Position: Senior Lecturer
InterestsIn my free time, I love spending time in the outdoors skiing, cycling, hiking, and doing oxygen powered sports. I'm also passionate about spending time with my family and love travel.
Research InterestsMy research interests can be divided into a few broad areas of inquiry: educational technology, intercultural communication, teacher education, and second language acquisition.
EducationBA, TESL Cert., MBA, MEd
PublicationsBelow are some select more recent representative publications and presentations.
Dobson, J. & Massalski, J. (2018, May). Exploring Digital Assistants in the EAL Classroom: Disruptors or Interrupters. Paper presented at the 2018 BC TEAL Annual Conference Vancouver, BC.
Dobson, J. (2017, October). Disruptive Innovations: Pedagogy, Practice and Practicalities in Language Education. Alberta TESL Educational Technology Summit on Language Education, Calgary, AB.
Dobson, J. & Hall, N. (2017, May). Technology Enhanced Teaching: Build Your Digital Toolbox. Invited workshop presented at the BC TEAL 2017 Annual Conference Pre-Conference Educational Institute, Vancouver, BC.
Dobson, J. (May, 2017). Co-construction of Knowledge Through Collaborative Applications. Workshop presented at the 2017 BC TEAL Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
Collins, N., Galli, M., Sawkins, M., Pearson-Terell, J., Williams, S. & Dobson, J. (May, 2017). Reflecting Back & Looking Forward: Presidents' Perspectives on BC TEAL. Panel presentation at the 2017 BC TEAL Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
Dobson, J. & Hall, N. (2016, September). Practical and Accessible Technology for Interaction & Collaboration in the Post Language Lab Era. Invited workshop presented at the BC TEAL 2016 Interior Conference, Kamloops, BC.
Dobson, J. & Savage, M. (Eds.), (2016). Tri-TESOL 2015 Conference Proceedings: Transcending Boundaries and Interweaving Perspectives: Proceedings Tri-TESOL 2015. Des Moines, WA. Retrieved from: http://waesol.org/2015-tri-tesol-conference- proceedings/
Dobson, J. (2016, April). The Virtual Open Door: Security, Predatory Publishers, Students and You. Paper presented at the BC TEAL Annual Conference, Surrey, BC.
Dobson, J. (2016, March). Practical and Accessible Technology for Interaction, Collaboration and Engagement. Invited workshop presented at the Japan Association of Language Teachers Professional Development Series, Okinawa, Japan.
Dobson, J. (2016, February). Practical and Effective Ed Tech Apps. Paper presented at the Teaching Practices Colloquium, Kamloops, BC.
Dobson, J. (2015, October). It's all Good in Theory: 10 Tips for Using Technology. Paper presented at the TESL Canada 2015 Conference, Lake Louise, AB.
Dobson, J. & Hall, N. (2015, October). Enhance Your Teaching with Free and Accessible Technology. Workshop presented at the Tri-TESOL 2015 Conference, Des Moines, Washington.
Dobson, J., Densky, K., Harris, C. & Savage, M. (2015, October). Exploring Pre-service TESOL Standards Across Borders. Panel presented at the Tri-TESOL 2015 Conference, Des Moines, WA.
Dobson, J., Robertson, L., Ronback, M. & Rockwell, K. (2014, May). Understanding and Addressing 21st Century Challenges in the Profession. Plenary panel discussant at the BC TEAL Annual Conference, Richmond, BC.
Dobson, J., Gilbert, J., Hall, N., Snider, A. (2012, October). The Landscapes of Technology in Language Education: Theory, Knowledge and Practice. Paper presented at the TESL Canada 2012 Conference, Kamloops, BC.
Dobson, J. (2011, October). Using Screen Capture Video in Language Classes: Benefits and Opportunities. Paper presented at the Tri-TESOL Conference, Des Moines, Washington.
Dobson, J. & Galli, M. (Eds.). (2010). Dimensions of Practice: Principled, Progressive, Practical: Proceedings of the BC TEAL 2009 Interior Conference. Vancouver, BC, British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language. Retrieved from: http://www.bcteal.org/conferences/conference-proceedings/
Note: I've been fortunate to receive funding for projects and research including: TEAL Charitable Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Asia-Pacific Foundation, TRU Accelerator Grant, Mind the Gap K-12 program, TRU World Innovation Fund, and the Dean's Award Grant.
Employment HistoryRelated experience:
Thompson Rivers University, 2003-present.
Sapporo Gakuin University, Sapporo, Japan, 1998-2001.
As sessional faculty: Sapporo University, Hokusei Jr. College, Sapporo Gakuin University, Sapporo Medical College & Hokkaido University of Education Iwamizawa, Sapporo, Japan, 1994-1997.
Courses TaughtI teach range of courses in both the TESL (teacher education program) and the English for Academic Purposes Program at TRU.
Professional AffiliationsBC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL)
Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)