Past Board – 2015/2016


Kari Rasmussen –

Kari Rasmussen has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary, beginning as an instructor in Computer Systems Technology and evolving to specializing in the area of teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment.  Kari has an MA in Distributed Learning and Leadership and her PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning and eResearch in which she examined the Canadian post-secondary environment with a focus on adult learners within Alberta and their perspectives on choosing online or blended alternatives to engage in their post-secondary education. Driven by her passion for accessibility and improved learning experiences Kari has taken on many roles from student to instructor, from instructional design to managing teams for teaching and learning initiatives, as well as taking on several consulting roles that widen her perspective on educational experiences. Kari currently is the Director, Teaching and Learning within the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.


Banff Profile PicMelissa Jakubec –

Melissa Jakubec is currently a Senior Learning Designer at Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning. She is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of learning activities and exploring design and pedagogical models that break down the barriers and linear confines of the traditional learning management system. She has also served as departmental chair and Provost’s Fellow, Blended and Innovative Learning.

Prior to becoming a learning designer, Melissa taught English as a Second Language at Thompson Rivers University for more than 15 years. She believes in providing student-centered, contextualized, and meaningful instruction, as well as in using technology to enhance the learning process. These values continue to inform her practice in curriculum development. In the summer of 2015, Melissa returned to her ESL roots, instructing in a teaching training program in Beijing.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in English (Honours) and Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in English from Dalhousie University. She also holds a Royal Social of Arts Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language and has achieved TESL Canada’s Level 5 Professional Certification. She also completed a Certificate in Designing and Facilitating E-Learning through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and continues to seek opportunities for professional development and further learning.



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02-marc-imbeault-bMarc Imbeault –

Marc Imbeault est doyen à l’enseignement et à la recherche au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, professeur associé à l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, rédacteur en chef de la Revue du Cavalier Bleu et membre du comité exécutif du Réseau canadien pour l’innovation en éducation. En plus d’enseigner la philosophie dans plusieurs universités, il a publié des articles de revues, des chapitres de livres et des comptes rendus.

Dr. Marc Imbeault is Dean of Studies and Research at Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Adjunct professor at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Editor in Chief of The Blue Knight Review and Past President of Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. In addition, he has taught philosophy at several universities, and has written a number of book chapters and academic journal articles.

Board Members

Media Production

Photo Credit: Ken Bendiksten

Photo Credit: Ken Bendiksten

This board member represents media producers and distributors.


Katrin is an award winning, internationally known expert in the design and analysis of Serious Games and in gamification in the classroom. She holds two CS degrees and a PhD in Educational Technology. She is a certified instructional designer with a graduate certificate in serious game design and research. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and has taught CS, videogame design, DGBL, and technical writing. Her teaching innovations have been internationally recognized and she is widely published. She designs and develops eLearning in all sectors, including educational and advertising games. She is also the author of two books; one on the technical aspects of simulations and games written for non-technical people (2011), and another on choosing and using digital games for the classroom, due out in 2016.

david francis 2014Policy – Administration

This director represents policy makers and/or administrators.

David Francis –

David is an innovator in online education, instructional design, applied research and planning for change in higher education settings. He brings significant institutional leadership experience from the Canadian and U.S. sectors and has conducted workshops internationally regarding the management of technological change in education. His particular academic area of interest is organizational learning as it relates to institutional efficiency initiatives, such as Lean, in academic settings. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and education as well as a Master of Education (Information Technology) and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.


Martha in BrownThis director represents researchers.

Martha Gabriel –

Martha Gabriel PhD is Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at UPEI. She has previously served as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Faculty (2012-2014), and as Acting Director of the Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Development Officer at UPEI (2007-2008). Her research interests include investigating the intersections of digital literacies and distance education, exploring multimodalities/multiliteracies, and examining children’s musicking in informal environments, in particular during the early years. She has presented widely throughout Canada and at international conferences in the areas of distance education, digital technologies, literacy and technology, young children and musicking, and mentoring. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. Her international work includes supervising pre-service teachers during their six-week international teaching practicum experiences both in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and in Ireland. She has returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to facilitate literacy workshops for teachers and also for parents, and to explore children’s singing there. Her current university teaching focuses on qualitative research and advanced research design at the Masters and Doctoral levels, and she presently supports a number of Faculty of Education doctoral students and candidates with their dissertation research projects.

Distance – Open Learning Professionals

This director represents distance/open learning professionals.

David Macdonald –

David Macdonald, B.Mus., B.Ed., M.E.T. is currently the Distance Education & Learning Technology Coordinator for Thorneloe University at Laurentian (Sudbury, ON) and the Registrar of Thorneloe University’s School of Theology. He also teaches as a sessional faculty member, both in-class and online, in the Department of Music at Laurentian University and works as a freelance Instructional Designer and musician. As an avid canoeist, David also has an interest in non-conventional learning spaces.

Education/Training Technology Specialists

This director represents education/training technology specialists.



Tim Howard