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Dr. Constance Blomgren


Dr. Constance Blomgren

Associate Professor and Program Director for the Masters of Education in Open, Digital and Distance Education

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Constance Blomgren is an Associate Professor of Education at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University. Her background as a K-12 teacher in rural, remote, and northern Canadian locations informs her research and interest in open educational resources and open pedagogy for K-12 teachers and learners. She curates the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) multi-authored website that houses videos and podcasts regarding open pedagogy and Open Educational Resources (OER) for primary and secondary teachers. Her research regarding strengthening K-12 teacher awareness and use of OER and open practices has been published in various journals and book chapters. She also contributes to open scholarship in her role as associate journal editor with the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning an open access journal that publishes international peer-reviewed research, theory, and practice in open and distributed learning. In addition to researching OER, she studies visual and multi-literacies, participatory technologies, teacher professional learning, and open pedagogy. Contributing to the development of a culturally responsive OER teacher network, from local to global, informs her long-term commitment to high quality and equitable learning opportunities for learners of all ages.

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Research interests

  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open Pedagogy
  • Open Educational Practices
  • Openness in Education
  • Open Scholarship
  • Visual literacies
  • Life writing
  • Interpretive qualitative research

Educational credentials

  • PhD.
    University of Calgary, June 2007
    Major: Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
    Dissertation: Gazing forward, Gazing Back: A hermeneutic inquiry regarding photographs A hermeneutic inquiry exploring photography, visual culture, and epistemology.Supervisor: Dr. David Jardine
  • M.Ed.
    University of Lethbridge (1999)
    Major: Curriculum Studies
    Thesis: Family Photos: An Exploration of Significant Exposures – A hermeneutic, interpretive inquiry into the role of family photographs as a form of visual life writing.
    Supervisor: Dr. Cynthia Chambers
    Certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language - University of Saskatchewan (1995)
  • B. Ed. English/Social Studies
    University of Calgary (1983)

Professional affiliations

  • Director - Open Education Global 2019 - 2023 (
  • Committee member - OER Advocacy Committee, International Council of Distance Education 2021-2023 
  • Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) member and 2022 Conference Committee
  • ABOER adhoc faculty and student OER advocacy group
  • OER National Strategy Framework Working Group Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)
  • Open Education Professional Learning Group