Andrea Robin, Learning Designer



I create and implement evidence-informed integrated learning programs for improved health, performance, and equity. Throughout a 16 year career, I've specialized in devising innovative programs that incorporate understanding of culture, learning sciences, and social innovation to support individual and organizational development.

Partnerships and collaborations with Universities, NPOs, and Government in Canada, the UK, France, and the US enable me to contribute my expertise with integrated learning, facilitation, instructional design, capability development, and advocacy serving to initiate and develop various projects including UBC's Work Learn program (2017 - 2019), UBC's Student Leadership Conference's Facilitating for Social Change Workshop (2019), UBC's Equity & Inclusion Positive Space Workshop (2018), Artstarts in Schools' arts integrated learning programs (2015 - 2017), Science World's research and development program (2016), and Emily Carr University's technical programming (2005 - 2012).

A core interest in the impact of integrated learning on health informs my practice and continued education. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University (2005) where I studied how society interprets culture, two years of study in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University (2010 - 2012) where I studied how integrated learning affects health (Psychoneuroimmunology), and a focus in Learning Sciences and Technology from ongoing studies.


Professional Roles

2005 - present

Learning Designer, Principal of Integrated Learning Labs

Provide valuable expertise to NPOs, schools, and universities in the development and facilitation of integrated learning programs tailored to each environment and individual students’ needs. Collaborate with faculty, staff, professionals, and shareholders to design experiences for online and blended learning including courses, workshops, and learning resources with a learner-centered approach.

Demonstrated success providing holistic, integrated learning framework to 10K+ graduates across disciplines over 16 years.

2020 - present

Learning Analyst, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Supporting access to learning technologies and effective online facilitation in provincewide transformation to adopt Enhanced Care.

June 2020 - September 2020

Learning Strategist, University Canada West

As first learning strategist, onboarded to leverage learning design expertise to build Centre for Learning Success from the ground up, through development of student-centered integrated learning program and resources. Developed content and methods aimed at improving student success by better supporting student-specific needs. Coalesced cross-team support to create and execute program strategy for producing actionable data and insights that drive performance and improvements across all areas of learning.

Functioned as central instructional designer and expert, initiating transformation of curricula into online learning – coached faculty and staff on unique technique for blended learning.

February 2020 - May 2020

Learning and Development Specialist, McMillan LLP

Provided national instructional design for firm-wide eLearning and training, contributed to capability development, and supported individual-led coaching for firm members while transitioning into work-from-home mandate in response to public health and safety recommendations during global pandemic.

2018 - 2019

Workplace Learning Coordinator, Work Learn program, University of British Columbia

Promoted to administer and oversee $6M+ in grant funding to 900 campus employers in direct support of 3K+ student employees for experiential learning across campus.

2017 - 2018

Irving K. Barber Learning Commons Program Assistant, University of British Columbia

Established, implemented, and provided daily assistance in support of new public service processes for 15+ Work Learn student staff focused on field work to identify and address complex, university-wide student needs. 

2015 - 2017

Development Manager, Artstarts in Schools

Supported the development of programs for philanthropic organization promoting and advocating the inclusion of visual and performing arts education for preschool through secondary schools. 

2016

Grant and Research Officer, Science World

Collaborated with public and private foundations and agencies to identify fundable projects aimed at influencing and enhancing local to regional outreach of accessible educational programs. 

2005 - 2012

Programming Technician, Emily Carr University

Coordinated and facilitated integrated learning experiences throughout the University in collaboration with senior managers, departmental staff, and students in the Technical Services department. 

Special Projects

2019 - present

Integrated Learning Labs

Create and implement open source integrated learning resources for any learner, educator, leader.

#learningsciences 

2019 - present

bonjour botanica

Create and deliver workshops, consultations, online resources connecting people with plants and environment including 'Seeds for Bees' Project, online community Plant Clinic, and edible wild plants (PNW) forest guiding tour.

2018

Facilitating for Social Change Workshop, Student Leadership Conference, University of British Columbia

Created and presented workshop for facilitators, teachers, mental health practitioners to design classroom learning with inclusion and accessibility.

2017 - 2019

Positive Space Workshop, Equity & Inclusion Office, University of British Columbia

Developed and facilitated workshops for Executive, Operations, and Staff Teams on delivery of University’s goals and mission, how these relate to public policy, and Human Rights Code provisions for creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive, accessible environment for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

2005 - present

Andrea Robin Studio

Create and develop children's picture books based on the principles of integrated learning (including Colour, Local Native Birds, Edible Wild Plants in the PNW), a collection of portraits advocating Disability Justice entitled Dear Ordinary, a collection of botanical illustrations exploring natural environment, and interactive and visual art incorporating learning, human-centered technology, and culture.

Education

2010 - 2012

Bachelor of Science (45 credits), Dalhousie University

Relevant Subject: Psychoneuroimmunology
Focus: How integrated learning affects health outcomes

2001 - 2005

Bachelor of Fine Art, Emily Carr University

Relevant Subject: Ethics in Creativity
Focus: How society creates meaning through culture

Certifications

2019


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner

Academy of Modern Applied Psychology

2020


Counselling Skills Practitioner 

Academy of Modern Applied Psychology

Community Engagement

1997 - present

Volunteer Letter Writer, Amnesty International

Write to international political leaders and influencers to advocate for human rights worldwide.

2021 - present

Butterflyway Ranger, David Suzuki Foundation

Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.


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