University of Calgary

Barbara Brown

  • Associate Dean Teaching & Learning
  • Associate Professor

Personal Faculty Profile

Personal Profile for Barb Brown

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Brown was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a major in mathematics and minor in physical sciences. Following graduation, she started teaching grade two in Edmonton, Alberta and lived there for about 10 years. During that time she also taught junior high and was a technology consultant and school administrator. In 2000, she received a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Alberta specializing in secondary education. Her husband was transferred with his work and their family moved to Calgary, Alberta. She taught junior high, senior high and served as district consultant and the first educational technology supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School District. In 2013, she completed doctoral studies at the University of Calgary with a focus on leadership, technology and educational change. In 2014-2015, she was awarded the final Gallagher-Galileo postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, she is Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning and director of the Partner Research Schools initiative in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Brown's program is focused on research-practice partnerships and community engagement with an aim to advance innovations in teaching, learning, and leadership through interdisciplinary designs and online learning in K-12 and higher education contexts. Using methodologies, such as design-based research, action research and case study, her research also includes professional learning networks, professional practice standards, technology-enhanced learning environments, pedagogies and innovations in education.


University of Calgary, Sep 2008- 2013
Educational Technology Specialization; Dissertation – How principals cultivate technology integration and use professional learning networks 

University of Alberta, 1997-2000
Secondary Education; Thesis – Technology Mentorship: A staff development opportunity

University of Lethbridge, 1986-1991
Major: Mathematics; Minor: Physical Sciences



Alonso-Yanez, G., Preciado Babb, A., Brown, B. & Friesen, S. (2021). Emergence in school systems: Lessons from complexity and pedagogical leadership. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy (CJEAP), 196, 65-82.





Brown, B., Jacobsen, M., Hurrell, C., & Roberts, V. (2021). Ethical technology & education: A collaborative letter with the team behind open educational resources at the Werklund School of Education [Editorial]. Teaching and Learning Online Network (TALON) Letter, Issue 22.


Mosher, R., Hartwell, A., & Brown, B. (2021). 5 factors that contribute to students completing high school, The Conversation.


Thomas, C., & Brown, B. (2021). Formative assessment strategies for group work. Education in the North, 28(2), 134-155.


Simmons, M., McDermott, M., Eaton, S.E., Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2021). Reflection as Pedagogy in Action Research. Educational Action Research, 29(2), 245-258.


Beck, J., Fowler, T., & Brown, B. (2020). Asynchronous professional learning: An online conference to connect pre-service and in-service teachers to current research. In R. E., Ferding, E., Baumgartner, R. Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski & C. Mouza (Eds.), Teaching, technology, and teacher education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Stories from the field (pp. 565-567). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


Brown, B., Alonso-Yanez, G., Friesen, S., & Jacobsen, M. (2020). High school redesign: Carnegie unit as a catalyst for change. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy (CJEAP), 193, 97-114.


Brown, B., Burns, A., Kendrick, A., Kapoyannis, T., & Delanoy, N. (2020). Adapting to changing K-12 contexts during COVID-19: Teacher education perspectives. In M. K. Barbour & LaBonte, R., Stories from the field: Voices of K-12 Stakeholders during Pandemic, Canadian Education Network, pp. 63-68.


Brown, B. & Eaton, S. E. (2020). Using a community of inquiry lens to examine synchronous online discussions in graduate courses. In L. Wilton, & Brett C. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Online Discussion-Based Teaching Methods (pp. 229-262), IGI Global.


Brown, B., Friesen, S., Beck, J., & Roberts, V. (2020). Supporting new teachers as designers of learning. Education Sciences, 10(8), 1-14. Note: Editor’s Selection for Issue Cover


Brown, B., Roberts, V., Jacobsen, M., & Hurrell, C. (Eds.) (2020). Ethical use of technology in digital learning environments: Graduate student perspectives. Pressbooks.


Brown, B., & Thomas, C. (2020). Technology used to support learning in groups. International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education, 35(1), 1-26.


Chu, M-W, Brown, B. & Friesen, S. (2020). Psychometric properties of the design-based professional learning for teachers survey. Professional Development in Education, 1-17.


Friesen, S. & Brown, B. (2020). Teacher leaders: Developing collective responsibility through design-based professional learning. Teaching Education.


