I have been an educational developer at Bow Valley College since 2012, while taking on other volunteer and paid roles as they have aligned with my interests and development journey. Variety of programs offered, from high school upgrading and English Language Learning to professional diplomas and post-diplomas in business and health care, international and domestic student reach, and diversity of faculty members makes institutions like BVC a unique place for learning, growth, and contribution.

Unless noted otherwise, experiences included here are within the context of the College.

Consultation & Advising

In collaboration with other educational developers, I am developing and updating the strategy for faculty professional learning and instructional support. This is an ongoing, iterative process and requires research and needs assessment in order to be responsive to the evolving strategic priorities of the institution as well as contextual mandates.

I respond to instructors’ requests for one-on-one consultations or training on topics such as designing or re-designing learning activities, higher education teaching best practices in different modalities, and use of educational technology to improve learning.

I participate in discussions and conversations with other service and academic departments on areas and initiative that impact teaching and learning practices, such as Library and Learning commons, Information Technology Services, Intercultural Center, and Learner Success Services.

Facilitation

I consider workshops to be 60-180-minute sessions. I have designed or co-designed all the workshops that I have facilitated. Following is a general categorization of these workshops with examples for each category. These sessions have been facilitated face-to-face and adopted and facilitated synchronously online since the pandemic as needed.

 

  • Teaching practices (e.g. creating a positive learning environment, Active learning, Reaching diverse learners using UDL, best practices in synchronous teaching, creating community in synchronous classes, promoting academic integrity, etc.)
  • Technical and pedagogical aspects of using educational technology (e.g. Brightspace by D2L, MS Teams, SMART technologies, Adobe Connect, etc.)
  • Curriculum design (e.g. developing effective assessments, writing learning objectives, designing effective asynchronous discussion prompts, etc.)

Extended programs range from one to a few days of workshops with a focus and for a specific group of instructors. With the exception of ISW, I have designed or co-designed the other programs in consultation with stakeholders.

  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
  • Ignite: Bow Valley College’s Onboarding Program for New Instructors
  • A Day with Clinical Educators

I have developed and facilitated online courses such as:

 

  • Online Asynchronous Pedagogy
  • Teaching with Brightspace
  • Technology in the Learning Environment
  • Introduction to Assessment
  • Authentic Learning & Applied Research

I have facilitated a series of focus groups on what instructors expect from technology in the classroom and how they use the existing technology in the classrooms.

Other Experiences

University of Calgary, Continuing Education Department

May 2012 – August 2016

I taught the “Learning Online!” course. This course was designed to orientate students to online learning. It was a combination of asynchronous engagement and three synchronous sessions.

Bow Valley College, Applied Research & Academic Innovation Department

September 2017 – July 2018

I taught the “Workplace Essential Skills at BVC Training” course to students from School of Health, and students from Chiu School of Business. This was a remedial course for students whose scores in Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) exam were not on par with the expectations of their industry. This was a face-to-face class and each cohort attended five classes over five weeks.

 

Ismaili Tariqa and Religious Education Board for Prairies

Four Academic years between 2007 and 2020

 

I taught weekly classes to grade six students. Through a civilizational approach, these classes were focused on heritage and cultural diversity of Muslim communities and their interactions with other communities in the past and present. Curriculum taught in these classes has been developed by the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Bow Valley College, Applied Research & Academic Innovation Department

September 2017 – July 2018

Development of the Faculty Development Process (FDP)

May 2019 – October 2020

I represented the Bow Valley College Faculty Association in the Steering Committee that was formed to develop a process to replace the Faculty Performance Appraisal, which did not meet the needs of faculty for professional growth. We designed FDP based on the data that was collected from faculty through multiple focus groups. The foundations that were requested and we considered were that the process should be growth-oriented and celebratory; promote ongoing dialogue, and flexible to suite the needs of faculty with different responsibilities. After a pilot in Winter 2019, the process will be officially launched in October 2020.

Academic Council Leadership

September 2018 – June 2020

I served as the vice chair of Bow Valley College Academic Council during the academic year 2018-2019. I was nominated and appointed the Chair of the Academic Council during the academic year 2019-2020. In this role I participated in the agenda meetings with the VP Academic, council secretary, Student Association representative and vice chair to plan the proceedings of the upcoming Council meetings. I presided over the official meetings of the Council. I was the liaison between the Academic Council and BVC Faculty Association.

Ismaili Tariqa & Religious Education Board for Canada

July 2019 – July 2022

As an appointed national Board Member, I consult on the directions and decisions of the Board related to offering of religious education to different segments and age groups (0 to 18, and adults) of the Ismaili Community in Canada. More specifically I weigh in on matters related to the use of educational technology in different contexts, pedagogy and andragogy, program review and evaluation, strategic planning and more.

Education and Professional Learning

I identify as a life-long learner and have been seeking opportunities for formal and informal professional development. In addition to participating in conferences and other forums for knowledge sharing, I have continually engaged in research and collegial dialogue to improve my capacity and understanding of the current issues and trends in higher education. Finally, my doctoral studies and the research that I conducted for my dissertation not only helped me grow in my profession, but also enabled me to contribute to the fields of educational development and online education. Following is a selection of formal and informal learning I have engaged in.

Doctor of Education in Learning Sciences   Jun. 2020

University of Calgary
Thesis: Designing a Protocol for Developmental Observation of Online Teaching

Master of Education in Educational Technology        Jun. 2011
University of Calgary

BSc. Information Systems and Management          Aug. 2006
London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, London, UK

University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference

Learning Through Assessment

April 2021

 

Conference on Post Secondary Learning and Teaching, University of Calgary

Exploring Experiential Learning

May 2019

 

Educational Developers Caucus Annual Conference, Online

February 2019

 

Not Just Another Webinar, Educational Developers Caucus, Online

October 2018

 

Social Innovation Research in Alberta Symposium, Bow Valley College, Calgary

October 2018

 

World Conference on Online Learning, International Council for Open and Distance Education, Toronto, ON

October 2017

 

Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, University of Calgary

Creating a Learning Culture. Conversations that Matter.

May 2017

ACIFA Conference, Canmore, AB

May 2017

Presented a session titled: Professional Development for Online Faculty

 

Convergence Conference, Alberta Technology Leaders in Education, Calgary, AB

Making the Future

November 2016

 

EDC Annual Conference: Educational Developers without Borders, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

February 2016

Presented a session titled: Leading change: A narrative by Teaching and Learning Enhancement

 

Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, University of Calgary

Design for Learning: Fostering Deep Learning Engagement and Critical Thinking

May 2015

Presented a poster titled: Professional Development for Online Instructors

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

July 2016 – June 2020

 

Thesis: Designing a Protocol for Developmental Observation of Online Teaching (DOOT)

 

In this research I delved into provision of support for pedagogical growth of online faculty from the educational development perspective. Through design-based research, I designed and refined a protocol for developmental observation of online teaching (DOOT). The DOOT guides observation of a focus area in an asynchronous online class in a relatively short time frame. Observations result in incremental development plans for faculty members at their different professional stages. The protocol includes definition and description of observable teaching practices in asynchronous environments based on the three elements of a Community of Inquiry (CoI): Social, Cognitive, and Teaching Presences (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000). Six key elements that contribute to the developmental purpose of the observation, as well as the critical roles of educational developers, online instructors and the higher education institution are studies and discussed.

 

To access the thesis, visit: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/112263

To access and use the protocol, visit: http://doot.education