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Innovation Learning Centre Annual Report 2013-2014


The Innovative Learning Centre
 Faculty of Education | Okanagan Campus
 3105 EME Building
 3333 University Way
 Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
 Ph: 250 807 8270
 website: innovativelearningcentre.ca
 Twitter: @ubcoilc
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Innovative Learning Centre Annual Report

Introduction

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Message from the Director

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Mission and Vision

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The Centre

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Pedagogical Incubator

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Design Studio

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Advisory Board

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Contents

Programs, Projects and Events

Thinkering

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Maker Day

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How To / Why To

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International Partnerships

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Research Excellence

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Current Projects

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Publications

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Presentations

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What’s Next

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Sicamous Maker Day 2014 3


Introduction Why The Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) Exists Engage to Create Change Welcome to the challenges underpinning the ILC’s role in the global education landscape. Few would debate that teaching practices and learning environments need to evolve in order to equip students with the 21st century skills necessary to be successful in today’s workplace. The days of creating factory-style workers have been replaced by a demand for innovation and creative thinking. Learning environments have had little time to adapt, but now is the time for change. Educators are being challenged to find ways to improve student engagement and integrate relevant technology into the classroom. Yet, there are few examples of successful implementation, and learning environments continue to be structured in the same way. In order to make progress, we need to engage in the process.

Mandate The ILC exists as a collection of Interactive learning spaces where explorations and innovations in pedagogical excellence can be experienced, examined, and researched. Utilizing principles of human centered design thinking, the ILC uses these developmental spaces at the intersection of research and practice, to provide both participatory and observatory experiences in both real and virtual environments for those engaged in the teaching and learning experience. The ILC creates a locus from which to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge exchanges.

Scope The ILC recognizes that its unique position embraces both the potential and promise for contributing to a place of mind on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. Canada’s place in the global knowledge economy rests substantially on the ability of education, industry and research institutions to inquire into and grapple with new ways of engaging learners in discovery, innovation, scholarship and community engagement, and embrace the promise and potential of advanced manufactoring and learning innovations.

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Susan Crichton, BSc MA PhD Director of the Faculty of Education, Director of the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

A Message From the Director
 The compilation of our second Annual Report provided us with an important tool for reflection, gratitude and planning. It is with complete gratitude that I thank all those who have contributed to the ILC’s continuing success. • Deb Carter (Research Project Coordinator and PhD Candidate) is integral to the ILC’s success. She is tireless in her support and relentless in her advocacy. Her skills and passion for the Centre’s work is invaluable. • Allyssa Costerton-Grant (Communications Specialist) has used her considerable skills to promote the ILC’s work through social media, web design, and ePublication design. Without Allyssa, the ILC would have been invisible and unable to extend its reach locally – globally. • Bill Latta (Learning Instructional Support Specialist) is the ILC’s newest member. Since joining us, Bill has fine tuned our technologies, continued our links with the larger UBC Okanagan IT community, and thinkered with our many tools and toys. • Nancy Darling (Women in Trades Training – Okanagan College; Graduate Student – Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan) is a constant supporter and enabler of our Maker Day / Design Jam initiatives. Without her support, energy and scholarship, Taking Making Into the Schools would be less then what it was dreamt to be. • The ILC Advisory Board who bring unmatched expertise to the work of ILC. It is role of this group to advise, promote, and network the ILC with community, industry, and education locally and internationally. This year we welcomed new members to the Board, and we continue to value the commitments of those who joined earlier. 5


Reflecting on the year’s activities, it was truly the Year of Taking Making Into the Schools. Thanks unwavering support from Erin Johnson (Director, Training Delivery at Industry Training Authority), our vision for an immersive professional learning opportunity to introduce Making to educators became more than we could even have initially imagined. The original Maker Day took place at UBC Okanagan on November 2, 2013. The Advisory Board helped design and facilitate an amazing day. From that event grew numerous keynote talks; a Toolkit; additional Maker Days for educators provincially across British Columbia and internationally in Tanzania, East Africa; and Maker Days for students. Building on the Maker Day success, the ILC has helped design and inform the development Design Jams for members of the technology sector in our region. Planning a thoughtful future for the ILC arises from reflecting on our mandate and past activities. • We will maintain our scholarship through publications and presentations. • We will work hard to develop connections with the Faculty of Education’s other centre – The Centre for Mindful Engagement (http://cfme.sites.olt.ubc.ca/) - through our understanding of design thinking and fostering of empathetic, human-centred design. • We will collaborate with experts in the field to design of an appropriate technology Maker Day for educators that utilizes design thinking to move beyond traditional fabrication and explore the potential and promise of advanced manufacturing. • We will continue to support the Faculty of Education as it uses a design process to innovate its future.

