iTEC LAB Virtual Education Teaching with New Technologies Social Justice & Media Literacies ecoARTnetwork & Social Media Teacher Stories Game On TLEF Seeds of Possibility DLC
iTEC LAB The integrating Technologies through Education and Cultures (iTEC) LAB was created to critically study the pervasive and emergent conditions of resistance and resilience associated with ICT litertacies, practices, and integration in K-16 education. ICT literacies refer to a person’s competency and confidence in knowing about and using technologies.
Virtual Education This online book and course “Identity and Place in Contemporary Art” was created through a partnership with Davis Publishing Inc., and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and Art21 a non profit emmy-award winning television series.
Teaching with New Technologies I am interested in continuing to use empirical research to plan, develop and design digital curriculum resources that have a direct and practical application for supporting students’ and teachers’ learning. While at OSU, through the TETAC research, I developed and taught a series of professional education courses on using ICT in educational settings. Many of these courses used multimedia modules.
Social Justice & Media Literacies In courses I teach I try to facilitate intercultural communication by building a supportive community through face-to-face, hybrid, and  online learning.  Technology is also used to create distinctive gathering places for group conversations and to encourage positive student leadership from within.
ecoARTnetwork & Social Media The ecoartnetwork was begun in 1998 by Lynne Hull, Don Krug, Baile Oaks, Aviva Rahmani, and Susan Steinman, and has grown into an international group dedicated to the practice(s) of ecological art that facilitate public awareness of nurturing a healthy balance with the living systems of Earth and its inhabitants. Currently we have 100+ members from United States, Canada, Europe, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
Teacher Stories In this online publication you will find examples of an ecological art curriculum that investigates the need for positive social and ecological change through art and action. It provides ideas for teachers to use in developing their own strategies for teaching about art and ecology.
Game On Game On: The Dream – Inukshuk Internet, Inc, Co-Investigators: Dallas, Distance Education Schools Consortium; & Winklemanns, Open Schools. ($60,000) This Flash-based interactive game was designed to engage secondary students in learning about the Arts and Design. The research examined how students and teachers use rich media and virtual education to enhance learning.
TLEF Engaging Global Citizenship through Collective Action and the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within the Secondary Teacher Education Program, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, The University of British Columbia.
Seeds of Possibility The Seeds of Possibility: Mentoring K-7 Educators’ ICT Ecology of Cognition, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Co-Investigators: Petrina & Zumbo ($109,100) This research will investigate British Columbia (BC) K-12 education professionals’ perspectives and practices, and local, provincial, and federal policies regarding the use of ICT in school cultures.
DLC Digital Learning and Curriculum Cohort The DLC cohort examines pedagogical practices that provide obstacles and opportunities for teachers and students when using digital technologies. Courses facilitate the development of what teachers already know and seeks to enhance their knowledge specifically about learning and curriculum as mediated through and with the use of ICT.


“Education, Technology, Media, Ecology, Culture, and the Arts.”

Virtuality and Education., Ecological Justice and Social Media


Mahtab Eskandari – Ph.D.

Curriculum and pedagogy are my fields of interest. I have been an educator as a Science, ESL, Arts and Anthropology teacher since 1998. I started with the Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics in Iran; and traveling as an international rural educator, I found interest in Anthropology, Social studies and Environmental education in international indigenous communities. I enjoy working with teachers in practicum settings and communicating and interacting with different generations and cultures towards improving learning and teaching.  Over the years I have researched active and dynamic integration of technology (with a focus on animation and decolonizing network systems) and museum learning in teacher education as well as multicultural education.

My students ages have ranged from 6-63 years old in diverse communities and places in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Canada. These experiences have inspired me to explore more in knowing about potentials and issues of concern in education field as I seek to know more about the design and implementation of curriculum and ethical education methodologies based on cultural conditions for teacher education.

Ashley Shaw — Ph.D.

Shaw, Ashley. (in progress, Spring 2016). Forthcoming. Ph.D. Dissertation.

I’m fascinated by questions around the impact new media and digital technologies are having on individuals and cultures, and the influence social media is having on the identities, practices, and epistemological understandings of young people.  In particular, I’m interested in how students are using these resources to construct complex digital learning ecologies to support both formal and informal learning, and the tensions encountered between their actual practices and the expectations and proscriptions of society and educational organisations.

Jennifer Zhao — Ph.D.

Zhao, Jennifer. (in progress, Spring 2016). Forthcoming. Ph.D. Dissertation.

My research interests include learning theories, distance and mix-mode course design, web-based learning and teaching, medical simulations in Virtual Worlds.



Ron Bowles – Ph.D.

Bowles, Ron. (in progress, Fall 2011). From Diagnosis to Discernment: Fostering Clinical Judgment of Paramedic Learners in Immersive High Fidelity Simulations. Ph.D. Dissertation.