Lynda Williams Instructional Designer Rural Acute Care Nursing ProgramLynda Williams
Instructional Designer (SLI) Rural Acute Care Nursing Program
Phone: 960-6778
Location: 10-1584

As Instructional Designer for the School of Nursing at the University of Northern BC, Lynda supports the design, development and delivery of courses in two distance programs and three-site undergraduate program. The RACNC, created through a unique, action research process integrating practice and theory that is the brain child of Dr. Martha MacLeod and her associates. The FNP program graduates nurse practioners. The three undergraduate sites are in Prince George, Quesnel and Terrace. Prior to joining the School of Nursing as senior lab instructor for Instructional Design, Lynda ran the UNBC Centre for Teaching and Learning for ten years, implementing a series of innovations on behalf of the university. She holds multiple awards for innovation in applied technology for social benefit, including the provincial Nancy Bennett Award for library leadership in 1996, in connection with work done promoting the introduction of internet access in libraries. In 2002, she won the BC Interior, North and Yukon Today’s Woman Award for the introduction of online web courses at UNBC and her role in the free net movement locally, provincially and federally. She has administered a $60,000 grant from Xerox to provide work experience for students while simultaneously benefiting those in need of support for applied computing projects, and was principle investigator of a $20,000 BC Campus grant to promote her self-funding model for web-course maintenance in an ethical manner with regard to net cost to students. Lynda’s work experience spans a wide range of environments from journalism to the Toronto software industry, including stints as a librarian. She had taught in the area of applied computing, in four different disciplines (library science, computer science, teacher education and business) over a period of fifteen years and worked on research projects in Knowledge Engineering and query processing prior to 1990. Her current research interests are in ethical adaptation to information technology, with particular emphasis on innovative means of creating and managing content through collective editorship/ownership or use of open source policies. Lynda Williams is also a science fiction author working on a ten novel series called the Okal Rel saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, in which she innovates by including others in an evolving set of creative engagement strategies.