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Barry Magrill
Educational Developer
Centre for Teaching Excellence
604-986-1911 ex.2015

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Barry Magrill, PhD (he, him, his)

Barry is an educational developer and online learning specialist with prior teaching experience. He began teaching art history and transitioned to instructional design after completing a graduate certificate in instructional design and online learning at the University of Wisconsin Stout.

His teaching background began in the fine arts where he received a Ph.D in art history from UBC in 2008. That was followed by a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship studying community building and mosques in Canada in 2010. In 2012, Barry’s first book, A Commerce of Taste: Church Architecture in Canada, was published by McGill-Queens University press and was thrilled to have it included in their international History of Religion series. Open pedagogy is a specific interest and Barry likes to reflect on being involved in the early adoption of MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, where he met with the inventors of Coursera and EdX at Harvard/MIT.


Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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