Dr. George Veletsianos
I hold the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University where I am a Professor in the School of Education and Technology. Prior to my current appointment, I held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Manchester. I am also a former Fulbright scholar and early-career fellow of the Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning. My research aims to understand and improve teaching, learning, and participation in emerging digital environments. I achieve this by examining the practices and experiences of learners, educators, and scholars with/in online learning, social media, and open education/scholarship. I have been designing, developing, and studying digital learning environments since 2004. Individually and collaboratively, I have published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and given more than 100 talks at conferences and events worldwide. My research has been funded by the Canada Research Chairs Program, SSHRC, NSF, European Union, National Geographic, and Swedish Knowledge Foundation. Find me on Twitter @veletsianos.
Dr. Jaigris Hodson
My research specializes in understanding how people interact with digital technologies, such as social media, and the content that is produced and shared using those technologies. I have published research in a wide range of academic publications and non-academic publications. I have written on technology for the Huffington Post Canada and the Conversation Canada and am regularly asked to comment on technology stories for local and national media outlets. I am also a sought-after speaker, discussing technology trends and their impacts on industry with organizations as the Canadian Optometric Leaders Forum, Social Media Camp and the Canadian Country Music Awards. I am currently working on two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research projects. The first examines the ways we can use digital curation to help Canadians better access the work of researchers and the second looks at the experiences of female scholars who have been subjected to online bullying. I am also a MITACs Canadian Science Policy Fellow with Environment and Climate Change Canada where I am working on how to best use new technologies to communicate climate science to Canadians. Find me on Twitter @SocMedDr.
Chandell Gosse, PhD ABD
I am PhD Candidate in Media Studies and an adjunct instructor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Before undertaking my PhD I completed an undergraduate Honours in Philosophy at St. Thomas University and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, where I combined resources from both the Philosophy department and the department of Media Arts and Culture at the University of New Brunswick. My research takes an interdisciplinary approach and sits most broadly at the intersection of feminism, digital culture, and the public sphere(s). My dissertation looks at the barriers to social, legal, and platform support that women targeted by online abuse experience. Outside of my dissertation research I work as a research assistant on the eQuality Project (http://www.equalityproject.ca/) alongside my supervisor, Dr. Jacquie Burkell. Our work focuses on projects that tackle issues with ‘deepfakes’ and algorithmic bias, online reputation, privacy, and photo-sharing practices. Previously, I worked on the Developer Satisfaction Survey for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) under the auspice of Dr. Johanna Weststar. I also volunteer with Anova, an incredible organization that offers support and shelter to women impacted by sexual violence and domestic abuse in the London, Ontario community. Find me on Twitter @ChandellEnid.
Shandell Houlden, PhD ABD
I am a Phd Candidate at McMaster University. My SSHRC-funded doctoral research examines the relationship between the production of species categories, militarizing narratives, and ontologies of war. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, as well as a Graduate Writing Certificate from Humber College. I also work with Dr. Veletsianos on his current Canada Research Chair project examining discourses of flexibility in distance education. Currently I do my work while located on the unceded territories of the Pacheedaht people. Find me on Twitter @lettermattering.