Introductions, M1, Kampschuur


Today am celebrating the one week birthday of my daughter.  For the next eight months I am on parental leave and will also endeavour to complete the MET program with 521, 522, and 531 this term and two electives next term.  During this time I will also make an attempt at getting into some semblance of shape to participate in my third Ironman next August.

I am Faculty with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and as a Chartered Accountant I teach for the professional accounting bodies and participate in the development of programs as a designer and content expert.

I reside in South Surrey and can be reached at [edited so no longer in proper format / spamming] marc[underscore] and here is a little clip of our triathlon adventures.

Am now tired from trying to figure out “proper form” for the e-mail and working around non-functional menu buttons in the editor.  Think this evening I can call it a tie – Marc 1, Technology 1.  Look forward to sharing this adventure with you and the applications of learning technologies that we will encounter in the course (including this blog).

Cheers, Marc

September 2, 2008   6 Comments

Intro – Bryan Funk

Hi.  My name is Bryan and I am taking my 3rd and 4th MET courses this fall.  I started last September at the same time I started my new position as rookie Vice Principal in a brand new K-9 school.  So new  that we didn’t have a gymnasium until December and we had 60 grade ones and 3 teachers in our music room for 4 weeks while we waited for classrooms to be finished.  I had previously taught Grade 9 Math and Science for 9 years and last years start-up experience will be one I’ll never forget.  This year I find myself teaching our Multimedia courses and I am really looking forward to using the things I have already learned in my course work.

I  thoroughly enjoyed my last two courses ( I wisely took only one in each term) and I am looking forward to working with everyone in this term.

You can email me at

September 2, 2008   3 Comments

Private Conversations – How To

Another attribute (“feature”?) of the weblog environment is that it doesn’t support private email conversations between individuals and small groups.  In my mind this is a glaring deficit, but one which we’re hoping can be worked around adequately during the course.

How?  Please use your instructors’ external email addresses as supplied for conversations with them.  For the Assignment #2 teams we intend to group-email all the members of each team so at least they have the emails for all of their team members.  Please let us know if you have a problem with your email addresses being shared in this way (it is a matter of the University’s privacy policy that you don’t need to share an email address if you don’t wish).

For all other direct, private connections, we hope you will supply an (appropriated encoded) email address in your self-introduction that your classmates can use to send messages to you.

Comments or suggestions related to this *feature* of weblog environments are welcome….


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Beware – Public Exposure

Just a small point of prudence for ETEC522 students in this weblog environment – please note that, as opposed to VISTA, etc, your contributions to this weblog environment are entirely public (they can be read by anyone on the Internet).

A first concern is simply how you state your email address (if you do – and its up to you) it can be read in this environment by spam crawlers that might want to become your best friend.  That’s why many of us are stating our email addresses in written forms.

A second concern might be both what you say and how you say it.  Our students are rarely prone to defamatory or libelous banter, but you might want to consider your contributions as though you’re part of a panel discussion at a conference.

Why so open?  This might be a point that the Open Source team addresses a few weeks from now.  The bottom line is that’s the way this technology works, and we wanted to experiment with it for this course. I just wanted you all to be aware of your exposure – something similar to the issue that many of your students aren’t aware of how public their Facebook pages are…

Please comment to this post if you’d like to discuss this issue further, or ask questions.

September 2, 2008   5 Comments

Hello from Zilong

Hi all,

My name is Zilong Zhai, I born in Shanghai and now lives in Richmond, BC. I am the administrative coordinator of CTCMA (College of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists of BC), and take care of registration and exam development.

This is my last course in the MET program, but my first course within a weblog environment! From WebCT, BlackBoard Vista to Weblog, the MET program keeps developing, but is always for the only goal: To Improve the relationship between technology and learners. Compared to WebCT or BlackBoard Vista, I believe weblog can greatly facilitate the online discussion.

Though I am not an instructor or course designer, I always find a lot of chances to integrate learning theories and instructional technologies I learned in this program into my daily work, like mandatory safety courses, workshops or exam development. So I am eager to learn more in this attractive course. I look forward to working with you and wish you all the best.

