JR is based in Canada and works as an instructional designer in higher education. JR has designed and developed instruction and curriculum in a variety of formats (face-to-face, blended, and online) for post-secondary and not-for-profit contexts. Currently, JR’s primary focus is on designing instruction for distance education. JR also has experience designing and developing open educational resources, open textbooks and curricula, and open online courses. JR is a teacher at heart and is dedicated to an array of teaching and learning networks.
JR completed a Master’s in Educational Technology and Design in the summer of 2013 with a focus on instructional design and multimedia design for learning. JR also holds a Bachelor of Education degree, with a major in Practical and Applied arts and a minor in Mathematics. JR is a lifelong learner willing to try almost anything, in pursuit of knowing at least a little about a lot. Professionally this leads JR to working with a wide array of individuals in many fields from natural sciences to art and design to humanities and social sciences in a breadth of industries, K-12 classrooms, and higher education settings.
JR is a lifelong learner and seeks out new learning opportunities wherever he can including online communities, MOOCs, community based workshops, and even traveled to Finland to participate in an international summer school. Through formal and informal learning environments he has been able to pursue personal interests such as craftsmanship, design, playing music, digital arts and games, Judo, Karate, and Shiatsu. JR also enjoys traveling whenever he can, giving him the chance to experience different cultures and to learning bits and pieces of other languages.