The Team

Learning Specialist Team from Rocky View Schools

Meet the Design Team


In the Learning Design Team, part of Rocky View’s Learning Department, we learn by doing. The nature of our work is to support teachers and administrators in helping them to define their learning needs of their users and then to tackle them collaboratively. Our professional learning opportunities start with field experiences, where participants develop empathy for the people they are designing for and uncover the needs they want to address. We then ideate to develop a range of potential solutions, and then create prototypes and designs to take back out into the field and test with real people. Our bias is toward action, followed by reflection on personal discoveries about process. Through learning stories we share these insights with our broader community and scaffold opportunities for everyone to share their experience by making learning visible.

Dan McWilliam

Dan McWilliam

Learning Specialist

The Ripple Effect: Spreading Innovation and Engagement. Dan works as an inquiry enabler who uses design thinking and the RVS Instructional Design Framework collaboratively with teachers and administrators to produce engaging and authentic learning opportunities. dmcwilliam@rocky…

Jason Ness

Jason Ness

Learning Specialist

Through a spirit of innovation, Jason wants to empower professionals to consider possibilities and challenge their status quos. He believes in the personal satisfaction found in risk-taking, and he hopes to empower teachers to try new things and explore their “why.” jness@rocky…

Janelle Fortmüller

Janelle Fortmüller

Learning Specialist

Janelle is committed to growth and engagement and is inspired to empower and innovate. jfortmuller@rocky…

Dave Morris

Dave Morris

Associate Superintendent of Learning

For Dave, impactful learning is shared and ongoing. He engages learners at all levels by modelling innovation, sharing new ideas and taking risks with others. dmorris@rocky…