karin schmidlin

I am an instructor, PhD student, and UX designer currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. My teaching career started in 2007 when I received my first teaching assignment at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). I was woefully unprepared and had no clear sense of what this new job entailed. But the students were kind and teaching has provided me with a rewarding career ever since.

I expressed my thoughts on teaching during my TEDx talk "Teaching for the 21st Century" (you can watch the talk below) and in my Teaching Philosophy.

From 2012-2021 I taught User Experience Design at the University of Waterloo's Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and since moving back to Vancouver in the summer of 2021 at Emily Carr University of Design + Art.

In 2018 I co-founded Carbonlabs, a design strategy agency with my friend and business partner Nada Basir.

Currently I'm pursuing my PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Education. I'm interested in holistic student assessment in online, project-based design courses. Yup, pretty much the kinds of courses that I teach.

Hello : )

TEDxUW Fall 2017

Teaching for the 21st century

I was delighted (and terrified) to give a TEDx talk on the overall topic of 'Interconnectedness'.