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
F: 604.822.5558

The Skylight Team

Sara Harris
Associate Dean, Academic

Sara is responsible for the Faculty of Science's curriculum process; administering programs, including Science One, Coordinated Science, Integrated Sciences, Cognitive Systems, SCIE 113, and Science 101; managing Skylight; administering the Science Killam Teaching Prizes and GTA Teaching Awards; student evaluations of teaching.

Gülnur Birol, MSc, PhD

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

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 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 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)

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]

Manuel Dias
Faculty Liaison, Skylight & Educational Consultant, CTLT

As the Faculty Liaison, Manuel consults with faculty and graduate students on teaching and learning enhancement projects. He also facilitates professional development activities with a particular focus on the integration and implementation of learning technology in Science. He has a keen interest in instructional design and regularly consults with faculty to implement innovative practices or fully online or blended learning courses. Manuel is cross appointed between the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).

Caitlin Donnelly, PhD
Instructional Designer and Program Administrator

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 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)

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.

Christine Goedhart, PhD
Science Education Specialist (SES)

As a Science Education Specialist in the Botany department, Christine works with instructors to help them navigate the process of pedagogical change and develop personalized teaching philosophies and practices that are student-centered, inclusive, and evidence-based. She is also working collaboratively with others to improve communication, integration, implementation, and assessment of program-level learning outcomes and competencies.

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

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)

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)

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
Learning Technologies Analyst

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)

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

(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

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

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.

Dennis Truong

Dennis is an Integrated Engineering student with an interest in microcontrollers and computer programming. His favourite part of being an LTR is learning about the various learning technologies that UBC employs and sharing this knowledge with faculty members and fellow students.

Olivia Xiao

Olivia is a Computer Science student interested in web development, database management, and artificial intelligence. Being an LTR, she likes learning different kind of technologies and helping faculty to solve problems. She enjoys baking, travelling, and rock music in her spare time.

Haifei (Faye) Yu

Faye is a Co-op student studying Psychology and an aspiring UX/UI designer. Her favourite part of being an LTR is learning new technologies and the rewarding feelings she gets from troubleshooting for faculty and staff. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hikes, old movies, and playing guitar.

    UBC Canvas Technology Rovers

    Kevin Zhao

    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)