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Contact-new.svg Irwin DeVries
Employer:Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning
Occupation:Director, Curriculum Development
Other roles:OERu representative for Thompson Rivers University
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I'm currently Adjunct Faculty with the School of Education at Thompson Rivers University, and Associate Faculty with the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. I was previously Director of Curriculum Development and Interim Associate Vice President at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning, a founding anchor partner of the OERu. My roles have included musician, instructional designer, instructor, researcher, program developer and administrator in open and distance learning, variously in career, professional and academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. I now lean toward the term "open educator" but that's a big concept and I don't nearly live up to its full meaning or potential. But I keep trying...and learning...

I also am co-editor with Dr. David Porter of the open access journal International Journal of E-learning and Distance Education, a publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE).


PhD Curriculum Theory and Implementation (SFU) Presentation, Thesis
MA Education (UBC)
BA English (SFU)

Recent research and presentations

  • Harrison, M., Morgan, T., DeVries, I. & Paskevicius, M. (2019). Crowdsourcing the untextbook. OER19: Recentering Open. Galway, Ireland.
  • DeVries, I. (2018). The student experience of distance education over time–A research challenge. About “Isolation and connection: The experience of distance education." Distances et médiations des savoirs/Distance and Mediation of Knowledge(23).
  • Weller, M., Jordan, K., DeVries, I., & Rolfe, V. (2018). Mapping the open education landscape: citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research. Open Praxis, 10(2), 109-126.
  • Jordan, K., Rolfe, V., Weller, M. & DeVries, I. (2018). Learning from the Past: Development of Open and Distance Education Research over Time. Transforming Education through Open Approaches. Open Education Global Conference. Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Weller, M., Jordan, K., DeVries, I. & Rolfe, V. (2017). Reclaiming our History: Citation Network Analysis of Historical Open and Distance Education Research. World Conference on Online Learning Teaching in a Digital Age —Re-thinking Teaching & Learning. International Council for Distance Education. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Brown, A., DeVries, I., Mackintosh, W., Morong, G. & Thompson, B. (2017). The OERu 1st year: Case study in Open Planning, Open Design, and International Accreditation. World Conference on Online Learning Teaching in a Digital Age —Re-thinking Teaching & Learning. International Council for Distance Education. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Harrison, M. & DeVries, I. (2017). Advocating for open: The role of learning support professionals in changing practice. OER17: The Politics of Open. London, UK.

Professional roles

Social media

Blog Open and Distance Learning
Twitter @IrwinDev

ICDE 2015