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Michael Maser

Antioch University Online

I am a career (innovative) educator with many scholarly and informal interests. I am presently (2022) a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada), focusing on the nature of learning in my research in the Faculty of Education).
Professional Background: I have worked 30+ years as an innovative and award-winning educator, researcher, coach, workshop leader, tutor, and author. Frustrated as a classroom-based teacher, I helped to co-found and direct the award-winning, innovative SelfDesign and Virtual High Learning Communities (2002 and 1993, respectively) in British Columbia, Canada. I have been working, and valuing, online education since the early 1990s!


Other professional interests of mine include holistic learning, Neurobiological learning, self-directed learning, Goethean and ecological sciences, and project-based learning.


Informal interests of mine include music (guitar), DIY projects, woodworking, gardening, swimming, hiking, camping, and ‘shrooming (I admit it, I’m a mycophile!).


Previous professional experiences/careers: Journalist – Researcher; Geologist; K-12 educator: Science, Math, and Language Arts


Degrees: BSc (UBC; Geology-Chemistry), BAA (Ryerson Uni; Journalism), BEd (Queens), MA (SFU; holistic learning), Ph.D. – Candidate (SFU, 2020; Personalizing Learning) — these are all Canadian universities.

Educational History

BSc (University of British Columbia; Geology-Chemistry), 1981
BAA (Ryerson University; Journalism), 1985
BEd (Queens University), 1987
MA (Simon Fraser University; holistic learning), 1997
PhD – Candidate (SFU, 2022; ‘Nature of Learning’ research focus) —
(above are all Canadian universities)

Teaching Statement

In my teaching, it’s essential to me to personalize learning for my students as much as possible so that their experience is rich and engaging.

Nature of Learning

2022 (in press): Book chapter: Personalizing learning in higher education
2021 (fall): Evaluating Personal Ecolography surveying; Holistic Education Review
2021 (summer): Where the sidewalk ends; Journal of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology
2020 (fall): Seeking to Engage – Re-Placing SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus; SFU Ed Review
2013: Learn Your Way! SelfDesigning the life you really want, starting now; book; ERAC-recommended text for middle and high school health and career planning

Simon Fraser Graduate Fellowship award, 2021
MITACS training and research award, 2020
Prime Ministers award (Canada), 2007
Award of Merit (British Columbia Ministry of Education), 2007

Teaching, Mentoring, Peer-Reviewing

BC College of Teachers – Lifetime Professional Teacher membership
ASCD member
(past) Brain, Mind, Learning Society
(past) International Coaching Federation

Michael Maser

Adjunct Faculty,

Individualized Master of Arts


Courses Taught

Antioch Online: Neurobiological Learning
Other post-secondary sites: Neurobiological Learning; Optimizing communication; Personalizing Learning; Optimizing online communication

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