Dr. Michele Jacobsen, PhD, MSc, BEd, BA

Pronouns: she / her
Michele Jacobsen

Professor

Werklund School of Education

Teaching Scholar

University of Calgary

Background

Educational Background

PhD Educational Psychology: Human Learning and Development, University of Calgary, 1998

M.Sc Educational Psychology: Human Learning and Development, University of Calgary, 1995

B.Ed Secondary English, with Distinction, University of Calgary, 1993

B.A. English Literature, University of Calgary, 1993

Biography

Dr. Michele Jacobsen, PhD (Calgary) is a Professor in the Learning Sciences and a Teaching Scholar at the University of Calgary. Dr. Jacobsen's research focuses on design, learning and technology, with grant projects for online faculty development in quality graduate supervision, graduate student peer mentoring, science and technology communication skills, and design based learning, technology and teaching in K-12, post-secondary and health care contexts and classrooms. Dr. Jacobsen has published 55+ peer reviewed articles, 165+ blog posts, 22 book chapters, 42 conference papers, and 4 books (20202021, 2022). Her 2006 book, "Learning Technology in Continuing Professional Development: The Galileo Network, emerged from practice and field-based research on leadership, learning, technology and professional development in nine Alberta schools.  Dr. Jacobsen has supervised 23 doctoral and 10 masters students to the completion of their dissertations and theses. 

Dr. Jacobsen has received several awards for leadership, teaching, research and graduate supervision. She was awarded the 2021 University of Calgary Teaching Award for Educational Leadership, with alumni Dr. Hawazen Alharbi, a 2020 U Make a Difference Award for Communication and Collaboration, the 2020 University of Calgary Teaching Award for Graduate Supervision, the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Supervision Award, Werklund School of Education, the 2018 GREAT Supervisor Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies  the Werklund School of Education 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award, the Werklund School of Education Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2001 and 2012, and a Students Union Excellence in Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, in 2010.

See Michele Jacobsen's web site for more information.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Jacobsen is Vice-President of the Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA), former Past President of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and a Lifetime Member of the EdCan Network and Canadian Educational Association. Dr. Jacobsen Chaired the CEA's Awards Committee for the Pat Clifford Early Career Award and Whitworth Career Scholar Award. Dr. Jacobsen was Editor of The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (CJLT) (2005 - 2010).  Dr. Jacobsen is a member of several academic and professional organizations, such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), the International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA), and the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS). 

Dr. Jacobsen is honoured to have served the Werklund School of Education as Vice Dean, Associate Dean Graduate Programs in Education, and Chair of Educational Technology.

Research

Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Michele Jacobsen's program of research focuses on learning, technology, change and innovation. Dr. Jacobsen is a Learning Scientist who embraces and promotes inquiry on complex learners, learning systems and learning technologies in K-12, higher education, and health care using participatory research methodologies well-suited to evaluating change and innovation in education, such as design-based research and action research. Dr. Jacobsen analyzes, creates and evaluates innovative designs for learning that shift instruction from standardized delivery & testing towards open learning designs and participatory pedagogies that sponsor knowledge building and intellectual engagement. Current research collaborations focus on the power of peer mentorship for graduate students and post-doctorate scholars, caring professions education and practice, science and technology communication, and design-based research on the Quality Graduate Supervision MOOC (https://ucalgary.ca/graduate-supervision-mooc ).

Interests:
  • Action research
  • Blended and Online Learning
  • Case study research
  • Design based research
  • Educational technology
  • Learning sciences
  • Online communities of practice
  • Participatory media and learning cultures
  • Technology and teacher education

Participation in university strategic initiatives

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
EDER 610 LEC 01 01 Case Study Research Education 2021
EDER 70105 LEC 01 01 Advanced Rsrc'h Methodologies 2020

