My teaching interests focus on courses in information behaviour and practices, social informatics, information technology, digital libraries, research methods, and social media. My interests and experience include teaching on these topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels and in online and face-to-face settings. The topics and courses I am interested in teaching dovetail with my research interests and my skills and abilities as an information professional.
At the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies I have taught or will teach the following courses in our Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program:
- LIS 501 Foundations of Library and Information Studies (graduate core; online)
- LIS 598 Technology, Information, and Society (graduate IT elective; on-campus and online)
- LIS 543 Human Information Interaction (graduate elective; on-campus)
- LIS 538 Digital Libraries (graduate IT elective; on-campus)
At the Florida State University School of Information, I taught or was a teaching assistant for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, both face-to-face and online, in information technology, information science, information behaviour, digital libraries, project management, information visualization, technical communication, and information security.
Across both institutions I have used instructional technology including Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, WordPress, and Blackboard Collaborate. In all cases, my teaching has received high ratings and praise from students and professors. I was one of two awardees of the FSU School of Information’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2012-2013. I have also engaged in syllabus development for master's and doctoral level courses.
In my teaching, I try my best to:
- Help students learn and creatively apply what they learn as part of a collaborative and interactive learning community
- Effectively facilitate such learning through strategies, activities, and assignments chosen appropriately for the course objectives, students, and learning community
- Know students' multiple intelligences and learning styles, addressing them in activities and assignments
- Respect students and their other obligations, expecting mutual respect in return
- Keep open lines of communication, interacting with and assisting students while encouraging them to interact with and help each other as well
- Realize how my own limits and biases affect my teaching
Further details of my teaching interests, experiences, and philosophy are included in my teaching statement and CV.