What is exactly the MET Community?
The MET Community can be defined in two ways:
First, it is the network which includes all alumni and students from the Master of Educational Technology (MET) at the University of British Columbia. If you are a MET student or alumni, then you are part of the MET Community.
Second, it is the social dimension of the MET program which mission is to build a strong professional and social network of MET students and alumni, allowing them to engage in an inspiring and collaborative online environment. Through social media channels, online events and other initiatives we foster a culture of community engagement to strengthen the MET identity.
Who runs the MET Community?
The MET Community is run by MET students and alumni, led by the MET Community Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA), who is hired and supervised by the MET Administration.
The current MET Community GAA is Helena Wright.
Past MET Community GAAs include Eduardo Rebagliati, Meril Rasmussen, Haneefa Corbie, Erica Hargreave, Jamie Drozda, and Carlo Trentadue.
The MET Community was envisioned by MET students Meril Rasmussen & Haneefa Corbie back in the year 2016 as a way of creating a virtual infrastructure to support a more active and engaged community. Initially, it was focused on building alumni-alumni relationships through networking, collaboration, and discussion, but soon the project expanded to also include MET students and faculty. In the words of its creators, the vision was to create a “virtual space that is dynamic, multigenerational, functional, both experimental and stable, both fostering entrepreneurial initiative as well as one that nurtures social responsibility.“
The MET Community project was launched in 2017 as a multi-platform virtual space, which consisted of a website, the MET Social Lab, the MET LinkedIn group, MET Facebook Group, and a Twitter channel. In a short time, the goal of surpassing 400 members was accomplished. The administration of the MET program supported the MET Community initiative through the inclusion of a link button to the MET Social Lab in the official MET website and also in each MET course. Since then, the MET Community has continued its expansion through the leadership of different MET Community GAAs and participation from MET students, alumni, and faculty who value the social dimension of graduate life.