TAPESTRY TEAM

Meet Everyone Who Has Contributed

OUR TEAM

Our team has representation from the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Applied Sciences, and also the School of Nursing.  Our team includes Students, Staff, and Faculty Members.

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CURRENT STUDENT EMPLOYEES

ANDREW BUI

Developer

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MELANIE BUTT

Cognitive Systems Undergraduate Student, User Experience & Evaluation Lead

Melanie is a fourth-year Cognitive Systems student specializing in Psychology. She worked on her capstone research project with the Tapestry team, focusing on user research and usability testing with instructors at UBC. Now, as a Work Learn student, Melanie will continue working on instructor outreach and improving the user experience of Tapestry’s authoring tool, as well as overseeing future UX testing for the tool at large.

BITA JOKAR

Psychology Undergraduate Student, Project Co-ordinator and Evaluation Research Assistant

Bita Jokar is in her third-year at UBC and has joined the Tapestry project as a Work Learn student. She is working with Trish Varao-Sousa and Melanie Butt on user experience testing throughout the development of Tapestry and is also the project coordinator.

NARENDRA SYAHRASYAD

Developer

<Coming Soon>

SIMI WEI

Volunteer

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CURRENT STAFF

AIDIN NIAVARANI

Lead Developer

Aidin is an experienced full-stack software developer, with a passion for user experience, innovation, and creative design. He has worked on many web and mobile application development projects of different sizes and has gained a wealth of knowledge in this process. His work in the start-up community has fed his passion for creative thinking and innovation, and his contributions in the education field have been one of the most fascinating experiences for him. Although he completed his undergraduate degree at SFU, he is grateful to work at the beautiful UBC campus, on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people. UBC is a very forward-thinking university, and it is taking large steps to support innovations that will make a significant difference in our society. Tapestry is a great example of this innovation and what is to come in the future of teaching and learning, and Aidin is very excited to be a part of it!

LINNEA RITLAND

Video Production Lead

Linnea Ritland, Video Producer, holds a BFA in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. She is an accomplished short-form editor and animator, and has written and directed several short films, specializing in queer, comedy and youth content. More at her website: linnearitland.com

PI & CO-APPLICANTS

STEVEN BARNES

Tapestry Principal Investigator
Senior Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Steven Barnes is the Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs in UBC’s Department of Psychology. He is well known for his work related to student mental health and wellbeing. Steven is also an accomplished artist–his current art practice is centered around the production of new media pieces that aim to inspire dialogue on the ways we think about and use modern technologies. He also continues to produce drawings and paintings. Steven is co-author of a best-selling textbook on Behavioural Neuroscience, Biopsychology 10th edition (Pearson).

CELINA BERG

Senior Instructor, Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science

Celina is a Senior Instructor with the Department of Computer Science at UBC. She completed her PhD at the University of Victoria where her research was in the intersection of the principles of software engineering and complex software systems, with a focus on parallel computing. In Celina’s current position as an instructor, her research focus has shifted to Computer Science Education in support of evidence-based teaching. Her core interests are active-based learning in the classroom and tool-based support for students’ introduction to programming. Celina is cross-appointed with UBC’s Vantage College where she teaches computer science to first-year, international English language learners and collaborates with Academic English Instructors to provide a cohesive language and content learning environment for students.

CHRISTINE D’ONOFRIO

Senior Instructor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Christine D’Onofrio is a visual artist based in Vancouver, teaching at University of British Columbia. She is interested in practice-based research as a way to access new knowledge.

SAEED DYANATKAR

Executive Producer, UBC Studios & UBC Emerging Media Lab

With background in systems design, human factors, and emerging technologies, Saeed Dyanatkar has been working within academe on adopting emerging technologies to enhance knowledge translation and learning experience.

Currently, he leads UBC Studios and the UBC Emerging Media Lab (eml.ubc.ca) which provides a venue for UBC community to explore and experiment with emerging and immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR). EML provides an incubation space in which new ideas can flourish and become new tools or techniques to enhance learning and research at UBC.

In Saeed’s spare time, he works on nonprofit initiatives to bring people from different cultures closer and help them understand each other better with hope to reduce conflicts and promote peace. Saeed has co-founded an initiative to promote media literacy and cultural exchange at an international level and he helps publish The Source/La Source newspaper, a forum for diversity in Vancouver (http://thelasource.com).

HÉLÈNE FROHARD-DOURLENT

Student Diversity Initiative, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

As a member of the Student Diversity Initiative, Hélène works in partnership with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology to help develop leading pedagogical strategies, educational initiatives, and learning tools to support student diversity as well as equity and inclusion in the classroom, with the goal to enhance the experiences of all students.

RACHELLE HOLE

Associate Professor and Co-Director, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, School of Social Work, UBC Okanagan

Rachelle is an associate professor in the UBC Okanagan School of Social work. She is the co-director of the UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, the only university-based research centre in Canada with a dedicated focus on intellectual disability policy and practice. She is also the leader of the social inclusion and equity research cluster with the UBC Institute for Community Engaged Research. Rachelle teaches critical disability studies, and diversity and social work practice. Her research is informed by two complementary streams: 1) a substantial focus on the socio-cultural practices that promote social inclusion and equity informed by critical disability studies, and 2) a methodological focus on community-based participatory research methods.

