Graduate Work

Supervisor:  Dr. Jon Dron
Adviser: Dr. Terry Anderson
Research Question:  How are social media used in higher education to transform/redefine learning?
Project Description:  A review of existing research relating to the use of social media in higher education, from which a model will be developed to describe and explain the range of uses mapped to different dimensions, and a set of best practices”  will be produced.
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Below is a selection of my graduate papers and presentations. Some are on topics in education unrelated to educational technology. Some cover topics not related to education per se, but do deal with traditional (Indigenous) and scientific epistemology and knowledge translation/transfer.

Intelligent tutors and education 3.0/4.0: How can (should) machines teach, to meet  the needs of 21st century learners and a global society?

A Different Significance: Actualizing Pedagogical Potential through Technology and New Media

Social Media Use in Higher Education (presentation)

Boldly Go: An Essay on Technology and Reflection

Aristotle, Descartes & Bloom: (Fr)Enemies? or BFFs? – On Philosophies of Technology & Education, and Taxonomies of Learning

Read & React Review of Director’s Commentary: The Book of the Five Rings

My “Read & React” Review of Heidi MacDonald’s article: How Graphic Novels Became the Hottest Section in the Library”

Website Evaluation and Redesign: Ottawa Public Library An Assessment of Navigation, Architecture, Interface Design, Controlled Vocabulary and Metadata

WorldCat vs NEOS: A Comparison of Metadata, Access Points and Navigation

Library Observation: Morinville Public Library

Connectivism: Informing Distance Education Theory, Pedagogy and Research (critical review)

OPEN PRAIRIE LYCEUM (OPL): Conceptual Design for a Distance Education School for Rural Secondary Students in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Assistive Technology Review: Kurzweil 3000, A Universal Design Learning (UDL) Tool

Catholic vs. Secular Public Schooling: Shifting Hegemony in Morinville, Alberta

Minority Francophone Involvement in Micro- and Mega-constitutional Politics

The Function of (Female) School Teachers in Community Sustainability in Rural Saskatchewan: Moving from Community Instruments to Community Agents

Assistive Technology Assessment and Trial for a 4-year-old Boy Who Has Klinefelter Syndrome
Summary: This paper reports on a project I undertook working directly with a student who has multiple developmental disabilities, to identify this student’s needs and to select and implement an appropriate assistive technology (AT) for integration within an inclusion classroom. I undertook a functional assessment in collaboration with the student’s support team at school (occupational therapist, speech pathologist, special education teacher, and educational assistant) and at home (family), and wrote an addendum to the student’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP) to incorporate the AT tool and related teaching and learning strategies.

Changing Over Time, Over Time: A Behavioural Self-Change Experiment

Ensuring Pedagogical Competence in Programs Transitioning to Distance Delivery: Leadership, pedagogical competence and technological teaching/learning environment in a distance nursing program (a critical review)

Maybe that bear is my Grandfather come to visit:  Why does Indigenous consciousness in the North American Arctic not include an inherent concept comparable to the Western concept of ‘wilderness’?

Wildlife management (and co-management) regimes in Arctic landscapes: Challenges to Indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge with respect to traditional resource use

Predicting and controlling caribou: Historic Indigenous groups and their knowledge of the Beverly and Kaminuriak Caribou herds in Northern Canada

Bison restoration in Yakutia: An initiative to re-create a steppe-grasslands biome through herbivore intervention

The role of lichen in caribou survival and dwarfism since the Pleistocene, and the relationship between lichen and spruce Picea in the development and maintenance of the taiga


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