University of Calgary

Michele Jacobsen

  • Professor


Dr. Michele Jacobsen, PhD (Calgary) is a Professor in the Learning Sciences. Dr. Jacobsen's research focuses on faculty development for quality graduate supervision, graduate student peer mentoring, and design based learning, technology and teaching in classrooms and post-secondary education using case study, action research and design-based approaches to research.  Dr. Jacobsen's book, entitled "Learning Technology in Continuing Professional Development: The Galileo Network, published in 2006, emerged from her research on leadership and professional development in ten Alberta schools.  

Dr. Jacobsen received the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Supervision Award, Werklund School of Education, the 2018 GREAT Supervisor Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies  the Werklund School of Education 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award, the Werklund School of Education's 2012 and 2001 Excellence in Teaching Awards, and also nominations for Excellence in Graduate Supervision in 2013 and 2017, and a Students Union Excellence in Teaching Award, Honorable Mention, in 2010. 

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Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Jacobsen’s design-based and case study research includes K-12 and post-secondary learning and teaching with educational technology. Michele examines and creates innovative designs for learning that shift instruction from standardized delivery and testing to participatory pedagogies in technology enabled learning environments that sponsor knowledge building, intellectual engagement and assessment for learning.  Michele also studies research ethics, especially the ongoing development of policy and guidelines to inform Internet research methodology. 

Funded Research Projects:

  • Enhancing Faculty Development for Graduate Supervision in an Interdisciplinary Online Learning Community.  Funded with a Teaching Scholars Grant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. Michele Jacobsen and Hawazen Alharbi
  • M&E/Scientific Advisory Committee for CFSC-OPEC deliverables in the Connecting Families initiative (‘SciCom’): Funded by Computers for Success Canada (CFSC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Government of Canada. Team: Karsenti (McGill), Collin (UQAM), Irvine (Victoria), Jacobsen (Calgary), Middleton (Ryerson), Venkatesh (Concordia), Harper-Merrett, Brouillet, and Matsuo. 
  • Improving Student Research Activities in Online Course-Based Master's Programs in  Education. Funded by a University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Collaborative Team Grant. Barb Brown, Mairi McDermott, Marlon Simmons, Sarah Eaton, Michele Jacobsen.
  • An Exploration of Peer Mentorship In Graduate Education. Funded by a University of Calgary Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. Diane Lorenzetti, Elizabeth Paolucci, Liza Lorenzetti, Tracey Clancy, Michele Jacobsen, and Lorelli Nowell.
  • Examining Relationships Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactions in an Online Doctoral Research Course. Funded by a University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Collaborative Team Grant. Gale Parchoma, Marlon Simmons, Michele Jacobsen. 
  • Creating Adaptive Learning Systems in High School. Funded by Alberta Education. Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen. 
  • An Evaluation of the Impact of CORE on Learners and Learning. Funded by multiple school jurisdictions. Michele Jacobsen, Sharon Friesen. 
  • Early Learning Research: Using Technology to Support Kindergarten to Grade Four Learners. Funded by Alberta Education. Michele Jacobsen, Sharon Friesen, Brenda Gladstone & Candace Saar. 
  • An Investigation of the Use of Clickers to Engage, Monitor and Challenge the Thinking of Student Teachers. Funded by SMART Technologies, Calgary, AB. Michele Jacobsen & Brent Davis
  • Teaching and Learning in a Discipline Based Inquiry One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment. Research funded by Calgary Girls School. Michele Jacobsen & Sharon Friesen
  • Technology and High School Success. Funded by Alberta Education. Stanley Varnhagen, Jason Daniels, Sharon Friesen and Michele Jacobsen


PhD (Educational Psychology)
University of Calgary

MSc (Educational Psychology)
University of Calgary

BEd (Secondary Education)
University of Calgary

BA (English)
University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Jacobsen is the President of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and serves on the Editorial Board of EdCanada, and CEA's Pat Clifford Early Career Award Committee; she is a former Editor of The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (CJLT).  Dr. Jacobsen is a member of the following academic and professional organizations: American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS). 


Bailey, K., and Jacobsen, M. (Accepted, August 2019). Connecting theory to practice: Using the Community of Inquiry Theoretical Framework to collaboratively develop library instruction. Journal of Information Literacy

Nowell, L. Ovie, G., Kenny, N., Hayden, K.A., Jacobsen, M. (accepted, Sept 2019) Professional learning and development initiatives for postdoctoral scholars.  Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education.

