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Skylight: 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: 604.822.2749
F: 604.822.5558

The Skylight Team

Head shot of Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart
Associate Dean, Academic

Jackie was a member of Skylight from 2005 to 2010 as an embedded education expert in the Department of Chemistry. She is happy to have returned to lead Skylight as part of her Associate Dean, Academic portfolio. In her Associate Dean role, Jackie is responsible for the Faculty of Science's curriculum process; administering programs, including Science One, First-Year Focus, Integrated Sciences, Cognitive Systems, SCIE 113, and Science 101; and managing teaching prize adjudication and teaching evaluations.  

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

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.

Emma Davy
Science Education Specialist (SES)

As a Science Education Specialist in the Department of Chemistry, Emma collaborates with and advises faculty members on pedagogical evolution using evidence-based, creative, and inclusive practices. Additionally, Emma works to support long-term projects in teaching and learning in chemistry. Current work involves support and assessment for both lecture- and laboratory-based courses as well as using technology to more effectively deliver courses.  

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.

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.

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.

Stephan Koenig
Science Education Specialist (SES)

As the Science Education Specialist in the Computer Science Department, Stephan supports instructors with the migration to a new online assessment tool offering students the opportunity to practice with randomized questions for mastery learning and more flexibility when scheduling exams in a new computer-based testing facility. He focuses on the impact of learning technologies on student learning, well-being and inclusivity and how their implementation and course design should inform each other.

Zohreh Moradi
Research Analyst

Zohreh is responsible for planning, implementing, and collaborating with faculty and staff on research and projects to explore and analyze data sets relevant to teaching and learning (including but not limited to learner demographics and performance data; course and project evaluation data; data relating to equity and inclusion, survey data, and other data extracted from other learning technologies). She also facilitates data access requests and liaises with units across campus.

Kelly Paton
Science Education Specialist (SES)

As a Science Education Specialist within the Mathematics department, Kelly works with individual instructors, supports the department in course and curriculum revisions, and collaborates on teaching and learning projects. She is particularly interested in enabling instructors in developing their personal teaching philosophies and practices in light of always-emerging evidence about effective and inclusive teaching. Current areas of work include coaching novice instructors on inclusive active-learning techniques, collaborating on refining a newly-reformed first-year calculus course, and supporting the implementation of WeBWorK assessments.

Adele Ruosi
Science Education Specialist (SES)

As a Science Education Specialist jointly appointed with Skylight and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Adele advises faculty instructors, including instructors in a paired-teaching arrangement, on pedagogical improvement, curriculum revisions, and assessment of teaching and learning effectiveness. She also works on a longitudinal tracking project to assess students' learning effectiveness and to identify their challenges in physics throughout their entire curriculum.

Amber Schroeder
Administrative and Communications Coordinator

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

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

Ashley leads and advises on several teaching and learning projects and initiatives across the Faculty of Science. She develops resources and facilitates professional development as a means to enrich curriculum, pedagogy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and decolonizing practices in undergraduate math and science education. Ashley works closely with colleagues and units within and outside of UBC to build more inclusive teaching, learning, and work environments and to create stronger relationships among faculty, staff, students, and the broader community.

Jenny Wong
Learning Technologies Support Analyst

Jenny provides support and guidance to faculty and staff on the use of various learning technologies, such as Canvas, WebWork, and iClicker. She also oversees Skylight’s Learning Technology Rovers. Jenny is interested in exploring how learning technologies can be used to facilitate and improve teaching and learning experiences.

UBC Science Learning Technology Rovers

Alec Currie

Alec is a third year Computer Science student. He enjoys learning about how various technologies work behind the scenes, and is excited to apply that passion when helping instructors and students use UBC’s learning technologies. When he is not at work, he enjoys chatting with friends online, playing jazz trombone, and riding thrilling roller coasters.

Ivan Cheung

Ivan is Co-op student studying Electrical Engineering. He is interested in the implementation of technology in different fields. He looks forward to helping UBC staff and faculty foster an effective learning environment with UBC's learning technologies. During his free time, he enjoys playing video games, lifting weights, and exploring new activities with friends.

Nathan Chan

Nathan is a third-year student pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Data Science. He enjoys using learning technologies and is looking forward to assisting faculty with their issues so that he can contribute to UBC's learning environment. Nathan can be found playing badminton or ultimate frisbee on the UBC campus and he also enjoys playing piano in his spare time.

Previous Rovers and Junior Support Analysts

Past Skylight Team Members

  • Marie Krbavac
  • Maï Yasué
  • Michael Zhang
  • Gaitri Yapa
  • Sara Harris (Associate Dean, Academic)
  • Erika Borys
  • Eric Jandciu
  • Jeanette Leeuwner
  • Matthew Coles
  • Jaclyn Dee
  • Alice Campbell
  • Naoko Hawkins
  • Rachel Petrynko
  • Kathleen (Katie) Foote
  • Caitlin Donnelly
  • 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
  • Alex Tsonis (née Moxin)