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Dr. Heather Kanuka
Dr. Heather Kanuka

I began my career as a junior high teacher, followed by working at Continuing Education at Edmonton Public Schools (EPS) where I taught adults for 10 years. During my time as a teacher in Continuing Education, I worked on a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education, followed by a Master Degree in Educational Technology. After more than a decade of teaching at EPS I returned to University full time to do a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. While completing my doctoral degree I also worked part time at the University of Alberta as an educational technologist and instructional designer.

My first academic appointment was at the University of Calgary as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Learning Commons. In 2004 I was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Teaching, Learning and Technologies in Higher Education at Athabasca University. In 2007 I was appointed Academic Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. After completion of my Director’s term, I returned to my current position as Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta. My research focus continues to revolve around orientations of teaching and technology, learning design and academic development.

Courses taught in GCES - Learning Design in PSE:
EDU 595 Philosophy, Theory & Science of Postsecondary Education
EDU 595 Learning Design for Postsecondary Education
EDU 595 Learning Design Practicum


Dr. Randy Wimmer
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I am a Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education. I came to the U of A from the University of Saskatchewan where I was a faculty member in the College of Education. I am currently a member of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specializations in my department. I teach in the areas of educational ethics and law, research methods, educational policy, and higher education. I situate my research in both teacher education and professional education.

For the past 15 years, I have been working alongside Indigenous communities looking at the experiences of Indigenous teachers in higher education and their transition to teaching in First Nations schools. More recently I developed a bridging program for Internationally Educated teachers seeking recertification in Canada. I spent 7 years in senior administrative positions in the Faculty of Education including Associate Dean, Vice Dean, and interim Dean. Before becoming a professor, I was a junior high school teacher in northern Alberta.

Courses taught in GCES - Learning Design in PSE:
EDU 595 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization in Learning Design