Leah Macfadyen, PhD

Associate Director & Instructor, Master of Educational Technology Program

Instructor, Department of Language & Literacy Education

Email: leah.macfadyen@ubc.ca

MET Courses: ETEC 500, ETEC 565A, ETEC 565G, ETEC 590

Web / Social: https://changingeye.com/

“Originally trained in the experimental sciences, I fell into the world of eLearning in 2002, and never looked back. I’m excited that I can bring my hybrid academic background and skillset to the MET program. My early eLearning research (mostly qualitative) drew on my interest in theories of culture and intercultural communication, and was motivated by the reality of our increasingly diverse learner audience.

Later, the rising tide of learning data captured by learning technologies spurred me to dust off my analytic and scientific skills to the study of virtual learning, inspired by the potential for learning analytics to offer actionable insights into our teaching and learning contexts and practice. But I’m also keen to engage learners, researchers and practitioners in ongoing critical discussions about the limits of ‘big data’, the challenge of data literacy, and the ethical and social implications of this work.

I believe (and have experienced) that online learning can be engaging, inspiring and transformative, and seek to infuse that believe into my MET adventures.”