Members

Stefanie Attardi (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) is a PhD candidate (Clinical Anatomy) in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The focus of her research is in the field of distance education for undergraduate anatomy students. With her supervisor, Dr. Kem Rogers, she developed an online version of a traditional face-to-face anatomy course with a laboratory component.  They are using Blackboard Collaborate (videoconferencing software) to broadcast live lectures for face-to-face students to their online students.  For the online laboratories, they use the application sharing function in Blackboard Collaborate to demonstrate anatomical structures on 3D computer models (Netter’s 3D Interactive Anatomy). They are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the online delivery format by measuring student performance in the course and revealing student perceptions about learning anatomy in the online and face-to-face formats.

John Barnett (Education) has been involved with computers in education since 1980 when as a high school teacher he introduced a course in computer science to high school using one Apple ][+ computer. He took one of the first fully online courses at OISE/UofT in 1992 and introduced and developed the first web-based teaching at the School of Education at the University of Auckland in 1999. He has taught fully online courses at Western since 2001. His interests have included internet safety for children, online pedagogy and androgogy, evaluation of online educational tools, educational policy issues surrounding online education, and the development and enactment of 21st century learning theories such as connectivism in his online classes.

David Bourget (Arts and Humanities)

Samantha Brennan (Arts and Humanities) is a philosopher with an interest in the digital humanities. She blogs at http://fitisafeministissue.wordpress.com/ and http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/. She is a founding member of the Ontario Society for Digital Scholarship. She taught her first Digital Humanities course in Winter 2014 in Digital Ethics and it was also her first blended course. The course blog is here, http://ethicsforadigitalworld.wordpress.com/. Brennan is an editor of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, an online, open access feminist philosophy journal published by Scholarship at Western, set to launch in January 2015. She’s also a member of the Steering Committee for the Centre for Digital Philosophy, housed at Western, http://cdp.uwo.ca/. Her web page is http://publish.uwo.ca/~sbrennan and you can follow her on Twitter at @SamJaneB.

Luiz Fernando Capretz (Engineering) has over 30 years of experience in the software engineering field as practitioner, manager and educator. He is currently the Assistant Dean for IT and e-Learning in the Faculty of Engineering at Western University. His current research interests include technology-enhanced learning, tech-tools for teaching, software engineering, and human factors in software engineering. Further information can be found at: www.eng.uwo.ca/people/lcapretz

Colin Couchman (Education)

Catharine Dishke Hondzel (King’s) is an instructor of psychology and education, with a teaching focus on adult and experiential learning and social psychology. Her research projects are aimed at better understanding the ways in which teachers, students, and parents define and foster creativity in children, while attempting to illustrate the effects of the evolving social and psychological environment in which children live and learn. Catharine’s interest in digital education and research relates to blended learning, situated cognition (connectivism) and the ways in which applied topics can be brought to life in collaborative online learning environments.

Joel Faflak (Arts and Humanities) is Professor of English and Theory at Western University, where he teaches, among other things, courses on literature, culture, and leadership. Faflak is also Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. SASAH is a broadly interdisciplinary program unique to Western and Canada. The School combines academic study, experiential learning, community service, language acquisition, and international study and fieldwork. One of the School’s key missions is the development of a robust and diverse Digital Humanities curriculum and infrastructure to foster student creativity and innovation both locally and globally.

Carole Farber (FIMS)

Dru Farro‘s (Centre for Theory and Criticism) research traces the philosophical history of the notion of education, with special emphasis on Plato, Kant, Freud, Derrida, and Lacan. He is especially interested in the intersections of education and psychoanalysis, the latter helping to reconfigure the fundamental notions of authority, truth, knowledge, transmissibility, and learning that frequently determine the former. A more recent interest is in extending the insights of such philosophers of technology as Martin Heidegger, Bruno Latour, Bernard Steigler, and Donna Haraway into the educational/classroom setting.

