Dr. Valerie Irvine

Dr. Valerie Irvine
Assistant Professor, Educational Technology
Curriculum and Instruction
Office: MacLaurin A568

PhD (Educational Psychology Instructional Technology) University of Alberta, University Teaching Program (Post-Secondary Education) University of Alberta, BA (English Literature) University of British Columbia, BEd (Intermediate Elementary Education) University of British Columbia

  • Educational Technology
  • Technology Integrated Learning
  • Digital Literacy
  • Networked and Open Learning
  • Open Education
  • Distributed online, blended, and multi-access learning
  • Learning Theories
  • Theories of Technology Adoption and Educational Change
  • Learning Design
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Assessment
  • Accessibility
  • K-12 and Higher Education
  • Teacher Education
Dr. Irvine is interested in technology integrated into teaching and learning and e-learning with a specific focus on multi-access learning, which she developed in 2009. Dr. Irvine is founder and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab.  She has over $1.7 million in funding to date from the Canada Foundation of Innovation, B.C. Knowledge Development Fund, Government of Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as corporate partnerships.  She is an executive member of the AACE EdMedia conference and is co-chair of the EdMedia conference held in Victoria in 2013. Dr. Irvine has been teaching EDCI 336: Technology and Innovation in Education for almost a decade at UVic.  She also teaches EDCI 515: E-Research which is a research methods course that actively seeks to utilize technology hardware and software to support the research process. Other courses developed by Dr. Irvine include EDCI 337: Interactive and Multimedia Learning, EDCI 338: Social Media for Personalized and Connected Learning, and EDCI 339: Distributed and Open Learning.  Dr. Irvine takes graduate student supervision seriously and has won a Graduate Student Service Award from the University of Alberta. She also supports undergraduate research and has mentored several undergraduate students through the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award and supported their output via presentation or publication.
  • Multi-access learning with ED-D 410 and other courses across campus.
  • School-university research partnerships on personalized learning, disrupted education, technology integration and adoption.
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the MOOC as text. Member of BCCampus committee on open textbooks for higher education
  • Social media identity formation (collaboration with external researchers).
  • Processes for teachers to engage students using technology with regard to the BC Privacy Laws (collaboration with district principals of technology and Ministry of Education)
  • Technology adoption theory development and testing

Irvine, V., Code, J. & Richards, L. (submitted). Re-aligning higher education for the 21st century learner through multi-access learning.

Irvine, V., Hermanson, D., & Code, J. (2011). Web Presence in K-12 Education. Paper accepted for American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Irvine, V. (2010). Exploring Learner Needs for Collaboration and Access. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 1093-1097). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Hall, W., & Irvine, V. (2009). E-communication among mothers of infants and toddlers in a community-based cohort: A content analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(1), 175-183.

Birch, A., & Irvine, V. (2009). Preservice teachers’ acceptance of ICT integration in the classroom: Applying the UTAUT model. Educational Media International.

Irvine, V. (2009). The Emergence of Choice in “Multi-Access” Learning Environments: Transferring Locus of Control of Course Access to the Learner. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (pp. 746-752). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.