Jo Axe is director of the School of Education and Technology. Her research interests include learning community development, student engagement and support in the online environment, and open practice. Axe has been highly involved in the Royal Roads community, participating in more than 40 committees, work groups and task forces. She currently sits on the Curriculum, Flexible Admission and Conversions and Promotions committees. Axe is also very active in the local community; she has volunteered with the Foster Parent Support Services Society since 2013 and has been involved with other groups such as the Certified General Accountants Association, the British Columbia Federation of Foster Parents Association and the Heart and Stroke Society. Axe joined Royal Roads in 2000 as an associate faculty member in the Faculty of Management, becoming an instructor/course manager in 2002. In 2006, she became an assistant professor/intellectual lead in accounting. From 2008 to 2012, she was an associate professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Management and then joined the Division of Education Studies. In 2013, she became the founding director of the School of Education and Technology. Before teaching, Axe worked for several Greater Victoria companies in accounting, general management and controllership roles. She also spent four years in public practice working on corporate and personal tax assignments. Axe is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant and holds a PhD from the University of Bradford in the U.K., a MA in Distributed Learning from Royal Roads and a BGS from British Columbia Open University. She also has a post-graduate diploma in research methods from the University of Bradford, a teaching certificate from Durham University and a Learning Facilitator Certificate and an Instructional Skills Workshop Certificate from Royal Roads.

Recent Submissions

  • Team and community building online: Using technology to enhance the student experience 

    Axe, Jo; Childs, Elizabeth; Eib, B.J. (EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 2016)
    With the ongoing move toward blended and team-based learning in post secondary education, there is a need for greater understanding of how to support virtual teams in their work and as they build learning communities online. ...
  • When the shoe doesn’t fit: Supporting students who are challenged by online educational technologies 

    Axe, Jo; March, Donna (ALT-C 2009 "In dreams begins responsibility" - Choice, Evidence and Change, 2009)
    Taking an action research approach, this paper explores the experiences of graduate level students who found a technology enabled classroom challenging. After taking part in an online orientation activity, the students ...
  • Self-assessment of online participation: Using a reflective approach to enhancing student experience 

    Axe, Jo; Childs, Elizabeth; Fearon, Lois (E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2017)
    The use of online technology in education continues to grow (Canadian Virtual University, 2012; Kanuka, 2008; White, Warren, Faughnan, & Manton, 2010) and student engagement is critical to their successful achievement of ...
  • The link: Building community in online learning environments 

    Axe, Jo; Wood, Samantha (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, 2015)
    As the use of online technology for educational purposes continues to grow, there is a need for greater understanding of how learning communities are built in online environments. This paper outlines the results of a study ...
  • Learning outcomes and program mapping: Tools for transparent assessment 

    Axe, Jo; Childs, Elizabeth; Palahicky, Sophia (EdMedia+ Innovate Learning, 2018)
    Program mapping (PM) provides a method to examine curriculum alignment, the assessment of learning outcomes, and to determine if program goals are aligned to learning activities and assessments. At a higher education ...