EdTech Workshop 2023 Session Leads
Name Session Title Details
Anna Menezes | Student Experience CoordinatorLearning Space Management (LSM) CRTL +Shift + Accessibility: Leveraging Technology to create Accessible Learning Environments Anna Menezes is a Student Experience Coordinator for the Tech2U Program with the Learning Space Management. She has over 11 years of experience in people development, training facilitation, coaching and research. Anna's expertise is in developing learning modules that simplifies content and eases the learning and skills development process.
Annie Hua | Project ManagerAcademic, Research & Collaborative Technologies Active Demonstration of Compare2Learn (C2L) to Promote Learner Engagement through Comparative Judgement   Annie has over 10 years of experience working in various higher ed institutions across Canada, working on digital transformation projects. She recently joined the University of Toronto in February 2022 and has since been involved in managing more than half a dozen projects involving the acquisition and integration, and in-house development of, of academic toolbox solutions. She is interested in continually exploring new tools to engage learning in virtual, hybrid and remote environments.
Benjamin Kinsella | Course InstructorEngineering Communication Program (ECP) A Data Driven Framework To Improve Feedback For Educators   Ben has over a decade of experience developing and delivering curricula for first year engineering students.  At the University of Toronto,  he is currently the Course Coordinator and Instructor for various first year courses, including Engineering Strategies & Practice, and Fundamentals of Computer Programming.
Derek Hunt | Faculty Liaison specializing in Teaching, Learning & TechnologyCentre for Teaching Support & Innovation Active Learning in U of T's Active Learning Classrooms: Exploring the ALC Hub   Derek is a Faculty Liaison specializing in Teaching, Learning & Technology at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). Derek assists faculty by acting as a technology translator and designing digitally mediated learning spaces for the University of Toronto community. Utilising a team-based approach, Derek helps faculty produce effective online learning processes and resources. His enjoyment comes from partnering with faculty to discover new technology or approaches which enhances their everyday research work or effectiveness of course delivery.
Donny Wong | Senior Software DeveloperAcademic, Research & Collaborative Technologies Active Demonstration of Compare2Learn (C2L) to Promote Learner Engagement through Comparative Judgement   Donny has been involved in multiple aspects of IT at UofT over the past 10 years, including software and infrastructure development both on premise and cloud. He continuously strives to improve and evolve in this area. He enjoys family life with his beautiful wife and daughters. Loves good food and learning to cook better.
Dr. Bree McEwan | Associate Professor Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology Virtual Experiential Learning: Applications and Affordances of Virtual Reality Classrooms   Dr. Bree McEwan is an Associate Professor of Mediated Communication in the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is also an Associate Director of the University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute and holds a graduate appointment in the tri-campus Sociology graduate program. She is the author of Navigating New Media Networks and Interpersonal Encounters. McEwan has designed courses on the socio-technical implications of augmented and virtual reality technology since 2017, co-founded the Virtual and Augmented Reality and Communication lab at DePaul University, and is the Director of the McEwan Mediated Communication (McMC) Lab at UTM. The McMC explores how the affordances of mediated technologies influence human communication processes and social interaction. 
Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva | Recent Graduate, Sessional Instructor (TBD) KEYNOTE: Take the Load Off   Dr. Sachdeva is interested in designing and integrating evidence-informed instructional practices. Recently, she has been researching this through the notion of microlearning and cognitive science. She developed a range of microlearning content using the science of learning as guidelines. You can find some of her work in the video series on How Learning Happens. She also developed the microlearning video series for peerScholar. She was recently featured on the Progressively Incorrect Podcast (S2 E24: Nidhi Sachdeva on Microlearning with Cognitive Science Principles).  Meet Dr. Sachdeva FASE to Face!  
Dr. Steve Treiber | Sessional LecturerDepartment of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) On-line learning from the classroom   Prof. Treiber teaches engineers how to start a successful business. Meet Prof. Treiber FASE to Face!
Elias Barboza Polcheira | Multimedia Production and Module SpecialistCentre for Teaching Support & Innovation Active Learning in U of T's Active Learning Classrooms: Exploring the ALC Hub   Elias has a B.A. in Communications from Brazil, where he's originally from. He started his professional career in advertising. That’s when he learned all about digital storytelling, as well as what media to use to deliver effective messages - graphic, videos, illustration, podcast, etc.  Since then, his career has been in the intersection of Pedagogy, Technology and Media. He spent over 7 years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education designing and building online courses, fomenting great relationships, and inspiring and motivating his team in delivering excellence in Higher Education.  He enjoys continuing to learn and always find ways to bounce ideas with creative colleagues. He taught photography and visual storytelling at Boston University, and holds an A.L.M. from the Harvard in Digital Media Design.
James Nightingale | Learning Space Management (LSM) On-line learning from the classroom James is a Technical Co-Pilot at the University of Toronto, where he specializes in classroom technology and develops tools for enhancing the learning experience. With over five years of experience in the Live Sound industry, James brings a wealth of technical expertise to his role on the LSM team. He works closely with professors and students, serving as a key liaison between technology and the classroom. Thanks to his efforts, the University has been able to provide more personalized and effective support to students, fostering a more engaging and dynamic learning environment.  
