Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

Pronouns: she/her


Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning

Werklund School of Education

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Learning Sciences

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.7363


Office: EDT842


Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy , University of Calgary, 2013

M.Ed. , University of Alberta, 2000

B.Ed. , University of Lethbridge, 1991


Dr. Brown was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a major in mathematics and minor in physical sciences. Following graduation, she started teaching grade two in Edmonton, Alberta and lived there for about 10 years. During that time she also taught junior high and was a technology consultant and school administrator. In 2000, she received a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Alberta specializing in secondary education. Her husband was transferred with his work and their family moved to Calgary, Alberta. She taught junior high, senior high and served as district consultant and the first educational technology supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School District. In 2013, she completed doctoral studies at the University of Calgary with a focus on leadership, technology and educational change. In 2014-2015, she was awarded the final Gallagher-Galileo postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, she is Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning and in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Brown's program is focused on research-practice partnerships and community engagement with an aim to advance innovations in teaching, learning, and leadership through interdisciplinary designs and online learning in K-12 and higher education contexts. Using methodologies, such as design-based research, action research and case study, her research also includes professional learning networks, professional practice standards, technology-enhanced learning environments, pedagogies and innovations in education.

Current Projects: Online Pedagogies for Social Connectedness and Advancing Professional Collaboration (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator); Examining the Impact of Technology-Enhanced Formative and Summative Assessment Practices on High School Students' Learning (Alberta Education Research Partnership Grant, Principal Investigator)

  • Teacher education
  • Qualitative research
  • Collaborative, school-based research
  • Technology-enhanced learning environments
  • Leadership
  • Instructional design
  • School reform
  • School innovation
  • Social networks
  • Professional learning communities
  • Action research
  • Case study research
  • Design based research


  • Open Education Resource (OER) Implementation Award, UNESCO. 2021
  • Leadership in Education Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Service Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. 2018
  • CJLT Editor’s Award for Best Article, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE), Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE). 2016
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award: Teaching in Online Environments, University of Calgary. 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education , University of Calgary. 2014