Faculty in the Open regularly features BCIT faculty who engage in open education.
John Dian is a faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Dian has more than 20 years of experience in design and implementation of telecommunication circuits and systems. His research interests include Internet of Things, wireless telecommunication system design, and multimedia processing. Dr. Dian holds a certificate in business analytics from Harvard University, USA and co-chairs the center of excellence in analytics at BCIT. He has been recognized with several awards in teaching and research excellence.
John Dian is the recipient of the 2023 Teaching Excellence in Open Education Employee Excellence Award. BCIT awards one faculty member per year with this prestigious award, intended to honour someone who exemplifies open education through their work, practices, and collaborations.
In his own words
“I firmly think that everyone should have access to high-quality educational opportunities and resources. Open education tries to achieve this goal and remove obstacles in the way of this objective. Expensive educational materials, outdated books and resources, and regulatory restrictions on academic and educational collaboration are a few examples of such obstacles.”
“My books are valuable resources for the classes I teach and the research projects my students are working on. To make these resources more relevant and, if necessary, to accommodate different learners’ learning styles, I also have the flexibility to customize them.”