Team & Contact

At the CTL, we strive to:

  1. CENTRE RELATIONSHIPS built on integrity, respect, and inclusion
  2. ADAPT our services to your contexts and needs
  3. ENHANCE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS as a professional in higher education teaching and learning

For all support requests, please email the CTL Helpdesk.

Meet the CTL Staff

(listed alphabetically)

Cindy Bourne, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programs

cindy.bourne@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Global education & engagement; Learning design; Pedagogy; Literacy; Graduate student programming

In my own words: I am passionate about improving the learning environment for all students, and I conduct research and evaluation to explore ways to do that.

Come to me if: You would like to connect with a learning design intern who can help you strengthen the alignment between your learning outcomes, assignments, and assessments.

Vania Chan, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant for Online & Lifelong Learning

250.807.9408 |  vania.chan@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Lifelong learning; Equity, diversity, and inclusion; Facilitation; Liberating Structures; Building Connections; Science Education; Career and Professional Education; Course design.

In my own words: I am passionate about building ongoing relationships with the staff and faculty who I support in their educational endeavours. I enjoy this work because I can help faculty be the best educators possible and create positive impacts for students.

Come to me if: You would like support in developing non-credit career and professional education offerings. I can also help with innovative facilitation and teaching strategies.

Martine Gauthier
Learning Technologies Administrative Coordinator

250.807.8402 | martine.gauthier@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Canvas access, design, and administration; efficiency strategies; learning management software (LMS); technology support in teaching and learning

In my own words: I do Canvas magic! I am also an avid gamer and my passion for gaming translates into being knowledgeable about the latest trends in technology and innovation.

For any tech support questions, please contact the CTL Helpdesk, where you’ll be connected with the staff member who has the expertise best suited to your query.

Sharon Hanna, B.A., M.L.S., B.A. Computer Science in Progress
Part-Time Support Analyst

sharon.hanna@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Technology support in teaching and learning; Canvas; Data wrangling; Automating processes through scripting; Technical writing and editing; All things Open, including open-source technologies.

In my own words: My twin passions are helping people and pushing the limits of technology! My work reflects my strong service orientation, feeds my curiosity, and allows me to learn on a daily basis. My diverse interests include learning languages, writing and editing, and sketching with pastels.

For any tech support questions, please contact the CTL Helpdesk, where you’ll be connected with the staff member who has the expertise best suited to your query.

Gabrielle Hezekiah
Educational Consultant for Inclusion

gabrielle.hezekia@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Equity and inclusion in course design and programme development; Curriculum review; Policy analysis; Knowledge translation; Cultural studies

In my own words: I’m a facilitator of conversations. I have extensive experience in graduate teaching and supervision. I have a keen interest in philosophy and the visual arts.

Come to me if: You need help with expanding resources, universal design or thinking and teaching across disciplines.

Janine Hirtz, M.A. (Education)
Manager and Senior Educational Consultant

250.807.9133 | janine.hirtz@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Teaching and Learning; Dialogue; Facilitation; Course (Re)Design; Blended Learning; Curriculum Mapping; Faculty Development

In my own words: I’m passionate about my role in leading the CTL in projects and programs that foster teaching excellence, innovation, and scholarship.  I feel privileged to work with our faculty, UBC community and campus partners in our shared commitment to student success.

Come to me if: You would like to forge new collaborations with the CTL. These collaborations could include: designing new curriculum, developing educational initiatives, faculty development, and research related to teaching and learning.

Jeannine Kuemmerle, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant for Inclusion
jeannine.kuemmerle@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Student development; Student-centered learning; Accessibility; Inclusive Learning Design; Conflict Engagement & Resolution; Learning Outcomes; Teaching Assistant Programming

In my own words: I’m a passionate advocate for student-centered learning. I believe that everyone at the university has a responsibility to embed inclusion in their educational practice; Therefore, collaboration and connection are at the heart of the work that I do, and I often help people to build networks of support.

Come to me if: You’re looking for support in making your course accessible for learners with diverse abilities. I can also help with navigating conflict in the classroom, teaching assistant programming, and more general inquiries pertaining to pedagogy and inclusion.

Angela Norkum-Porubanec, B.A.
Administrative Assistant (currently on Secondment)

250.807.9293 | angela.norkum-porubanec@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Scheduling support; Human Resources; Finance; Events Support; Communications; Newsletters; Website Content; Workday; Workplace Wellbeing

In my own words: I provide secretarial and administrative support for the CTL, including HR and finance tasks. My ongoing goal is to help things to run more smoothly and seamlessly in the CTL.

Come to me if: You need to know who you should contact for specific inquiries or if you need to schedule meetings with our senior staff members.

Brian Powell, M.A.
Educational Consultant for Technology Projects & Strategy

250.807.9027 | brian.powell@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Instructional and course design; Online education; Self-directed learning;  Language learning; educational technology

In my own words: I help faculty members find efficient solutions for challenges they’re facing in their teaching. I thrive on simplicity and helping people to save time.  I especially like to help faculty members focus their energy on what really matters for teaching and learning.

Come to me if: You need help with course design, learning activity design, and how to use the most appropriate technology for what you are trying to achieve.

Julie Thomson, B.A.Sc.
Support Analyst

250.807.8017 | julie.thomson@ubc.ca

My key areas of expertise: Helpdesk support triage; Website design and management; Canvas specialist; Technology support in teaching and learning.

In my own words: I resolve problems related to teaching and learning technologies or find the best CTL staff member to support with any other requests that come to the CTL. I aim to be straightforward and efficient with providing solutions to faculty and staff, while cultivating a friendly support environment.

For any tech support questions, please contact the CTL Helpdesk, where you’ll be connected with the staff member who has the expertise best suited to your query.

Brad Wuetherick
Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning

brad.wuetherick@ubc.ca

Learning Design Interns

(listed alphabetically)

LDIs are graduate students with intensive training in the fundamentals of learning design in the context of blended learning. LDIs support faculty members in adapting their courses for blended delivery. To learn more about the LDI program, please see the Learning Design Intern Program Companion pages. To request assistance from an LDI, please email the CTL Helpdesk.

Pegah Behroozi Nobar
Learning Design Intern

pegah.behroozi@ubc.ca

Ahlam Bavi
Learning Design Intern

ahlam.bavi@ubc.ca

Ahmed Elmouchi
Learning Design Intern

ahmed.elmouchi@ubc.ca

Sarin Raj Pokhrel
Learning Design Intern

sarin.pokhrel@ubc.ca

Ange-Aimee Quesnel
Learning Design Intern

angeaimee.quesnel@ubc.ca

Mehnaz Tabassum
Learning Design Intern

mehnaz.tabassum@ubc.ca

Sara Isabel Vieira
Learning Design Intern

sara.vieira@ubc.ca

Learning Technologies Rovers

(listed alphabetically)

LTRs are undergraduate students working with the CTL to provide technical assistance with learning technologies such as Canvas, Zoom, Kaltura, etc. To request assistance from an LTR, please email the CTL Helpdesk.

Matthew Penner
Sr. Learning Technologies Rover

matthew.penner@ubc.ca

Lance Rogan
Learning Technologies Rover

lance.rogan@ubc.ca

Breanne Ruskowsky
Sr. Learning Technologies Rover

breanne.ruskowsky@ubc.ca