I (Rebecca J. Hogue) am a PhD Candidate (Education) at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa Canada. I have a professional background in instructional design and software quality assurance. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Distributed Learning (Distance Education), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. My passion is for creating innovative education solutions. My PhD research involves looking at the educational affordances of illness blogs. I teach (online) instructional design for online courses at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
In June 2014, I became a breast cancer warrior. This unexpected twist in my life helped me to highlight my desire to explore connected communities such as #rhizo14, and how education and our life experiences are enhanced through connections. I give back to the connected cancer community by facilitating a free online course at http://shouldiblog.org. In addition, I’m Co-Founder of Virtually Connect – a grass roots movement to help make academic conferences more accessible through informal online conversations.
In my first career, I worked for Nortel Networks for 7-years in a variety of roles including: quality assurance, team lead, technology trial manager, and product manager (technical marketing). After Nortel, I transitioned my career to Instructional Design and Technical Writing.
In 2008 and 2009, me and my husband spent 16-months riding recumbent bikes across Canada and travelling around the world without airplanes (we crossed the oceans on container ships). You can read all about our journey on our blog Going East.