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Instructor and Teacher Training


The School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College offers two programs, over 20 courses and develops personalized and specialized workshops to those interested in becoming professional adult educators and trainers. Graduates of its programs instruct in colleges, government, industry and in both non-profit and private sector organizations. 

Courses are scheduled year round at many locations in British Columbia, Alberta and online as well. The School of Instructor Education also offers training to companies and organizations at their place of work upon request. In addition, the School of Instructor Education provides instructor training programs to international clientele both in Canada as well as abroad and has conducted sessions in China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Chile, Poland, Russia and the United States.

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Doug Mauger

Department Head

I started with a TQ in retail meat cutting, where I was introduced to the provincial instructor diploma program at VCC. I continued on to successfully complete the diploma in adult education diploma (VCC), bachelor’s degree in adult education (University of Alberta), and master’s degree in educational technology (University of Calgary). My interest lies in the area of instructional effectiveness and my doctoral work focused on small group instructional feedback. I have taught internationally and regularly conduct professional development workshops for a variety of organizations.
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Bob Aitken

Faculty

I teach in the provincial instructor diploma program. I have a master’s degree in education (curriculum and instruction), and my doctoral work is in adult education, but I have not yet finished the dissertation. It is a great time to be an instructor! In the past, we were a folklore profession. We knew certain things worked, but we really didn’t know why. Now we are developing a scientific basis for the art of teaching that will make our work so much more effective and interesting. Research on effective instruction, the brain, and learning are combining to change our profession in very exciting ways. Brain researchers at UBC tell us that 90% of what we know about the brain has been discovered in the last five years.
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Karen Brooke

Faculty

I have been with the School of Instructor Education since 2015, and have been with VCC since 2004. Previous to my position with SIE, I worked with immigrant professionals, helping them to develop the communication and intercultural skills to succeed in the Canadian workplace. I also spent two years in Qatar teaching academic English to nursing students. I have a Master’s Degree in teaching English as an Additional Language, with a focus on assessment. In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, exploring beautiful BC, and traveling.
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Glenn Galy

Faculty

I have been with the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program for over twenty years. Prior to coming to VCC full time, I was a principal with the Surrey School District. I received my M.Ed degree from UBC and my B.A. and Ph.D degrees from Simon Fraser University. My Ph.D. focused on curriculum and leadership. I have a keen interest in teaching effectiveness, program evaluation, evaluation and assessment practices, research methodology and educational philosophy. Personal interests include keeping abreast of educational research, traveling, and when time permits, enjoying a round of golf.
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Jacquie Harrison

Faculty

In 2015, I joined the School of Instructor Education and I have been with VCC since 1992.  I’ve had a number of interesting roles at VCC including instructor, department leader, and curriculum developer.  I have a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Simon Fraser University.
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Caroline Alashhab

Term Faculty

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
We teachers have the potential of transforming our world to the better, by empowering individuals, to become intellectually and emotionally accomplished and enlightened human beings who embrace their uniqueness and integrity, and who can create success stories for the whole humanity. 


PROFILE
Holding a Master’s Degree in Education, Diploma in Adult Education, Provincial Instructor’s Diploma, Train The Trainer Certificate; also, a Diploma in Project Management, with a background in Computer Science.


My experience extends to more than thirty years in the field of teaching and instructional design. In those years, I have taught a variety of courses to a diverse student body in a variety of formats: Classroom, online, and blended.


I have been working with Vancouver Community College since 2003, teaching for different programs.


Additionally, I have been involved in teaching computer applications courses and implementing projects that involve data mining and analytics.


AREAS OF INTEREST
I am interested in transformative learning, critical pedagogy, and how education can help individuals find their authentic identity.
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Laura Biggs

Term Faculty

I've been instructing at the post-secondary level since 2005, starting as an undergraduate laboratory instructor. After completing my Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry) and Master of Science (Biology) degrees at UBC Okanagan, I found myself wanting to learn more about adult education. I went on to take the PID Program and Certificate in eLearning through VCC. My experience in both of these programs further enhanced my passion for adult education, particularly in the areas of curriculum development and assessment strategies. I am now working on a Master of Education degree through SFU to further develop my knowledge and skills as an educator. I am currently employed by the University of Victoria as the Restoration and Science Program Coordinator in the Division of Continuing Studies and I am also an instructor at the Pacific Horticulture College teaching Botany, Soil Science, and Pest Management. I look forward to sharing knowledge and experiences with the students in the PID Program.
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Chris Carroll

Term Faculty

Chris Carroll semi-retired in 2014 from a 36 year career in education. Chris started in the social/educational field, working with at-risk youth, then taught in both the public and private systems, then worked as a learning consultant with the federal government. Currently Chris divides his time between teaching in the PIDP and at the Justice Institute of BC, and educational consulting with individuals and organizations. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in philosophy. Chris has been happily married for many, many years, and has three children. Every day, each one uniquely contributes to Chris’s growing appreciation of the mysteries presented by our world and its inhabitants.


