Academic Technologies

Our Team

 Dr. Lyn Sonnenberg

Dr. Lyn Sonnenberg, Director 

Lyn is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics in FoMD, and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a consulting Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician at the Glenrose Rehabilitation and Stollery Children's Hospitals. She is the winner of numerous awards for publications and teaching. Lyn's current research interests include conceptual frameworks for educational technology; emotional intelligence; multi-source evaluation; patient relationship; and professional identity.




Mark Karstad


Mark Karstad, Manager

At the core of his skill-set, Mark is a professional educator. For over 19 years, he has been a leader in: teaching, content development, and management within a variety of educational settings. Recently, Mark has focused on capacity building, by leading and implementing a number of core eLearning systems within FoMD. Within the faculty and across the University of Alberta, Mark provides leadership for senior administrators on direction, strategy, purpose and use of educational technology in academic environments.





Patrick von Hauff


Patrick von Hauff, Academic Technology Specialist

Patrick is a designer with experience teaching in adult education. Before joining Academic Technologies, Patrick was a sessional instructor in the Department of Art & Design at the U of A, where he taught design methods and research in product design. Patrick is interested in how the application of design methods and knowledge from the fields of interaction, information, and service design can enhance traditional approaches to instructional and learning design to improve teaching and learning experiences. 





Thomas Jeffery


Thomas Jeffery, Educational Materials Designer

Thomas is a graduate from the design program here at the University of Alberta with a degree in visual communication design. Thomas is driven by meaning and reason in design and believes that every design decision should stem from this process. He constantly want to be learning, and is excited about the potential of the digital world to create and communicate within the field of medicine and beyond.





Arif Onan, Visiting Professor - Academic Technology Research Focus

Dr. Arif Onan (PhD) is a visiting academic colleague from the Faculty of Medicine at Hacettepe University (Akara, Turkey). Arif is an Academic Educational Technologist and Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist with over 15 years of experience designing, facilitating, and supporting healthcare related program courses. Arif has experience with distance and blended learning, interprofessional learning, and healthcare simulation. His current research focuses on the use of appropriate educational technologies to improve the quality of medical education, and the enhancement of learning performance.