Contact Skylight

General inquiries:

Skylight: The Science Centre for Learning and Teaching
Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean

Earth Sciences Building
2178-2207 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4

 

T: 604.822.9846
E: skylight@science.ubc.ca
F: 604.822.5558

The Skylight Team

Sara Harris
Associate Dean, Academic

sharris@science.ubc.ca
604.822.4541

Sara is responsible for the Faculty of Science's curriculum process; administering programs, including Science One, Coordinated Science Program, Integrated Science Program, Science 101; managing Skylight; administering the Science Killam Teaching Prizes and GTA Teaching Awards; facilitating First Nations initiatives; adjudicating academic appeals.


Gülnur Birol, MSc, PhD
Director

birol@science.ubc.ca
604.827.3414

Gülnur is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision in planning and delivery of Faculty of Science-wide teaching and learning initiatives; and for managing the ongoing operations of Skylight to advance science and mathematics education through evidence-based practices and scholarship of teaching and learning.


Warren Code, MSc, PhD
Associate Director, Special Initiatives

warcode@science.ubc.ca
604.822.4691

Warren leads, advises and assists in planning, research/evaluation and management for a range of teaching and learning projects across the Faculty of Science, with a particular focus on the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and related UBC initiatives. Warren is responsible for advising and professional development for department-based teaching and learning fellows, evaluating impact on students and faculty, and connecting (via correspondence and on-campus visits) with people from UBC and other institutions interested in the accomplishments in teaching and learning within the Faculty of Science.


Erika Borys
Skylight Administrative Coordinator

erika.borys@science.ubc.ca
604.822.9846

Erika provides Skylight and its team with administrative support. She arranges and attends meetings, coordinates events, and responds to general enquiries. Erika also helps with drafting and editing a variety of documents, email announcements, surveys, and website content.


Alice Campbell, MA, MET
Science Education Specialist (SES)

alice.campbell@ubc.ca
604.827.3832

Alice provides pedagogical support to faculty to enhance their teaching and learning practices in face-to-face, blended and online learning environments. She works collaboratively with faculty to design and implement evaluation tools to help inform pedagogical decisions, advises on instructional design best practices, and supports faculty in developing well-aligned teaching and classroom assessment materials.


Matt Coles, PhD
Science Education Specialist (SES)

colesmp@math.ubc.ca
604.822.3892

Embedded in the Mathematics Department, Matt provides support for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who wish to improve their teaching philosophy and practice. He is interested in understanding how mathematicians learn to teach and aspires to implement programs that impact the attitudes towards and uptake of evidenced based teaching. In particular, Matt runs professional development workshops, orchestrates peer reviews of teaching, and consults with faculty in charge of large multi-section courses to implement modern pedagogical techniques. [more]


Caitlin Donnelly, PhD
Instructional Designer and Program Administrator

caitlin.donnelly@ubc.ca
604.827.3832

Caitlin provides support to the UBC Introductory Statistics Flexible Learning project, and is also the course coordinator for SCIE 113. She works with faculty to assess and develop in-class activities, advises on instructional design, and provides project management support for the development of the UBC StatSpace website.


Noureddine Elouazizi, MSc, MPhil, PhD
Learning Technology Strategist and Skylight LT team lead

noureddine.elouazizi@science.ubc.ca
604.822.8591

Noureddine is responsible for providing the strategic leadership to manage the learning technologies ecosystem at the Faculty of Science. He leads the Skylight-Learning Technology team (Skylight-LT) to provide Learning Technologies services, which include: (i) management of the LT-Ecosystem operations at the Faculty of Science, (ii) consulting faculty members and other stakeholders on the feasibility, integration, design and sustainability of LT-pedagogies and solutions, and (iii) collaborating and engaging with Science faculty in LT-mediated pedagogy’ s evaluation, innovation and research.


Kathleen (Katie) Foote, PhD
Science Education Specialist (SES)

kfoote@phas.ubc.ca
604.822.5527

Katie works with faculty in the Physics and Astronomy Department to encourage a more active approach to teaching. She will be working with the Undergraduate Chair to do a grand curriculum assay of the physics courses, how the content and skills connect and build between courses. Her expertise includes learning space design, using interactive methods in large first year courses, and the implementation of research-based instructional strategies beyond the development site.


Eric Jandciu, MSc, MJ
Strategist, Teaching & Learning Initiatives

jandciu@science.ubc.ca
604.822.2944

Eric leads and supports teaching and learning projects within the Faculty of Science. Working with faculty, educational technologists and students he is involved with the design, implementation, revision and evaluation of new courses, such as Communicating Science (SCIE 300), Topics in Sustainability Science (SCIE 120) and Introduction to Sustainability (SCIE 220). Eric also frequently consults with faculty on implementing communication skills instruction into science courses and holds training workshops on this topic. [more]


Erica Jeffery, MSc
Science Education Specialist (SES)

ejeffery@zoology.ubc.ca

As a Life Sciences SES within the Zoology Department, Erica aims to empower graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to use evidence-based methods to achieve their teaching and learning goals. She is particularly interested in leveraging technology to make student learning inside and outside the classroom more effective, and in ways that instructors can efficiently collect and make use of data to inform their teaching practices. Her goals include supporting instructors in undertaking pedagogical projects, fostering connections within and between the department and the UBC teaching and learning community, and assessing and improving the alignment between course-level and program-level learning outcomes.


