Dr. Michele Jacobsen

Research & Knowledge Mobilization

Michele Jacobsen is Vice Dean, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. As a Full Professor in the Learning Sciences and Educational Technology, Michele studies technology-enabled learning and teaching in k-12 and post-secondary education learning environments using case study, action research and design-based approaches to research. 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 is also involved in interdisciplinary research on peer mentoring for strong transitions to graduate school, and complex adaptive learning systems in high schools. Michele also studies research ethics, especially the ongoing development of policy and guidelines to inform Internet research methodology

Funded Research

Brown, McDermott, Simmons, Eaton & Jacobsen, 2018 - 2020. "Improving Student Research Activities in Online Course-Based Masters Programs in Education". UCalgary Teaching and Learning Collaborative Grant.
Lorenzetti, Paolucci, Lorenzetti, Clancy, Jacobsen, Calvert & Nowell, 2016 - 2018. "An exploration of peer mentorship in graduate education". UCalgary Teaching and Learning Grant.
Parchoma, Simmons & Jacobsen, 2015 - 2017. "Examining Relationships Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactions in an Online Doctoral Research Course". UCalgary Teaching and Learning Grant.
Friesen & Jacobsen, 2014 - 2015. "Creating Adaptive Learning Systems in High School". Alberta Education
Jacobsen & Friesen, 2013 - 2014. "An Evaluation of the Impact of CORE on Learners and Learning". Multiple Jurisdictions and Alberta Education
Jacobsen & Friesen, 2012 - 2014. "Technology and Early Learning with K-4 Learners". Alberta Education See: Early Learning, Galileo Network
Jacobsen & Davis, 2011-2012. "Investigation of the Use of Clickers to Engage, Monitor and Challenge the Thinking of Student Teachers". SMART Technology.
Jacobsen & Friesen, 2010 - 2013. "Teaching and Learning in a Discipline Based Inquiry One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment".
Varnhagen, Daniels, Jacobsen & Friesen, 2008 - 2010. "Technology and High School Success". Alberta Education.
Friesen & Jacobsen, 2007 - 2011. "Teaching and Learning in a One-to-One Mobile Computing Environment"
University of Calgary Online Technology Survey

Software Engineering - An Examination of Distance Learning Environments

Master of Teaching Program - Technology Integration for Teaching and Learning
Doctoral Research
  • Characteristics and Adoption Patterns of Faculty Who Integrate Technology into Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 
  • Web-based Educational and Psychological Survey Research Methodology
Previous Lectures:

Selected Online Publications | Recent Papers/Reports, Conferences:

