Joel is a PhD student in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE. He is currently interested in the intersection of active learning and learning communities. His upcoming research will involve orchestration graph notation and the development of technologies and activities to engage students and produce learning community curricula.
He recently completed the requirements of his master’s degree at OISE and Knowledge Media Design collaborative program. This work focused on Knowledge Building, a technology supported approach to collaborative learning and students’ creative work with ideas.
Prior to his education at OISE, he worked as a member of an e-learning team at a Canadian university to support faculty in their use of educational technologies and manage small projects for administration. His interest in education and collaborative learning grew during his undergraduate education in computer science and participation in a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) lab. While his projects primarily focused on robotics, he was inspired by others’ research and design of new interfaces and technologies for collaboration and learning.
Currently his hobbies include running and juggling–but not yet at the same time. One of his future goals is to participate in a sprint triathlon.