People

Meet CTL's Leadership Team, Instructional Team, Open Educational Resources Initiative, Educational Technology Team, Research Team, eClass Specialist and Administrative Team.

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
Academic 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.

Instructional Team

 

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Cosette Lemelin

Cosette Lemelin
, PhD
Senior Educational Developer (Programs)

(780) 492-1398
cosette.lemelin@ualberta.ca

Cosette has 16 years of experience in Educational Developer roles in a 20-year career in adult and post-secondary education at three universities (the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Alberta). She has a Master of Education (2003) and PhD in Education (2016) focusing on adult and post-secondary education. Cosette’s unique specialities include teaching within health professions education (with a focus on clinical practicum teaching and learning), classroom management, and varying aspects of interpersonal communication in teaching and learning. Cosette calls herself a "Teaching Coach" for university instructors and faculty members striving to improve their teaching one class, one activity, or one interaction at a time. Within our Centre, Cosette is the lead on the Teaching Development Program (TDP), Teaching Labs, and Inspiring Teaching. Cosette is the Vice-Chair, Conferences on the Educational Developer Caucus (EDC) national Executive. Cosette was the 2019 recipient of the University of Alberta Excellence in Learning Support Award.

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Anita Parker
, MEd, 
Educational Developer (Blended Learning)

aparker@ualberta.ca
Anita Parker (BSc, BEd, MEd, University of Alberta) has been helping instructors from various faculties develop online and classroom content for their blended courses since 2016. Her teaching background is in secondary science and adult education, and she continues to specialize in online teaching in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Graeme Pate

Graeme Pate
Educational Developer

(780) 492-9673
graeme.pate@ualberta.ca

Graeme Pate has substantial experience with integrating effective teaching methodologies and educational technology. Graeme spent 28 years working in Scotland in education, 18 of which were spent at the University of Glasgow, developing innovative instructional materials as well as designing and modelling innovative TEAL (Technology-Enhanced Active Learning) approaches such as flipped teaching (blended learning), backchannel discussions, advanced use of Moodle (eClass) as well as using Twitter & online voting systems during lectures and tutorials to engage learners. He was the Programme Director for the MA Primary Education and the B.Ed (Hons) degree programmes and was presented with three Excellence in Teaching awards by the University of Glasgow for design, implementation of teaching methods and the use of technology to enhance learning.

One of Graeme's specialties is supporting instructors who wish to be more confident and competent in their use of technology to enhance their planning, facilitation, and/or assessment of student learning.

Jennifer Ward

Jen Ward
, PhD Student, Philosophy in Indigenous Studies
Educational Developer, Indigenous-focus

(780) 492-7181
jdward@ualberta.ca
Jennifer Ward (PhD Student, University of Alberta) 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). Her PhD work supports Indigenization and decolonization of the Academy and post-secondary education. 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. In addition, Jennifer is a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Education's EDU211: Aboriginal Education and the Context for Professional Engagement. 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, PhD(c)
Senior Educational Developer (Assessment)

(780) 492-9380
ellen.watson@ualberta.ca

Currently a doctoral candidate with the Faculty of Education, Ellen Watson brings a variety of educational experiences and strengths to the educational development team. Prior to joining CTL, Ellen acquired over eight years of experience teaching at the post-secondary and secondary levels in Science and Mathematics education. 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. Finally, Ellen is a recent winner of the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Education graduate teaching award for 2016 - 2017 for her work with teaching undergraduate students in the Department of Secondary Education.

Ellen's focii at CTL include assessment, science education, course design, and active learning strategies. She can also speak to areas of educator reflection, educational technology, learning outcomes, and feedback. Ellen welcomes anyone who wants to talk about education to join her at her workshops or for a consultation!

Ellen has a particular interest in educational research and has recently been focusing on the areas of metacognition, science education, problem-based learning, action research, teacher beliefs, and teacher concerns.

Open Educational Resources Initiative

 

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Krysta McNutt, PMP
Open Education Program Lead

krystam@ualberta.ca

Krysta has over 10 years of experience in project management and organizational change in the public sector including technology implementations, granting programs, organizational design transitions, and course design projects. Since leading the provincial Campus Alberta OER Initiative she continues advocating for open education by working with faculty on finding, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OER) and supporting the UA OER Awards program.

Educational Technology Team

 

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Katelyn Lindmark

Katelyn Lindmark

Educational Technologist
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 Educational Technology Team and provides design support for CTL's blending learning projects.

Research Team

 

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Luis Fernando Marin
, MEd
Research Co-Ordinator

(780) 492-5328
luisfern@ualberta.ca

Luis Fernando Marin (MEd University of Alberta) is a doctoral candidate with the Educational Psychology department and a seasoned higher education professional with over six years of experience in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. His graduate studies and research have focused on understanding current Blended Learning best practices, on how to better promote students' growth. As an innovator and early adopter of Technology and as a passionate educator he always enjoys finding new and better ways to design a course, deliver instruction, or use technology to kindle students' curiosity and passion for learning. Fernando has experience applying quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand students' perceptions, characteristics, and behaviors related to course and instructional technologies. His doctoral work uses course trace data and other sources of information to gain insight into how and why students are able to thrive, to be actively and independently engaged and make the most out of a course, and help students and teachers improve their understanding of their teaching and learning relationships.

Fernando's focus at CTL is to coordinate and support efforts to plan, organize, and conduct independent research, literature reviews, research protocols, data analysis, and publications of results as internal reports, conference presentations, or professional journal articles.

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Bradon Valgardson
, MA
Data Analyst

(780) 492-2812
valgards@ualberta.ca

Bradon Valgardson (MA, University of Southern Mississippi) is a data analyst for the CTL. Bradon analyzes institutional data and prepares educational resources, documentation, and reports related to teaching and learning. His past work has focused on the influence of adverse conditions on health and well-being. His research has involved examining data from nationally representative samples and collecting data from various groups including university students, prison inmates, correctional officers, and domestic violence service providers.

eClass Specialist

 

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Josh Westlake, BA
eClass Specialist

(780) 492-2264
westlake@ualberta.ca

Josh Westlake (BA, University of Alberta) is the eClass Specialist for CTL. 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. Josh offers consultations and workshops on designing assessments in eClass.

Administrative Team

 

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Sharon Luyendyk
Administrative Lead

(780) 492-2468
sharon.luyendyk@ualberta.ca

Sharon Luyendyk has over 20 years' experience as an administrative professional through a variety of positions at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Sharon is the first point of contact for all budget, finance, human resources, and administration-related matters for CTL.
Jen Carstensen

Jen Carstensen
, BA, BComm
Administrative Assistant
(on leave)

(780) 492-2826
jennifer.carstensen@ualberta.ca

Jen Carstensen (BA, BComm, University of Alberta) The Administrative Assistant is the first point of contact for visitors to CTL and provides general office administration and support to the Centre staff. Jen provides administrative support for the Academic Director and several committees, and supports events planning.

Lily

Lily Lai
, BDes
Communications Co-Ordinator

(780) 492-1404
llai@ualberta.ca

Lily Lai (BDes, University of Alberta) The Communications Coordinator develops, edits, and designs a range of CTL communications such as the annual report, and website, co-ordinates CTL events, courses, and workshops, and ensures that consultation requests are responded to in a timely manner.
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