|Employer:||Commonwealth of Learning|
|Occupation:||Project Manager - Child Friendly Schools|
|Languages:||English, Russian (basic spoken, written, read), Khmer (basic spoken)|
|Country:||Living on Canada's beautiful West Coast|
Hi there, my name is Rebecca ("Becky"). By way of introduction, let me share with you a few of my favourite quotes that seem rather fitting for my life right now:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
"Life is not about getting out of the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain." (Unknown)
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
Sources of inspiration are all around us, and lucky us as this inspiration is our fuel for getting up, going forward, moving on, joining together, making change, and sharing our journeys. Check out this link to "Stand By Me" arranged by Playing for Change. You won't be sorry!
Currently, I work for the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, Canada, managing a capacity building project which aims to integrate Child Friendly Schools models and approaches into pre- and in-service teacher education.
Prior to this, I worked with a variety of international non-governmental organizations, primarily in Southeast Asia (Cambodia in particular), developing, implementing, and evaluating capacity building initiatives for rural livelihood improvement and community-based natural resource management. Also, on occasion, I volunteer as a Leadership Development Trainer, providing workshops on NGO management and Board development to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations here in Vancouver.
And so, in short...
My interests, passions, and experiences are in:
- using participatory, creative, and empowering learning approaches (to/for)
- strengthening community and organizational capacity and
- promoting positive social change.
I have a Masters in Environmental Studies (Rural Livelihood Sustainability) and a Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography (major) – international development, sustainable communities, planning; Communication (minor) – conflict and negotiation, cross-cultural communication)
Recently, I have attended workshops and training courses on e-Learning design & development, evaluating training programs, leadership development, and instructional skills... and because I seem to be addicted to learning, I'm sure there's bound to be more soon!
I have numerous interests including:
- international cooperation
- popular education
- transformative learning
- community based planning and development (including community based natural resource management)
- organizational learning, and
- environmental sustainability.
(As stated above) I am always keen to learn and work at using/combining participatory, creative, and empowering learning approaches to strengthen community and organizational capacity and promote positive social change.
My current learning objective is to gain a better understanding of how to broaden the reach of learning and participation, as well as deepen and sustain learning partnerships, relationships, and action, via the use of new education technologies... which brings me to WE!
In these Session Plans, I am practicing using various pedagogical templates. You are feel to review them, use them, and modify them (they are in draft stages, but perhaps they can be used to spark some ideas).
Sept 1, 2009
- I began to create a draft session plan in my Sandbox. I struggled a bit because I forgot a ton! But, with a little practice and a quick review of some of the tutorials (and of course, other pages for syntax reminders), I'm on my way! We'll see how it goes...
August 28, 2009
- After 5 days of learning about Wikis and WikiEducator... well, quite simply, I'm addicted! I love that my learning leads to instantly usable skills. Looking forward to learning and exploring more functions and applications.
Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours
(: Hi Rebecca. Keep adding content and start developing your page. As I said in our conversation, this is your business card where you can let people know what you are doing and building a network. Warmest--Patricia 00:55, 26 August 2009 (UTC)) (: Great Rebecca If you need any help just ask me warm wishes Rima 09:26, 27 August 2009 (UTC))
(: Welcome to the "Club of WikiEducators" who are bitten by the bug (;-))). Warmest,--Patricia 02:07, 30 August 2009 (UTC))
(: I am enjoying my visits to your userpage every time you make a change. Keep up the wonderful work. --Nellie Deutsch 12:05, 1 September 2009 (UTC))
- Click on the link EL4C29.
- The page that will open is the workshop page with all the links you will be using during the workshop.
- See your name in the list of participants.
- Whenever you have time click on each of the boxes.
- You may even start with Day 1 activities.
- Enjoy the workshop.