Sue Stanton


Sue SSue Stanton spearheaded development of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation and the UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science programs, and was the Director of the UBC Rehabilitation Science Online Programs through June 2016.

The author of RHSC 507, ‘Developing Effective Rehabilitation Programs’, and the RHSC 587 and 589 Major Project courses, and a co-author of RHSC 583, ‘Applying Research to Practice’, Sue is now working on her research and is a RHSC 507 instructor. In addition to developing proposals for the two Rehabilitation Science Online Programs, Sue has proposed, developed and delivered many programs including new services as a senior clinician and a variety of educational programs as a UBC occupational therapy fieldwork coordinator, and Head of the former Division of Occupational Therapy.

A strong interest in education led Sue to complete her MA in education at UBC, and the online Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology) at Athabasca University. She is now undertaking PhD research at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Sue developed her first blended (online and face-to-face) courses in 1998, and began teaching 100% online graduate courses in 2001. She has observed that rich, stimulating discussions can occur online where learners have more time for reflection before responding to others. Being able to participate any time of day allows learners to fit study around other commitments.

Sue has received a UBC Killam Award for teaching excellence and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship for teaching and educational leadership. In 2009, her work developing these online programs earned her the UBC Faculty of Medicine, CME/CPD Innovation Award.

Her research focuses on the administration, design and delivery of distance and online programs, and the implications of the changing education context for sustainable teaching in higher education.