Meet our Team is an ongoing blog series that features Bow Valley College faculty and staff.
Glen Cochrane works as an Online Learning Specialist with our Innovation and Research team. This past year he has provided expertise on a number of different projects, including the Centre's new multilingual website Apply ELL, the online course Fit in Fast and Fostering Community Online, an applied research project that explored issues of learner isolation and instructional distance in an online ELL environment. Glen's work involves adapting course content for online delivery, facilitating pilot online courses, surveying online learners and analyzing feedback, and recording professional development videos for our website, just to name a few.
Glen was the co-chair of the highly successful TESL Canada 2015 conference this past October in Lake Louise.
What do you like most about your job?
The people at BVC are amazing – there’s a great atmosphere here at the college, and I think it brings out the personality in people. This environment seems to allow for a lot of natural collaboration.
What do you value most about your colleagues?
Everyone I’ve met at BVC operates at a high level – people are very skilled and very knowledgeable here.
Who is an educator that has impacted your life?
There haven’t been many specific people. I tend to get the most educational value out of interdisciplinary sources – ideas and concepts that aren’t necessarily meant for education, but can apply to learning. Vygotsky and Dewey stand out as educators who I think were incredibly smart and ahead of their time. I learn a lot from my kids, now.
What are three traits that are important in your role?
Versatility is one – we have many different types of projects at any given time here, and we often need to fill in when others are sick or when deadlines approach. Adaptability is another – we have many different perspectives here, and it is important to be able to bring my own ideas to the group but at the same time see the vision that others have. Connectedness is another – language and culture stretch over many different topics. I spend a lot of time staying up to date on a general variety of educational and technology related subjects.
What is your favourite go-to resource?
Google – I often type in full sentences or questions, especially when it comes to using D2L or Word documents.
Can you describe an aha moment you have experienced in your role?
Since I’ve started at BVC I’ve had to read a lot about intercultural communication, and I’ve interacted with many newcomers from around the world. Combined with my own experience living overseas, I’ve learned a lot about Canadian culture and Calgarian culture. In Canada people need to be so adaptive to community and workplace, compared to many other countries where community or workplace culture is more of a fixed standard. Listening to students explain their struggles with the variety of workplaces that they experience in Canada made me realize this.
What do you want to learn this year?
I’d like to learn more about how to use the Adobe suite programs that we have installed on our computers at the college. This may take time, but if I can do it in the course of working on a project, then it kind of doubles up the value of my time.
What is your favourite book?
Alice Munro’s Who Do you Think you Are? has long been one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful read on so many levels, a book that I think about often.
Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
I’m actually very talkative at times and very approachable, especially when it comes to help for anything tech related. I often prefer to listen and pick my spots for socializing or for conversation.