Ahlam Bavi

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My key areas of expertise: As a digital and media researcher and educator, my expertise spans instructional design, UX/UI design, and course development for adult learners. I specialize in creating accessible and engaging learning experiences by integrating technology and collaborative platforms within learning management systems. Additionally, I am adept at designing non-credit credentials and micro-credential programs that accommodate diverse audiences. 

My role within the team: I am a learning design specialist, responsible for crafting a new learning design non-credit credentials programs tailored to adult learners, postdocs, and graduate students. In this capacity, I oversee the program’s structure and content development, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity are prioritized throughout. 

My background: With a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary education, design, and digital humanities, my academic journey has equipped me with a versatile skill set. Currently pursuing my doctorate in digital art and humanities at UBC Okanagan, I have dedicated years to designing courses in humanities and media studies. Since joining CTL in 2020, I have served as a Learning Designer, contributing to course design initiatives across various faculties. 

When I’m not working…  Beyond my professional endeavors, I channel my creativity as a visual artist, primarily utilizing 3D printing technology to bring my artistic visions to life. Moreover, I find joy in nature. Together with my husband and our beloved fluffy dog, we embark on adventures to explore the great outdoors. 

Research & Publications relevant to work at the CTL:    

2022 Bavi, A. Gupta. N. “Gamification of digital heritage as an approach to improving museum and art gallery engagement for blind and partially sighted visitors”. Accepted for publication in Archaeologies. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11759-022-09461-2 

2023- September ‘Improving Community Engagement For Blind And Partially Sighted Visitors In Museums And Art Galleries Through Gamification Of Digital Heritage”, Sixteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Vancouver, Canada 

2022-November “Museums and Accessibility” Ahlam Bavi. Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group, Ottawa, Canada. https://cudisabilityresearchgroup.wordpress.com/2022/10/21/museums-and-accessibility/ 

2022-November “The Learning Design Intern Program: Situating Graduate Students as partners during the COVID pandemic” Cindy Bourne, Ahlam Bavi, et al. The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada. 

2022-May “Disability in Museum Visitor – Case Study: Blind and Partially Sighted,” Ahlam Bavi, Doctoral Symposium during the AIMAC 2022 Conference, Mexico City, Mexico. (Could not present because of Covid) 

2021-December “Digitization of Cultural heritage – Canadian Indigenous Artworks,” Ahlam Bavi. Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group, Ottawa, Canada.