Kane X. Faucher‘s (FIMS) research focus is strongly indexed on exploring the intersection between Deleuzian philosophy, neo-Marxism, and data politics, especially with respect to the apparent convergence of neoliberalism, post-cybernetics, and the attention economy. Some of his more recently published research and ongoing projects have included an exploration of sentiment analysis in online news commentary, digital astroturfing, and the phenomenon of crowdsourcing.

Brock Fenton (Science) is an emeritus professor of Biology, and became interested in elearning as a way of continuing to be engaged with his discipline and with students. Starting in 2009 he developed two distance courses, one on vertebrate biology, the other on bat biology. Both courses involved various components, from lecture type material, to laboratory exercises, case studies, essays and projects. The case studies, laboratory work and projects included a team work component. Beginning in September 2013, he will teach another distance course on writing about biology. These courses have involved virtual classrooms (initially WIMBA, more recently Blackboard Collaborate) as well as software for preparing voice over Powerpoint lecture notes.

Cortney Hanna (Health Sciences) is currently in pursuit of her MSc. within the faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focus is primarily on the use of technology in motivating our students to learn classroom material outside of the classroom. Technological advances have allowed us to transform traditional methods of textbook and lecture-style learning to a more interactive, student-centered approach to instruction. Her thesis project involves using online tournaments in engaging students to participate in a competitive-style review that is both fun and effective!

Kathryn Hibbert (Education)

Ryan Hunt (Social Science) is a graduate student in the Public History program at Western. He is interested in digital pedagogy and public outreach. For more information about his teaching initiatives, visit www.dhmakerbus.com

Suzanne Kearns (Social Science)

Leichelle Little (Health Sciences) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research is in the field of genetics and hearing science. With her adviser, Dr. Jennings, she is currently developing an online hearing course for the occupational therapy field. They will be using a flipped classroom approach to introduce a set of case examples and modules that will allow collaboration between hearing science and occupational therapy students. She is also currently working with Dr. John Barnett, Stefanie Attardi and Wendy Louwerse to evaluate the effectiveness of connectivism in an online class.

Jenn Martin (FIMS) is an instructor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies where she teaches about digital media and culture.  Her work is largely focused on exploring the benefits and consequences of virtual engagements and interactions.  Her current research deals with the relationships between digital media, consumption, and consumerism and the use of social media in creating social change.  Previous work has focused extensively on video games and virtual worlds, areas in which she also teaches.  As a former instructor at Western’s Teaching Support Centre, she also has an interest in developing effective pedagogy and the ways that digital technologies and applications can be used to improve education.

Kimberley Martin (FIMS)

Mark McDayter (Arts and Humanities) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, specializing in Digital Humanities, History of the Book, and 17th- and 18th-century literature. He has been using a combination of course web sites and social media for his on-campus classes since 2001, and works to design web resources (and especially digital editions) that are specifically tailored to undergraduate use. We was a member of the organizing committee for TIES@Western 2013, and is a founding member of the Ontario Society for Digital Scholarship. He is particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary and collaborative resources and forums for at Western.

Sarah McLean (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) is an educator and the E-learning coordinator for the Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education (BMSUE)  program in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. McLean received her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and her Doctorate from Western. Dr. McLean began her career at Western in the laboratory of Dr. John Di Guglielmo, where she worked on signalling pathways involved in non-small cell lung cancer. Dr. McLean is thrilled to be pursuing her passion for teaching and educational scholarship in the BMSUE program. Dr. McLean’s teaching began at the University of Waterloo and expanded for both small and large group teaching while at Western, incorporating novel web-based applications including Twitter, as well as animations, podcasting and study guides. Dr. McLean’s primary responsibilities are the management, teaching and development of advanced level interdisciplinary medical sciences courses. Her research focuses on evaluating online learning environments and “flipped classroom” course design. An enthusiastic and innovative educator, Dr. McLean  is also an e-learning resource person for faculty in the basic medical science departments who wish to incorporate online and e-learning methodologies in their undergraduate courses.

