About

Erik in Calgary, Alberta

In a nutshell…

Librarian @mountroyal4u ๐Ÿ“– Research: #OER #SoTL #UX ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ Tech geek ๐Ÿ’พ Usability aficionado ๐Ÿ“ฑ Guitarist ๐ŸŽธ Blog: tech-bytes.net ๐Ÿ’ป Podcast @edtechexamined ๐ŸŽ™


Iโ€™m an academic Librarian in Calgary Alberta, Canada. I’m primarily interested in how education can be made more accessible through the development and sharing of openly licensed content. I collaborate with librarians and academics across Canada and abroad on open education initiatives and research.

Education

In 2011, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. My primary focuses were American politics, international politics, and economics. My interest in research and information technology led me to the University of Alberta where I completed my Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in 2014.

Professional experience

Since completing my MLIS, I have been supporting instructors and students in higher education. I have experience collaborating on large IT and education technology projects, consulting on instructional design initiatives (at the course and program level), and providing research and scholarly communication support to university faculty. Throughout my career, I have consistently served as either 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 skills and analytical abilities. I’m an active member in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning community (specifically ISSOTL), and I support open education initiatives. I regularly present at local, national, and international conferences and publish the occasional scholarly article. My research interests include open education, the philosophy of education, student information and computer literacy, and web usability.

Life outside work

I’m a long-time computer and electronics enthusiast (hardware, web development, automation, gaming, industry trends, usability, 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, servers (NAS), media centres, websites, automation scripts, code, etc. I can usually ‘MacGyver‘ a solution to most computing or electronics problems. I also love taking online courses. If you come across one you’d think I’d like, please send it my way.

I’ve been playing electric guitar for over fifteen years. 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. Developing a tech blog, a personal website, and an original podcast has taught me a lot about branding and design. Choosing a name, administering domains, creating visual identities, working with content management systems, information hierarchy, usability, graphic design, and managing the social media accounts are all things I’ve learned to do.

About this website

This website is my professional communication hub. Here, you will find information about me (this page), my work (links to my scholarly works, presentations, and current projects), contact information, and links to my blog and podcast.

I post updates about my recent academic publications, conference presentations and workshops, teaching projects, podcast episodes, tech blog articles, and personal interests/projects. Writing about technology trends has been my primary blogging interest since 2013. My technology blog is tech-bytes.net. I also republish many of my blog posts on Medium.

Pertinent Links

๐Ÿ”— Tech Bytes: My primary technology blog

๐Ÿ”– Pinboard: My public bookmarks and saved articles

๐Ÿ”— Workplace Profile

๐Ÿ“– ORCiD Profile

๐Ÿ“– Google Scholar Profile