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We'd like to introduce you to the session leaders participating in the EdTech Workshop 2019. More bios will be posted as they are received!

EdTech Workshop 2019 Session Leaders
Name Session Title Biography
Jennifer Farmer | One Size Fits All?: Designing for and Adapting to New Spaces

Jennifer Farmer is a Teaching-Stream Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. Prof. Farmer's research interests are primarily within the field of Applied Chemistry and Engineering with a focus in undergraduate laboratory instructions. Currently, she is working on the development of innovative and stimulating applied chemistry experiments for second year students that enhances student learning and engagement with core curriculum material. One of her particular interests is the incorporation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy into her lab courses to study the effects PBL has on student's learning with respect to critical thinking, retention of knowledge, and development of professional skills (e.g., teamwork, writing and verbal communication, and life-long learning). She has had the opportunity to deliver her dry-labs in the TEAL rooms of the Myhal Centre and is looking forward to discussing her experiences with you today.

Julia Smeed | Innovation Projects Officer

Julia is a leader and social innovator specializing in design thinking, and collaborative methodologies that strive to design programs with students rather than for them. She leads the Innovation Hub at the University of Toronto, a unique student-led ‘design firm’ that works with partners on campus to improve the student experience using human-centered design thinking (http://uoft.me/innovationhub). Julia also teaches courses in design thinking and leadership at UofT’s School of Continuing Studies. Julia holds an MBA in Global Leadership and a BA in Psychology. Julia is also the Secretary of the Council on Student Services at the University of Toronto, and has presented the Innovation Hub’s work at various higher education conferences across Canada.

Lillian Hogendoorn | Digital Access and Open Educational Resources Lead From Flat to Fab: Creating Interactive Textbooks with Pressbooks

Lillian Hogendoorn is the Digital Access and Open Educational Resources lead at eCampusOntario, an nonprofit that supports technology-enabled learning at Ontario's 45 colleges and universities. In this role, she manages the infrastructure that supports the creation, adaptation, and use of open educational resources. Lillian has a background in digital scholarship and has expertise in copyright and open licensing.

Mark Pellegrino | Regional Sales Manager, Crestron Technical Institute What's the big TEAL?!

An electro-mechanical technologist participating in the design and implementation of (Active Learning) Classroom Technology across Canada for close to 20 years.

Melvin Chien | Teaching with Snagit: Lecture Capture and Beyond

As a Faculty Liaison, Technology at CTSI and ACT, Melvin provides direct support, training, and consultations on Quercus and the Academic Toolbox. He also develops documentation for and on the use of educational technologies, and contributes to various projects at the University such as Office 365 for Faculty and Staff, and Transforming the Instructional Landscape.

Michel Singh | Chief Technology Officer From Flat to Fab: Creating Interactive Textbooks with Pressbooks

Chief Technology Officer at eCampusOntario since 2018, I have been involved in academia for the past twenty years as a faculty member and as an institution administrator. One of my main motivation through this time has circled around using technology to enrich learning opportunities and environments. My work at eCampusOntario is primarily focused on providing shared services to Ontario institutions that enables faculty and students to use digital solutions in a responsible and effective way.

Miss Crystal Liu | MASc Candidate Onscreen vs In-hand: Delivering a Hands-on Design Course During the Pandemic

Loves designing and making things.

Mr. Kia Shakiba | PhD student, CEO (Examify Inc) Better than paper exams

I'm a PhD research student focused in cloud cache optimization who has a passion for teaching. In 2019, I started the EdTech company Examify here at UofT which works to improve the online examination experience in STEM for both the students and teaching staff.

Niema Mohammad | TA + Ph.D Student Our experience teaching ESC103F in the Myhal TEAL rooms: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (not really)!

Niema has been a teaching assistant for four engineering courses (1st year and 4th year). She is a Ph.D. Student at the Gilbert Lab at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Her work aims to create personalized therapy options for stem cell transplantation. She completed her undergraduate degree in Engineering Science in the Biomedical Systems Option.

Oluwatobi Edun | Enhancing the Individual Learning Experience via Class-sourcing and Teamwork

Oluwatobi Edun is a Master of Engineering, Chemical Engineering candidate with emphases in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship. He is also a Teaching Assistant for the Cross-Disciplinary course, JRE420: People Management and Organizational Behaviour.

Parnian Jadidian | Senior Advisor Process Safety (PSM) at Enbridge Gas Inc. Adventures in SCORM Files

I am a Senior to Process Safety Advisor (PSM) at Enbridge Gas Inc. with a passion for using engineering and creative problem solving to keep people safe while keeping businesses profitable.

Prior to my current position at Enbridge , I have over six years of experience in risk management consulting, with a focus on identifying and evaluating loss potential at industrial and commercial facilities due to fires, explosions, natural hazards, equipment breakdowns and other operational and management factors. I worked closely with my clients to develop and implement practical solutions to mitigate or reduce risk at their facilities and to improve their process safety culture.

Peter Weiss |

Dr. Peter Eliot Weiss is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream. He has taught the first year design/communication course, Engineering Strategies and Practice since its first pilot year, about fifteen years ago, and was part of the roll-out of the course to over 1000 students. He also teaches electives: Engineering and Social Justice and Writing Lab, in which students discover and explore their personal voice. As a playwright, his works have been produced in Canada, the US, England and elsewhere in the world.

Phani Radhakrishnan | Associate Professor

critical thinking with experiential & work-integrated learning, pedagogy of data analytics, group learning

Prof. Alana Boland | Associate Professor , Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Learning together: What my online synchronous course has taught me about the classroom

I teach and research in the broad field of environmental geography. I am also the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts & Science - a role that has introduced me to the wonderful work of colleagues across the faculty. In the past couple of years, I have taught a second year environmental course for program students that also draws in students for other areas of study. My research focuses on environmental governance in urban China, infrastructure and technopolitics of water, and environmental narratives associated with China's changing global influence.

Prof. Bill Ju | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream The 5 steps that allowed me to plan ahead to reduce, recycle but not necessarily re-use assessments in a course during and post-pandemic

As a member of the teaching stream I have been interested in how to teach in smart classrooms that support active learning. Here is my story...