Ken N. Meadows (Teaching Support Centre)

Elan Paulson (Education) is the Director of Professional Programs in the Faculty of Education. She is currently completing UBC’s Master of Educational Technology program. An active member of the Western community for the past ten years, Elan has been a co-investigator in two internally funded research on teaching projects, presented on panels at the Teaching Support Centre, taught online and onsite in multiple faculties and departments, and acted as co-chair of the first annual Technology in Education Symposium (held March, 2013). She has a research interest in planning and managing educational technologies, eLearning pedagogy and practice in higher education, and gender studies in the digital age.

Susan Rodger (Education)

Rachel Sandieson (Western Libraries)

Meaghan Shannon (Law)

Chris Thompson is the eLearning Specialist at Western Continuing Studies. He recently completed his M.Ed. in Educational Policy with a focus on Leadership in Western’s Faculty of Education. His research interests include instructor roles in blended adult education courses, and approaches to instructor training and development for online and blended courses.

Jenny Thornhill (Law) is the Court Librarian for the Nunavut Court of Justice attending Western in the Masters of Studies of Law program in the Faculty of Law. Jenny has her B.A in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Calgary, an MS in Medieval Studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and her MLIS from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Jenny’s research in the Law Faculty is on the meeting of Aboriginal Sentencing principles and the minimum sentences provisions enacted by the Federal government. As a professional Librarian she interacts with the divide between the focus on digital resources and relevance of print sources daily.

Deb Tieszer (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) is an Instructional Trainer who teaches faculty, staff and students how to use teaching, learning and communications technologies and effective pedagogical practices to employ with each technology. Recently her focus has been on OWL and Blackboard Collaborate; however, she has also collaborated with national colleagues on Social Media in Medicine and piloted the use of audience response systems.

Nazi Torabi (Western Libraries)

Bethany White (Science) is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences, the Learning Development Coordinator in the Faculty of Science and a Teaching Fellow with the Teaching Support Centre. She has been teaching online courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels since 2006. Her large lecture-based courses typically include clickers and an online dimension consisting of discussion forums and content/videos customized for the class. The challenges and opportunities presented by technology in teaching and learning fascinate Bethany. Of particular interest in her Statistics Education research is the impact of technological tools and course format (e.g., blended courses) on students’ attitudes about, and understanding of, statistics. One of her roles as Science Learning Development Coordinator is to support and encourage growth in blended and online course delivery in the Faculty. A major initiative launched in 2013 was the Faculty of Science Technology-enhanced Learning Innovation Award competition. Three successful applicants were awarded funding and are currently working on
their online and/or blended course development projects.

Julie Whitehead (Health Sciences)

Tim Wilson (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) researches educational scholarship and the antecedents of the good, bad, and ugly. He is interested in how the use of visualizations affect learning in STEMM disciplines, particularly anatomy. He concentrates his efforts on the learner and the effects cognitive loads place on them and the resulting alterations to their physiological behaviour.

Lu Xiao (FIMS) is Assistant Professor in Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Xiao leads HCI group at Faculty of Information & Media Studies (http://hci.fims.uwo.ca). She has over 40 refereed publications in journals like Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Information& Organization, and Online Information Review, and conference proceedings like IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ACM International Conference on Computer Human Interaction, and Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Interested in group ideation and deliberation activities, she has worked on projects to understand and support these activities in both traditional small group setting and the more recent large scale online group (e.g., Wikipedia). Some of her projects are: improving quality of group ideation activities in students’ collaborative learning and online crowdsourcing through rationale articulation and sharing; understanding and facilitating small group deliberation to identify hidden profiles, and understanding and facilitating decision making in large scale online deliberation (e.g., Wikipedia’s Article for Deletion Discussion Forum). She is interested in designing and evaluating technology support for ideation and deliberation process in collaborative learning activities. Dr. Xiao can be reached at lxiao24@uwo.ca.

Martin Zinke-Allmang is currently running one of the largest Physics courses on campus since 1999. He has overseen the development of technological innovations for this course, including the live broadcasting and archiving of lectures; as a result, Physics for the Life Sciences is now offered with six in-class and four online/Distance Studies sections year-round. Novel components will be integrated in 2013. as the videotaped lectures are made available in MP4 format through Sakai.