  • Paper - Martin & Jacobsen. (2018). Coding and Computational Thinking in Math and Science. Alberta Science Education Journal.
  • Paper - Jacobsen, Eaton, Brown, Simmons & McDermott. (2018). Action research for graduate program improvements: A response to curriculum mapping and review. The Canadian Journal of Higher Education. URL.
  • Paper - Loftus, Jacobsen & Wilson. (2018). The Relationship Between Spatial Ability, Cerebral Blood Flow and Learning with Dynamic Images: A Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography Study. Medical Teacher. URL.
  • Paper - Pethrick, Nowell, Oddone-Paolucci, Lorenzetti, Jacobsen, Clancy & Lorenzetti. (2017). Psychosocial and career outcomes of peer mentorship in medical resident education: A systematic review protocol. BMC Systematic Reviews. URL.
  • Paper - Alharbi & Jacobsen. (2016). Educational Development for Quality Graduate Supervision. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching. URL.
  • Paper - Brown & Jacobsen. (2016). Principals? technology leadership: How a conceptual framework shaped a mixed methods study. Journal of School Leadership URL.
  • Paper - Loftus, Jacobsen & Wilson. (2017). Learning and assessment with images: A view of cognitive load through the lens of cerebral blood flow. British Journal of Educational Technology. URL.
  • Paper - Brown, Dressler, Eaton & Jacobsen. (2015). Practicing what we teach: Using action research to learn about teaching action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research. URL.
  • Blog - Friesen & Jacobsen. (2015). A Design-Based Approach To Teachers Professional Learning. Canadian Education Association Blog. URL.
  • Paper - Law & Jacobsen. (2015). Playing for Climate Change: The Design and Development of a Game Prototype to Promote Scientific Literacy. International Journal of Designs for Learning. URL.
  • Paper - Mazur, Brown & Jacobsen (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 *CJLT Editors Award for Best Article 2016, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE)
  • Paper - Francis, Jacobsen & Friesen (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.
  • Paper - (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
  • Paper - Warrell & Jacobsen. (2014). Internet Research Ethics and the Policy Gap for Ethical Practice in Online Research Settings. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(1), 23 - 37. URL: http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/cjhe/issue/view/182485
  • Paper - Daniels, Jacobsen, Varnhagen, & Friesen. (2013). Barriers to Systemic, Effective and Sustainable Technology Use in High School Classrooms. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 39(4). URL: http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/761
  • Paper - Brown, Eaton, Jacobsen, Roy & Friesen. (2013). Instructional design collaboration: A professional learning and growth experience. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(3). URL: http://jolt.merlot.org/
  • Paper - Francis-Poscente & Jacobsen. (2013). Synchronous Online Collaborative Professional Development for Elementary Mathematics Teachers. The International REview of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(3), July 2013. Online at: URL
  • Review - (2012) - Assessment as Learning. A Review of Earle's "Assessment As Learning: Using classroom assessment to maximize student learning". Education Canada, 53(3), Summer 2013. Online: URL
  • Paper - Jacobsen, Lock & Friesen. (2013). Strategies for Engagement: Knowledge building and Intellectual Engagement in Participatory Learning Environments. Education Canada, 53(1), Winter 2013. Online at: URL
  • Research Report - (2012) - Daniels, Friesen, Jacobsen & Varnhagen, "Technology and High School Success". Alberta Education. Online at: URL.
  • Review - (2012) - The Kids Cannot Wait: Making High School Work. A Review of Levin's "More High School Graduates: How Schools Can Save Students From Dropping Out". Education Canada, 52(4), Fall 2012. Online: URL
  • Review - (2012) - Think to Learn: A Review of Schank's "Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save our Schools". Education Canada, 52(2), Spring 2012. Online: URL
  • Review - (2011) - Playing to Learn: A Review of Thomas and Seely Brown's "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change". Education Canada, 51(3), Summer 2011. Online: URL
  • Paper - (2011) - Web Exclusive: Hands On vs. Hands Up: Technology-Enabled Knowledge Building in High School. Education Canada, Spring 2011. Online at: URL | Video | PDF
  • Book Chapter - (2011) - A Case Study of a Blended Doctoral Program in Educational Technology. In Kitchenham's (Ed.)  Blended Learning across Disciplines: Models for Implementation, to be published by IGI Global. Online at: URL.
  • Chair & Presenter - (2011, March) - Education Technology Strategies for Universities, Colleges and K-12 Schools Summit. Toronto, ON. Online: URL
  • Editorial - (2010) - A Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology on Knowledge Building. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 36(1). Online: URL
  • Paper - (2010). Teaching in a Participatory Digital World. Education Canada, Summer 2010. Online at: URL | PDF
  • Book Review - (2010) - Review of Bridging the Knowledge Divide: Educational Technology for Development by Marshall, Kinutia & Taylor . Education Review, 13. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2009) - Changes in the World of Academic Publishing. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(3). Online: URL
  • Commentary - Hlynka & Jacobsen (2009) - What is educational technology, anyway? A commentary on the new AECT definition of the field.  Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(2). Online: URL
  • Editorial - (2009) - Defining the Field of Educational Technology. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(2). Online: URL
  • Book Review - (2009) - Review of The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--And What We Can Do About It, by Tony Wagner. Education Canada. Online at: URL
  • Book Review - (2009) - Review of Transforming Classroom Practice: Professional Development Strategies in Educational Technology, by Borthwick, A., & Pierson, M. (Eds.). Education Review, August 1, 2009. URL
  • Editorial - (2008) - A special issue shift from dual medium to open access academic publishing. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 34(3), 3-4. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2008) - Taking stock of the 33rd volume of CJLT. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 34(2), 1-8. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2008) - Exploring the idea of a participatory social, academic and political Web 2.0. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 34(1), i-xii. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2007) - A Prelude to an Educational Technology Octet. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 33(3), 1-4. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2007) - The Birth of An Association, Plus a Year in the LIfe of CJLT. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 33(2), i-ix. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2007) - Filling the Gaps in Educational Technology Research. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 33(1), 1-8 Online at: URL
  • Book - (2006) Learning Technology in Continuing Professional Development: The Galileo Network. New York, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press. URL
  • Editorial - (2006) - Special Issue on ELearning in Canada. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 32(3), v-ix. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2006) - Taking Stock and Looking Forward. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 32(2), 1-9. Online at: URL
  • Editorial - (2006). Publishing diverse perspectives and key issues in educational technology. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 32(1), 1-8. Online at: URL
  • Paper - Reid, Katz, and Jacobsen. (2005). An investigation of computer generated knowledge retention activities in computer-based training with adult learners. Journal of Learning Design, 1 (1), 76-85. Online at: URL
  • Paper - Jacobsen and Lock. (2004). Technology And Teacher Education For A Knowledge Era: Mentoring For Student Futures, Not Our Past. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education , 12(1), 75-100.
  • Paper - (2003). A Pan Canadian Survey of Issues and Key Factors to Do With Students At Risk. Exceptionality Education Canada, 13(2/3) - http://www.upei.ca/~eecj/1323.html
  • Paper/ AERA 2002 (Year 2 Galileo Network) - Building Different Bridges Two: A Case Study of Transformative Professional Development for Student Learning With Technology
  • Report/ OLT 2001 - The Galileo Network - Case-Specific Report Executive Summary.  For the Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) Evaluation Of Learning Technologies Initiatives In Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Paper/ AERA 2001 (Year 1 Galileo Network) - Building Different Bridges: Technology Integration, Engaged Student Learning, and New Approaches to Professional Development.
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