Andrea Robin, Learning + Development Specialist


I work as a learning specialist, facilitator, and researcher. Throughout a 14 year career, I've specialized in devising innovative programs that incorporate integrated learning methodologies to support performance, health, and equity.

Partnerships and collaborations with Universities, NPOs, and Government enable me to contribute my expertise through instructional design, organizational development, content creation, data assessment, 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 outcomes informs my practice and continued education. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University (2005), two years of study in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University (2010 - 2012), and a focus in educational technology and policy from ongoing learning.


Professional Roles

2005 - present

Learning + Development Specialist, Independent Consulting

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.

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

Aa Integrated Learning Toolkit

Create, prototype open source integrated learning resource for any teacher, supervisor, community leader.

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

ardentheart workshop

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: Neuroscience, Brain, and Behaviour
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

Community Engagement

1997 - present

Volunteer Letter Writer, Amnesty International

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


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