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Dr. David Porter


(Chair) Associate VP Educational Support and Innovation, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Dr. David Porter is Associate VP Educational Support and Innovation at BCIT. In that role, he provides management and direction in support of academic planning, teaching and learning excellence, library services, and other education resources at BCIT.

David was formerly the project manager for Simon Fraser University’s Task Force on Flexible Education. The Task Force was established by the Vice-President, Academic to review SFU’s teaching and learning environment in order to identify future needs, define short- and longer-term institutional priorities, and develop a strategic plan for implementing and supporting flexible education at SFU.

For 11 years, David was the Executive Director of BCcampus in British Columbia, Canada. During his term at BCcampus, David led a team that brought many innovative initiatives into the BC post-secondary sector including shared instructional technology services, a networked approach to student services across BC institutions, and Canada’s first government funded open textbook program for students and instructors.

David’s experience in the education and training fields has included working with both public and private sector organizations in Canada. He has also worked as a project leader and consultant for international open and distance education projects and consultancies, most recently in Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

David’s research interest is educational program design. He is a proponent for the use of design-based research (DBR) because of its ability to address emergent contexts where pragmatic, grounded, interactive and flexible approaches are required.

He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Educational Technology (MET) program at the University of British Columbia, and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council for the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University.