Lynda Williams

Manager, learning technology (on leave)

Biography

Lynda has taught, managed, worked as an educational consultant and done instructional design work in the post-secondary sector since 1994. Her experience includes managing distance course development and delivery, teaching applied computing, and the management of staff and projects at the following institutions: University of Northern BC, the College of New Caledonia and the BC Institute of Technology. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and has published research papers in the field of learning technology as well as a series of science fiction novels. As an author, she was a finalist for Canada's Aurora Award for best novel in 2007, for Righteous Anger, and again for Healer's Sword, in 2012 and made dozens of classroom appearances in Prince George and Northern B.C. in her role as author. Lynda is the recipient of the BC Interior, North and Yukon Today’s Woman Award for Internet-based promotions; received an honorary mention in the first WebCT Exemplary Course Award (International) for her design of a computing course; and, in the early 1990s, received the Nancy Bennett Award for Library Leadership in connection with her FreeNet leadership on the local, provincial, and federal levels. A teacher of computing since her TA days as a graduate student, she taught CPSC 150 at the University of Northern B.C. as a part-time member of the computer science department, from 1994 to 2008, while managing UNBC's first ever teaching and learning centre and distance course delivery lab as her full-time job. From 2008 to 2009 Lynda was instructional designer for nursing programs at UNBC, managing two staff. She served as Associate Director of the Quesnel College of New Caledonia in 2010. Since 2011, she's been Manager of Learning Technology at SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre, full-time, and teaching an introductory course in web development, part-time, for BCIT. In May 2014 she began a publishing venture as owner of Reality Skimming Press, specialized in heroic, problem-solving epics with an optimistic bent.

Lynda holds two master's degrees (M.Sc. computation, McMaster University; MLS, University of Toronto) and a BA (liberal studies, University of Victoria). She completed the Chair Academy for Post-Secondary Leadership in 2011.

Between 2012 and 2014, Lynda served as Functional Lead on the LMS Replacement Project and Canvas Implementation Project, at SFU.

Specialties

Lynda's background is in action research for continuous improvement, online course design and faculty support; and teaching in applied computing. Her academic background is in natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Work and volunteer life includes organizing non-profit internet-access services in the 90s, introducing the WebCT LMS to a post-secondary institution in 2000s and management of web development teams for support of distance delivery courses as well as face-to-face ones (blended learning.) Her work in educational analysis began in 1991 with her report on the RAHI program of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to the B.C. government as part of the work invested in deciding how to implement something similar in support of the success of First Nations students in post-secondary education.

Activities

As Learning Technology Analyst, Lynda researches and reports on existing and emerging learning technologies. The team she manages at SFU supports institutionally selected learning technologies.

She co-chairs the Learning Technology Connections group (LTC), at SFU, and is a member of the (Instructional Development Group) IDG. Lynda joined SFU's Human Rights Policy Board in Jan 2014, and became an APSA advocate in April 2014. She is also a reviewer for the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education.