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Brian Cassell

Term Faculty

I graduated from the provincial instructor diploma program (PIDP) in 1997. While taking the course I met some terrific instructors. I thought teaching for the PIDP program would be a great way to further develop my passion for teaching and help me to further develop my instructing skills, but I needed a degree, which I didn't have. With my diploma, I applied and was accepted at Royal Roads University, where in 2006 I received my master’s degree in leadership and training. Within a week of receiving my degree I was hired to teach for VCC’s PIDP program. I have developed curriculum for several courses with law enforcement, and most recently I developed, and now teach, a two year program at Thompson River University for Police and Justice Studies, which has been hugely successful. I am fortunate to have taught internationally in East Timor and in Jordan with the United Nations, which involved teaching through a translator in very difficult conditions, but the work was very interesting and satisfying. I currently teach the 3220 and 3240 courses. I am very interested in instructional techniques and watching how people get their message across to their audience. I often find myself watching how instructors teach rather that what they are teaching. This makes for interesting discussions in my classes!
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Jacquie Conway

Term Faculty

My master’s in adult education focused on collaborative learning groups in the post-secondary setting. I am interested in how learners become actively engaged and the interconnectedness of the teaching/learning process. I have been teaching for 25 years and been involved in faculty development for the past nine years. I work in the teaching and learning centre at Camosun College and am currently chair of the professional development committee. I also teach as a term instructor in VCC’s School of Instructor Education. I have a personal interest in aquatic fitness and am a BCRPA Trainer of fitness leaders.
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Allison Dewhurst

Term Faculty

Alison has over 30 years experience in the field of Education and Training. Her most recent position was with the BC Maritime Employers Association as a Training and Safety Supervisor. Prior to this she was a manager in Learning and Development Services with WorkSafeBC where she managed the development and delivery of corporate training solutions and programs. The aforementioned included leadership and management course offerings. She was also a Manager of Training and Development with a national franchise organization and she worked at BCIT for 21 years (Trades Training and School of Business). She is a Certified Executive Coach and has a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma, a MBA in Executive Management with a specialty in Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.


Alison is passionate about learning and development and believes that no matter where you are in life there is always more to learn and always someone there to teach you.


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Sylvia Gajdics

Term Faculty

My diverse career began in the sport and fitness industry where I designed and marketed educational programs, moved into the corporate sector where I managed a variety of portfolios in Marketing, Communications, and Operations, and then moved into the educational arena where for the past 10 years I have been teaching classes, developing curriculum, and coaching students through career development processes. At VCC I currently teach a variety of courses within different programs/departments: the School of Instructor Education, the Essential Skills Access Program, and Continuing Studies. My educational achievements include a Master of Education (SFU), a Certificate in University Teaching & Learning (SFU), a Bachelor of Physical Education (UBC), both the PIDP & the Certificate in eLearning Instruction (VCC), and the Career Practitioner Program (Douglas College). I continue to be active in my university communities including volunteering in Career Services (SFU), the School of Kinesiology Mentorship Program (UBC), the Broad Based Admissions Program (UBC), and while completing my M.Ed., representing fellow grad students on the University Board for Student Discipline, Senate Graduate Studies Committee, and the Committee to Review University Admissions.
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Dwayne Harapnuik

Term Faculty

I am a learning theorist who strives to use media and technology to enhance the learning environment. I received a PhD. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and in addition to teaching in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program I am a visiting/virtual Professor and co-developer of the M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I believe it has never been a better time to be a learner and also it's never been a better time to be an instructor. The connected world that we live in presents so many opportunities for learning, growth, and development. In addition to teaching at several institutions across North America, I have served as an Educational Consultant for the School of Health Sciences at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Shantou University in China and the New York Institute of Technology. I also bring years of leadership experience into my instruction and draw upon my experience as an Instructional Development Consultant at BCIT, VP Academic at Concordia University of Edmonton, Director of Faculty Enrichment at Abilene Christian University, and Manager of Educational Technology at Lethbridge College.
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Trisha Kivisalu