Meyers, G., Jacobsen, M., and Henderson, E. (2019).  Designing an Innovative Professional Development Experience to Build ICP Educational Expertise. Canadian Journal of Infection Control, 34(1), 19-29. Online: *2018 Editorial Award

Meyers, G., Jacobsen, M., and Henderson, E. (2018).  Understanding ICP Educational Practice: It’s more than meets the eye. Canadian Journal of Infection Control, 33(4), 198-203. Online: *2018 Editorial Award

Becker, S., and Jacobsen, M. (2019). “How Can You Build a Model If You Don’t Know the Answer to the Question?”: Developing Student and Teacher Sky Scientist Ontologies Through Making. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, (17), 31-48. Online:

Meyers, G., Jacobsen, M., and Henderson, E. (2018). Design-Based Research: Introducing an Innovative Research Methodology to Infection Prevention and Control. Canadian Journal of Infection Control, 33(3), 158-164. *2018 Editorial Award

Jacobsen, M., McDermott, M., Brown, B., Eaton, S., and Simmons, M. (2018). Graduate students' research based learning experiences in an online Master of Education program. The Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 15(4), 1-18. Online:

Meyers, G., Jacobsen, M., and Henderson, E. (2018). An Exploration of IPAC Educational Intervention Research: What do we mean by education? Canadian Journal of Infection Control, 33(2), 89-95.

Alharbi, H., and Jacobsen, M. (2018). Evaluating the Design and Development of the Quality Graduate Supervision miniMOOC. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 19(1), 13-26.

Martin,  S., and Jacobsen, M. (2018). Coding and Computational Thinking in Math and Science. Alberta Science Education Journal, 42(2), 17 – 27.

Jacobsen, M., Eaton, S., Brown, B., Simmons, M., and McDermott, M. (2018). Action research for graduate program improvements: A response to curriculum mapping and review. The Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 48(1), 82-98. Online:

Loftus, J. J., Jacobsen, M., & Wilson, T. D. (2018). The Relationship Between Spatial Ability, Cerebral Blood Flow and Learning with Dynamic Images: A Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography Study. Medical Teacher, 40(2), 174-180. Online:

Pethrick, H., Nowell, L., Oddone-Paolucci, E., Lorenzetti, L., Jacobsen, M., Clancy, T., Lorenzetti, E. L. (2017). Psychosocial and career outcomes of peer mentorship in medical resident education: A systematic review protocol. BMC Systematic Reviews, 6, 178. 

Loftus, J. J., Jacobsen, M., & Wilson, T. D. (2017). Learning and assessment with images: A view of cognitive load through the lens of cerebral blood flow. British Journal of Educational Technology, 48(4), 1030-1046.

Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2016). Principals’ technology leadership: How a conceptual framework shaped a mixed methods study. Journal of School Leadership26(5), 811-836.

Alharbi, H., and Jacobsen, M. (2016). Educational Development for Quality Graduate Supervision. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 41-46. Online:

Brown, B., Dressler, R., Eaton, S., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Practicing what we teach: Using action research to learn about teaching action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 16(3), 60-77.  Online:

Law, S., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Playing for Climate Change: The Design and Development of a Game Prototype to Promote Scientific Literacy. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 6(1), 72-84. URL: 

Mazur, A. D., Brown, B, & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Learning Designs using Flipped Classroom Instruction. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 41(2), 1-26. URL:  * 2016 CJLT Editor’s Award for Best Article, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE).

Francis, K., Jacobsen, M., & Friesen, S. (2014). The use of graphics to communicate findings of longitudinal data in design-based research. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 13, 233-255. URL:

Jacobsen, M. (2014). Design based research: Sponsoring innovation in Education. Education Canada, 54(5), 22-24. URL:

Warrell, J. G., and Jacobsen, M. (2014). Internet Research Ethics and the Policy Gap for Ethical Practice in Online Research Settings. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(1). []

Daniels, J. S., Jacobsen, M., Varnhagen, S., and Friesen, S. (2014). Barriers to Systemic, Effective and Sustainable Technology Use in High School Classrooms. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology. 39(4). URL:

Brown, B., Eaton, S., Jacobsen, M., Roy, S., and Friesen, S. (2013). Instructional Design Collaboration: A Professional Learning and Growth Experience. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(3), 439-452. Online:

Francis-Poscente, K., and Jacobsen, M. (2013). Synchronous Online Collaborative Professional Development for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(3), 319-343. URL:

Jacobsen, M., Lock, J., and Friesen, S. (2013). Strategies for engagement: Knowledge building and intellectual engagement in participatory environments. Education Canada, 53(1), 14-18. Retrieved from:


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