2013 – 2014 was a fabulous year, and the ILC has much to celebrate and be grateful for as we imagine an even more innovation-filled 2014- 2015.

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Our Mission
 
 The mission of the Innovative Learning Centre is to provide appropriate tools and spaces for educations, entrepreneurs, dreamers and thinkers to imagine, design and explore innovations in teaching and learning by: • Collaborating to support economic growth in the region • Innovating to advance the proven accomplishments of K-20 educators who work and live outside the lower mainland. • Engaging University of British Columbia Okanagan and its wider community in all aspects of innovative pedagogies and tools.

Our Vision • To imagine space within the Innovative Learning Centre as signaling possibilities through actions / interactions / reactions with academics, educators, and entrepreneurs . . . • To design and develop places / spaces to explore, create, and experience innovations in pedagogical excellence . . . • To explore, observe and participate within places / spaces to further scholarship, research and community engagement . . . Thereby mindfully building the future together . . .

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The Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) The ILC consists of three integrated components supporting design-thinking and studio-based learning environments: • The Learning Lab • The Pedagogical Incubator The Design Studio

The Learning Lab The Learning Lab (EME 1123) is a home for educators, undergraduate and graduate students, visiting academics, entrepreneurs, researchers and industry partners to work together on a variety of collaborative partnerships. Each of these partnerships benefit from collective projects and synergies afforded by the layout of the unique design and layout of the Learning Lab. Partnerships and associated activities that made use of the Learning Lab over the past year have included: • B.A.R.K.: Building Academic Retention Through K9's". B.A.R.K. is a dog therapy programme bringing together university students and trained therapy dogs and handlers in an effort to reduce stress, combat homesickness, foster interpersonal connections, and promote the overall social-emotional well-being of students. • TESLA: Technology that Empowers Student Learning and Achievement. A School District #23 initiative that explored the use of the Learning Lab for professional learning around ICT explorations / innovations. • MakerDay workshops and activities. (Inaugural Session; SD# 23; SD# 83; SD# 42; Aga Khan University -
 Tanzania) • UBCO Library Retreat: Exploring the use of technologies and classroom spaces. • Dorothea Walker Elementary Administration Workshop: Exploring the use of technologies and classroom spaces. (SD#23) • Eagle River Secondary School Planning Workshop: Exploring the use of technologies and classroom spaces. • School District #23 Science Fair Days • SMART Workshops: SMART is an evidenced-based mindfulness professional development program for educators with a strong emphasis on the cultivation of mindfulness. • Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, Kelowna: Support for Faculty and Alumni • Learning Lab Usability Testing with Grade 4 & 5 students from Pearson Road Elementary. S.D. #23. Students visited 5 of 9 exploration stations and rated them using a Likert scale usability form.

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Pedagogical Incubator Purpose To answer the following questions, in a time of substantial change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to information • What does it mean to teach well? • What might teaching and learning look like? • What environments support / foster changes in teaching & learning? Goal • To work with faculty, staff, students, and affiliates to provide appropriate tools and spaces to imagine and explore meaningful innovations and pedagogical practices • To work with developers and innovators to incubate significant educational tools and learning environment Objectives • To support faculty and students to obtain grants and other funding options to support and sustain their innovations • To provide consultation and leadership in the Okanagan Valley and beyond to pedagogical excellence in a time of change and possibility (e.g. school districts, ministries, NGOs, etc.) Our Advantage • Driven and nimble • Supported by academics with a proven record of innovation and pedagogical excellence • Networked to existing partnerships with ICT innovators / developers in the Okanagan Valley • Networked with existing academic partnerships / affiliations with national and international universities 10


Design Studio The ILC conceptualization of a Design Studio is that of a workplace for educators and/or industry partners engaged in conceiving, designing and developing new innovative educational practices. Design Studio development has focused on finding these technological resources best suited for enabling the incubation of significant educational tools and rethinking learning environments.