Best regards,


The photo is My wife and I in Boracay, Philippines

September 2, 2008   4 Comments

Jim’s Intro


Hi all! I am a secondary school teacher specializing in the area of Technology Education, the practical forms of technology rather than the information/computer kinds that are all too often the assumption. Currently I teach grades 9 through 12 various mechanics type courses in Comox, B.C. which, for those who are unaware, is located on beautiful Vancouver Island.

The title of this course intrigues me. I have not personally had much involvement in business or e-learning (until this program), but I have always been fascinated by the stories of successful business people and with the growth in technology supported learning offering up so much opportunity, I think that this is a very exciting time to be capitalized upon.

I’m expecting to gain much more insight into this subject as we work through this course and I look forward to sharing this experience with you all.


kid stuff

kid stuff

September 2, 2008   5 Comments

Intro – Mary Burgess

Hi Everyone – I’m Mary Burgess, this is my 7th course in the MET program, I’m also doing another course this semester so that’ll make 8… I can see the lights of the oncoming train!!

I manage a unit of course developers at Royal Roads University – we are the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies. I’ve been an instructional designer for 8 years and was a network admin prior to that, so have a pretty geeky past. I took on the management gig after returning from mat leave this past April. I now have a 16 month old daughter – Fiona, who keeps my husband and I on the run!

I was born in Victoria and have lived on the island most of my life except for a brief stint in New Brunswick a few years back.

Really looking forward to the course, love the opportunity to do it in a blog!

Mary and Fiona

Mary and Fiona

September 2, 2008   1 Comment

Yes, you can comment too!

Hello all.

I’ve just been reading the series of introductory posts this evening, and leaving a few comments for individuals that may also be of interest to others.

Please also look for the comments indicator at the bottom of each posting.


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Sarah’s Intro…

Hi All,


I am a Computer/Drafting/Home Ec. teacher in Vernon, BC.  (OK – I know it sounds like an odd blend, but I enjoy it!)  This is my third MET course and this course looks quite exciting and practical.  I originally did a Business Degree from SFU, so I am hoping that I can recall some of that long lost information and put it to good use here.


I am currently on Maternity leave as I have a 6-month old baby boy and a 2-year old girl.  Between diaper changes, I can be reached at sl_wood AT telus DOT net.



September 2, 2008   1 Comment

Hello from Mark McVittie

Hello colleagues!

My name is Mark McVittie, and I teach in Kamloops, BC.  I teach secondary Math, but also have a block of Leadership and a block of Distributed Learning Support this school year.  We have, this past weekend, moved back into Kamloops city, but our home is in Sorrento – about an hour East of Kamloops.  Unfortunately, the price of gas made the commute a little too expensive, but I have a couple extra hours in my day right now!

I am currently taking this course, as well as ETEC 511 – as my 4th and 5th courses in MET.  This is the first time I’ve tackled two courses at once, so we’ll see how that goes…

My wife and I have two beautiful children – Robbie is 8, and Catie is 4.  My wife is not only returning to the classroom (Library actually) full-time, but is also contemplating starting her own masters program in January.

Anyway, nice to try something new with the Weblog, as my previous courses have all been in Vista.   I use Moodle in my class, and am enjoying that, but am considering moving to Google Apps mostly because of the significant delay in administrivia – our VP does not wish to share that ability with me, so I’m constantly waiting for him, and his schedule is a little busy…  I have some webspace, so perhaps will attempt to figure out how to set up my own Moodle server or something.



Mark, Robbie and Catie in front of CP 2816 - Notch Hill, BC

Mark, Robbie and Catie in front of CP 2816 - Notch Hill, BC

September 2, 2008   5 Comments

Intro from Ken

Hi all,

My name is Ken Heales (it’s pronounced Hales, don’t ask me why, I’ve had to deal with mispronunciations all my life) and I live and teach in 100 Mile House in B.C.’s Cariboo region.  I currently teach Socials 10 and 11, Forestry 11 and 12, and First Nations tutorial (previously called IDSFN, if you really want to know what it stood for I can let you know). I love living in the Cariboo as there are lots of opportunities for fly fishing, hiking, and playing old timer’s hockey (badly).  I’m married to my wonderful wife, Lianne, and we have two great kids, Ian (11) and Heather (8).

This is my 7th course in the MET program and I think I can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel (just barely).  I’m doing the program one course at a time because I have a full course load to teach.  I tried two at once last year and quickly came to the realization that it was too much.  My hat’s off to those that can successfully manage several courses at once.