KAYLI JOHNSON

Instructor, Chemistry Department and Vantage College, Faculty of Science

Kayli Johnson is an Instructor in the Department of Chemistry and the recipient of a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. She has harnessed the power of interactive videos and h5p to create a custom online course book for first year chemistry students at UBC.

SIMON LOLLIOT

Instructor, Department of Psychology and Vantage College, Faculty of Arts

Simon is an instructor in psychology and chair of the Vantage One Arts program. He received his PhD from Oxford University in experimental social psychology. His research background is in diversity, intergroup contact, conflict, and reconciliation. Currently, he is studying the beneficial effects of diversity in academic settings as well as the underlying social psychological barriers to educational success and how to overcome those barriers. Simon is an advocate of open education adopting open source textbooks and developing online tools (using H5P) to enrich his teaching while reducing costs to students.

ERIN MICHALAK

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Erin Michalak is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and is a member of the Executive Committee for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health.

Her background is in psychology, with a PhD awarded from the University of Wales College of Medicine in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in bipolar disorder, quality of life, stigma, Community Based Participatory Research, knowledge exchange, self-management and ehealth/mhealth.

Dr. Michalak’s research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, amongst others. She is the founder and leader of the ‘Collaborative RESearch Team for the study of psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder’ (CREST.BD), a CIHR-funded Canadian network dedicated to collaborative research and knowledge exchange in BD. She has published over 85 scientific articles and several books and book chapters. In her spare time, Erin is an avid mushroom hunter and breeder of Giant Schnauzers, where she lives on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

KATHERINE MOORE

Alumnus, BA, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Katherine is a co-applicant for the Tapestry project and sits on the Intercultural Understanding, Invisible Disabilities and Evaluation Teams. Katherine is passionate about youth mental health, and volunteers in her spare time with several non-profit organizations such as First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association.

JANICE STEWART

Senior Instructor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Dr. Janice Stewart is Senior Instructor and Chair, Critical Studies in Sexuality and Undergraduate Chair at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia. Dr. Stewart’s pedagogical leadership and scholarly priorities emerge from a deep commitment to educational excellence and the pursuit of effective and transformative pedagogical strategies. During their career at UBC, through their engagement in educational leadership, Dr. Stewart has made significant interdisciplinary contributions that create meaningful and enriched student learning opportunities and also, critically engage with issues of equity and social justice. Dr. Janice Stewart contributes extensively to the development of teaching practices that prioritize multimodal literacies and technologically-supported knowledge production as well as intercultural understanding and social sustainability.

ADVISORY BOARD

SUSANNE BRADLEY

PhD Student, Department of Computer Science

Susanne is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in computer science, studying numerical computing. In her unbiased opinion, math is the funnest subject to teach.

CATHRYN JACKSON

Associate Director, School of Nursing

ALAN KINGSTONE

Distinguished University Scholar & Professor, Department of Psychology

Alan Kingstone is a Professor and Distinguished Scholar at the University of British Columbia; and Social Sciences and Humanities research advisor in the VP Research & Innovation office. His research investigates human behaviour in everyday and laboratory environments.

LAURIE MCNEILL

Senior Instructor and Chair of First-Year Programs, Department of English

Laurie McNeill is a Senior Instructor in the Department of English Language and Literatures and Chair of Arts’ First-Year Programs at the University of British Columbia. Her research has focused on folk genres of auto/biography, including diaries, ephemera, and obituaries. Her recent work examines the intersection of the digital and the archival in how individuals and communities make meaning of themselves and others on social media. Her publications on digital life narrative include articles and chapters in Biography, Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves (Wisconsin UP) and Genres in the Internet (John Benjamins), and, with John Zuern, Online Lives 2.0, a special issue of the journal Biography (2015). She has published research on teaching and learning, including Teaching Lives (2017, Routledge) she co-edited with Kate Douglas.

SIOBHÁN MCPHEE

Senior Instructor, Department of Geography and Vantage College

AMY PERREAULT

Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Amy Perreault is an alumna of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at UBC and a recent graduate of the Masters of Library, Archival and Information Studies First Nations Concentration. It is with gratitude that she continues her work and journey here at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam peoples.

In her current role, Strategist for Indigenous Initiatives, at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Amy and her research partners have been conducting focus groups and interviews as part of a variety joint projects that support curricular initiatives related to Indigenous Engagement at UBC. Her work on these projects, combined with her own experience as an Indigenous student at UBC, illuminate the need for thoughtful ways to address complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, particularly in relation to Indigenous concepts and curricula. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom (https://intheclass.arts.ubc.ca) and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations (http://indigenousfoundations.web.arts.ubc.ca).

In order to shift the discourse and create learning environments that both support and challenge learners, there needs to be a combination of thoughtful design, humility, risk and reciprocity. In her work she has learned that acknowledging our individual locations, the lands we occupy, and the places we call home can provide a starting point to guide our learning. Amy is greatly appreciative of the taps on her shoulder when her direction is misguided, and she is thankful and grateful for the continuous guidance from her friends at Musqueam and other communities she has the privilege to be part of.

