Hi everyone. I am Dr. Diane Janes and I am currently an Instructional Designer, at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I moved to Alberta in September, 2013 to become the first Associate Dean of the Donald School of Business, Red Deer College located in Red Deer, Alberta. I left the DSB and joined the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the UofA in January 2015; in August I moved to the Faculty of Extension. Previously, from 2009-2013 I was an Associate Professor, and Chair of the Education Department (2009-2011), with the School of Professional Studies, Cape Breton University (CBU). From 2006 until 2011, I taught online with 4 universities, in addition to UBC…Athabasca University, Royal Roads University, University of Calgary and Cape Breton University.

From 2003 – 2006 I was an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan’s Extension Division. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, from 1996-2003 I was a project manager/instructional designer with the Distance Education and Technology unit, under the leadership of Director, Dr. A.W. (Tony) Bates, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). While at UBC one of my most interesting projects was as a member of the core design team for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology-based Distributed Learning, a series of five web-based, graduate-level distance education courses launched internationally at UBC in the fall of 1997. This Post-Graduate Certificate was revised in 2002 and has become the Masters of Educational Technology (MET) offered by the Faculty of Education at UBC.

In 2002, I became adjunct faculty with the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University) and Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Masters in Education in Instructional Technology (where I continue to teach online) and I was also made an Associate Member in the School of Nursing, UBC. In 2006 I began teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the MET, with the UBC’s Faculty of Education, and with Royal Roads University (2007) and I am happy to have joined the Athabasca Centre for Distance Education, as part time faculty, in 2007.

While much of my work is in online, web-based course development in the areas of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Education, Economics, Law, Political Studies, and Physical Therapy (just to name a few), I’ve also consulted on distance education, instructional development and program evaluation in Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. I have a Masters degree in Educational Technology and in 2005 I completed a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. In 2015 I graduated with my MBA (in community economic development) from Cape Breton University. My research interests include faculty development, collaborative online learning, online teaching pedagogy, e- research, program evaluation, e-policy, and instructional design.

In 2013-2014 I served as President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), as a reviewer and editorial board member for several international journals, and have had a number of publications and conference presentations to my credit. I edited a book with Dr. Mark Bullen entitled Making the Transition to E-learning: Strategies and Issues, Hershey, PA: Idea Publishing Group which was published in August, 2006. I am really looking forward to working and learning with you this term!