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Dr. Lisa Marie Blaschke

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Dr. Jane E. Brindley

Faculty Member / Clinical Psychologist
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Career, Research Areas, and Projects

Jane E. Brindley has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher and administrator in open, distance, and online learning. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the development, delivery, and evaluation of support services for adult learners using alternate delivery modes. Jane has held a variety of positions in post-secondary settings, including Director of the University of Windsor Centre for Psychological Services, Director of Student Services at Athabasca University, Coordinator of Planning, Development, and Review at Cambrian College, and Special Consultant to The Centre for Innovation in Learning at Contact North/Contact Nord. She has also worked as a researcher, consultant and trainer in distance and online education in Canada, England, New Zealand, Scandinavia, India, China, and South and Central America. She holds a B.A. in Psychology/French from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. As well as practising as a clinical psychologist, she has taught and supervised graduate students in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Windsor and more recently at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she has written online courses and taught in an online Masters of Distance Education and E-Learning Program for 15 years. She is delighted to be joining the Student Support course in the MTEL program as a visiting expert.

She is author of "Researching Tutoring and Learner Support" (an online research methods manual for practitioners), co-author of "Learning on the Information Highway: A Learner's Guide to the Technologies", and lead editor of "Learner Support in Open, Distance and Online Learning".

Selected Publications

  • Blaschke, L., & Brindley, J. (2015). Using social media in the online classroom. In M. Ally & B.H. Kahn (eds.), International Handbook of E-Learning Volume 2: Implementation and Case Studies, 2 (pp. 11-20). New York: Routledge. Available at: www.routledge.com/International-Handbook-of-E-Learning-Volume-2-...
  • Brindley, J. E. (2014). Learner support in online distance education: Essential and evolving. In Zawacki-Richter, O. & Anderson, T. (Eds), Online distance education: Towards a research agenda, pp. 287-310. Alberta; Athabasca University Press. Available at: www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120233.
  • Blaschke, L.M.,& Brindley, J. (2011). Establishing a foundation for reflective practice: A case study of learning journal use. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 1. Available at: www.eurodl.org/index.php.
  • Blaschke, L., Brindley & Walti, C. (2009). Creating Effective Collaborative Learning Groups in an Online Environment. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 10. 10.19173/irrodl.v10i3.675.
  • Brindley, J., Walti, C. & Zawacki-Richter, O. (2004). The current context of learner support in open, distance and online learning. In Bernath, U., Busch, F., Garz, D., Hanft, A., Hülsmann, T., Moschner, B. et al. (Hrsg.), Studien und Berichte der Arbeitsstelle Fernstudienforschung der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, 9. Oldenburg: BIS.
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