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Dr. Verena Roberts (Educational Developer)

I am a passionate learning designer who completed my EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices with the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, where I continue to be an Adjunct Assistant professor and sessional instructor. Most recently, I helped to design the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Associate Science undergraduate degree as an Instructional Designer with Thompson Rivers University and completed a #GO-GN Open Podcast Fellowship.

During COVID, I was on contract as a Learning Designer with the UBC ETS team, an Educational Specialist with the Callysto project (Cybera), and a high school online teacher with Rocky View Schools, Alberta.

I have developed a wide variety of workshops (like Open Education Meets UDL and Course Design)  and presented at national and international conferences including the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World project on Storytelling and Perspectives: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Open Educational Practices (OEP) and SDG’s in High School Learning Environments in Slovenia. 

I have been honoured to have received Teaching and Learning Awards in K-12 contexts (2013 iNACOL Innovative Online and Blended Learning Practice Award Recipient), the integration of educational technology (2019 CNIE K-12 Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology), graduate research (2020 CATE (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Graduate Student Award Recipient) and teaching in Higher Education (2022 Sessional Teaching Award Winner for the Werklund School of Education).

I am excited about my role at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at CUE because I am passionate about learning and student-centered pedagogy.