Jeanette Leeuwner, PhD
Science Education Specialist (SES)

leeuwner@chem.ubc.ca
604.822.3962

Jeanette works as a Science Education Specialist within the Chemistry department and supports faculty in improving their teaching and learning approaches. This involves advising on best teaching practices, the implementation of evaluation tools, and the development of course material and assessments. Currently, she is also involved with the development and instruction of a new introductory chemistry course offered to first year students.


Rachel Petrynko
Instructional Support Analyst

rachel.petrynko@ubc.ca
604.822.0864

Rachel is the Instructional Support Analyst for UBC Skylight. Within the Faculty of Science, she provides support and guidance to faculty members and staff in their use of Connect, Canvas, WeBWorK, and various other learning technologies. Rachel oversees the Learning Technology Rovers and Canvas Technology Rovers, and is also interested in understanding how learning technologies can be used to expand educative dimensions, and ultimately facilitate and improve teaching and learning.


Sarah Bean Sherman
Science Education Specialist (SES)

ssherman@eoas.ubc.ca
604.822.2821

As the Science Education Specialist in the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) department, Sarah collaborates with faculty to incorporate evidence-based educational strategies in their courses. She conducts classroom observations, gives feedback to instructors, measures student learning and course experiences via surveys and other assessments, and helps to provide a teaching development experience. Current areas of development include investigating the potential benefits of pairing new and experienced instructors as a way of transferring best practices in teaching, assessing the spatial visualization skills of undergraduate students in EOAS, and helping to map the curriculum in EOAS.


Ashley Welsh, MA, PhD
Faculty Liaison

ashley.welsh@ubc.ca
604.827.2179

(Currently on leave)

As the Faculty Liaison, Ashley advises and supports faculty and graduate students with the development and evaluation of teaching and learning enhancement projects. She also contributes to curriculum and course development, professional development services, and the development of the Faculty-wide undergraduate student learning outcomes. Ashley is cross appointed between the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) as a means to improve collaboration among these groups and to enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning occurring within the Faculty of Science.


UBC Science Learning Technology Rovers

Iris Chen

zhuqch@mail.ubc.ca

Iris is a co-op student studying Mechanical Engineering with particular interest in computer programming and mechatronic systems. As an LTR, she enjoys the opportunity to explore and learn more about different learning technologies. In her spare time she likes to read, cook, and binge-watch TV shows.

Madeleine Fleming

mkdrf9@mail.ubc.ca

Madeleine is a Materials Engineering student interested in 3D bioprinting, nanotechnology, and education. Her favorite part of the job is helping faculty and staff utilize the available technology to its fullest potential to ensure an effective learning environment for all students.

Sunny XuHui He

sunnyx.he@ubc.ca

Sunny is an Applied Science co-op student studying Electrical Engineering. He is interested in computer hardware, nano-technology, and app development. His favourite part of the job is learning and supporting faculty and staff with learning technologies, and collaborating with fellow LTRs.

    UBC Canvas Technology Rovers

    Arslan Bhatti

    arslan.bhatti@ubc.ca

    Arslan is a third year Electrical Engineering student who is interested in helping faculty and staff by collaborating with his fellow peers. His favourite part about the job is supporting teachers in their transition from Connect to Canvas. He enjoys playing sports, video games, and occasionally reads once in a blue moon.

    Kevin Zhao

    kevin.zhao@ubc.ca

    Kevin is a third year electrical engineering student who wishes to specialize in nuclear and other alternative forms of power generation. He enjoys the process of design and likes to help faculty and staff create user friendly courses in Canvas. In addition, he likes collaborating with people of a wide variety of specializations.

    Previous Learning and Canvas Technology Rovers


    Past Skylight Team Members

    • Ian Cavers (Associate Dean, Academic and founding member of Skylight)
    • Kalev Hunt
    • Alena Proskuryakova
    • Gillian Gerhard (CTLT)
    • Mark Gammon (University of Colorado, Boulder)
    • Marina Milner-Bolotin (Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education)
    • France Gagnon
    • Andrea Han (CTLT)
    • Dilek Kayaalp
    • Djun Kim
    • Jack Lee
    • Cyprien Lomas (Assistant Dean, Learning Tech, Land and Food Systems)
    • Leah Macfadyen (Arts ISIT)
    • Vicky Mok
    • Joanne Nakonechny
    • Daryl Smith
    • Jackie Stewart (Chemistry)
    • Alex Tsonis (née Moxin)