Centre for Teaching and Learning

People

Meet CTL's Leadership Team, Instructional Staff, Production Team, Research Staff, MOOC Management and Administrative Support Staff.

For general inquiries, call CTL's General Office at (780) 492-2826 or email ctl@ualberta.ca.

Leadership Team

 
Janice Miller-Young

Janice Miller-Young, PhD
Director, CTL
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(780) 492-7314
jmilleryoung@ualberta.ca
  Janice Miller-Young (PhD, University of Calgary) has over 15 years' experience as a teacher of both large and small classes in engineering and general education. Her research interests focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), specifically, the development of SoTL as a practice, and helping students increase their learning by making certain concepts and thinking processes explicit and narrowing the gap between novice and expert thinking. In her role as the Academic Director of CTL, Dr. Miller-Young provides strategic leadership for the growth of CTL and for further strengthening connections between CTL and the faculties and other CTLs across the country. She is very active in the broader North American SoTL community, currently chairing SoTL Canada, facilitating one of their Collaborative Writing Groups, and serving as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of SoTL.
Ken Cor

Ken Cor, PhD
Associate Director (Assessment), CTL
Director of Assessment, Pharmacy Faculty

(780) 492-2826
m.ken.cor@ualberta.ca
  Ken Cor (PhD, Stanford University). Ken’s research interests are in building valid educational assessments and the effect assessment contexts have on student motivation and learning. As Acting Associate Director (Assessment) Ken works with Faculties to develop a common assessment vocabulary and to provide strategies for developing assessments that are clearly linked to course learning objectives. His efforts are geared toward blurring the lines between instruction and assessment to emphasize their overlapping roles in creating effective learning. In collaboration with CTL's team of educational developers, Ken is available for consultation and workshop delivery as it pertains to educational assessment and course design.

Roger Graves

Roger Graves, PhD
Associate Director (Writing), CTL
Professor, Department of English & Film Studies

(780) 492-4704
roger.graves@ualberta.ca
  Roger Graves (PhD, Ohio State). Roger Graves recent research focuses on how students in a wide variety of disciplines learn to write. As Director, he provides strategic advice on the role of writing and communication in teaching and learning. He offers workshops and consults with instructors to provide advice about writing assignments, scoring guides for evaluating student writing, and a variety of other topics related to writing.
Norma Nocente

Norma Nocente
, EdD
Associate Director (Educational Technology), CTL
Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education

(780) 492-2812
norma.nocente@ualberta.ca
  Norma Nocente (EdD, University of Toronto) has over 20 years teaching experience at the University of Alberta (sessional contract and faculty appointment) and for seven of those years served as associate chair (undergraduate program). Her areas of specialization are the integration of technology across the curriculum and science education. Her current research interests include the role of technology in student learning and in supporting professional development. She is eager to work with instructors interested in expanding e-learning opportunities.
Carla Peck

Carla Peck
, PhD
Associate Director (Curriculum), CTL
Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education

(780) 492-3208
carla.peck@ualberta.ca
  Carla Peck (PhD, University of British Columbia) joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in 2007. Her program of research has two main foci: The first seeks to map the qualitatively different ways that teachers’ and students’ understand key democratic concepts such as diversity, citizenship, and citizen participation in a democracy. The second area of her research is on students’ historical understandings, and in particular, the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and their understandings of history. In 2013, Carla was awarded the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. As Associate Director (Curriculum) Carla is responsible for CTL’s Peer Consultation and Teaching Co-Mentorship programs, and is available for consultation for other curriculum-related needs as well. 

Instructional Staff

 

 

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Carol Brown

Carol Brown
, MEd
Contract Educational Developer

carol2@ualberta.ca
  Carol Brown (MEd, University of Alberta) joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning upon completion of her MEd (Secondary Education) in 2014. Carol’s masters research focused on science teachers’ professional development, in particular their thinking and decision making related to acquiring information and resources related to their professional practice in online contexts. Prior to joining CTL, Carol acquired teaching experience within secondary education contexts in Alberta and New Brunswick, teaching primarily general science and physics. In her current role at CTL, Carol assists instructors across broad subject areas in course development, planning, teaching and evaluation. Carol is eager to support teaching and learning at the University of Alberta within a variety of contexts including face-to-face, blended, and online courses. 
Cosette Lemelin

Cosette Lemelin
, PhD
Educational Developer

(780) 492-1398
cosette.taylor@ualberta.ca
  Cosette has 13 years of experience in post-secondary education in an 18 year career as an adult educator. She has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Education at the University of Manitoba (2016) with a focus on clinical nursing education. This native of Winnipeg brings extensive experience with diverse adult learners who have linguistic, cultural, or social barriers to their success at university, particularly in health care professions education. For instance, Cosette provides support in teaching English as an Additional Language to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cosette has led and supported a range of new to experienced faculty members in courses, projects, workshops, and consultations on face-to-face, online, and blended teaching. For example, she would be pleased to help you with the organization of your course, evaluation methods, lesson plans, teaching and learning materials, and give you feedback on your teaching.  
Jen Ward 

