University of Calgary

Michele Jacobsen

  • Professor
  • Vice Dean
  • Vice Dean - Office of the Dean

Profile

Dr. Michele Jacobsen, PhD (Calgary) is the Vice Dean, Werklund School of Education, and a Professor in the Learning Sciences. As a Professor in the Learning Sciences, Michele studies 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 by the The Edwin Mellen Press, New York, emerged from her research on leadership and professional development in ten Alberta schools.  

Dr. Jacobsen received the Excellence in Leadership Award in 2014, the Excellence in Teaching Award twice from the Werklund School of Education, in 2001 and 2012, a nomination 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, Recent:

  • 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

Education

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), Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS). 

Publications

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: http://journals.sfu.ca/cjhe/index.php/cjhe/article/view/188048

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1395401

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0571-y 

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.  https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12474

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: http://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/pplt

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: http://journals.nipissingu.ca/index.php/cjar/article/view/228

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: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/ijdl/article/view/5343 

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: http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/909  * 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: http://www.jite.org/documents/Vol13/JITEv13ResearchP233-255Francis0659.pdf

Jacobsen, M. (2014). Design based research: Sponsoring innovation in Education. Education Canada, 54(5), 22-24. URL: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/design-based-research

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). [http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/cjhe]

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:  http://cjlt.csj.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjlt

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: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no3/brown_0913.htm

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: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1460

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: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/strategies-engagement

 

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