Jacobsen, M., Friesen, S., & Brown, B. (2020). Teachers’ Professional Learning Focused on Designs for Early Learners and Technology.  In Information Resources Management Association (Eds.) Research Anthology on Facilitating New Educational Practices Through Communities of Learning, pp. 456-477. IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-7294-8 Note: IGI Global Executive Board selected chapter for Research Anthology


McDermott, M., Brown, B., Friesen, S., Markides, J., MacDonald, J., & Holden, M. (2020). Leading for Indigenous Learning: Research Brief. (6 pages)


Mosher, R., Pamplin, L., Brown, B., & Delanoy, N. (2020). Leadership scholarship and certification through cognitive apprenticeship. (Poster)


Barrette-Ng, N., Nowell, L., Anderson, S.J., Arcellana-Panlilio, M., Brown, B., Chalhoub, S., Clancy, T.L., Desjardine, P., Dorland, A.M., Dyjur, P., Mueller, K., Reid, L., Squance, R., Towers, J., & Wilcox, G. (2019). The Mentorship Guide for Teaching and Learning. Calgary, AB: Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Guide Series.


Brown, B. (2019). One-take productions for student feedback. Education Canada, 59(2).


Thomas, C. & Brown, B. (2019). Developing pre-service teachers’ leadership capacity through group work. International Studies in Educational Administration, 47(2), 37-57.


Hill, J., Thomas, C., & Brown, B. (2019). Research assistant as partner: Collective leadership to facilitate co-production. International Journal for Students as Partners, 3(2), 129-138.


Brown, B. (2018). Designing technology-enhanced learning. Education Canada, 58(1).


Brown, B. & Vaughan, N. (2018). Designing group work in blended learning environments. In R. J. Harnish, K. R. Bridges, D. N. Sattler, M. L. Signorella, & M. Munson (Eds.). The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning (pp. 82-97). Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:


Jacobsen, M., McDermott, M., Brown, B., Eaton, S. E., & Simmons, M. (2018). Graduate students’ research-based learning experiences in an online Master of Education program. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice15(4), 1-18.


Brown, B., Hartwell, A., & Thomas, C. (2018). Interdisciplinary design teams of pre-service and in-service teachers: Issues with collaboration.  Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1), 14-32.


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. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 48(1), 82-98. Online:

Note: 2019 Nominated, Outstanding Publication Award in the AERA SIG Doctoral Education across the Disciplines


Sengupta, P., Brown, B., Rushton, K., & Shanahan, M. C. (2018). Reframing coding as “Mathematization” in the K12 classroom: Views from teacher professional learning. Alberta Science Educational Journal, 45(2), 28-36.


Brown, B. (2017). Stop asking them to turn off their devices! Education Canada57(1), p. 43. Retrieved from


Burns, A., Brown, B., Eaton, S. E., & Mueller, K. (2017). A day in the life: An examination of women’s choices in the academy. Journal of Educational Thought (JET), 50(2&3), 118-137.


Jacobsen, M., Friesen, S., & Brown, B. (2017). Teachers’ professional learning focused on designs for early learners and technology. In D. Polly, Putman, M., T. Petty & A. Good (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Innovative Practices in Teacher Preparation and Graduate-Level Teacher Education Programs (pp. 417-438). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


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


Brown, B., Dressler, R., Eaton, S., E., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Practicing what we teach: Using action research to learn about teaching action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research16(3), 61-78.


Friesen, S., Saar, C., Park, A., Marcotte, C., Hampshire, T., Martin, B., Brown, B., & Martin, J. (2015). Focus on Inquiry. [eBook]


Mazur, A., Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Learning designs using flipped classroom instruction. Canadian Journal of Learning Technology41(2), 1-26.  Note: Editor’s Award 2016


Brown, B., Eaton, S. E., Jacobsen, M., & Roy, S. (2013). Instructional design collaboration: A professional learning and growth experience. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching9(3).


Brown, B. (2013). Technology-enhanced learning environment. In R. C. Richey (Ed), Encyclopedia of terminology for educational communications and technology (pp. 304-305). New York, NY: Springer.


McCaffrey, J., Crichton, S., & Brown, B. (2011). Using a SMARTBoard smartly: Considering digital tools for interaction, collaboration, and storytelling. Northwest Passage: Journal of Educational Practices9(1), 105-112.



  • 2019 - Leadership in Education Award, Werklund School of Education
  • 2018 - Service Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education
  • 2018 - Nominated, Academic Leadership Academy, Leadership Primer
  • 2016 - CJLT Editor's Award for Best Article, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE)
  • 2015 – University of Calgary Teaching Award, Teaching in Online Environments
  • 2014 – Werklund Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2012 – Graduate Conference Travel Grant, University of Calgary
  • 2007 – ASCD Award for Online Course Development
  • 2007 –  Innovative Practice Award for Distributive Learning Project
  • 2004 – ASCD Award for school technology projects
  • 1999 – ASCD Award for Technology Mentorship Project and research
  • 1994 – Excellence in Teaching Nomination  


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