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.

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
Educational Consultant, CTLT & Skylight

Manuel 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).

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.

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

(Currently on leave from Skylight)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Maï Yasue, PhD
Equity Strategist, Science

Maï works with students, instructors, and staff across UBC Science to help embed inclusive learning environments for students. She is cross-appointed to Skylight and the Equity & Inclusion Office, and she supports the Student Diversity Initiative @ Science, Inclusive Teaching @ UBC, and the Inclusion Action Plan. Maï welcomes questions about and suggestions for incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusive practices in science courses and programs, and hopes to build greater collaboration across UBC Science departments to increase capacity for EDI support.

Junior Support Analysts

Owen Yin

Owen Yin is a Junior Learning Technologies Support Analyst. Owen primarily provides after-hours support, ensuring faculty and staff can leverage learning technologies to their full potential. Owen currently enjoys physically distanced walks and virtual Zoom calls with friends.

UBC Science Learning Technology Rovers

Andrew Ng

Andrew is a Co-op student studying physiology, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. He’s interested in learning more about the variety of technologies available to faculty and staff, and in learning how the technologies can be used for effective teaching. He looks forwards to supporting instructors and solving problems with the LT Support Team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball with friends and watching hockey.

Flora Zhang

Flora is a Co-op student majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She’s interested in data analysis and exploring how technology can be successfully implemented to support the learning process. When she’s not in the office, you can probably find her in a dance studio or out in nature. 

Tara Kong

Tara is a Co-op student majoring in Engineering Physics. As an ACR, she looks forward to exploring how learning technologies are adapted and integrated within UBC in order to enrich the online teaching/learning experience. When she’s not sitting behind her laptop screen, she enjoys going on walks, reading, and taking lots of naps.

Celest Paez

Celest is a Co-op student studying Chemical Engineering. She’s interested in exploring new learning technologies, understanding how they enhance teaching and learning experiences, and helping faculty solve problems. In her spare time, she likes to bake treats, create music, and watch movies.

    Previous Learning and Canvas Technology Rovers

    Past Skylight Team Members

    • 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
    • Jackie Stewart (Chemistry)
    • Alex Tsonis (née Moxin)