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Cael D. Zorn, PhD

Cael D. Zorn, PhD
Course Director, Modes of Reasoning, Department of Philosophy
Course Coordinator, BBA Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business

PhD PhD University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)
MA McMaster University
BA University of Toronto
Tel 647-880-1237

Dr. Zorn’s research weaves together complexity theory, emergence theory, enactive cognitive science, ecological thinking and Buddhist psychology while drawing on the philosophy of John Dewey and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Her research expertise is in philosophy of education, philosophy of embodiment and emotions, and business ethics. She is currently developing a theory of education and pedagogy, “Enactive Education”, as well as an enactive, cultural and dynamical theory of the Imposter Phenomenon that challenges the current understanding of this phenomenon as a psychological trait.

Her publications include: Cael D. Zorn and Kelly Parke, (2011) “Using video streaming in an online, rich-media course to promote deep learning while educating for social change” in Streaming Media Delivery in Higher Education: Methods and Outcomes, IGI Global; and, Cael D. Zorn and Megan Boler, “Rethinking Emotions and Educational Leadership”, International Journal of Leadership in Education (April-June, 2007).

iPodShe designs, implements and teaches fully online, rich media courses using Mediasite technology and audio and video podcasting. She was the second university instructor in Canada to offer video podcasts of her lectures. Her student-centered, radically interactive course design is based on her theory of Enactive Education. Her approach to online education allows students to customize their learning and "learn on the go" in reciprocally evolving and adaptive learning environments.

Accounts of her pedagogy, course design and use of teaching technologies have been reported on CBC Radio, CTV News, Toronto Sun, Metro News, 680 News Radio and in other media.  She was awarded the United States Distance Learning Association 2008 Silver Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching and York’s University-Wide Teaching Award 2007 and Atkinson Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2009 (York University). She has nominations for: Schulich Teaching Excellence Award (York University) the Commonwealth of Learning Excellence in Distance Education Teaching 2007-08, the Ontario Council of Universities 2006 Teaching with Technology Award, and the Atkinson Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2008 (York University).