Bio (Robert Aucoin)
Robert Aucoin’s research uses a critical perspective to explore the use of Web 2.0 in adult learning environments. He is interested in exploring how technologies are used in personal, learning and work environments and has conducted research into mobile learning, synchronous online learning and social networking in educational environments. Aucoin has been teaching at Royal Roads since 2007 and has also served as the IT project manager in charge of Moodle development. Since then, he has taught courses on history, philosophy, technology and information literacy. Aucoin is vice-president of the Victoria International Buskers Festival and the Victoria Chalk Art Festival – two events that draw thousands of visitors to Victoria annually and raise money for local charities.
Aucoin has worked in all regions of Canada as well as in Zimbabwe, Bosnia and Jordan. Most of his work revolves around creating innovative solutions to educational challenges for both learners and faculty. To facilitate this work, Aucoin created his own consultancy, Avant Learning, which has allowed him to work for clients as varied as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Commonwealth of Learning, Industry Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
Robert will be completing his EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UBC in the spring of 2013. His research has earned him the AMTEC graduate student stipend and the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education graduate scholarship. Previously, he won the AVENTIS Award for innovation in educational technology and health research. Aucoin also holds an MA in Educational Technology and a BSc in Math.