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Athabasca University

Dr. Debra Hoven

Associate Professor in Distance Education

Debra Hoven researches and teaches in the areas of ICT in education, open and flexible learning and pedagogy, and appropriate technologies for intercultural education and learning in the Masters and Doctorate in Education (Distance Education) programs in the Centre for Distance Education. Previously she has taught in LOTE/TESOL Education at Queensland University of Technology, and the Applied Linguistics program at Queensland University in Australia where she was involved in teaching, research and consultancy in the areas of language teacher education, innovative and flexible pedagogies, and the integration of technology in language teaching and learning. Other places she has taught include Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan. At Athabasca University, her research focuses on the effective uses of e-portfolios in online learning and assessment, models and theories of learning appropriate to online, personal, collaborative and mobile learning environments and the affective and collaborative effects of cohort-based learning in online doctoral research and study. Dr Hoven has particular interest and expertise in aspects of Aboriginal education, particularly digital storytelling, technological solutions to in-community capacity building and cultural and lingusitic identity.

Dr. Hoven has held numerous research and teaching development grants, particularly relating to Aboriginal education, the uses of technology in language learning and teaching, and electronic communications. She was also involved in the introduction of Athabasca University’s first doctoral program, the EdD in Distance Education, a program in which she continues to take a leading role. She regularly presents at national and international conferences in her areas of interest, and has served on the executive boards of various professional organizations. Her passionate interest in innovation in pedagogy and commitment to the field of teacher education have lead to her membership of the editorial boards of several national and international journals as well as invitations to present international keynotes and workshops and undertake Visiting Scholar positions.

Updated March 03 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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