Why Learning & Technology 

Learning requires access to flexible, manipulable tools. The ability for students to take control of some form of technology and put it to use is as old as cuneiform on clay tablets. Today, the pace of growth in modern technology seems overwhelming. It would be convenient, albeit misguided, to suggest that we don't need to change education to keep up with the times. I 
believe, however, that we need to examine the way our society communicates, the way we do business, and the way we provide education for future learners. 
If we possess the courage to change, we are poised to make brave and bold new advances in the way we learn. Will we make a few mistakes along the road? Absolutely. But we cannot sit idly. I invite you to join me in exploring new and exciting ways to create optimum learning experiences for our students.


About me
I teach full time at British Columbia Institute of Technology in the field of communications design and print technology. My background started with letterpress but has evolved to high tech imaging technologies and online solutions such as web-to-print implementations. Through the years, I've been everything from manual labourer to board member, and now, teacher. 

I have been working for the last ten years in post secondary education. My duties have included Assistant Instructor, Instructor, and Program Head roles for a range of programs in the Digital Arts department of School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). I typically teach courses in the areas of graphic design, e-commerce, pre-press, imaging and binding technologies for the Graphic Communications Technology Program. (Which means that I help students learn a range of skills from using software applications like Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, to teaching them how to run printing presses and book binders, to helping them with their accounting homework.) I hold an MA in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, and am very interested in exploring the use of digital tools in learning; being able to engage students online and in the classroom using innovative and stimulating digital pedagogy to enhance learning. 

Over the last thirty years, I've seen massive changes in communications due to disruptive technology. Education is now poised to do the same; today's best educators are taking learning in new and exciting directions, the likes of which we haven't even dreamt of yet.



Adobe Education Trainer



I am a certified Adobe Education Trainer. The Adobe for Educators train-the-trainer course "equips education trainers worldwide with the knowledge, skills, and tools to successfully design and deliver effective and engaging Adobe professional development workshops". Adobe Education Trainers are able to design "professional development sessions that empower and inspire students, teachers, and faculty to foster creativity and design innovative digital media". (Adobe, 2013)