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Advisory Board To ensure the future directions of the ILC is fostering collaboration, innovation and engagement, the director of the ILC chairs an Advisory Board that includes representation from academics, educators and industry. Current membership includes: • Scott Anderson, Principal, Eagle River Secondary School, SD#83; education in rural and small schools representative • Robert Arn, President, IDEVCOR Media Inc; industry representative • Shane Austin, User Experience Designer, Founder of co+Lab; industry representative • Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor, Creative and Critical Studies; academic representative • Derek Gratz, Associate Director, University-Industry Liaison Office & e@ubc; university representative • Carolyn Labun, Professor of Teaching, Engineering; academic representative • Patricia Lasserre, Associate Dean, Arts and Science; academic representative • Barbara Marcolin, Associate Professor, Management; academic representative • Marjorie Mitchell, Librarian, UBC Okanagan, university representatitive • Serveh Naghashbandi, Master’s Program; student representative • Jon Rever, Director of Instruction, School District #23; urban education representative • Don Thompson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, UBC Okanagan; university representative • Karine Veldhoen, Executive Director, Niteo Africa; non-governmental organization representative • Freeda Wilson, Doctoral Program; Student Representative • Deb Carter, Research Project Coordinator; Innovative Learning Centre representative • Susan Crichton, Director; Innovative Learning Centre representative • Bill Latta, Learning Instructional Support Specialist;
 Centre for Teaching & Learning and Innovative Learning Centre representative • Dr. Brown Onguko, Director, Tifujini School, El Doret, Kenya; International Affiliate • Dr. Lilian Vikiru, Assistant Professor, IED, AKU; International Afflliate

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Programs, Projects & Events Thinkering ‘Thinkering' is a word that the writer Michael Ondaatje coined in his novel The

English Patient to express the genesis of concepts in the mind while tinkering with the hands. Thinkering is based on the physical manipulation of things, allowing for the direct personal experience that generates sensory images of all sorts and thus enables thought. Hands-on tinkering leads to minds-on thinkering. Bodily engagement with nature teaches much more than any amount of words or numbers in science books. Doing produces a personal understanding that symbols simply can't. `See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/thinkering#sthash.VUFhkaoe.dpuf

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Maker Day A Maker Day, as supported by the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) and UBC Okanagan’s Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), is an immersive professional development event for educators. It is a facilitated event that requires participants to thoughtfully and fully engage in design thinking and creative problem finding and experience hands-on activities. ITA and ILC debuted Maker Day on November 2, 2013. Over 80 educators designed and tinkered to explore how ‘making’ can be added into their classrooms. On April 2, 2014, ITA and ILC held the first Maker Day with student participants in Sicamous, BC. Over 80 youth attended to engage in design thinking and hands on trades activities. Find out more at: http://www.itabc.ca/events/maker-day.

Maker Day workshops held during the past year include: • Inaugural Maker Day – November 3, 2013 (http://youtu.be/Z46ING0gp7Q) • School District #23: Central Okanagan • School District #83: Sicamous (http://youtu.be/5qfSG7yPJ0Y) • School District #42: Maple Ridge • CAREG Sponsored Workshop: Aga Khan University, Tanzania

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How To / Why To Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation and learning summarized in the context of the ILC as tinkering and making. Curiosity encourages people to ask questions and search for answers, be observant of new ideas, and open their minds to new worlds and possibilities. 
 The concept of “How To / Why To” has curiosity, tinkering and making as its central tenant. One aspect of the ILC’s mandate is to take existing products and design possibilities for their use in educational settings.
 
 GoldieBlox: The goal is to get girls building. By tapping into girls' strong verbal skills, the story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.

littleBits: The goals is to empower educators' and students' pursuit of life-long learning and to inspire them to shape and reinvent their world through making, creating and iterating. littleBits promotes versatility, hands-on-learning, and group collaboration.

Leap Motion: The Leap Motion Controller senses how you naturally move your hands and lets you use your computer in a whole new way. You can point, wave, reach, grab, pick something up and move it. Do things you never dreamed possible. The controller allows for 3D with applications found on your computer.

3D Drawing Pen: 3Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen that can be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers. The pen allows you to literally draw in the air – whether freestyle 3D sketching or tracing shapes from templates to make larger structures and objects.

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International Partnerships CANADA AFRICA RESEARCH GRANT ACTIVITIES IN TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA Dr. Susan Crichton (UBC) and Dr. Lilian Vikiru (Aga Khan University, EA) were recipients of the Canada Africa Research Grant (CAREG, 2013) for the project, Leap frogging Pedagogical challenges: Using appropriate technology to foster innovations in Literacy for the knowledge age. The project entails establishing affiliate Innovative Learning Centre in Tanzania. Modeled on the ILC at the UBC, the constituent ILCs are to provide space and opportunity for fostering partnerships among educators, industrialists and academics to imagine and develop appropriate technologies responsive to their context. MAKER MOVEMENT WORKSHOP IN DAR ES SALAAM To introduce design thinking and innovation to graduate students and faculty at the Aga Khan University in East Africa, Dr. Crichton and Dr. Vikiru organized a one day workshop for 88 participants. Organized as a Maker Day, the workshop aimed at introducing the participants to taking making into schools by embracing the maker movement.