I’m heading into this course with no real background in business so I’m hoping that the learning curve will be steep.  I have a fair to middling grasp of technology and try to use it where I can in my teaching but I am limited to the technology available in our school.

I’m looking forward to working with you all in this course.



September 2, 2008   5 Comments

Introduction – Drew Murphy

Hello to everyone!

I’m a secondary school teacher with over 20 years experience (wow, that sounds old!!).  And I’ve been involved with technology in some shape or form for most of that time.  I really enjoy exploring ways to make technology work in classrooms.  I find that now more than ever is such an interesting time to be an educator and to imagine new ways of learning and interacting through technology.

Specifically, I’m a technology/business teacher at Chatelech Secondary in Sechelt, BC.  I teach and manage an in-school online program called Planning 10 and Portfolio. In this program I’ve been experimenting with online teaching methods and applying a variety of 2.0 tools.  I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in designing the online learning system we use at our school.  Tons of fun!

When I’m not playing with technology, I’m coaching my son’s soccer team (or he’s coaching me about the latest Halo 3 developments), renovating something in the house, or reading books on teaching and technology.  Both my wife and I are teachers and so the conversation is often about school and tech stuff.  Actually, she’s looking forward to discussing this course with me.  Should be interesting???

I can be reached at  I’m looking forward to meeting everyone online.

September 2, 2008   2 Comments

Assignment #2 – Special Interests?

Hi everyone –

Just a reminder, in case it doesn’t leap out at you in your review of the course outline, that we will be happy to try to accommodate any special interest you might have in any of the topics for the group module assignment (Assignment #2 – Modules 4-11).  We’ll need to know by this Friday (5th) because that’s when we’ll be assigning your into groups.



September 2, 2008   9 Comments

Intro PS

Wow, I was so excited to finish my first ever blog post that I forgot to add my email: I can be reached at

Whew! Laura

September 2, 2008   No Comments

Introduction – Laura Macleod

Hi all

I’m Laura Macleod. This is my first semester as a MET student and I’m looking forward to the program. I’m based in Toronto, where I work in educational publishing (textbooks for higher education, no comments about textbook prices please!). I’ve spent my whole career to date in educational publishing – right now I’m in charge of lists in history, English, and sociology, although I’ve also worked on assorted other social science and humanities subjects over the years.

My goal for the program – and certainly in this class – is to try and get a glimpse of where education is going. I don’t think books are going away anytime soon, but I do think the landscape we all work in is shifting and I think there’s some amazing opportunities to marry technology and education. I doubt I’ll be retired in time to miss all the coming excitment so I figured it was time to roll up my sleeves and see what it’s all about.

The picture below is me and my family in NYC last summer. It’s surprising hard to find a picture of yourself when you’ve got kids and dogs!


Looking forward to getting to know you all.


September 2, 2008   4 Comments

Introduction – Crystal Pullman

Hi everyone!

This term is my first as an MET student, and I’m enrolled in four courses this term and four courses in January. I graduated from my BA (Honours English, Honours Contemporary Studies, and a minor in Criminology) and my BEd in June and have enjoyed the few months I’ve had off this summer. I am from Ontario, and have just moved down to California with my partner who is now working for Google.

I’ve found that just logging into all of my courses today seems a bit overwhelming, so if anyone has any tips for the courses I’m enrolled in, I would appreciate it (511, 512, 522 of course, and 531).

So far California has been a nice place to live, but unfortunately I have found that I can’t work down here, which is why I decided that the MET through UBC seemed like a great opportunity.

I look forward to working with everyone! My email is

– Crystal

Note – The picture below is of one of my classes in Italy from April

                                        My grade 4 class in L'Aquila, Italy

September 2, 2008   2 Comments

Introduction – Jarrod Bell

Hi there, my name is Jarrod Bell. I work in School District 60: Peace River North as the Principal of Technology for the district. I’m just transitioning from my previous job as a physics and computers teacher as well as educational technology itinerant for the district. Here is a shot of me above the Peace River between Hudson’s Hope and Fort St John taken last October.

