Professional Development

As mentioned in my Teaching Philosophy, learning is a commitment to the process of personal growth and transformation. These professional development opportunities are examples of my personal commitment to this intentional, formative, and unending process – with goals to enhance the impact of my educational development work in transforming the teaching and learning landscape in higher education.

Conferences that I have attended:


Cascadia Open Education Summit, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, April 2019
Open In Action, KPU Richmond Campus, March 2019


ETUG Fall Workshop, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, November 2018
Educational Developers Caucus Conference, University of Victoria, February 2018
First Year Educator’s Symposium, University of British Columbia, January 2018


Learning Specialist Association of Canada Regional Conference, December 2017

Conferences that I have presented at:


Doner, S., Chen, D., & Fraser, R. (2018, May). Pop-up Community of Practice for Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education. Interactive session presented at the Festival of Learning of BCcampus. (Session Plan)

Other professional development opportunities:

UBC Certificate in Organizational CoachingUBC Extended Learning, September 2018 – April 2019

I completed a part-time International Coaching Federation (ICF) – Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) to develop the skills and confidence to influence positive engagement, culture and performance in individuals, teams and groups. I am currently working towards my ICF Associated Certified Coach (ACC) credential.

Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM TeachingCentre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), January – February 2017

Through this network of research-intensive universities interested in improving STEM undergraduate teaching through graduate student and postdoc training, I completed an eight-week online course to learn about “teaching as research” – a deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and instructors.

 Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning, UBC CTLT, September 2015 – December 2016

This program supports graduate students seeking excellence in teaching and learning in their future roles as faculty and in other educational leadership positions. Through interactive in-person sessions and online module participation, interdisciplinary participants grapple with pedagogical theories, confront and examine our assumptions around teaching and learning, and integrate learning through teaching practicum supported by mentors/teaching practitioners. Additionally, critical reflection and self-appraisal skills were encouraged and cultivated through maintaining a teaching reflection blog throughout the program.

Psych 503: Teaching in Psychology, Department of Psychology, UBC, January – May 2015

The course aims to empower novice instructors to effectively help others learn, while making well-informed, thoughtful instructional decisions. I enrolled in this cross-interdisciplinary course to further explore different perspectives on good teaching, lesson planning and classroom management, course design, evaluation of learning, and effective use of technology. It helped me deepen and integrate my ongoing learning with goals to become a more effective scholarly instructor.

Last Updated: May 5, 2019

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