August 28, 2017
2017 President’s Staff Award for Creativity & Innovation recipients include Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education.
Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education
Dr. Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education, joined the Faculty when distance education was primarily done through correspondence. As learning becomes increasingly digitized, Natasha has developed a consistent and efficient set of processes for online course development using an integrated team approach.
Since 2003, Natasha has been involved in the development of every one of the Faculty’s online courses. In addition to leading a team of staff who assist faculty to develop fully online courses, she also provides professional development sessions for faculty and students interested in making better use of educational technologies. Natasha’s support was key in the development of UBC’s most successful MOOC—Reconciliation through Indigenous Education.
Natasha is always looking at how to leverage new technologies to deliver a high-value educational experiences, while meeting the needs of learners. One such example was in the Faculty of Education’s involvement in the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project being carried out in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Natasha and her team developed innovative means to help deliver the courses using a locally used social media app Whatsapp, resulting in a highly successful outcome for everyone involved.