Term Faculty

Trisha has a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She is also a graduate of the provincial instructor diploma program. Trisha has over 10 years of experience in counselling and instruction. She has instructed first year psychology courses, facilitated mood management and depression programs, and has presented research at national and international academic and scientific conferences. She has also facilitated workshops in counselling, psychology, and career and employment fields in public, private, non-profit, corporate, and health care settings. Trisha works in private practice and is a term instructor in the School of Instructor Education.
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Jeff May

Term Faculty

I am in my 3rd year of teaching at the School of Instructor Education, thoroughly enjoying working and learning with our students who come to us with so much energy and a wealth of experience. I completed the PID program in 2013, received my master’s degree in distance education from Athabasca University, and my B.Sc. and professional development diploma from Simon Fraser University. I have extensive knowledge of, and experience in, learner-centred curriculum development, learning communities, distributed and blended learning, assessment and evaluation, and ethical decision making. Personal interests include trail running, fitness, reading, travel, and golf.
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Mary Metzger

Term Faculty

I have been a collegiate and adult educator for 18 years and enjoy the challenges and rewards of learning with students.  I have a master’s degree in history and a MLIS in library and information science. I am a published author and teach business writing in VCC’s hospitality management diploma program.  The insights and skills of the PIDP are critical to my teaching.  I am always striving to incorporate students’ voices and learning needs into classroom activities. My personal philosophy of teaching is a blend of constructivism and humanism. It is a joy to see learners refine their talents as teachers and prepare to share their skills with students.  In addition, new research about learning and the brain makes teaching in the PIDP more exciting than ever.  Outside the classroom, I enjoy hiking, cycling, and traveling.
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Pru Moore

Term Faculty

I have extensive experience in both designing and facilitating instructional skills courses and workshops. Currently, I teach in the provincial instructor diploma program as a senior term instructor. Before teaching adult education, I was a nurse and nurse educator in intensive care nursing specialty courses for ten years. Since completing my master’s degree in adult education at the University of British Columbia, I have taught for a variety of institutions including BCIT, the BC Medical Association, the BC Provincial Government, Early Childhood Educators Association, and numerous hospitals and health care facilities, offering programs to develop the instructional skills of educators in these organizations. I taught instructional skills to adult educators in China. I focus on instructional strategies that engage adult learners in relevant, practical and inspiring ways. My passions are enhancing motivation to learn and building learning communities of respect, connection and peace. I am married with three grown sons. My hobbies are competitive swimming, politics, camping, hiking, gardening, and reading. I am active in groups that protect the environment and foster justice and peace in the world.
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Joanne Brown

Term Faculty

I teach in the provincial instructor diploma program as well as the certificate in online/e-learning Instruction. My interests are around the diverse needs of adult learners and I have spent my career studying this fascinating subject. For my Master’s degree (Royal Roads University) I researched adult learning needs contributing to success in an online program. As a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI®) practitioner, I appreciate the fact that our personalities drive our learning needs. I value diversity in the classroom (and online) and am continuously looking for opportunities to provide support for different learner needs. I have over 20 years of combined experience in teaching/training and business. In addition to my role as instructor, I have provided leadership training and learning solutions to organizations in both the public and private sectors. I am also the Vancouver Chapter Chair of The Institute for Performance and Learning, which allows me to be a part of the exciting advancements in this wonderful world of learning and development. 
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Christine Rinaldi

Term Faculty

After completing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, I was the Executive Director of an outpatient addiction counselling clinic in the East Kootenay region for several years.  Following that interesting, challenging and rewarding experience, I joined the faculty of the College of the Rockies (COTR) in Cranbrook, where I was employed for 20 years.  My work at COTR involved teaching psychology and social psychology courses at the university transfer level, student advising and personal counselling, course and program development, and project management.  As soon as I enrolled in my first course of the Instructor Diploma Program, I recognized the value it brought to my teaching, and my other work.  I am a strong advocate of life-long learning, and have been a term instructor with the ID Program since 1996.  Every time I deliver a course, I learn so much from each of the participants.  Travelling is a passion of mine, and I have been fortunate to combine journeys ‘abroad’ with teaching.  I have taught skiing in Japan and delivered educational programs in Ecuador and China.  If I am not house-sitting in another country for 3-5 months at a time, you will find me hiking, skiing or reading.
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Roselynn Verwoord

Term Faculty

As an educator, facilitator, and curriculum developer, I have worked in a variety of formal and informal educational settings both locally and internationally. As an educator, I bring a commitment to constructivism and humanism in the classroom, which emphasize learners being actively involved in creating meaning knowledge and meaning. Presently, I work at the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where I support departments and units to design and develop curriculum and related courses and materials. My formal education includes a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Curriculum as well as a Master of Arts in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education. I am currently completing a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC.
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