About

Calgary, Canada, 2021

In a nutshell…

Librarian πŸ“– Research: #OER #SoTL #UX πŸ–ŠοΈ Tech & Usability Aficionado πŸ’Ύ πŸ“± Guitarist 🎸 Blogger @tech-bytes.net πŸ’» Podcaster @edtechexamined πŸŽ™


Education

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  • 2014: Master of Library and Information Studies
    University of Alberta
  • 2011: Bachelor of Arts, Major in International Relations
    University of British Columbia, Okanagan

Professional experience

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  • August 2016 – Present: Assistant Professor/Librarian
    Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB
  • May 2014 – July 2016: Education Technology Facilitator
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

I have been supporting instructors and students in higher education since 2014. I have experience collaborating on large IT and education technology projects, consulting on instructional design initiatives (at the course and program level), providing research and scholarly communication support to university faculty, strategic planning and visioning, and organizing educational events. Throughout my career, I have consistently served as an information architect, web admin, or technical consultant for a variety of platforms and initiatives.

As an instructional librarian, I spend the majority of my time in the classroom working with students to develop their research and analytical skills. As a researcher, I’m primarily interested in education technology implementation, open educational resources, app and web usability, and personal productivity.

Research interests

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  • Open educational resources and open courses
  • Philosophy of education
  • Student technology competencies and computer literacy
  • Web and app usability
  • Student information literacy competencies and research skills

Personal interests

I’m a long-time computer and electronics enthusiast (hardware, web development, automation, gaming, industry trends, etc.), and I’ve been blogging about the tech industry since 2013 at Tech Bytes. I’m most interested in how modern computing trends impact our work, productivity, communication, and privacy. I like to build computers and servers (NAS and media centres), develop websites, and automate tasks. I can usually ‘MacGyver‘ a solution to most computing or electronics problems. More recently I’ve become interested in the science of productivity, focus (deep work or ‘flow’), and distraction.

I love all things music and audio. I’ve been playing electric guitar for over fifteen years. I have a couple of nice instruments and amps, as well as a healthy collection of effects pedals. Someday I hope to have a music side gig. I also co-host an education technology podcast (EdTech Examined). I’m a reasonably experienced audio and video editor, and I’ve worked with a variety of industry-standard software suites.

About this website

This website is my professional communication hub. Here, you will find information about me (this page), my work and professional experience, contact info, and links to my blog, podcast, and other online profiles.

I post updates about my work (usually research), podcast episodes, tech blog articles, and personal interests/projects. 

My technology blog is tech-bytes.net. I also republish many of my blog posts on Medium.

πŸ”— Tech Bytes: My technology blog

πŸ”— FacultyProfile

πŸ“– Google Scholar Profile

πŸ“– ORCiD Profile