ELIZABETH SAEWYC

Director and Professor, School of Nursing

Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and Professor of Nursing and Adolescent Health & Medicine, Dr. Saewyc also leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC. For more than 20 years, Dr. Saewyc’s research and clinical practice has focused on how stigma, violence, and trauma influence adolescents’ health, coping and risk behaviours, and what protective factors in relationships and environments can foster resilience among marginalized youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) adolescents. She held one of the national CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Chairs from 2008-2014, focused on population health interventions for marginalized youth. She was lead investigator for the first federally funded Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey in 2014 and is a Canada co-investigator on the multi-country Health Behaviour of School-Age Children. Her research has been regularly funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, including a recent Foundation Grant. She regularly provides consultation on adolescent health to national and international governments and agencies, including the World Health Organization. She has been named a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and in the American Academy of Nursing.

TOM SCHOLTE

Professor, Department of Theatre and Film

Tom Scholte is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC where he teaches acting and directing for stage and screen. He has performed for Equity theatre companies across Canada and his numerous screen credits include a Genie (Canada Screen Award – Film) nominated performance in the feature film, LAST WEDDING, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001, and a Gemini (Canada Screen Award – Television) winning performance on the acclaimed CBC drama series, DA VINCI’S INQUEST. He has published on the use of improvisation in the rehearsal of scripted plays in Canadian Theatre Review. His research on cybernetics in the Stanislavski System of Acting and the theatre as a modeling facility for complex social systems, has been featured in the journals Kybernetes, Constructivist Foundations and Futures and in the book New Horizons for Second-Order Cybernetics from Global Scientific Publishing.

MICHAEL SIDER

Producer, UBC Studios

Michael Sider is a Producer at UBC Studios, overseeing the production of educational media. He works with UBC faculty and staff producing a wide variety of video projects to support learning objectives.

ELSIE TAN

Elsie Tan, a faculty from the School of Nursing Vancouver since 1992, has a background in pediatric nursing but also teaches across courses within the nursing program. Her primary interest and focus is nursing education and facilitation, and especially in team-based learning and collaboration. Co-creating learning environments and instilling values of engaged mindful learning in students are essential when helping students manoeuver complex environments. Elsie is a member of the UBC Health Curriculum Committee exploring, guiding, and supporting interprofessional education initiatives and innovations in UBC’s health profession programs.

SID FELS

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sid Fels: (Prof, ECE, British Columbia, 1998-); PhD (CS, Toronto, 1994); MSc (CS, Toronto 1990); BASc (EE, Waterloo, 1988): Sid is a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC (2004-). He was a visiting researcher at ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan (1996-1997). He worked at Virtual Technologies Inc. in CA(1995). He is internationally known for his work in human-computer interaction, biomechanical modeling, neural networks, new interfaces for musical expression and interactive arts with over 300 scholarly publications.

ALUMNI

TRISH VARAO-SOUSA

Psychology Graduate Student, Evaluation & User Experience Lead

Trish is a PhD student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Trish’s research interests focus on understanding how attentional factors, particularly mind wandering and distraction, influence learning and retention. Her work on the team involves experimental evaluation of student perceptions of and learning from Tapestry. Through working with the Tapestry team, she is excited to learn more about the role of technology in shaping the future of our education system.

MARIANA ARBETH

Volunteer

RAVIA ARORA

Integrated Sciences Undergraduate, Website Administrator and Social Media Outreach

Ravia is a 4th year Integrated Sciences student focusing on Immunology and Behavioural Neuroscience, currently working a co-op position as a Research Assistant and Neuro-Technician at a psychoneurophysiology clinic. She is an advocate of mental health and wellness which she is able to demonstrate through her position as the On-Campus Project Coordinator for the UBC Mental Health Network. Ravia and her team of MHN ambassadors present mental health workshops around campus to promote open discussion, advocacy and mental health literacy. She has a love for watercolour painting, drawing and dance.

KATRINA ROSS-GHALI

Environmental Design Undergraduate Student, Graphic Designer

Katrina has a minor in Psychology and is currently completing her degree in Environmental Design at UBC. She is the Graphic Designer for the project and is also working on designing the User Interface as part of the Development team.

CLEO ZHANG

Undergraduate Student, Developer Assistant

Cleo is a graduating computer engineering student, who is interested in both human studies and technologies. She would like to try multiple things before she continues furthering her education. She loves puppies.

You may check out her website for details here.

HELEN KUANG

Integrated Sciences Undergraduate, Website Administrator and Social Media Outreach

Helen is a fourth year computer science student at UBC and is working as a work-learn programmer on the Tapestry project for 8 months. As a student, the Tapestry project interests her because the learning platform not only seems very useful, but attractive due to it’s interactiveness and customizability. She hopes to contribute impactful work to this project during her time here to help achieve the vision of this platform.

GEORGE NJOO

Developer

George is an undergraduate student pursuing a double-major in Computer Science and Psychology at UBC. He was one of the first programmers on the project and helped us build version 1.0 of Tapestry.

COCO FERRARI

Project Manager