Resume and supporting documents, etc.If requested, references will be provided immediately after an interview
Cover Letter (tap/click to open)
Dear Search Committee:
I am a Canadian with a Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge University. My practical experience includes several years as a higher education instructor; English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher; instructional designer; educational technology mentor; Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant; and digital literacy advocate. As one who is conversant and highly skilled with social media networking, open and mobile learning, and the appropriate utilization of numerous essential EdTech tools (e.g., the SECTIONS framework for assessing technology), I would bring a combination of cutting edge vigor, research-based vision, communication acumen, and integrity to your team.
I have been working in Korea since 2009 and my MET degree was completed online from 2013 to 2015. UBC’s renowned Faculty of Education runs the MET program, so I experienced some of the most thought-provoking and rewarding training available anywhere. Fortunately, I was able to quickly put much of the new knowledge and theory into practice while redesigning courses for my Korean employer, Hanyang University (HYU). The goal was to develop blended learning environments that would provide learners with the most current and constructive affordances possible while not increasing the workload on faculty or encroaching on their autonomy or relevancy. As a result of this process, I have developed heightened self-awareness and increased skill in such competency clusters as relationship building, project management, and organizational strategizing, all of which are vital to integrating technology in various contexts.
Prior to accepting a university appointment in Korea, I was an educational consultant who regularly delivered presentations and facilitated Professional Development workshops at numerous conferences across Canada. This prepared me to readily provide leadership in EdTech initiatives at HYU. Artifacts, reflections, and other evidence of my work are posted at garybartanus.ca, an ePortfolio that presents examples from early 2010 until now. These examples include: facilitating several technology workshops; co-leading a blended course design/redesign team; chairing a busy committee that engages both faculty and students in the advancement of 21st century literacies; designing responsive websites to support major extracurricular events; and mentoring technology-resistant colleagues who need help.
In closing, I should point out that, while employed at HYU and working on the MET degree, I was able to quickly apply the newly acquired knowledge using what Dr. Tony Bates refers to as the “Lone Ranger approach” and, in effect, provide “leadership by example” (Bates & Sangrà, 2011). I also became acutely aware that, mainly because the objectivist lecture-based approach to higher education is deeply entrenched in Korean culture, the foreseeable future does not promise many opportunities to grow beyond that Lone Ranger approach and become a progressive contributing member of an innovative team of motivated professionals who collaborate to create research-based learning environments and promote best practices for implementing them. Therefore, as one who believes that team approaches can be infinitely more effective, rewarding, and far-reaching than individual efforts, I have decided to return to Canada soon – where the prospects of joining such a team are much better.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to the possibility of having a conversation with you.
Bates, T., & Sangrà, A. (2011). Managing technology in higher education: strategies for transforming teaching and learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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.
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)