Gary’s approach to learning and teaching involves the integration of emerging technologies with socio-constructivist principles and current research-based learning theory. He has been applying this approach in his teaching and instructional design practice since January 2013. He joined the Royal Roads University CTET staff in March 2017 to collaborate on a cutting edge team that supports faculty and helps provide students with proven pedagogy and meaningful affordances. Gary is avidly interested in such educational endeavors as facilitating transformative learning, enabling students to become primary influencers in their chosen fields, keeping abreast with current research and future trends in education, assessing technologies, and collaborating with others.
Gary’s practical experience includes several years as a higher education instructor in both Canada and Korea. During nearly seven years in his most recent role at Hanyang University in Seoul, Gary initiated several blended learning projects, chaired a busy committee to promote and advance digital/media literacy, and facilitated numerous faculty workshops on various topics, including software, blended learning, social constructivism, and literacy. Prior to taking on the university roles, Gary was an educational consultant who frequently delivered interactive presentations, conducted training sessions, and facilitated workshops at institutions and conferences across Canada.
Gary holds a Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from Union College in the United States. He was also granted Cambridge University’s Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and awarded the Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship for ranking as the top student in the BEd. program.