I’ve been fortunate to work with people like Gerry Paille and David Vandergugten on many projects including moodle, wireless writing project, wordpress, DL etc. I’m excited to see the course is in a WordPress blog as I’ve switched over all my district public sites to WordPress (really simple to do and free if you have a web server).

We’re providing our teachers with Moodle space and have even started selling curriculum courses built in moodle to other districts. This is a major reason I am interested in the ventures course as it appears to be something that will only get bigger with how the current BC legislation is reshaping distributed learning.

You can reach me at

Looking forward to working and learning with everyone!

September 2, 2008   4 Comments

Introduction- Katherine Lithgow

Hi all,

This is my second last course in the program. I’ve never taken any sort of business course before so am looking forward to this.

I’m currently working with the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo where I work with instructors in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, In addition I coordinate the eportfolio activities here on campus.

I have 2 daughters- one heading off to her second year in university, and my youngest who has just finished her first day in Grade 12.

Looking forward to the term. I can be reached by email at klithgow/at/uwaterloodotca



September 2, 2008   1 Comment

Introduction – David Wees

Hi all,

Already made my first oops! and tried to do my introduction as a comment on someone else’s intro.  Hahaha.

Anyway, this course seems like it is going to be very exciting and a lot more practical than my previous two courses in the MET degree which were heavily entrenched in educational theory.

I’m a mathematics teacher, and have spent the last 6 years living and working abroad.  My first stay was in Brooklyn, NY where I taught inner city youth and learned all about classroom management.  I moved onto London, England where I taught in an international school.  I now work in Thailand in another international school called ‘Ruamrudee International School’.

My interests, outside of teaching mathematics, are in developing web applications and websites, bicycling to and from work (bit of a trick in London), and hanging out with my family.  I’m particularly interested in developing what are called modules for the Drupal web platform and playing around with fun Flash and JavaScript mini-applications.

My profile of work I’ve created so far is available to view at my blog.  It contains a collection of things I’ve played around with from a variety of different web programming languages and applications.

You can contact me at davidwees AT gmail DOT com.

Riding an Elephant in Chiang Mai

Riding an Elephant in Chiang Mai

September 2, 2008   4 Comments

Hello from Susan Wilson

Hello everyone!  My name is Susan Wilson and I am in my second year and hopefully final year in the ETEC program. 

I live and teach in Wawota Saskatchewan.  I am excited to have taken a leave from my administrative duties and a partial leave from my teaching responsibilities so that I can work through seven courses this year.  I love teaching without the administrative stress and I am happy to get back into classes.

This year I will be teaching three classes online; Physics 20, Physics 30 and Accounting 10.  I am also excited about teaching my oldest son in Grade 5.  We will be doing a little desktop publishing then hopefully pod and video casts.  Before touching the computers we are working on teamwork and collaboration skills though : )

In addition to my son in grade 5, I also have two daughters; one in grade 4 and the other in grade 1.  Since I only teach mornings, I have time to myself in the afternoons.  This is difficult to get used to but I’m sure that I will soon come to enjoy it!

You can reach me at .  My twitter name is swils and I use the same for my account if you are interested in sharing!

September 2, 2008   2 Comments

Melissa’s Introduction


My name is Melissa Anders. I am originally from Montreal, but moved to Vancouver a year and a half ago, following my partner who got accepted to Law School at UBC. This semester, I am taking my 8th and 9th courses in the MET program, this course as well as ETEC 531. I can’t believe I am so close to the end of the program already.

As an elementary school teacher, I have always been interested in the role technology can play in assisting in teaching young students to read. The majority of programs I have used when helping students with reading difficulties have all been in book format. I am interested in exploring what computer or internet based programs do or do not exist.

I look forward to working with you all and getting to know you better over the course of the semester.

September 2, 2008   2 Comments

Intro – Michael Peterson


I’m really excited to be starting this course.   I worked directly with the MET program in 2005/06, and had the pleasure to meet both our instructors at that time – I was very impressed.


I have a degree in Political Science, and about 10 years experience working mainly with entrepreneurial programs in the post-secondary sector.  The opportunity to do a business boot camp with these instructors was too good to pass up.


I visited Ottawa earlier this year and was very interested in the production of the Afghanistan exhibit at the National War Museum.  During this course, I hope to look at learning ventures attached to museums and cultural institutions. 


I can be reached at

September 2, 2008   3 Comments