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SFU Back to School Experts: preparing the next generation of learners

August 28, 2019


Shradhha Sharma, University Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,


Experts from SFU can weigh in on topics that impact today’s students as they prepare to head back to class next week.

Social media and youth

Peter Chow-White, professor and director, School of Communication and the GeNA Lab, 778.782.3383,
Trends in how we use social media.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, professor, School of Communication, 778.782.7599, (Chun is a Canada 150 Chair in New Media at SFU) Limited availability until after August.
Digital media and its impact on everyday life.

David Murphy, senior lecturer, School of Communication, 778.782.3623,
Social impacts of media and technology on the human condition, use of social media and how it affects students.

Richard Smith, professor and director, Master of Digital Media Program 778.782.2011,
Technology and social inclusion; games/online communities. 

Learning through technology

Luc Beaudoin, adjunct professor, Faculty of Education, 778.997.0612; 
Using technology more productively to perform cognitive tasks and improve productivity in the classroom. Creator of the ‘cognitive shuffle’ for improving sleep and the Hook app to connect our online activities.

Linda Harasim, professor, School of Communication, 778.782.9252,
The evolution of online education. Prof. Harasim is a pioneer and leading theorist of online education and is currently writing a book on its history.

Nathalie Sinclair, professor, Faculty of Education, 778.782.4303;
Technology to improve math learning. The Touchtimes app uses finger, hand and body gestures in a hands-on approach to math. Developed through SFU’s Tangible Mathematics project.


Sarah Lubik, director of Entrepreneurship at SFU, 778.782.9664; (available after Aug. 28)
The benefits of supporting young innovators. One example has high school students getting a head start on post-secondary education through the Youth Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) initiative with SFU.

Lifelong Learning

Judy Smith, associate dean, Lifelong Learning, 778.782.7467,
Back to school tips for adult learners, benefits of lifelong learning and flexible part time studies, including certificate and degree completion.

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