Vivian Forssman works at the nexus of climate change capacity-building, applying her experience in learning design, digital knowledge management, web and learning management platforms, and social media to address skills gap challenges in the climate crisis. Her most recent accomplishment was program management of the Adaptation Learning Network, a project of the Resilience by Design Lab at Royal Roads University (RRU). She was responsible for design and delivery of professional development courses and micro-credentials, all focused on climate change adaptation, through several BC universities. She also participated in the co-development of a climate adaptation competency framework designed to support skills development for individuals and organizations in a climate-changed reality.
From 2013 – 2017 Vivian was Director, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at RRU; prior to RRU she held similar roles at UBC, SAIT Polytechnic, and BCIT. Her background in leading teaching and learning centres opened doors to international consulting assignments, advising post-secondary institutions on best practices in leading effective production and service units for online learning and academic development. She has taught continuing studies and graduate courses at UBC, SFU, RRU, and University of Saskatchewan.
Vivian holds an MBA from University of Cape Town. From 2004-2008 she undertook doctoral research on online communities-of-practice, through Simon Fraser University.