Patrick Parra Pennefather

Dr. Patrick Pennefather is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC, focusing on the Design of Sound, and a founding faculty member at the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program, a multidisciplinary graduate consortium comprising of UBC, SFU, ECUAD and BCIT. Over the past ten years teaching at the Master of Digital Media Program, Patrick has developed a successful rapid prototyping methodology focused on mentoring teams co-constructing scalable digital prototypes for real-world clients.
Patrick has a multi-disciplinary background spanning education, learning design, digital media, sound engineering and performing arts. He leverages his diverse expertise to teach, research and facilitate workshops on subjects including human-centered design, rapid prototyping, improvisation, creativity, disruptive teaching and learning, game-based learning, engagement, design unthinking, and mixed reality development (xR).
Patrick is currently researching rapid prototyping xR pipelines at UBC in music, medical and educational applications, and has published in a variety of journals in the fields of project-based learning and VR, AR and MR.

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Human-Centered Design for Work at a Distance: Prototype Solutions (edX)

Draw from human-centered design tools learned in Human-Centered Design for Work at a Distance: Toolbox Essentials to identify and solve real-world case studies for individuals reinventing their work at a distance. This course builds on the teachings in Human-Centered Design for Work at a Distance: Toolbox Essentials. It must [...]
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Re-Imagine Work: Strategies During COVID-19 and Beyond (edX)

Improve and reinvent working at a distance during COVID-19 and beyond! Learn from strategic design experts, and build your at-home toolkit by applying human-centered design techniques. As a result of COVID-19, millions of us are adapting to working from home, may have lost our jobs, or are looking for [...]
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Human-Centered Design for Work at a Distance: Toolbox Essentials (edX)

Learn and apply human-centered design tools to transform your work with others at a distance. In this course, you will gain a foundational understanding of human-centered design tools, and apply lessons learned to improve your work with others at a distance. Learn how HCD principles can be applied to [...]
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