Learn more about the facilitators for the MuralUDG program, all of them experienced open educators.
Tannis is Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, & Innovation at JIBC.
At JIBC Tannis is responsible for developing and implementing the institutional e-learning strategy, and leads educational technology innovation and research projects. These include mobile learning, simulations, open education resources, and emerging delivery models. Dr. Morgan’s expertise is largely focused on educational technology innovation in applied education institutions, in particular the influence of the open movement on higher education strategy. At JIBC, she has conducted research on student use of technology, institutional drivers facilitating the diffusion of open education resources, and open pedagogy in faculty development.
Brian is Director of Learning Technology & Innovation at Thompson Rivers University.
Brian’s team at TRU builds and maintains more than 600 fully online Open Learning courses, and also supports educational technology for face-to-face and blended courses. Along with Tannis Morgan and Grant Potter he is the co-founder of Open ETC which is collaborating on educational technology tools for British Columbia. He’s been a Research Fellow at Utah State University’s Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL), and a Visiting Researcher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Melanie has worked in ed tech in both private and public sector settings since completing her MA in EdTech at Concordia University (2004). Her work as a product manager for an elearning platform took her from Montreal to New York and then to London where she transitioned to Talent Management Consulting. She returned to Canada in 2008 to join the JIBC. Melanie’s CTLI projects range from designing open educational resources (OER) to the use of emerging technologies for elearning to design of academic/blended courses and programs. She has led a number of key and award winning projects that have shifted JIBC’s approach to innovative programming in Justice and Public Safety.
Melanie was responsible for some of JIBC’s first open projects and alongside Dr. Morgan, championed the use of WordPress to develop OER in her institution.In her work designing and developing education, Melanie always begins with the question “Can this be open?”
Grant oversees instructional technology and instructional design operations for the University of Northern British Columbia.
Grant Potter is an educator actively engaged in research and development of instructional technologies and designs for 20 years through his work in public, private, and post-secondary education sectors nationally and internationally. Grant is a longtime advocate of open approaches to teaching and learning and open source techniques. His ethos is evidenced in the unsinkable #ds106radio with ds106.us as well as OpenETC platforms https://apps.opened.ca, https://opened.ca, and https://chat.opened.ca.
When Grant is not at his screens he spends his time creating music acoustically and electronically or else found sailing and paddling off the coastlines of his home in Nova Scotia.
Alan is recognized for applying new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his recent interests are new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106.
He typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Guadalajara, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, eCampus Ontario, The Open University, Digital Media Hub, and Mozilla. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github. Sometimes people even invite him to visit to do keynotes and stuff.
Alan’s recent major projects in 2017 include developing a certification program for Creative Commons, Domain of One’s Own coaching for the eCampus Ontario Extend project, and adjunct teaching at Kean University. In 2015 and 2016 he developed the platform and facilitated activities (on-site and online) for the UDG Agora Project, a faculty development effort for almost 400 professors at the University of Guadalajara managed by the Justice Institute for British Columbia.
From October 2014 – March 2015 Alan was an Open Learning Fellow at Thompson Rivers University where his portfolio included producing the You Show faculty development series and developing the suite of “SPLOT” tools. He has also been an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
When possible, Alan enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite rivers of the internet.
— Alejandro Alcalá (@A13X_GrayWolf) March 10, 2018