TAKING MAKING TO RURAL SCHOOLS IN TANZANIA Further to the CAREG activities in Tanzania, we determined to introduce design thinking to teachers though professional development workshops. As part of a five day workshop with 27 elementary teachers from rural Tanzania, we asked teachers to draw from their indigenous knowledge to further explore the design thinking process and develop resources for teaching and learning in their classrooms.

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Research Excellence

A role of the Innovative Learning Centre is to bring academics, educators, and industry together to imagine and create transformative pedagogical practices, using appropriate technologies in a design based, research informed, studio based learning environment. The Innovative Learning Centre will investigate both physical and virtual elements used to disrupt traditional teaching and support interactive, playful, deep learning in a more studio based way, building on Johnson’s notion of the genius of the thinker (2010). Specifically, the Innovative Learning Centre, through collaboration, research and practice, will seek existing examples of exemplary institutional design; imagine with educational leaders what might be required; partner with industry and academics with an understanding of design to assemble, use and research spaces that by their very design (furnishings, technology, pedagogy, look and feel) invite changed and enhanced practice.

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Current Projects Design Jams The ILC in partnership with Design Jam Kelowna hosted Design Jam 2014. Design Jam is a chance to look at creative problem solving from a design thinking perspective. Participants learn through experimentation, collaboration, sharing, with guidance from mentors and other teams. The purpose isn’t to solve the problem, but rather to incubate a community of problem solvers.

Design Process - Faculty of Education The Faculty of Education is currently developing its capacity (e.g., structure, programs, processes, and forms of scholarship) as it continues to move from a teaching-intensive culture to a culture within which greater emphasis is placed on research. Three Faculty-specific Key Priorities have emerged as necessary to focus upon in order to encompass this reality: Transformation of Teaching and Learning; Research Excellence; Alumni and Community Engagement.

Maker Days Maker Days are immersive facilitated professional development events that require participants to thoughtfully and fully engage in design thinking and creative problem finding. At the heart of the day is the Maker ethos which “values learning through direct experience and the intellectual and social benefits that accrue from creating something sharable” (Martinez & Stager, 2013). The purpose of a Maker Day is to introduce participants to the Maker Movement, focusing on four distinct yet related elements: Design thinking; Design challenge; Collaborative prototyping of a design solution; Group reflection.

Leapfrogging Pedagogy in East Africa The Innovative Learning Centre is designed to foster change and leapfrog existing practices found in so many schools. The ILC planned for East Africa will do the same, drawing heavily from UNESCO’s ChildFriendly School initiative as well as other projects and ideas relevant to its context. The thinking behind the ILC concept and the value placed on the cultivation of partnerships among institutions iis to build models of practice and create places for pedagogical exploration and educational change. The interactions and knowledge sharing between Aga Khan University, Institute of Educational Development and the University of British Columbia Okanagan has been essential, collaborative and collegial.

GRIP Ghana: Literacy Reading stories to children is one of our society’s greatest pleasures and we know reading to children can have a lasting impact and can open doors to imagination, learning, and a love of literature. The Nabit people, located in the Upper East Region of Ghana, have many wonderful folk stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. Teacher-candidates from the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Education worked with two local Ghanian schools to take 7 of those stories and create English versions (English is the official language in Ghana). The students provided superb, colourful images to go with the stories and did all of the translation, the end result is 7 culturally relevant stories that almost everyone in the community can recognize.

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Publications Book Chapters Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (Accepted). Taking Making Into the Schools: An Immersive Professional Development Approach. In M. Niess & H. Gillow-Wiles (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age. IGI Global. Crichton, Susan and Brown Onguko. “Appropriate technologies for challenging contexts”. On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development. Ed. Stewart Marshall and W Kinuthia. Charolette, Nother Carolina: Information Age Publishing, 2013. 25 – 42. Crichton, Susan. “E-Portfolio”. Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational and Communications and Technology. Ed. R.C. Richey. New York: Springer, 2013. 1 – 5. Crichton, Susan and Shelley Kinash. “Enabling learning for disabled students: Considering changes in teaching and learning”. The handbook of distance education. Ed. M.G. Moore. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2013. 1 – 15. Journal Articles Macintrye Latta, Margaret and Susan Crichton. “Innovation’s renewing potential: Seeing and acting mindfully within the fecundity of educative experiences”. Education and Culture. Spring 2015 (Spring 2015): 1 – 20. Crichton, Susan. “Using a design approach to leapfrogging pedagogy in challenging contexts”. Electronic Journal of e-Learning. http://www.ejel.org/issue/current.html (April 2014): 3 – 13. Bourne, Cynthia, Susan Crichton and Vida Yakong. “Supporting literacy in challenging contexts: Reflections of a global service-learning project for teacher-candidates in the Upper East Region, Ghana”. 2015.Advances in service-learning research (2015): 1 – 29. Digital Resources Thompson, T.L. & Crichton, S. (Aug. 2014). unConference Toolkit. http://education.ok.ubc.ca/research/innovative-learning-centre/The_unConference_To olkit.html