Justin Fletcher | Faculty Liaison Coordinator, Teaching, Learning and Technology Active Learning in U of T's Active Learning Classrooms: Exploring the ALC Hub   Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and East Asian Studies from McGill University and is graduating in one month from his Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Pedagogy, field in Online Teaching and Learning, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Previously, Justin completed Master’s level coursework in Instructional Design and Educational Technology at Concordia University. Before working at U of T, Justin worked at Teaching and Learning Services at McGill University as a Learning Technology Consultant and Project Manager (Course Evaluations). In these roles, he worked closely with faculty on incorporating educational technology into their teaching and developing evaluation instruments.
Kathleen Scheaffer | Librarian, , Co-Lead Professional Experience Certificate in Digital Media, Technology, & CommunicationInstitute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (ICCIT) Mindful Disengagement and Reengagement for Strengthened Intra and Inter Connection   Kathleen Scheaffer (she/her) is a Librarian within the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT). She developed and is the administrator of the ICCIT Certificate of Completion in Media Skills, serves as the Co-Lead on the Professional Experience Certificate in Digital Media, Technology and Communication, and teaches ICCIT undergraduate courses. Kathleen also serves as a Digital Tattoo (DT) Strategic Co-Lead. In this position she works collaboratively with the other U of T and UBC team members to foster cross-institutional engagement in digital identity learning. At the forefront of all her endeavors is her commitment to establishing and reinforcing strong relationships with ourselves, each other, ideas, and possibilities within and beyond the walls of the University. 
Katia Ossetchkina | MASc CandidateDepartment of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) A Data Driven Framework To Improve Feedback For Educators   Katia started her MASc in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2021, co-supervised by Professor Peterson and Professor Grasselli, and is a NSERC CGS-M recipient. She completed her BASc in 2019 also at the University of Toronto, majoring in Civil Engineering with two minors in Environmental Engineering and Philosophy.  Katia has two years of civil engineering research experience, focusing on microscopy, digital imaging, and petrography to investigate the durability of building materials, as well as automation of image analysis and data collection. She also has four years of professional experience with Procter & Gamble as a Software Engineer In Training, where she worked directly with finance and product supply teams to develop integrated middle-ware applications, and automated data validation, platform performance monitoring and testing processes. She recently completed an internship with Suncor Energy with the Advanced Analytics group, where centralized IOT sensor data was used to automate, model and predict various aspects of upstream mine operations, improve reporting to Alberta Energy Regulators and increase safety.  Katia is interested in the intersection between traditional engineering disciplines, automation and bettering engineering education. She has TA-ing experience across several undergraduate engineering courses, focusing on both traditional technical courses and engineering communication.
Kelly Gordon | Coordinator, Programs & Strategic Initiatives Active Learning in U of T's Active Learning Classrooms: Exploring the ALC Hub   As the Coordinator, Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), Kelly collaborates with CTSI team members to design programming and resources to support teaching and learning across the University. A design geek at heart, Kelly enjoys collaborating on visual communications for a variety of CTSI projects. Currently, Kelly is interested in all things Learning Experience Design, a seemingly natural extension building upon her 10 years of pedagogical experience at CTSI and 2019 masters in User Experience Design. 
Marc Therrien | Technical Co-PilotLearning Space Management (LSM) On-line learning from the classroom    
Michael Nicholson | Director, Accessibility Services (St. George Campus) CRTL +Shift + Accessibility: Leveraging Technology to create Accessible Learning Environments   Mike Nicholson is the Director for Accessibility Services on the St. George Campus, a role he has served in for 4 years, having served previously as Assistant Director.   Mike is particularly committed to ensuring intersectionality, the elimination of institutional/attitudinal/societal barriers and student learning are at the heart of the work Accessibility Services undertakes, and in doing so ensuring the realities of each unique student are reflective in the supports the office provides.   Mike holds Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Social Work and Masters of Education Degrees from the University of Toronto.    
Mr. Alexander Olson | Centre for Analytics and AI Engineering (CARTE) GPT in the Classroom: Unveiling the Possibilities and Addressing the Dilemmas of AI-Driven Education At CARTE, Alex collaborates with faculty, staff and students to find new ways to integrate artificial intelligence into their work. He's keenly invested in promoting understanding of AI, and working to support ethical AI development and practices.
Mr. Joseph Sebastian | Ph.D. CandidateInstitute of Biomedical Engineering (BME) A Data Driven Framework To Improve Feedback For Educators Joseph Sebastian is a fourth year direct-entry PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Craig A Simmons at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Previously, he received his BEng degree in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Physics from Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU, formerly Ryerson University) in 2019; here, his undergraduate research resulted in 13 publications and 5 international conference presentations, the highest by an undergraduate student at TMU. Joseph has received numerous academic scholarships including the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s and Doctoral), and most recently, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Outside of academia, Joseph is strongly interested in mentorship, acting as both a Residence Don and Residence Life Intern at the University of St. Michael’s College; pedagogy, serving as a lecturer and teaching assistant for >20 undergraduate courses in the FASE; and extra-curricular leadership, volunteering as the Director for Professional Relations at the Graduate Management Consulting Association. Outside of research, Joseph is an avid triathlete, weightlifter, competitive tennis player, classical opera singer, and violinist. 
