The Centre for Education & CyberHumanity is a research group consisting of faculty, alumni, and students from the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada, formed in late 2014.  The work of the Centre is dedicated to investigating prosocial knowledge, skills, attitudes, perceptions, experience and self-efficacy with regard to the integration of technology into society and the ways in which the education system can support the development of these attributes.

What does “prosocial” mean?

According to Oxford Dictionaries, ‘prosocial’ is a psychological term “relating to or denoting behaviour which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/prosocial ).

What do you mean by “CyberHumanity”?

CyberHumanity is a term developed by Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professor Julia Hengstler (@jhengstler) to describe a society where technology is closely interwoven into every day experience. It is a compound word created from “cyber” (referring to the culture of technology) and ‘humanity’ which simultaneously invokes “people” as well as humaneness, civility, ethics and understanding. As such, the term is used to describe a society where people are able to live with and use technology in prosocial ways to support continued human growth and development—a goal that the activities of the research group will help to realize.

Founding Members: 2014


  • Julia Hengstler, Professor & Educational Technologist, Faculty of Education, VIU
  • Gail Krivel-Zacks, Professor & Program Chair (M.Ed. Special Education),Faculty of Education, VIU
  • Rachel Moll, Professor, Faculty of Education,VIU
  • Mary O’Neill, Coordinator, OLTD Graduate Diploma Program, & Professor, Faculty of Education, VIU
  • Randy LaBonte, Professor, Faculty of Education, VIU & CANeLearn


  • Breanne Quist, alumna M.Ed. (Leadership, VIU), OLTD Program (VIU) and Bachelor of Education Program (VIU)
  • Kristin Sward, alumna M.Ed. (Leadership, VIU), OLTD Program (VIU).



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