Faculty Teacher and Trainer (Professional Development)
2001 (Jan) - 2003 (March): Director, editor-in-chief, manager, co-designer, co-author, and instructor of
Digital Architecture: Imaginative Pedagogy for Educators
currently housed at http://188.8.131.52/en_index.asp.
The material was also translated into French.
2000 (Jan-Apr): Co-designer, co-author, and instructor of "IDNM Instructional Design for New Media," an
internationally-recognized online course that assists university and community college faculty in transforming traditional course materials into online
learnware. Developed by Learn Ontario where I was a director and offered at Ryerson Polytechnic University and Centennial College.
Learn Ontario was dismantled in March 2000.
1998 (Jul 8): "The Teacher as Presenter." For the CST (Centre for Support of Teaching), with Prof. John Dwyer.
Three consecutive sessions: "Large Lectures and Conference Presentations," "The Pedagogy of Videoconferencing," and "Videotaping your Presentation."
1998 (Jul 6): "Transferring Your Teaching Skills: Teachers Make the Best Business Consultants."
With Prof John Dwyer, for the CST.
1998 (Feb 5): "What's Next? Leading Edge Technologies for Teaching." For the Centre for the Support of Teaching.
1997 (Dec 4) and 1998 (Feb 26): "Using the Library and the Internet in Research Assignments." For the CST.
1997 (Sept 25 and Oct 9): "Computer Conferencing with First Class (Advanced)." For the CST.
2010-2011: Taught by invitation in the "Transition Year Program." The TYP
“provides an opportunity to transition to university
for those who have previously experienced social and financial barriers to accessing the formal education system.” “Courses and workshops bridge the gap
between a student’s prior experience and level of education and the formal educational credentials to qualify for admission to a university degree program.”
I found the experience to be very rewarding. Many of these students have led lives where the barriers
to a good education have been very difficult and largely undeserved. This wonderful program gives them a chance.
1993-1996: Designed and delivered "Smashing the C+ Barrier," a study-skills improvement workshop series for 3rd-
and 4th-year students. I participated regularly in the summers for Brian Poser's bridging course entitled "Returning to Study" for students returning after
having been on probation. My commitment to help struggling students has been sustained over the years and is now expressed in
my teaching duties in York's
"Fundamentals of Learning
course which is dedicated to helping third and fourth year students on academic debarment warning to get back on their feet.
1995: Developed "The Exam Game," a unique way to capitalize on student synergy in studying. This activity was used with
great success by 1997 SCOTL award-winning teacher, Trevor Holmes, as well as Janet Melo-Thaiss, winner of the 2013 President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards
(PUWTA) and winner of the 2013 Division of Humanities award for excellence in teaching.
See Trevor Holmes' write-up and assessment
1994: Wrote the first revision of the Critical Skills Manual for First Year Kinesiology Students under the
guidance of Prof Carol Wilson.
* denotes developed for the Centre for the Support of Teaching
** denotes developed for Centre des technologies de l'enseignement (Glendon)
***denotes developed for York's Computer Training Facility
"Security and Other Course Design Issues in Lotus Notes"**
1996, 1998, 2000 "Publishing and Site Promotion on the Web"
2001 "Website Design by HTML"*** / **
1995, 1998, 2003 "Using Search Engines Effectively"*
1992-1995, 1996, 2000, "Internet World Tour" for York's now defunct Computer Training
Centre under the direction of Mr. Ian Taylor
"Using Perl and CGI" in Course Design"
"The Impact of Commercialization on Search Engines and Academic Research"
"'Low End'" Technology (Word Processors, Power Point) for Dissertation Writing"*
"Critical Thinking for the Internet"*
(Jul) "Introducing Windows 98"*
"A Taxonomy of Search Engines"
"Advanced HTML Design for Faculty"*
"Power Point in Office 98 for Faculty"*
"Information Architecture and Data Layering"**
1998-2000 "MS Front Page for Web Design"*
"Videotaping Your Teaching"* for CST and Osgoode Law School (with Dr. John Dwyer)
"Computer Conferencing Theory and Practice, Using Codec, Satellite and IP Addressing Technologies"*
1995-1997 "Finding, Documenting, and Evaluating Information on the Internet for Academics"*
"Multimedia Training and Teaching"*
"Using Java (Beginner Level)"
"Videoconferencing on the Net: CuSeeMe"*
"Professional Development and Technology"*
1996/1997 "Using Presentation Programs Effectively"*
"Using Listservs in the Classroom and on the Internet" *
"Using Power Point"
1994-1997 "Web Page Design for Faculty*, Using HTML in Course Design"*
1993 "Videoconferencing for Productivity"
1993 "Computer-Mediated Learning"