Charlene Stewart, BSc, MEd (Leadership)
Armed with a BSc degree (Biology) from UVic, I worked as a professional biologist in the BC interior for approximately 8 years, before deciding that I was tired of looking over my shoulder for bears and cougars. After my first child was born, I returned to school to complete the PDPP program at the University of Victoria. I have been teaching for 15 years, initially as a high school science and math teacher at The High School (Nanaimo, B.C.), and most recently as an instructor in the Faculty of Academic Career and Preparation (Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C.).
I began experimenting with using technology as a teaching tool in 2012, although I don’t know if I would call it “online learning” as I mainly used the campus online learning system as a repository for notes, assignments and links to resources on the internet. When VIU switched to Desire2Learn (VIULearn), I was fortunate to be part of the first wave of instructors to receive training in the technology. I have never looked back!
I am fascinated with how we learn. I believe my job is to help people learn how to learn, to explore their own ways of learning and find out what fits best. Do they like using online tools? Do they have a learning community? Do they have strategies to manage the stress and anxiety that often accompanies learning? I love exploring the diverse ways of learning and knowing!