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ETUG Member Profile: Amanda Coolidge

Hello ETUG! We are launching a new feature profiling ETUG members. Our first member profile is Amanda Coolidge, this year’s Chair of the Steering Committee for ETUG.

Tell us a bit about where you work and what you do.

I am an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. My office is nestled between a castle and a beautiful, dense forest surrounded by deer, peacocks, and the occasional cougar. Despite the infrequent cougar sightings, the campus at RRU is a must see when coming to Victoria.


How long been involved in teaching and Learning and ed technology?

I started my ED Tech journey in 2001 at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. I was employed as a student Instructional Designer (part-time while attending school), to work with faculty to enhance their use of technology in the classroom. We weren’t developing a lot online, at the time, but creating “extensions” to the classroom experience (flash animations, video, etc). From there I moved to Calgary, AB and worked at Mount Royal College (now University) and was there until 2006. I then moved to Nairobi, Kenya where I worked with the African Virtual University, the Open University (UK) and the BBC to develop an OER Project (TESSA): http://www.tessafrica.net . I stayed in Kenya until 2008 and moved to Vancouver, BC. In Vancouver I worked at BCIT and then decided to head farther west to accept a position at RRU in June 2010.

What’s one thing you really love about the work you do?

The people. I absolutely love being surrounded by people who are passionate about education.

How long have you been a member of ETUG?

Since 2009.

What do you like best about this community and its activities?

I love the energy of the group of people who attend ETUG events. I am always inspired by the various projects (both personal and professional) that occur across the Institutions.

Do you have a favorite ETUG memory?

I sure do! In 2009 I attended the Canadian E Learning Conference at UBC. It was near the conclusion of the conference when Tracy Roberts (former chair of ETUG) stood up to thank everyone for their participation and to mention the ETUG was hosting a fall workshop. I loved Tracy’s energy and the way she spoke about the organizing committee. Immediately after the conference I walked up to Tracy, introduced myself and asked if I could become a member of the steering committee.

What would you like to ETUG provide more of in terms of benefits/value to members? Any input or help you want to ask members to provide?

I would love to have every person involved in ETUG to believe that their contributions are valued and that they gain something from their involvement in ETUG.

My question to the members would be… what do YOU want? What can WE do to make your ETUG experience as authentic and meaningful to you as possible?

Do you have any special interests/hobbies?

Running, art, hot yoga, biking, being outdoors, reading, writing, knitting and so many more…..

Anything special you what to ask or share with members?

I have a personal blog called GotCurls. http://gotcurls.wordpress.com

If you would like to share more about yourself in an ETUG member profile or  want to volunteer to interview an ETUG member, let us know! Contactus@etug.ca

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