Course Instructors


David Vogt is a scientist, innovator and business leader. He has been a professional astronomer, science museum director, high-tech CEO, university professor, and chief research officer for an industry-driven R&D lab. An enduring passion has been the learning potentials of media technologies.

Relevant to ETEC522, David is currently CEO of a start-up called CrowdTrust (social technologies – Mod 4), Executive Director of the Mobile MUSE Network (mobile technologies – Mod 5), on the Steering Committee of Project Inkwell (one-to-one technologies – Mod 7),  actively experimenting with open source and collaboration technologies in ETEC 522 (Mods 6 & 8), was CEO of Brainium (serious games – Mod 9), was director and on the board of Science World and the H. R. MacMIllan Space Centre (informal learning environments – Mod 10), and is on the Executive Committee of Vancouver Learning City and the Steering Committee for Education 2010 (community learning environments – Mod 11).  Ask me about any of these!

Dr. Vogt has an Hons. B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy, a B.A. in English Literature and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Information Science.  David’s other professional commitments include:

  • Director, Digital Learning Projects, UBC Faculty of Education
  • Director, Board of Directors, AbleAuctions Inc., Vancouver
  • Director, Board of Directors,, Vancouver
  • Director, Board of Directors, ZuluMe Inc., Vancouver
  • Director, Board of Directors, Ocean Networks Canada, Victoria
  • Member, Flexible Learning Management Committee, Industry Training Authority of BC
  • Member, Quality Assurance Committee, College of Dental Surgeons of BC

Dr. Vogt was born in England, raised in Ontario (Canada) and lives in Vancouver.


David Porter is the Executive Director of BCcampus.  BCcampus is a collaborative online learning initiative that was established to assist public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia to meet their students’ online learning needs. David and the BCcampus team are building an Expedia-like web interface to the educational opportunities offered by British Columbia’s (Canada) post-secondary institutions.

During his career, David has spent time in both public and private sector organizations in the education and training fields. He has also been a project manager for industry-based projects in Canada and the US, as well as a project leader and consultant for international projects in Mexico, the Caribbean, and India.

In the non-work-related environment, David finds the time to volunteer each summer with the US Forest Service, surveying archaeological sites in the mountains of the eastern Sierras of California and Nevada and in the Great Basin high deserts of Northern California, Nevada, and Oregon.

David blogs at