Bio (Irwin Devries)
Irwin DeVries is committed to making higher education more accessible using open learning methods. DeVries undertakes research and conference presentations in distance education, open educational practices and networked learning in digital environments. He has worked in career, professional and higher education settings, in both practice and leadership roles.
DeVries’ experience includes teaching online, instructional design, curriculum development and implementing learning technologies. Most recently he was director of curriculum development and interim associate vice-president of Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University. In his early career DeVries was a course designer for the original BC Open Learning Institute. He recently completed a term as co-Editor of the International Journal of E-learning and Distance Education, a Canadian peer-reviewed open access journal.
DeVries holds a PhD in Education (2014) from SFU; MA in Administrative, Adult and Higher Education (1981) from UBC; and BA in English (1978) from SFU.