Jen Ward

Educational Developer

(780) 492-7181
jdward@ualberta.ca
  Jennifer Ward (MA, Athabasca University) is of Umpqua and Algonquin decent. She has ten years experience as an English Instructor at NAIT, as well as two years experience as a Consultant in the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education unit with Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB). The use of Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies in education and training staff are the foundational principles of her master's thesis and the work she did with EPSB and the Government of Alberta. She has designed both face-to-face and on-line courses. She was short-listed for a student nominated Instructional Excellence Award in 2014. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Jennifer welcomes the opportunity to help educators bring Indigenous worldviews into their practice and their classrooms. Hiy Hiy. 
Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson
, MEd
Educational Developer

(780) 492-9380
ellen.watson@ualberta.ca
  Currently pursuing doctoral studies with the Faculty of Education, Ellen brings a variety of strengths in course design, teaching, assessment, and educator reflection. Prior to joining the CTL team, Ellen acquired over 8 years of experience teaching at the post-secondary and secondary levels in Science and Mathematics education as well as experience in educational technology. As an additional experience, Ellen had the opportunity to work as a Curriculum Writer as part of the team producing the Physics 30 curriculum in Saskatchewan released in fall 2016. Ellen's past and current educational research focuses are in metacognition, science education, problem-based learning, action research, teacher beliefs, and teacher concerns.

Production Team

 

 

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Rishi Jaipaul

Rishi Jaipaul, BEd
Production Team Lead

(780) 492-3421
rajaipau@ualberta.ca
  Rishi Jaipaul (BEd, University of Alberta) manages the Blended Support Team by working with the Education Developers and instructors to develop blended learning content. He couples two of his interests of education and technology to create learning elements such as videos and interactive games to assist both students and instructors in their blended learning courses.

Tonille Anstey

Tonille Anstey
Blended Learning Support Team

tanstey@ualberta.ca

  Tonille Anstey completed her diploma in DMIT at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and gathered work experience in animation/motion graphics before joining the CTL team. She uses her love and skills in 2D animation and motion graphics to help students and instructors in blended learning courses. Tonille is also the 3D modeler for CTL’s 3D printer. 
Katelyn Lindmark

Katelyn Lindmark

Blended Learning Support Team

klindmar@ualberta.ca
  Katelyn Lindmark brings experience in consumer and industrial graphic design. Her current interests include leveraging her graphic design experience in the online environment. Katelyn is part of the video production team and provides design support for CTL's blending learning projects.
Joseph Siracky
Blended Learning Support Team

jsiracky@ualberta.ca
  Joseph Siracky 

Research Staff

 

 

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Fran Vargas

Francisco Vargas
, MEd
Senior Research Coordinator

(780) 492-5328
fran.vargas@ualberta.ca 
  L. Francisco Vargas M. finished his MEd in Technology in Education at the University of Alberta, and his BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Costa Rica. Before joining the CTL team he worked in a variety of projects such as The Lived Code/Space of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); Motivation, Engagement and Learning in DINO 101: Students’ Lived and Perceived Experiences in a Massive Open Online Course; and Flexible Pathways to Success: Technology to Design for Diversity. His research interests include blended and online learning, 21st century skills, and assistive technology. His research studies have examined the impact of online communication on dimensions such as satisfaction, interpersonal relationships, well-being, as well as productivity; and the lived experience of closeness in online learning environments. 

MOOC Management

 

 

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Joshua Westlake

Josh Westlake, BA
MOOC eLearning Specialist

(780) 492-2264
westlake@ualberta.ca

  Josh Westlake (BA, University of Alberta) is the MOOC eLearning Specialist for CTL, assisting the various MOOCs with uploading, organizing, and maintaining their courses on the Coursera platform. Josh has spent the last six years working at various positions at the University of Alberta, and has developed a strong background in assessment, LMS support, and media development.

Administrative Support Staff

 

 

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Sim Senol

Sim Senol
, MA
Administrative Professional Officer (APO)

(780) 492-2468
sinem.senol@ualberta.ca
  Sinem “Sim” Senol’s (MA Training and Development, Polytechnic Institute of NYU) primary role is to manage the day-to-day financial and HR administration of CTL. She brings to this position considerable experience working as an Educational Technology specialist at other institutions and sometimes provides backup to instructional staff as necessary. 
Curtis Champagne

Curtis Champagne, MA, C.Mgr., P.Mgr.
Strategic Initiatives Manager

(780) 492-9302
curtisc@ualberta.ca
  Curtis Champagne (MA, St Paul University) brings over sixteen years of varied administrative experience at the University of Alberta (Administrative Assistant, Faculty Development Officer, Administrative Professional Officer and Assistant Chair) to the Strategic Initiatives Manager position. Curtis` portfolio includes the high profile internal and external teaching related awards, prizes, distinctions and honours (e.g., University Cup, Distinguished University Professorships, McCalla Professorships, Vargo Teaching Chair, 3M National Teaching Fellowships). He is also involved in the planning, design, execution and evaluation of CTL initiatives, and manages the financial resources associated with those initiatives (including CTL Summer Student Employment Awards, CTL Visiting Speaker Grants, and Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) project and professional development awards). 
Jen Carstensen

Jen Carstensen

Administrative Coordinator

(780) 492-2826
jennifer.carstensen@ualberta.ca
  Jen (BA, BComm, University of Alberta) works with the APO to provide administrative, financial, HR and clerical support for CTL staff. In addition, she acts as back up to the internal control for CTL. 
Lily

Lily Lai

Communications Coordinator

(780) 492-2468
llai@ualberta.ca
  Lily Lai (BDes Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta) provides design and communications support for CTL's print and online materials and assists with CTL programming events.
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