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 my journey to health literacy. I teach (online) instructional design at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
I’m Co-Founder of Virtually Connecting – 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. Our latest adventures involve retrofitting a cargo van into an adventure van and exploring all the natural lands in the western US. You can follow the van build at van.goingeast.ca.