I am a Canadian researcher, educator, and learning scientist specializing in student agency and the mediating role of online learning technologies and social media on student success, mental health, and well-being. As the Director of the ALIVE Research Lab at the University of British Columbia I study agency ‘unbundled’ from formal learning contexts including social media, online and virtual immersive environments.
I am also a two-time heart transplant recipient, heart failure survivor, and co-founder of the HeartLife Foundation of Canada whose mission is to engage, educate, and empower the voices of those living with heart failure.
I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Assessment for Learning in Immersive and Virtual Environments (ALIVE) Research Lab.
Agency and identity development are central tenets of my scholarship and a key role in shaping my identity as a woman, researcher, and person with a medical disability. I advance my interdisciplinary scholarship by engaging in 3 questions: How do we learn? Does technology make a difference? How does technology impact our agency as humans?
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THIS IS MY STORY
My Broken Heart is a feature-length documentary shot over 5-years. The documentary follows the lives of Jillianne Code, Mark Wilson, and Cody Halfpenny as they face the challenges of heart transplantation.
Exploring the journey from end-stage heart failure, LVAD, heart transplantation, and organ rejection, My Broken Heart is an unflinching look at the possible complications and consequences of organ transplantation.