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Vivian Forssman

Vivian Forssman
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Vivian Forssman

Director, CTET
250-391-2600 ext. 4497


Vivian is responsible for leading and guiding the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET) to empower and enable faculty to design and facilitate great learning experiences for students.   Royal Roads University is a leader in blended learning and about 70% of programs are delivered fully online. This means the CTET team has strengths and skills in design and development of technology-enabled teaching and learning. CTET has 5 teams with about 30 staff (Learning Design; Course Production; Faculty Development; Learning Technologies; and Media Support Services). 



Vivian has worked in the educational development field as an academic leader, entrepreneur, consultant, and educator. Prior to joining RRU she was Director, Learning and Technology Services at Sauder School of Business, UBC, with responsibility for the evolution of IT infrastructure, applications and curriculum services in this high-ranked business school. In 2006 – 2008, she was Director, Centre of Instructional Technology and Development at SAIT, in Calgary, where she operationalized an institutional plan for curriculum and teaching excellence. In 2003 – 2006, she was Director, Web Services at BCIT, and served on a team leading BCIT’s Technology-enabled Knowledge initiative (TEK). From 1994 – 2000, she was President of Knowledge Architecture Inc., a Vancouver-based company specializing in development of curriculum and online learning resources for secondary schools. She has taught various courses at UBC, RRU, SFU and University of Saskatchewan on topics that range from project-based learning in online communities, knowledge management, e-business and project management.


Vivian holds an MBA from University of Cape Town. In 2004 – 2008 she studied and did research on policy and technology change in higher education through a PhD program at Simon Fraser University. She did not complete her dissertation.