Bio (Irwin Devries)
Irwin Devries is committed to meeting learner needs by making higher education more accessible using open and distance education with the support of learning technologies. His work and research focus on open and collaborative educational practices, specifically instructional design and development, and networked learning in digital environments. Devries researches and presents at conferences worldwide in the field of open and distance education.
Devries’ experience includes instructional design, curriculum development and learning technologies in career, professional and higher education, in practice and senior leadership roles. Most recently he was director of curriculum development and interim associate vice-president of Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University. Previous positions include vice-president of accreditation programs for Certified Management Accountants BC and director of learning and information services at the Justice Institute of BC. In his earlier career, Devries was a course designer for the BC Open Learning Institute.
Devries holds a PhD in Education, Curriculum Theory and Implementation (2013), and a Bachelor of Arts in English (1978) from Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Arts in Administrative, Adult and Higher Education from the University of British Columbia (1981).