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Athabasca University

Dr. Margaret Edwards PhD, RN

Dean - Faculty of Health Disciplines Professor

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Academic Appointments

Professor and Dean

Education

  • PhD 1986 Educational Policy and Administration Studies: University of Calgary, Calgary AB,
  • MA 1980 Education: Curriculum & Instruction: University of Calgary, Calgary AB
  • BscNu 1977 Nursing: University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
  • Graduate Nurse Diploma R.N.1974: Red Deer College, Red Deer AB

Clinical Background

Informatics, Gerontology, Critical care

Teaching & Learning Interests

  • Online professional education
  • Course design and development

Scholarship Interests

  • Older adult caregivers and their care recipients
  • Health informatics
  • Exemplary online educators
  • Program evaluation

Professional Associations

  • College and Association of Registered Nurses
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

Recent Presentations

Edwards, M. & Perry, B. (2012). Persistence and attrition in an online nursing and health studies graduate program. Presented at the 9th Guanghua International Nursing Conference, October 25, London.

Perry, B., Janzen, K., & Edwards, M. (2012). Creating Invitational Online Learning Environments Using Teaching Strategies Founded in the Arts. Presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, April 14-18 Vienna, Austria..

Perry, B., & Edwards, M., & Janzen, K. (2012). Using invitational theory to understand the effectiveness of artistic pedagogical technologies in online distance education classrooms. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI, January 5-8.

Edwards, M., Perry, B., & Janzen K.J. (2011). Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: Innovative Teaching Strategies for Online Nursing Education. Proceedings of the 11th Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education of the ALADEFE, September 18-21, Coimbra Portugal.

Janzen, K.J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2011). Quantum Learning: A New Educational Theory for Online Education. Proceedings of the 11th Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education of the ALADEFE, September 18-21, Coimbra Portugal.

Perry, B., & Edwards, M., Menzies, C., & Janzen, K.  (2011). Using Invitational Theory to Understand the Effectiveness of Artistic Pedagogical Technologies in Creating an Invitational Classroom in the Online Educational Milieu. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL), Kelowna, BC, June 27-28.

Edwards, M., Perry, B., Menzies, C., & Janzen, K. (2011). Using the Artistic Pedagogical Technology of Photovoice to Promote Interaction in the Online Post-Secondary Classroom. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL), Kelowna, BC, June 27-28.

Edwards, M., & Perry, B. (2011). Creating a Culture of Community in the Online Classroom Using Artistic Pedagogical Technologies. Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WRCASN). February 17-19.

Perry, B., & Edwards, M.J.A. (2011). Creating an “invitational classroom” in the online educational milieu. Proceedings of the International College Teaching and Learning (ITLC) Conference, January 3, 2011, Maui, Hawaii .(Best paper award).

Perry, B., & Edwards, M.J.A. (2010). Using the artistic pedagogical technology of photovoice to stimulate interaction in the online post-secondary classroom: The instructors’ perspective. Proceedings of Ubiquitous Learning: An International Conference. Vancouver, BC, Dec. 11, 2010.

Edwards, M.J.A., & Perry, B. (2010). Keeping older adults at home: Are family/friend caregivers at risk for compassion fatigue?Published in The Proceedings of the British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference, July 6-8, 2010, Uxbridge, UK.

Edwards, M.J.A., Perry, B., & Dalton, J.E. (2010). Compassion fatigue in family caregivers located in long-term care facilities. Published in The Proceedings of the British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference, July 6-8, 2010, Uxbridge, UK.

Recent Publications

Janzen, K.J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). Engaging students: Strategies for digital natives. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 16(3), 116-123. (Editor’s choice)

Janzen, K.J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). Viewing learning through a new lens: The quantum perspective of learning. Creative Education, 3(6), 712-720. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2012.36106

Perry, B., Janzen, K., & Edwards, M. (2012). Enhancing online student engagement. eLearning Papers, 30, 1-5.

Janzen, K., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). A classroom of one is a community of learners: Paradox, artistic pedagogical technologies, and the invitational online classroom. Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice. 17, 28-36.

Edwards, M., Perry, B., Janzen, K., & Menzies, C. (2012). Using the Artistic Pedagogical Technology of Photovoice to Promote Interaction in the Online Post-Secondary Classroom: The Students’ Perspective. Special Conference Issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 10(1), 32-43.

Janzen, K.J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). The entangled web: The quantum perspective of learning, quantum learning environments and web technology. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 4(2), 1-16.

Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2012). Creating an “Invitational Classroom” in the online educational milieu. American Journal of Health Sciences, 3(1), 7-16. Janzen, K.J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2011). Aligning the Quantum Perspective of Learning to Instructional Design: Exploring the Seven Definitive Questions.  International Review of Research in Distance Learning, 12(7), 56-73.

Perry, B., Janzen, K., & Edwards, M. (2011). Creating invitational online learning environments using learning interventions founded in the arts. eLearning Papers, 27, 1-4. Available at www.elearningpapers.eu

Perry, B., Menzies, C., Janzen, K., & Edwards, M. (2011). Using the artistic pedagogical technology of photovoice to stimulate interaction in the online post-secondary classroom: The teachers’ perspective. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 3(3), 117-128

Janzen, K., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2011). Becoming real: Using the artistic pedagogical technology of Photovoice as a medium to becoming real to one another in the online environment. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1), 1-17. doi: 10.2202/1548-923X.2168

Edwards, M., Perry, B., & Janzen, K. (2011). The making of an exemplary online educator. Distance Education, 32(1), 101-118.

Park, C.L., Perry, B., & Edwards, M.J.A. (2011). Minimizing attrition: Strategies for assisting students who are at risk for withdrawal. Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 48(1), 37-47.

Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2010). Interactive teaching technologies that facilitate the development of online learning communities in nursing and health studies graduate courses. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(1).

Perry, B., Dalton, J.E., & Edwards, M. (2010). Family caregivers’ compassion fatigue in long-term facilities. Nursing Older People, 22(4), 26-31

Recent Grants

Perry, B., Chang, M., Kinshuk, & Edwards, M. (2013). Exploring the use of mobile health-related technology to improve self-care self-efficacy, perception of social support, health alerts, and health parameter monitoring in older adults living at home in rural and small town Alberta. Athabasca University Mission Critical Research Fund.

Edwards, M., & Perry, B. (2012). An Exploration of Caregiver Burnout, Caregiver Burden, Compassion Fatigue in Family/Friend Caregivers who Care for Older Adults with Dementia in the Community. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund.

Perry, B., Woods, C., & Edwards, M. (2012). Burdened: The Weight of Caring - Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in family/Friend Caregivers of Seniors with Dementia. AHS Collaborative Research Grant Initiative: Mental Wellness in Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

Edwards, M,. & Perry, B. (2011). Exploration of the Concepts of Caregiver Burden, Caregiver Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue in Family/Friend Caregivers and Potential Relationships Between these Concepts. Athabasca University Academic Research Fund.

Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2011). An exploration of how artistic pedagogical technologies influence interaction, social presence and community in the online post secondary classroom. SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 Nomination – Elizabeth Powell Publication Award, 2007 UCEA Community of Practice Awards for outstanding publication (with B. Perry)
  • 2006 Recipient Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Administrative Excellence
  • 2000 Recipient of inaugural Alberta Nursing Education Administrators' Nursing Education Leadership Award
  • 2000 Recipient, American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for: Hannah, KJ, Ball, MJ, and Edwards, MJ. (1999). Introduction to Nursing Informatics 2e. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1987 Recipient Delegation Leader, People to People: International Nursing Administration and Education Delegation to China, June 21-July 7.
  • 1984 - 1986 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Doctoral Fellowship.

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