Thompson Rivers University

Joe Dobson

Name: Joe Dobson
Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 250-371-5642


In 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 Interests

My scholarly interests can be divided into a few broad areas of inquiry: educational technology, self-access learning, and second language acquisition.


BA, TESL Cert., MEd, MBA


Dobson, J., Giang, N., Henderson, D. & Massalski, J. (2019, October). Establishing a language learning center: impact, lessons & community building. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language, Calgary, AB.

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.

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: proceedings/

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., 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.

Employment History

Related experience:

Thompson Rivers University, 2003-present.

Sapporo Gakuin University, Sapporo, Japan, 1998-2001.

As sessional faculty: Sapporo University, Sapporo Gakuin University, 1994-1997.

Courses Taught

I primarily teach a range of English for Academic Purposes courses.

Professional Affiliations

BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language
TESOL International
TESL Canada
Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)
International Society for Technology in Education


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