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Presentations

Invited Keynote Address Crichton, S. 21st-Century Skills and the Future of Internationalization: Opportunities for Leadership. Panel speaker. (May 27, 2014). NAFSA 2014 Conference. San Diego, CA. http://www.nafsa.org/Attend_Events/Annual_Conference/Educational_Offerings/Symposiu m/Symposium_on_Leadership/http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/2014_symposium_report.pdf Crichton, S. Taking Making Into Our Schools: Considerations of Considerations of Purpose, Pedagogy, and Design. (May 9, 2014). CEFPI BC Chapter Spring Conference, Vancouver, BC Taking Making Into Our Schools: Considerations of Considerations of Purpose, Pedagogy, and Design. (May 9, 2014). CEFPI BC Chapter Spring Conference, Vancouver, BC Mapping a Path to Change. Power Up – Women in the Trades Conference, Keynote Address. Feb 27th, 2014, Wosk Centre, Vancouver, BC

Professional Conferences Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (June 19-20, 2014). Taking making to your school: First Steps. CanFLIP 2014. Kelowna, BC Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (June 19-20, 2014). Signaling innovation within education. CanFLIP 2014. Kelowna, BC Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (May 2014). Signaling Innovation in Pedagogy and Practice: Discussion of EME 1123 as a Learning Lab and an Expression of Pedagogical Stance. Learning Conference, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBC Okanagan. Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (February – March 2014). Taking Making Into the Schools. Professional Development Day. Full day, mmersive professional development activity funded by Industry Training Authority. Maple Ridge SD #42, Central Okanagan #23, North OkanaganShuswap SD #83

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What’s Next? Projects: • Maker Day Focus on Appropriate Technologies • Establishing Learning Design Space • Establishing Innovative Learning Centres in East Africa • Collaborate with Okanagan Community re: Maker Space • Collaborate on Design side of Star Hub Environment • Continue to foster pedagogical innovations

Future Publications: • Bourne, Cynthia, Crichton, S. & Yakong, V (Submitted). “Supporting literacy in challenging contexts: Reflections of a global service-learning project for teacher-candidates in the Upper East Region, Ghana”. 2015.Advances in service-learning research (2015): 1 – 29. • Crichton, S. (Submitted). Living and working in a global space: Liminality within an academic life. In K. Ragoonaden & B. Kanpol (Eds.). Contested sites in education: The quest for the public intellectual, identity and service. NY: Peter Lang Publisher.

Future Presentations: • Crichton, S. & Carter, D. (April 2015). Taking Making into the Classroom: An Immersive Professional Learning Approach. Paper presentation at the American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, Illinois.

Guest Blog: • Crichton, Susan, Bourne, C., & Carter, D. “Considering design principles for good global service learning (GSL) projects within the academy: Musings on intent and vulnerability “. Fall 2014. http://globalsl.org/considering-design-principles-for-good-global-service-learning-gsl-pro jects-within-the-academy/

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SUSAN CRICHTON Director, Innovative Learning Centre Director of the Faculty of Education at the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Crichton has taught in rural and urban K-12 schools in British Columbia, California, and Australia. She was a faculty member at University of Calgary in the specialization of Educational Technology. Dr. Crichton’s research focuses on technology enhanced learning and research approaches. She is exploring innovative uses of technology to foster creativity and imagination for educators.

DEB CARTER Research project coordinator, Innovative Learning Centre As research project coordinator at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Deb coordinates events and co-facilitates workshops. As a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan, her design and development research focuses on a model evaluation involving the impact of a design event with professionals and community members as they determine innovative solutions to localized ‘wicked’ problems.

BILL LATTA Learning Instructional Support Specialist, Innovative Learning Centre As the Learning Instructional Support Specialist at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Bill develops and coordinates workshops highlighting the use of innovative learning technologies. In his duel role with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC Okanagan, Bill consults on teaching and learning, specializing in developing instructional strategies that incorporate appropriate technologies to foster creativity and imagination for educators.


The Innovative Learning Centre
 Faculty of Education | Okanagan Campus
 3105 EME Building
 3333 University Way
 Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
 innovativelearningcentre.ca

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