

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Jordan is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include the three broad areas of democratic and citizenship education and educational leadership and administration. More specifically, he is interested in how educational leaders use their positions of power to develop and maintain thick democratic environments that encourage engaged citizenship in their schools. During his time at the University of Alberta, Jordan was fortunate to teach many undergraduate classes in the Faculty of Education. He loves to teach, especially future teachers, and is passionate about teaching and learning at the post-secondary level. He is the lucky recipient of the University of Alberta Faculty of Education’s Sessional Undergraduate Teaching Award. Jordan hopes to bring this experience into the SoTL position and help other instructors improve their teaching practice.

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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.

Applied Education Research Facilitator

Firas has dabbled in many teaching research projects and learning technologies for several physics courses and was an instructor for the distance education section of Physics 100 for over three years. With a passion for creative experimental designs and data visualizations, he has worked with faculty members across UBC exploring a diverse set of research questions. Firas is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and is working on developing novel MR techniques to assess the efficacy of chemotherapies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Curriculum Consultant
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In her role as Learning Design and Curriculum Consultant, Roselynn provides leadership in the design and development of curriculum and related courses and materials. In collaboration with departments and units, Roselynn helps identify curriculum needs, consults on how to address these needs, and oversees related curriculum projects through implementation and evaluation. Roselynn has several years of experience as an educator, facilitator, and curriculum developer, both locally and internationally. Roselynn’s work has been published in several journals including: The Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning, The Canadian Journal of Native Education, In Factis Pax, and Teaching and Learning Inquiry.

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Lisa is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. While she is currently interested in exploring facets of social justice, critical democracy, and the theory of praxis, her otherwise research interests include measurement, evaluation, felt authenticity, health and educational research. For the last fourteen 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.