I work for Creative Commons* through its subsidiary from my home just outside of Vancouver.
My entire career has been in the education sector with a special focus on use of educational technology for adult learning. About 50% of my work experience has been in the private sector and 50% in the public sector. I’m conversant and comfortable in both sectors. I’ve particularly enjoyed the international education I’ve been part of and leading innovation around online learning.
I have four degrees including a B.Sc in Biology, a B.A. in Psychology, a B.Ed in Education, and an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Global Change.
I started out as a school teacher working with autistic children but quickly moved to adult education specializing in use of technology to support teaching and learning. Within the adult learning and educational technology space I’ve had a wide range of jobs including:
- working for a small high tech company called Up & Running Systems developing and delivering training courses for adults on the use of Macintosh desktop publishing, graphics, and multimedia software during the 1980’s hey day of Apple
- development and distribution work for Educational Motivation Systems – a publisher of educational books & games
- revision of Canada’s national curriculum for air traffic controllers
- manager for Hughes Aircraft of Canada responsible for development and delivery of mission critical international air traffic control education programs in Switzerland, Indonesia, China and Canada
- creation of a new technical university, the Technical University of British Columbia – now part of Simon Fraser University
- researcher work on on CANARIE funded eduSource Canada and SSHRC funded Community University Research Alliance (CURA) Mapping Quality of Life & the Culture of Small Cities initiatives
- adjunct faculty for Royal Roads University co-developing and teaching an online course called International and Global Distance Education for their Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program
- executive leadership work at BCcampus providing online curriculum development and professional learning/online communities services for the entire public post-secondary system of British Columbia including all twenty five universities and colleges
- and now Senior Project Manager for Creative Commons.
It has been an amazing journey in both the private and public sectors.
In this Edtech Frontier blog I write extensively about the “Open” sector. While my work has been particularly focused on the development and use of Open Educational Resources it also encompasses Open Access, Open Source Software, Open Data, Open Government, Open Policies and Practices, and other related open initiatives. I’ve been using Creative Commons open licenses as part of my work since 2003 and helped relaunch the Creative Commons Canada affiliate.
I’ve come to see “open” as a fundamental shift in society that generates global social and economic benefits. I’m especially thrilled to now be working for Creative Commons where open is at the heart everything.
My complete CV is available at:
(* 0941176 B.C. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Commons, the sole activity of which is to provide services to Creative Commons and is operated separate from the Creative Commons Canada affiliate.)
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