Ease of Use for Learners

It’s funny how to seemingly different disciplines intersect. My experience with user-centred design and usability has enabled me to have empathy for user needs and ultimately learner needs. Ease of use, as defined in Jakob Nielson’s 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design, states “Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same…

The Nurturer, the Apprentice and the Cheerleader

  My teaching philosophy encompasses a desire to teach as well as to build relationships with my learners. I resonate with words of Laverty (2006) when he states that teachers affect their students and well as themselves. I identify myself as a pragmatic constructivist who facilitates online learning through the persona of a cheerleader for…

Looking for a long-term relationship economy

“I like long walks on the beach and a crisp cold Radler.” Building relationships will need more than a quick one-liner. Strong relationships need 2-way dialogue. According to Jerry Michalski, creator of REX a think-tank for change, Relationship building is a collaborative space for designing the next generation of the economy. We are moving, thankfully, into an age of open dialogue, sharing…

Scholarly Journals – Following the Yellow Brick Road

During my residency at Royal Roads University, I encountered the world of academic writing. I had previously done mild research and did not fully understand the world of scholarly journals. As part of one of our team assignments, we were to review scholarly journals and I was fortunate to be on the team to investigate Journals…

Navigating Mindful Inquiry

During my first week of my research course, as part of my Masters of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads, I was introduced to many areas of social research. Some of which are completely foreign to me. In Mindful Inquiry in Social Research (Bentz & Shapiro, 1998) I was introduced to the concept of Hermeneutic Inquiry….

The Layover

I’m writing this blog post in Vancouver’s International Airport as I wait for my connecting flight to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It’s been 30 years since I have visited Vancouver. The last time I was here, I was a spirited 16 year old Punk-Rock girl with bright pink hair. My mode of transportation to this…

Do you value creativity in education?

I’m a professional graphic designer and a part-time professor at the School of Media and Design at Algonquin College so I’m deeply invested in the value of creativity both in my work and the work of my students. Creativity can be hard to assess. Great pressure on the part of the instructor is to try to remain…

Wishing for an early spring

This has been the coldest winter that I can remember. This year we have reached temperatures as low as -40 with the wind chill. I’m hoping that by posting this little spring bird painting old man winter will be convinced its time to leave early.

Light & Dark

I’m working on a new painting of white peonies. I love the subtle splendor of color that illuminates from within the petals. Take the time to take a hard long look at white in nature. There is a lot more color than you think. Before I get carried away on color I must define my…

Little time for art

I must admit I have not painted a single brush stroke in 6 months. My pallets sit abandoned in my studio, canvases half completed. It’s not from lack of ideas or inspiration. I have plenty of ideas just no time. I find myself too busy to paint. Painting is a pleasure I give to myself,…