Projects

Funded Research:
  • Enhancing e-Learning Opportunities to Foster Virtual Caring Competencies: Developing An Evidence Informed Framework. Funded: SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Nowell, Lorenzetti, Oddone-Paolucci & Jacobsen. 
  • Inter-institutional Faculty Development for Online Graduate Supervision. Funded: SSHRC Connection Grant. Jacobsen, Alharbi, Fraser & Reckseidler-Zenteno.
  • Caring professions education and practice: Meeting today’s workforce demands. SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant. Nowell, Oddone-Paolucci, Jacobsen, Lorenzetti & Lorenzetti
  • Improving the Ability of Science and Technology Researchers to Communicate Using Skills from Arts to Social Sciences. Funded: SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Dunn, Jacobsen, Shanahan, Cahill, Beattie, Christie, Johnson, Berreth & Pontifex.
  • Examining the Use of Open Pressbooks for Student Engagement and Learning through Co-Design Participatory Pedagogical Processes. Funded: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Collaborative Grant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. Barb Brown, Verena Roberts, Michele Jacobsen and Christie Harrell.
  • Enhancing Faculty Development for Graduate Supervision in an Interdisciplinary Online Learning Community.  Funded: Teaching Scholars Grant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. Michele Jacobsen and Hawazen Alharbi
  • Graduate Supervision in a Blended Doctoral Program: Mentoring Dissertation Research on Changes and Innovations in Practice. Michele Jacobsen and Sharon Friesen.
  • Promoting Mental Health Through Peer Mentorship.  Funded: Campus Mental Health Strategy Grant, University of Calgary. Diane Lorenzetti, Lorelli Nowell, Elizabeth Paolucci, Liza Lorenzetti, Michele Jacobsen, Tracey Clancy, and Tara Christie.
  • Examining the Use of Open Pressbooks for Student Engagement and Learning through Co-Design Participatory Pedagogical Processes .  Funded with a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Collaborative Grant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. Barb Brown, Verena Roberts, Michele Jacobsen & Christie Hurrell
  • M&E/Scientific Advisory Committee: Connecting Families Initiative, Computers for Success Canada (CFSC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Government of Canada. National Research Team: PI (UMontreal), Collin (UQAM), Irvine (Victoria), Jacobsen (Calgary), Middleton (Ryerson), Simon (UMontreal), Venkatesh (Concordia), Harper-Merrett, Brouillet, Matsuo. 
  • Improving Student Research Activities in Online Course-Based Master's Programs in  Education. Funded: University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Collaborative Team Grant. Barb Brown, Mairi McDermott, Marlon Simmons, Sarah Eaton, Michele Jacobsen.
  • An Exploration of Peer Mentorship In Graduate Education. Funded: University of Calgary Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. Diane Lorenzetti, Elizabeth Paolucci, Liza Lorenzetti, Tracey Clancy, Michele Jacobsen, and Lorelli Nowell.
  • Examining Relationships Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactions in an Online Doctoral Research Course. Funded: University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Collaborative Team Grant. Gale Parchoma, Marlon Simmons, Michele Jacobsen. 
  • Creating Adaptive Learning Systems in High School. Funded by Alberta Education. Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen. 
  • An Evaluation of the Impact of CORE on Learners and Learning. Funded by multiple school jurisdictions. Michele Jacobsen, Sharon Friesen. 
  • Early Learning Research: Using Technology to Support Kindergarten to Grade Four Learners. Funded by Alberta Education. Michele Jacobsen, Sharon Friesen, Brenda Gladstone & Candace Saar. 
  • An Investigation of the Use of Clickers to Engage, Monitor and Challenge the Thinking of Student Teachers. Funded by SMART Technologies, Calgary, AB. Michele Jacobsen & Brent Davis
  • Teaching and Learning in a Discipline Based Inquiry One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment. Research funded by Calgary Girls School. Michele Jacobsen & Sharon Friesen
  • Technology and High School Success. Funded by Alberta Education. Stanley Varnhagen, Jason Daniels, Sharon Friesen and Michele Jacobsen

Quality Graduate Supervision MOOC

Effective graduate supervisors combine their passion for research with a commitment to student mentorship.

The Quality Graduate Supervision MOOC (massive open online course) has been designed to support faculty members in enhancing their supervisory skills and practices through guided and self-paced online learning modules. Our online course brings the learning to the learners

Along with real-time and on-demand webinars, rich resources, engaging activities and interaction with supervisors from across disciplines, this online learning community includes the expertise, advice and perspectives of several award-winning graduate supervisors from six Canadian Universities to encourage further conversation among faculty members who share a common interest in quality graduate supervision.

Learn More: https://ucalgary.ca/graduate-supervision-mooc

Awards

  • Open Education Resource (OER) Implementation Award, UNESCO . 2021
  • Teaching Excellence Award Educational Leadership Group, The University of Calgary. 2021
  • Research Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. 2021
  • Teaching Excellence Award Graduate Supervision, The University of Calgary. 2020
  • U Make A Difference Award, Communication and Collaboration, The University of Calgary. 2020
  • Distinguished Graduate Supervision Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. 2019
  • GREAT Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Calgary. 2018
  • Best Article 1, IPAC Canadian Journal of Infection Control Editorial Award, Infection Prevention and Control Canada. 2018
  • Best Article 2, IPAC Canadian Journal of Infection Control Editorial Award, Infection Prevention and Control Canada. 2018
  • Best Article 3, IPAC Canadian Journal of Infection Control Editorial Award, Infection Prevention and Control Canada. 2018
  • Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (CJLT) Editor’s Award for Best Article, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). 2016
  • Best Faculty Poster Award, Post Secondary Conference on Learning & Teaching, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Calgary. 2015
  • Best Student Poster Award, Post Secondary Conference on Learning & Teaching, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Calgary. 2015
  • Leadership in Education Award, Werklund School of Education, The University of Calgary. 2014
  • Distinguished Alumni, Faculty of Education, June 2012 Convocation, The University of Calgary. 2012
  • Faculty of Education, Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Education. 2012
  • Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award, Honourable Mention, The University of Calgary. 2010
  • Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Calgary. 2001

Publications

In the News

More Information

Explore an expanded list of Jacobsen's publications in Google Scholar and Orcid