I first met Gary in 1988, when Robert Sweet and I went on a research trip to Concordia.
I still remember two things about that first meeting- first the vivid introduction to scholarly mess – Gerry had mountains of texts, papers, floppy disks and conference proceedings spilling out and over his desk and the floor.
But an afternoon with Gary cleared that up – well -at least I understood what I don’t understand.
Gary was a mentor, supervisor and examiner of hundreds of graduate students at Concordia and elsewhere.
I’m sure there are many of us who have learned from his learned critique, suggestions and support.
I’m glad a bit of Gary lives on at his homepage including links to many of the presentations and publications.
I was saddened today to learn of the passing of my friend Gary Boyd, Professor at Concordia University in Montreal.
Gary exemplified scholarship in education technology and came to personalize what I think are the necessary, but far too uncommon characteristics of scholarship and application of new technologies and pedagogy to teaching and learning.
Gary was also one of the few people I know, and the only person who took the time to help me understand cybernetician Gordon Pask’s conversation theory.My own Ph D work focused on distance interaction or conversations in formal education and I was at first attracted and then totally confused by “conversation theory”.