Liesel Knaack, BA, BEd, MEd, PhD

Director
Phone
(250) 740.6395
Local
6395

Liesel began her post-secondary education hoping to run her own outdoor education school to share her love of nature. Somewhere along the way she veered into a bachelor of education degree, taught K-12 and helped teachers use technology. After teaching six subjects a day for seven years, Liesel decided to move into higher education. She educated new teachers focusing on assessment, evaluation and curriculum design, helped open a new university and built a research program focused on web learning tools and instructional design. Liesel has been at VIU since 2010 building the teaching and learning centre and helping faculty design student learning experiences.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Benjamin Franklin

Project Showcase

Open Education

  • VIU's Open Education Working Group - Web page

Unmarking Movement

  • Tao of Marking Sessions and Studios - Web page
  • Umarking Your Course 

K-20 Collaborations for Seamless Student Learning Journeys

  • K-20 Collaboration Group of 10 School Districts on Vancouver Island - Sharing Page
  • Grade 8-12 Classroom Visit Initiative (providing observations for university instructors to see the 'students of today' in local high school classrooms) - Web page
  • Breaking New Ground: VIU hosted Professional Development Day

Leadership of Educators: Across Institution

  • Leading from where you sit: Educational Development - Web page
  • Teaching and Learning Leadership Council - Web page

Areas of Expertise

Liesel's most passionate about self-regulation, metacognition and all things about helping students "learn how to learn". In general, her areas of interest cover anything to do with designing engaging learning experiences for university students. Liesel has taught in two all-mobile (laptop) universities and so loves discussing how to effectively use technology in the classroom from polling tools and blended learning to screencasting learning videos. But if there is one area that Liesel could go on and on about that would be assessment and evaluation - how to 'unmark' your course, increase feedback and decrease reliance on grading!

Selected Research

Books and Chapters in Books

  • Knaack, L. (2011). A Practical Handbook for Educators: Designing Learning Opportunities. Whitby, ON: de Sitter Publications.
  • Knaack, L. (2006). Computers in Education. In H. Langford and J. Barnett (Eds.), Education Methods: A Case Study Approach to Professional Development. (pp. 99 – 126). Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Select Articles in Refereed Research Journals

  • Paskevicius, M. & Knaack, L. (2018). Tablets and trees: Equipping forestry students with mobile tools for learning in and out of classroom. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 44(1). Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.21432/cjlt27562 
  • Kay, R. H., LeSage, A., & Knaack, L. (2010). Examining the use of audience response systems in secondary school classrooms: A formative analysis. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 21(3), 342-365.
  • Kay, R. H., & Knaack, L. (2009). Exploring individual differences in attitudes toward interactive classroom communications systems (ICCS).  Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35 (1). Available at http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/509/239
  • Kay, R. H. & Knaack, L. (2009). Exploring the use of audience response systems in secondary school science classrooms. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 18(5), 382-392. doi: 10.1007/s10956-009-9153-7
  • Kay. R. H., & Knaack, L. (2009). Assessing learning, quality and engagement in learning objects: The Learning Object Evaluation Scale for Students (LOES-S). Education Technology Research and Development, 57 (2), 147-168. doi: 10.1007/s11423-008-9094-5
  • Kay, R. H., Knaack, L., & Muirhead, B. (2009). A formative analysis of instructional strategies for using learning objects. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 20(3), 295-315.

Conferences and Presentations: Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Knaack, L. (2018, May). They are Coming! A New Generation of Learners from BC’s K-12 Curriculum Redesign: Considering Enhanced Assessment and Flexible Learning Experiences in PSE. Paper presented at the Festival of Learning 2018, BCcampus Vancouver, BC. May 28-30, 2018.
  • Knaack, L. & Paskevicius, M. (2018, May). Venturing Beyond the Walled Garden: Building Online Learning Activities Outside of the Learning Management System that allow for Flexible, Adaptable and Meaningful Learning. Paper presented at the Festival of Learning 2018, BCcampus Vancouver, BC. May 28-30, 2018.
  • Knaack, L. (2018, February). Collaborations between K-12 and PSE Learning Communities: Educational Development in the K-20 Journey. Paper presented at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE). University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. February 14-16, 2018.
  • Knaack, L. (2018, February). Leading from Where You Sit: Developing Faculty Members’ Capacity in Educational Development Practices. Paper presented at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE). University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. February 14-16, 2018.
  • Knaack, L. & Paskevicius, M. (2017, November). Best Practices for Designing Pedagogically-Sound Student Learning Experiences Using Brightspace. 2017 Brightspace Connection: British Columbia. Camosun College, Victoria, BC. November 10, 2017.
  • Knaack, L., Paskevicius, M. Kirkham, J & Stevenson, M. (2017, November). Daylight has Come and Gone: VIU’s Experience Moving to D2L’s New Responsive Design Interface. 2017 Brightspace Connection: British Columbia. Camosun College, Victoria, BC. November 10, 2017.

Selected Presentations

  • Arthur, P., Hunt, G., Knaack, L. & Chu, S. (2015, June). Leadership to advance scholarly teaching at post-secondary institutions. Paper presented at 35th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE). Vancouver, BC. June 16-19, 2015.
  • Arthur, P., Hunt, G., Knaack, L. & Chu, S. (2015, June). Solving the puzzle of learning outcomes and curriculum: How do the pieces fit?  Paper presented at 35th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE). Vancouver, BC. June 16-19, 2015.
  • Carey, T., Mighty, J. Knaack, L. & Sabra, S. (2015, June). Teaching and learning councils: Engaging faculty in changing institutional teaching practices. Roundtable paper presented at 35th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE). Vancouver, BC. June 16-19, 2015.
  • Knaack, L., Reimers, T. & Roberson, B. (2015, February). Ignore the evidence. It won’t help! Paper presented at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. February 11-13, 2015.
  • Salter, D. & Knaack, L. (2014, June). Enhancing a culture of teaching and learning at a 'teaching-focused' university. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE). Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. June 17-20, 2014.
  • Knaack, L. (2014, June). Learning to think, learning to learn: Metacognitive teaching and learning strategies for faculty. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE). Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. June 17-20, 2014.
  • Knaack, L., Chu, S., Arthur, P. & Hunt, G. (2014, February). Collaborative Leadership in Teaching and Learning: A Regional Effort to Make a Difference Working Together. Paper presented at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. February 16-19, 2014.

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