Master of Education Graduate Joel Templeman
Joel graduated with his MEd in 2021. One area of focus for Joel was Leading and Learning in a Digital Age, a program option within the Master of Education, Interdisciplinary route.
Before starting his journey with Werklund, Joel completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Public Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Why did you choose to study at the Werklund School of Education?
Colleagues in Manitoba who I was working with, one who had completed the MEd and another the EdD both highly recommended the programs. Being online and flexible was a big factor needed to match my schedule and lifestyle.
How did you arrive at your thesis topic? What drew you to that particular area of focus?
I have a background in both teaching and technology and wanted to bring the two together to help change the way both learning and teaching are done.
Who is someone who had an important influence on your experience at Werklund? Tell us about their impact.
Dr. Verena Roberts is an educational force to be reckoned with. Her passion and enthusiasm for the subject paired with her care and support for her students is unparalleled in my experience. Going above and beyond doesn't begin to explain it. She is transformative and raises your own expectations of your work.
What is the most important lesson you learned from your graduate studies experience?
The topics are important and relevant, but the quality and diversity of your fellow students is what brings a richness and a realism to the learning. Being able to bring your own experiences into the class and then apply it back directly to your situation makes the learning authentic and actionable.
Where has your education from the Werklund School of Education taken you in your career?
I am leading a project in the North End of Winnipeg that is researching the barriers to meaningful internet connectivity with the goal of digital inclusion and helping to build a community network that will provide no / low cost internet access, user education, and technical support to residents by other residents. Learn more
Outside of Werklund, what are your favourite pastimes? Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents?
Besides family, I work with the Manitoba Chapter of the Internet Society on projects to bring affordable, accessible internet connectivity to marginalized communities. I love nature and learning new things.
What advice would you give to those about to begin their graduate studies journey?
Jump in! I don't think you ever feel 100% ready, but don't let that hold you back. You will find the supports you need to be successful.
What do you plan to do after you have completed your degree? How do you hope to make a positive impact in the community?
I plan to engage in more research and carry on to the EdD program in 2023. I want to contribute to the body of knowledge where technology can transform communities that otherwise would remain dependant on outside supports.