Diane P. Janes, PhD

About Me...

100th Anniversary of Flight in Canada,

Sydney NS, July, 2009

Road to Cape Breton

Summer, 2009

Hi everyone. I am Dr. Diane P. Janes and I am currently an Instructional Designer with the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta; from January to July, 2015 Educational Developer with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) also at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton.  From 2013-2014 I was the Associate Dean, of the Donald School of Business, Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta and from 2009-2013 I was an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Education Department (2009-2011) with Cape Breton University (CBU).  In late 2006, the department where  I worked, at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) was closed and this allowed me to take some time to explore my online teaching with 4 universities...In addition to working for CBU, I also teach or have taught as a visiting professor with Athabasca University, The University of Calgary, The University of British Columbia, and Royal Roads University.

I worked with the UofS from 2003 - 2006. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, from 1996-2003 I was a project  manager/instructional designer with the Distance Education and Technology unit, under the leadership of Director, Dr. A.W. (Tony) Bates, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). While at UBC one of my most interesting projects was as a member of the core design team for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology-based Distributed Learning, a series of five web-based, graduate-level distance education courses launched internationally at UBC in the fall of 1997. This Post-Graduate Certificate was revised in 2002 and has become the Masters of Educational Technology (MET) offered by the Faculty of Education at UBC.

In 2002, I became adjunct faculty with the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University) and Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Masters in Education — Instructional Technology (where I continue to teach online) and I was also made an Associate Member in the School of Nursing, UBC.  While much of my work is in online, web-based course development in the areas of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Education, Economics, Law, Political Studies, and Physical Therapy (just to name a few), I've also consulted on distance education, instructional development and program evaluation in Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. I have a Masters degree in Educational Technology and in 2005 I completed a PhD at the University of British Columbia. My research interests include faculty development, collaborative online learning, online teaching pedagogy, e-research, program evaluation, e-policy, and instructional design. In 2015 I completed my Masters in Business Administration in Community Economic Development.

I was Book Review Editor for the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (formerly the Canadian Journal of Educational Communications) from 1993 to 2005 (http://www.cjlt.ca). I have served as Prairie Representative on the national board of the Canadian Association of Distance Education from 2004-2006 (http://www.cade-aced.ca/), as a reviewer and editorial board member for several international journals, and have had a number of publications and conference presentations to my credit. I edited a book with Dr. Mark Bullen entitled Making the Transition to E-learning: Strategies and Issues, Hershey, PA: Idea Publishing Group which was published in August, 2006.

In 2011, I became Chair of the School of Professional Studies and Chair, Academic Committee (2011-2013), Cape Breton University.  I also serve as a member of the Senate of CBU (2010-2012; 2012-2013), the Board of Governor's of Cape Breton University (as a Senator representative to 2013) and member of the Probation, Promotion and Tenure Committee of CBU (PP&T, 2010-2012).  In 2012 I was acclaimed national Vice-President, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (2012-2013).

In 2013, I was elected President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (2013-2014) and served as Past-President until May 2015.  In 2016 I became a Director of the AMTEC Trust (http://cnie-rcie.ca/index.php/amtec-trust/).