Hakob BarseghyanAssistant Professor

Presentation Title: Scaling Up Online Learning

The main goal of Prof. Barseghyan's research is to understand how theories and methods of their evaluation change through time. His latest book, The Laws of Scientific Change, outlines a general descriptive theory of scientific change which is in the foundation of the new science of science, scientonomy. He co-founded the online Encyclopedia of Scientonomy and the Journal of Scientonomy. He currently works on establishing the scientonomic workflow, advancing the theory, and completing a book titled Scientonomy: Science of Science. 
As a teacher, he developed HPS100, one of the largest online courses at the University of Toronto. He has won a number of teaching awards and consistently maintained outstanding teacher evaluation scores.uation scores.




Sam ChanDirector, Information Technology

Presentation Title: Launching a Competency Based Curriculum for the MD Program

Sam is the Director of Information Technology for the Faculty of Medicine. He's spent over 20 years helping clients realize their goals and strategies through solutions that incorporate the right mix of people, processes, and technology.

Laurie Harrison, Director, Online Learning Strategies

Presentation Title: Open e-Texts - Catching the Wave

Laurie is interested in all things online learning - course design, curriculum resources, faculty development, evaluation and SoTL -  institutional, divisional and program level perspectives. We should talk. 


Adon Irani, Learning Consultant & Ed Tech Specialist

Presentation Title: Vocabulary Expansion Accelerator: Where Pedgogical Research meets Ed Tech!
As the Learning Consultant & Educational Technology Specialist, UTSC's Centre for Teaching & Learning, Adon provides expert support on the use of instructional technologies outside and within the classroom, and acts as a liaison between faculty and IT developers to bring numerous educational software projects to life.


Elaine Khoo, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Presentation Title: Vocabulary Expansion Accelerator: Where Pedgogical Research meets Ed Tech!
Dr. Elaine Khoo is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC. She is engaged in pedagogical research aimed at developing ways of accelerating students' Academic English development so that they can contribute more effectively at university.


Dawn Killkenny, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Presentation Title: Implementation of Virtual Labs to Enrich Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Curriculum
Prof. Kilkenny has a dedicated interest in improving the undergraduate student laboratory experience. This includes student access to technologies that improve foundational curriculum delivery and allow advanced laboratory practicum. She is currently interested in the incorporation of virtual reality (VR) to improve laboratory preparedness and safe lab practice. Further to this, VR platforms will allow students the opportunity to visualize laboratory reactions that are unobservable (i.e., reactions in a test tube), meanwhile strengthening the association between curriculum theory and practicum.

Nadine Ibrahim, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer

Presentation Title: (Scalability + Sustainable Cities) x Africa 
Nadine is a triple graduate of UofT, and is currently working on Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa, in addition to teaching Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities in Civil Engineering, and Infrastructure for Urban Prosperity for the Masters Program in Cities Engineering and Management. Her research connects sustainable urbanization with ecological economics to address climate change in cities, and have applied my research to global cities. She enjoys her trips to African cities, and enjoys learning about cities in the developed and developing worlds, and the special trends of megacities. She also holds a certificate of Preventive Engineering and Social Development, and has worked in international development and environmental consulting in Africa for six years. 

Simone Laughton, Coordinator, UTM Library Instructional Technology Services

Presentation Title: Engaging students in active learning at UTM 
Since 2015, 4,240 students have participated in 57 courses that have been held in two pilot technology-enhanced active learning classrooms (ALCs) at UTM. This project is a collaborative effort involving instructors, TAs, students, and the UTM cross-unit ALC Team.

Chibulu Luo, PhD Candidate

Presentation Title: (Scalability + Sustainable Cities) x Africa 
Chibulu Luo is a second year PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates the linkages between sustainable infrastructure and urban planning in sub-Saharan African cities, including issues of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. She is also a Doctoral Scholar with the Centre for Global Engineering and a former Young Scientist with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Prior to pursuing her PhD,  Lulu worked extensively in international development, including with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the United Nations and the World Bank. 

Murray MetcalfeProfessor

Presentation Title: (Scalability + Sustainable Cities) x Africa 
Murray Metcalfe is Professor, Globalization in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT), and is also a Senior Fellow at UofT’s Global Cities Institute. He is a member of a team from multiple faculties - management, global affairs, and engineering - conducting research on the scaling of innovation in cities in the developing world. As part of that effort he was a contributor to the edited volume Innovating for the Global South (University of Toronto Press, 2014). Among his teaching responsibilities Prof. Metcalfe has developed and taught the courses “Technology, Engineering and Global Development” and “Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems.” He also led and taught a course at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai, India that was taught by a combined team of UofT and IIT professors. Dr. Metcalfe holds a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University. He began his professional career at McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, and then spent over 20 years in the venture capital industry in the U.S., until returning to academia in 2008. In the spring of 2008 and again in the fall of 2016 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Metcalfe also serves as a senior advisor in the private equity area at LMCG Investments, an investment management firm in Boston that is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada. He is also involved in several not-for-profits working in the areas of global development, social entrepreneurship and sustainable large cities.

Arash Shahi, Postdoctoral Fellow

Presentation Title: Interactive Online Modules
Arash is a postdoctoral fellow and research manager at University of Toronto. He also holds an adjunct assistant professor position at University of Waterloo. Throughout his academic career, he has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses and has worked at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at University of Waterloo for two years. More recently, he has worked with Professor Brenda McCabe on developing a number of online modules to be used across multiple engineering disciplines and he looks forward to presenting this work on those modules in this session.