About Dr. Michele Jacobsen

Dr. D. Michele Jacobsen (PhD, MSc, BEd, BA, Calgary Alumni!) is Vice Dean in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Michele served as the Editor of The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (CJLT) from 2005-2010, and was the Editor and Founder of the EGallery.

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Michele Chaired Educational Studies in Technology for 11 years, a specialization that offers Educational Technology programs that result in PhD, EdD, MA, MEd, Diplomas and Certificates. Michele is passionate about constructivist approaches to sponsoring learning - in her research, Michele studies how people learn and design with technology in participatory cultures. She currently supervises several doctoral and masters students in the learning sciences, leadership and educational technology. Nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards in 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Michele was awarded a Student's Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, a Werklund School of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 2001 and 2012, and the Werklund School of Education Leadership in Education Award in 2014.

In the past 20+ years, Michele has taught undergraduate and graduate students in educational technology, classroom measurement and teacher preparation, as well as web design and HTML courses in the Faculty of Continuing Education. She enjoyed the privilege of working with gifted children on digital filmmaking in the Summer SUCCESS 2004 program.

Author of 52+ academic papers, 1 book, 26 book chapters and reviews, 80+ conference papers and 100+ conference presentations, Michele's research projects include investigating peer mentoring in graduate education, adaptive learning systems, early learning with technology, the link between technology and high school success, the pervasive use of laptops for learning, audience response systems in large lectures, and inquiry-based learning and technology integration in conjunction with the Galileo Educational Network, the effective integrating technology in teacher preparation, the adoption of information technology by post-secondary teaching faculty, and a variety of web-based educational and psychological experiments.

Michele was Vice Chair, CEA Board; and currently serves as the President of CATE, the Canadian Association for Teacher Education. Michele is a member of several academic and professional organizations: American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Educational Technology Council, Alberta Teachers Association (ETCATA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

University of Calgary alumnus, Michele Jacobsen's doctoral work explored the adoption of technology by university faculty for teaching and learning. Upon completion of her PhD in 1998, Michele investigated distance education learning environments with her colleagues in the Software Engineering Research Network (SERN) via a post-doctoral research fellowship in computer science. Michele was hired by the Faculty of Education in 1999, tenured in 2003 and promoted to associate professor in 2006.

Michele was awarded a Pan Canadian Petroleum Limited Graduate Scholarship in 1994 to support her masters research on the implementation of an integrated learning system in an Alberta middle school. Michele was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship in 1996 and a Honorary Silver Anniversary Graduate Scholarship to investigate the integration of technology in teaching and learning in higher education (PhD Online). She was awarded the First Galileo Doctoral Fellowship at Banded Peak School where her work included classroom-based research, professional development of inservice teachers, and collaborative liaison with the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. 

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PROGRAM OF RESEARCH: - My design-based and case study research focuses on K-12 and post-secondary learning and teaching with technology. Informed by the learning sciences, I study (i) how to facilitate active learning via the creation, design, use and evaluation of technological processes and systems, (ii) the innovations and changes required in education to sponsor deep learning with technology, and (iii) the shift from transmission to participatory, knowledge building learning cultures that sponsor intellectual engagement. Related research includes online / blended learning, graduate education, academic publishing, teacher professional learning, and ethics in online research.


  • Lorenzetti, Paolucci, Lorenzetti, Clancy, Jacobsen, Calvert & Nowell. (2016 - 2018). An exploration of peer mentorship in graduate education. University of Calgary, Teaching and Learning Grant.
  • Parchoma, Simmons & Jacobsen (2015-17).Examining Relationships Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactions in an Online Doctoral Research Course. University of Calgary, Collaborative Teaching and Learning Grant.
  • Friesen & Jacobsen (2014-15). Creating Adaptive Learning Systems in High School. Funded by Alberta Education.
  • Jacobsen & Friesen, S. (2012-14). Early Learning and Technology. Funded by Alberta Education.
  • Jacobsen & Friesen, S. (2013-14). An Evaluation of CORE. Funded by CBE, CCSD, CRSC, GHSD, RVS.
  • Jacobsen & Friesen, S. (2010-12). Teaching and Learning in a Discipline Based Inquiry One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment. Funded by Calgary Girls School.
  • Jacobsen, M., and Davis, B. (2011). Investigating the use of student response systems to engage, monitor and extend the thinking of pre-service teachers. Funded by SMART Technologies, Calgary.
  • Friesen, S., Jacobsen, D. M., Daniels, J., & Varnhagen, S. (2009 - 2010). Technology and High School Success, Funded by Alberta Education
  • Jacobsen, D. M., & Edwards, A. "A Multiple Case Study of the MT3 Grant Initiative of the Teaching and Learning for a Knowledge Era Project", Funded by Imperial Oil Foundation
  • Becker, K. & Jacobsen, D. M. "Games for Learning: A Survey of Video Game use in Calgary-Area Schools", Funded by a Faculty of Education Graduate Research Assistantship
  • "Study of the Effectiveness of Collaborative, Distributed Software Development" - Sorenson, P (principal investigator) - Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Green, T. & Jacobsen, M. "Students as Designers – Authoring and Ideas in the Media of Our Students’ Times" - Imperial Oil MT3 Project Grant - see Destination China
  • Jacobsen, D. M. "Building New Bridges: Technology Integration, Engaged Student Learning, and New Models of Professional Development" - Funded by the Galileo Educational Network - see Building Different Bridges Two
  • Jacobsen, D. M. "Technology Integration and Engaged Student Learning" - URGC Starter Grant - see Building Different Bridges
  • Lupart, J. & Jacobsen, D. M. "Teacher Influence on Student Achievement, Values and Interest in Science" - Research Excellence Envelope (REE), University of Calgary
  • "Students At Risk In Canadian Schools And Communities" - Lupart, J. (principal investigator) - Child, Youth and Social Development Studies Division (CYSD) of the Applied Research Branch, Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC).


  • Jacobsen & Calvert (2014 - 2018). Evaluation of Peer Mentoring and a Peer Mentor Program in Graduate Education.
  • Jacobsen & Davis, 2010-11, "Investigating the use of audience response systems to engage, monitor and guide the thinking of student teachers"
  • Jacobsen & Friesen, 2010-11, "Teaching and Learning in a Discipline Based Inquiry One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment"
  • Varnhagen, Daniels, Jacobsen & Friesen, 2008-10 "Technology and High School Success"
  • Friesen & Jacobsen, 2007-09, "Teaching and Learning in a One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment"
  • Jacobsen, D. M. "Exploring Classic Myths and Legends Through Digital Filmmaking For Elementary students".
  • Jacobsen, D. M. & Edwards, A. "The Adoption of Technology In Higher Education from 1998 to 2004"
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