Tricia is the Principal, eCampus at NSCC, and is developing a strategic vision and plan to support and scale online and digital learning to serve the needs of learners geographically distributed across NSCC’s 13 physical campuses in Nova Scotia.
Widely recognized as a highly collaborative and visionary leader, Tricia has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in post-secondary education focused on online education, collaboration and emerging trends in higher education. Tricia also worked at SAIT Polytechnic and the University of Calgary, Canada prior to returning to Nova Scotia. Tricia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cape Breton University, an M.Sc. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Calgary.
She also leads the National Survey of Online and Distance Education in Canadian post-secondary institution and serves on the Board of the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association. Twitter: @triciadonovan
Dr. Ron Owston is a University Professor Emeritus, former Dean of the Faculty of Education, and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at York University. A pioneer in teaching and learning with the web since its early days, Dr. Owston specializes in the evaluation of technology-based educational programs in K12, government, higher education, and continuing professional education. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences about blended and online learning, authored/co-authored some 50 commissioned studies, and published over 60 articles in top-tier journals, including Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, Journal of Information Technology in Teacher Education, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Internet & Higher Education, and Journal of Research on Computing in Education. Dr. Owston published one of the first academic examinations of the role of the Web for teaching and learning in Educational Researcher in 1997. His work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Health Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Canadian Fund for Innovation, and a variety of school districts and industry partners. Over the last several years his publications have addressed blended learning in higher education courses. Currently, Dr. Owston ranks 11th in Google Scholar’s list of most cited blended learning researchers in the world. His website is http://ronowston.ca.
Heather Kanuka is Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada. Heather’s first faculty appointment was at the University of Calgary where she was an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education and Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Centre. In 2004 Heather was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Teaching, Learning and Technologies in Higher Education at Athabasca University.
In 2007 Heather moved to the University of Alberta where she was appointed Academic Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning. After completion of her 5-year term, Heather returned to her current position as Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies.