Resume and supporting documents, etc.If requested, references will be provided immediately after an interview
Cover Letter (tap/click to open)
Dear Hiring Committee:
I am a Canadian teacher and educational technologist with a background of nearly seven years of verifiable teaching excellence at leading universities in Korea, several years of practical experience with academic technology, and a Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Because the cutting edge, research-based knowledge acquired in UBC’s renowned graduate school truly transformed and inspired me, I am keenly interested in returning to Canada and assuming a new role on a progressive team of educators who value innovative, collaborative, and supportive learning environments.
I have been working in Korea since 2009 and my UBC master’s courses were completed online from 2013 to 2015. UBC’s highly regarded Faculty of Education runs the MET program, so I experienced some of the most rigorous and rewarding training available anywhere. Fortunately, I was able to quickly put much of the new MET knowledge and learning theory into practice while designing and redesigning courses for my Korean employer, Hanyang University (HYU). The goal was to develop blended learning environments that would allow learners to interact more in the classroom, work in mobile-friendly online spaces, and collaborate, do peer reviews, or check grades in secure learning management systems. As a result of both the UBC training and the positive outcomes seen in my students, I am now an enthusiastic proponent of blended learning, constructivism, competency-based assessment, and a number of other research-based pedagogical approaches. My courses all involve frequent peer interactions, scaffolding, regular self-assessments, and personal reflections. Examples of these implementations can be found throughout this web space.
This web space also presents artifacts and reflections on numerous other projects I have undertaken since joining the HYU team: developing and facilitating workshops for both colleagues and students; co-leading a departmental online course design team; chairing a busy committee to promote collaboration skills and 21st century literacies; advising a technology committee; and developing mobile friendly (responsive) websites to support our annual presentation contest and film festival. In addition, the site hosts examples of mobile learning, Augmented Reality (AR), collaboration tools, and competency-based curriculum approaches that have been integrated into my courses.
Regarding soft skills, this web space provides ample evidence that I would bring excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as astute critical thinking, problem solving, planning, collaboration, project management, training, and facilitation skills to your team. My ability to relate and work comfortably with people of all ages and backgrounds is unique and documented, in part, by the consistently high evaluations (currently averaging 94%) from nearly 2000 undergraduate students who, since 2010, have completed teaching and course evaluations at the end of every semester. Further documentation of this strength can be provided by my professional references.
In closing, I should reiterate that, while working on the MET, I felt increasingly compelled to apply the newly acquired competencies, knowledge, and skills as soon as possible and, as shown in the resume and this site, I accomplished this on several, mainly individual, initiatives. I also became acutely aware that, because the objectivist lecture-based approach to education is deeply entrenched in Korean culture, there will – for the foreseeable future – continue to be few opportunities here to collaborate on major cutting edge team initiatives that are based on current research and modern pedagogy. Therefore, because the MET training compels me, I have made a critical career decision: to return home, join a progressive team of motivated and innovative professionals who share my vision, and immediately begin making a positive difference for as many students, colleagues, community members, and stakeholders as possible.
I thank you for your time and look forward to the prospect of meeting and collaborating with you.
Educational Technology & E-learning Specialist
Degrees and Certificates (tap/click to open)
Master of Educational Technology
Bachelor of Education (Hons)
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
Transcripts (tap/click to open)
(include courses from both my MET degree and an English Grammar I course via distance education for my BEd)
SUMMARY OF PROJECTS, WORKSHOPS, TALKS, AND SERVICES GIVEN IN KOREA (tap/click to open)
May 2016 to May 2017
Chair, Hanyang English Film Festival organizing committee – invited to continue in this role for the next festival in 2017
Planning has already begun, as described on the Film Festival Project page.
May 2015 to May 2016
Chair, Hanyang English Film Festival organizing committee – responsible for delegating and coordinating responsibilities in a group of 20 volunteers on behalf of our department (of approximately 30 teachers and staff members) and the undergraduates of Hanyang University (approximately 24,500 students).
A detailed description of the most significant accomplishments for this project is posted on the Film Festival Project page
May 2014 to March 2015
Founder and co-leader, Basic Academic English Online Course Design Team – founded the redesign team by reaching out to a colleague whose background and educational philosophy are very different from mine because I reasoned that, with mutual respect, professionalism, and compromise, we would be able to design a course that would have the broadest possible appeal to our very diverse faculty of instructors. I also expected that I could broaden my own perspectives and develop professionally by working closely with a respected colleague who doesn’t happen to think the same way as me. During the term of this project, we regarded each other as equal partners, actively engaged and solicited input from the other instructors in our department, and completed the project before deadline with an online course that exceeds the standards and expectations of our colleagues and department heads.
Aside from choosing a great partner, perhaps the single most significant achievement in this project was my ability to negotiate the inclusion of more interactivity into the course. The E-learning department that hired us had originally stipulated that there should be only one solitary professor appearing on camera and that he/she should deliver all the course content in the form of lectures and presentations. Because of my MET training at UBC, I knew this was the wrong approach and was able to skillfully negotiate an agreement for a different approach by building in and demonstrating increased interactivity in our pilot lesson.
January 2013 to August 2015
Graduate Student at the University of British Columbia – participated in numerous group projects for various major assignments. The frequent collaborations with colleagues from all over the world were excellent opportunities to learn about different worldviews and philosophical perspectives on education. Because I prefer the clearer transmission of subtle nuances and body language that video conferencing provides, it was especially rewarding when some other less experienced group members would agree to, for their first times ever, collaborate synchronously via Skype or Google+ Hangouts. Helping others to advance their technological skill sets is one of my greatest pleasures in professional life.
Some of the key roles are described (with artifacts and reflections) in the Competencies and Projects section of this site.
February 2012 to Now (continuing)
Workshop Facilitator and Technology Mentor at Hanyang University – gave presentations, talks, and facilitated several workshops for technology related PD activities
Year by Year Details:
Bartanus, G. (2016). Report on the 2016 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Talk to the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, June 17, 2016.
Bartanus, G., Choi, S. (2016). Informational Presentation and Workshop for Students Participating in the 2016 Hanyang University English Film Festival. Departmental Talk/Workshop to undergraduate students of Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, April 5, 2016.
Bartanus, G., (2016). Presentation and Workshop on Plans for a Focus on Digital Literacy in the 2016 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Talk/Workshop to the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 25, 2016.
Bartanus, G., Warren, J., (2015). Co-host (emcee) of 2015 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Service for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, May 19, 2015.
Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2015). Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Workshop. Departmental Talk for instructors of the newly redesigned blended BAE course, College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 25, 2015.
Bartanus, G. (2015). Moderator for Live Broadcast of a Google Hangout on Mobile Collaboration. Professional Service to Open Educational Resource (OER), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, February 7, 2015.
Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2014). Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Video Presentation and Workshop. Departmental Talk/Workshop for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, August 28, 2014.
Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2014). Report on the Results of an Online Faculty Survey Regarding Expectations for the Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Redesign Project. Departmental Talk for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, June 20, 2014.
Bartanus, G. (2013). Professional Academic English (PAE) Presentation Contest Web Pages. Continuing Professional (web design) Service in Hanyang CEEC Professors website, October 11, 2013, to present.
Bartanus, G. (2013). Hanyang English Film Festival Web Pages. Continuing Professional (web design) Service in Hanyang CEEC Professors website, October 2, 2013, to present.
Bartanus, G. (2013). Report on English Writing with Multimedia, a blended course using constructivist principles. Departmental Talk for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, August 29, 2013.
Bartanus, G. (2012). Workshop and Resource Website for Enhancing Students’ Learning Experiences with Free (or nearly free) Software. Departmental Talk/Service for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, April 14, 2012.
Bartanus, G. (2012). Using Google Drive with the Canvas Learning Management System to Support Colleagues and Students with Minimal Effort. Departmental Service for the Teaching with Technology Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 5 to February 22, 2012.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments
2007 to 2009
Educational consultant / trainer / presenter, Insight Media Centre (Territories: British Columbia, Ontario, and Eastern Canada) – Although it was necessary to frequently travel across the country for conferences and workshops while staying current with a wide array of constantly updating educational resources, I was able to manage time so I could also compose and email newsletters to the many clients who requested them. This project succeed mainly because of exceptional organizational and computer skills.
2006 to 2007
Publisher’s Representative, Saunders Book Company (Territory: British Columbia) – my territory was the entire province of British Columbia, including every school district. This, too, required frequent travel – sometimes to remote locations. Between trips, I correlated the expected learning outcomes of the BC curriculum with most of our current book titles, and successfully promoted the addition of more than 150 of them to the province’s Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC)