Amber Hartwell, EdD (c)

Field Advisor

Office: EME 3109
Phone: 250-807-8054

Research Summary

Digital Pedagogy; Technology-Enhanced Learning; Online Learning; Interdisciplinary Learning; Instructional Design


Amber Hartwell obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Okanagan University College. Amber completed a post-degree program in secondary education from the University of Victoria and her Master of Education degree in educational technology from the University of Calgary. Her study, “Learning Designs using Flipped Classroom Instruction”, was published in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology. In 2016, this article received the journal’s Editor’s Best Article award. Amber is currently completing her Doctor of Education through the University of Calgary.

Amber has teaching experience in both the K-12 British Columbia and Alberta school system, and has experience as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and sessional instructor in post-secondary. In her various roles, she has been responsible for the transformation of libraries to library learning commons and coordinated Indigenous education opportunities including elder classroom visits, land-based learning opportunities, and nsyilxcən language lessons. In 2019, Amber was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award in STEM education.



Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan University College
PDP Secondary Education, University of Victoria
MEd Educational Technology, University of Calgary

Research Interests & Projects

  • Two-year SSHRC Insight Development grant research, “Exploring Online Pedagogies for Social Connectedness and Advancing Professional Collaboration.”
  • Funded partner research project with Calgary Board of Education for a literature review titled “Factors Influencing Students’ Success in School: A Literature Review.”
  • Two-year design-based research study funded by Ambrose Research Fund“Building Faculty Capacity for Online Teaching and Learning.”

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hartwell, A. & Horton, P. (2021, Sept/Oct). Making rose hip tea from scratch: A math activity. TEACH: Education for Today and Tomorrow, p. 24-26.

Mosher, R., Hartwell, A., & Brown, B. (2021). 5 factors that contribute to students completing high school, The Conversation

  • Shortened article of report provided to third largest school district in Canada currently being used as a foundational document for decision-making.

Hartwell, A. (2020). TPACK as a framework to facilitate co-planning, teaching and assessing. Canadian School Libraries Journal 4(1).

Brown, B., Hartwell, A., & Thomas, C. (2018). Interdisciplinary design teams of pre-service and in-service teachers: Issues with collaboration. The Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1), 3-15.

Hartwell, A. (2018). Deep learning: Revising and reflecting on my understanding. English Practice.

Hartwell, A. (2018, May). The life cycle of a salmon: Robotics and 3D printing in grade two.Canadian Journal for Teacher Research.

Mazur, A., Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Learning designs using flipped classroom instruction. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 41(2), 1-15.

  • Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology 2016 Editor’s Best Article Award


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