The Educational Technology Support (ETS) unit supports the design, development and deployment of innovative teaching practices in the Faculty of Education.

ETS is a hub of innovation and creativity, and is here to help instructors create engaging learning experiences for their students. We do this by supporting instructors with new learning technologies, and with curriculum and instructional design.

Our goal is to enable quality instruction in classroom, blended, and distance modalities, and we offer workshops and training focused on technology-enhanced teaching and learning. The ETS team helps instructors think creatively and push the boundaries using new tools, or new ways of applying tools and resources, so that they can get the most impact from their teaching.

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Staff Profiles

(in alphabetical order)


Tasnim Al-Obaidi

Administrative Coordinator
tasnim.al-obaidi@ubc.ca | 604.822.2667

As the Administrative Coordinator at the ETS office, Tasnim provides coordination on all aspects on the ETS office, including arranging meetings and events, managing communication with external clients and responding to inquires and requests related to non-credit offerings in Canvas Catalog, and managing the day-to-day details of the office.

Natasha Boškić, PhD

Director, Learning Design
natasha.boskic@ubc.ca | 604.822.1831

Natasha considers the direction the Faculty of Education will go in relation to innovation and good practices in teaching and learning approaches, in alignment with the strategic goals of the Faculty and of the University. She guides the rest of her team in supporting faculty and staff to enhance teaching and learning experiences, as well as planning and managing flexible educational initiatives. She teaches as a sessional lecturer in the MET program.

Gabrielle Coombs

Educational Technologist
gabrielle.coombs@ubc.ca | 604.822.6333

Gabrielle is a learning design graduate from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, with a background in English as a Second/Additional Language teaching. She now researches, tests and supports the use of educational technologies for staff at UBC primarily through the Canvas LMS, with a passionate focus on accessibility, and innovative learner engagement.

Parm Gill, MET

Learning Designer
parm.gill@ubc.ca | 604.827.2114

Parm brings over 20 years of experience in online adult learning theories, principles, course design strategies, and is well versed in a range of educational technologies. She specializes in designing online and blended courses where student learning experiences based on sound pedagogies and incorporate optimal technology solutions. Parm especially enjoys working with faculty on the design/re-design and development of courses requiring creative solutions for teaching and learning challenges.

Simone Hausknecht, PhD

Learning Designer

Simone has a MA and PhD in educational technology and learning design from Simon Fraser University with a focus on computer supported collaborative learning, digital storytelling, and digital games. She enjoys collaborating with faculty and ETS colleagues to facilitate, guide, and create research informed, innovative, learner-centred designs.

Meghan McMillen, MET

Learning Designer

Meghan is a dedicated and passionate K-12 educator and K-7 Teacher-Librarian. A graduate of the UBC MET program, Meghan has combined her love of literacy with educational technology to deliver engaging, student-centred content. Her main interests include digital storytelling, digital literacy, and the seamless integration of technology into student learning. Meghan has created and developed several open educational resources, online seminars, and units of learning for students and educators.

Faeyza Mufti, MET

Learning Design Manager
faeyza.mufti@ubc.ca | 604.822.3577

With a passion for quality and innovation, Faeyza leads and manages technology-enabled learning design initiatives at ETS. She works with faculty to design courses for online and blended learning. Advocating student-centered approaches, she provides necessary guidance for incorporating technologies and building learning experiences that best meet the learning outcomes. Faeyza has a background in Computer Science, Project Management and is a graduate of the UBC MET program.

Eduardo Rebagliati

Learning Technology Specialist
eduardo.reba@ubc.ca | 604.827.0489

Eduardo has worked extensively with technology throughout his professional life in a wide variety of contexts including higher education, multimedia production, and advertising. He identifies, analyzes, and coordinates educational technology initiatives with other members of the ETS team and educational stakeholders to maximize affordances in learning experiences. His interests include multimedia production, innovative and transformative technology-supported instruction, digital literacy, and learning experience design.

Naomi Sawai

Educational Technologist
naomi.sawai@ubc.ca | 604.822.1965

Naomi comes from a long background in teaching English as an Additional Language in higher education and is excited to be a new member of the ETS team. She provides Canvas support for faculty members, researches and tests new educational technologies and software, and works with learning designers and other instructional support staff in the development of educational resources.

Aryan Varma

Learning Technology Rover
aryan.varma@ubc.ca | 604.822.6333

Aryan provides the first tier of educational technology support to faculty members by gathering information, analyzing various learning systems, determining the problem and providing a solution. Aryan is also responsible for troubleshooting technical issues as they arise and helps by supporting faculty members with various learning technologies such as Canvas, Blogs, CLAS, Camtasia, etc. He also helps with training sessions and the creation of supporting materials and documentation.

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