Introduction

I am an educational technologist who has taught adult learners from all over the world and now uses that experience to inform my current contract position as an instructional designer. 

With my innovative, synergistic, and goal-oriented approach to project management and leadership, students are afforded engaging educational environments and activities that enable maximal learning outcomes and professional development.

My research interests (based largely on early teaching experiences in special education) are focused on modern learning theories and technology-enabled approaches to lifelong and transformative learning in the 21st century.

I am an enthusiastic and informed advocate for the research-based integration of emerging instructional technologies with socio-constructivist principles in education, health care, the business community, and social mission organizations.

UBC GRADUATE SCHOOL: SELECTED TESTIMONIALS

Gary holds a Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree from the University of British Columbia

MET Program ePortfolio Feedback

Congratulations you excelled! Your work is in a class of its own, outstanding! (09-01-15) Thanks for your well-designed, and systematically laid out, eP! I value your attention to detail in designing your eP. Your professional work exemplifies your approach to learning…. Overall, an exemplary eP, attesting to the competencies you have mastered, that has in turn, transformed your practice and thinking. (11-26-15)

FRANCIS FENG, PHD
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Feedback on Augmented Reality Project

My congrats once again for your inquisitive, original approach to scholarship and learning more broadly. Your students are fortunate. …Your facility with digital tools is admirable, and your narrative is skillfully designed extensively-researched and very professionally communicated. You have achieved an even, high quality of delivery, including for mobile devices. Very well done.

DAVID VOGT, PHD
MET Program Professor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Feedback on Learning Theory Thought Papers

Fantastic. You did a fantastic job. I’m giving out one of my very elusive 5’s to you. I don’t give that grade out very often. Congratulations!… (from 1:49 sec. audio)

JENNIFER SHAPKA, PHD
Associate Professor
MET Program, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Academic Partnership

I worked with Gary on several graduate projects at UBC, and found him to be a thoughtful practitioner who communicated his insights articulately. An excellent collaborator, he was a sought-out member of group projects, and was an industrious, generous, and prolific contributor who offered and received constructive comments.

CAROLINE KIM MOORE
Educator
Ottawa, ON

9 Years Working and Studying in Higher Education

Instructional Designer
Centre for Teaching & Educational Technologies
Victoria, BC, Canada
Mar. 2017 to present

Asst. Professor | Technologist
Redesigned all classes to Blended Learning delivery
Seoul, South Korea
2010 to 2017

UBC Graduate Student
Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree
Vancouver, BC, Canada
2013 to 2015

Foreign Language Lecturer
Taught basic EFL to university students
Jinju, South Korea
2009 to 2010

Degrees and Certificates

Master of Educational Technology

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC,

Canada Interest areas include instructional design models and principles for e-learning 2.0, mobile learning (m-learning), and blended (hybrid) learning environments.

Bachelor of Education (Hons.)

Union College
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

All courses were taken at Burman University, a satellite campus located in Alberta, Canada. The major was Secondary Education with a Specialization in English.

Cambridge CELTA

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is recognized around the world by international English Language Teaching organizations.

Three key attributes I can bring to the team

Extraordinary Level of Interdisciplinary Knowledge

Deep personal interest and years of practical experience in numerous disciplines – particularly in the humanities – make it possible to easily communicate and collaborate with faculty members, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and learners in a number of different fields. 

Interest areas include – but are not limited to – health and fitness, literacy, medicine, law, politics, sociology, spirituality, religion, technology, journalism, media studies, learning theory, social networking, web design, and, of course, modern instructional design. 

Exceptional Degree of
Cross-cultural Competency

Years of living and working overseas have enabled me to gain considerable insight into the diverse cultures of various peoples from all over the world. Because of rapidly advancing technology, this is becoming increasingly necessary at an exponential rate.

However, culture extends across much more than just geographical and national boundaries and my background reflects that reality. I am familiar with other cultures and subcultures, too, including those we find in collegial, managerial, online, religious, educational, and corporate settings.

Decidedly Passionate About
Learning and Technology

My first teaching assignments were in special education and it was in that context when I first developed an appreciation for the way technology was being used as an equalizer for students with special needs. This knowledge and passion only increased when I worked as an educational consultant whose job was, essentially, to learn new technologies and share them with other educators.

As unambiguous evidence of this passion and dedication, this web domain is host to an extensive body of work that I have accomplished over several years.

Does Your Organization Value Thoughtful Creativity?

“Gary is an outstanding scholar in the fields of inclusive education, teacher education, instructional design and distance learning!”

Matiul Alam, PhD | Educator, e-Learning Specialist, NGO leader and Speaker