Ms. Alexandra Gustafson | Doctoral Candidate and Lead Writing TA Teaching Writing in the Age of Mechanical Content Production Alexandra is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholar and philosophy PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto.    She works primarily on the phenomenology of love, especially romantic love. She has additional interests in ethics and aesthetics broadly speaking, as well as a growing interest in the philosophy of disability.   Outside of philosophy, she is a passionate advocate for mental health and disability visibility in academia; she is a former member of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Faculty of Arts and Science Cultures of Care Network, and the SGS Healthy Labs Recognition Program. She is also the co-founder and former co-chair of the department's Mental Health & Disability Caucus (MH&D).   Alongside Parker Rose (UCLA), she currently co-organizes the Mental Health & Disability Network, an expansion of MH&D that connects philosophy graduate students internationally.    For a link to join the Mental Health & Disability Network Discord server, or with general questions, you can reach her at a.gustafson@mail.utoronto.ca.
Prajwal Channaiah | Microsoft PowerPlatform Administrator Build your first Power Automate Flow Prajwal has been working in IT for 10+ years . He joined U of T in Feb-2020 as "M365 Release Co-Ordinator" and is currently the " Microsoft Power Platform Administrator" at ITS (EASI), University of Toronto. 
Prof. Ariel Chan | Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamDepartment of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) Chemical and Process Safety Education During Pandemics and Moving Forward   Professor Chan obtained her Bachelors and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queens University. During her graduate studies, she worked with Genencor Inc/Dupont Bioscience and later continued her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Agriculture Canada in biomaterials and bioplastics development. Prof. Chan began her academic career at the University of Waterloo in 2012. In 2017, she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto as the Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. She is also a practicing professional engineer registered in Ontario, Canada. Her teaching and research focus on chemical process design and scale-up simulation and modernizing chemical engineering laboratory curriculum. In addition, she also works on development of VR-assisted technology with data-driven best practice to improve the effectiveness of learning.nted technology and data analytics techniques to facilitate individualized learning. Her recent work on developing an interactive, virtual chemical plant with an intelligent feedback system.
Prof. David Suarez | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Teaching Writing in the Age of Mechanical Content Production   Prof. Suarez is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he received his Ph.D. in 2016. Previously, he was Lecturer and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley. His research is aimed at understanding and rehabilitating post-Kantian philosophy in order to develop it today as a viable mode of philosophical inquiry.
Prof. Elham Marzi | Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamInstitute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) Global Classrooms: A pinch of global goes a long way   Professor Elham Marzi is a Teaching Stream faculty member in the newly formed Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice here at the University of Toronto. She teaches in areas inclusive of Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Strategy, and Negotiations in the Business Minor Program. She has a passion for teaching and getting students engaged through active learning. She is highly interested in developing innovative teaching techniques and strategies that can contribute to the students learning and experiences in the classroom.  She is also the Director of the Engineering Business Minor and the InVEST Initiative. She teaches in areas inclusive of Organizational Behaviour, Negotiations, Strategy, Global & Virtual teams, HRM, and Marketing.  Meet Prof. Marzi FASE to Face! Prof. Marzi is a previous EdTech Workshop presenter! See her session from 2019: Enhancing the Individual Learning Experience via Class-sourcing and Teamwork (co-presented with Oluwatobi Edun)
Prof. Jennifer Farmer | Associate Professor, Teaching StreamDepartment of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) Chemical and Process Safety Education During Pandemics and Moving Forward   Jennifer Farmer is a Teaching-Stream Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE) and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. A chemist by training, Jennifer infuses her passion for chemistry into her chemical engineering students by providing them with a strong foundation in applied chemistry knowledge and practical skills through experiential learning. Her development of innovative, applied chemistry laboratories and curriculum material that promote student-centered learning, and exemplify active- and integrative-learning pedagogy, creates an environment that motivates, engages, and challenges her students. Using Inquiry-based and Problem-based Learning pedagogy, Jennifer’s classroom is a space for students to learn how to research and develop lab-based approaches to real-world problems, communicate their solution to various audiences, and integrate appropriate knowledge and skills obtained from other courses to analyze and solve presented problems. Incorporating technology into her classrooms, Jennifer motivates her students to assess their own learning using online self-tests and exit surveys. She also engages them in peer-to-peer learning while simultaneously building a community amongst students. Jennifer has published two papers on the impact virtual labs have on students learning and engagement as well as two conference papers on integrated learning. Her research with undergraduates in laboratory curriculum development provides students unique opportunities to engage in research while providing them with an opportunity to be active partners in the development of content and structure of curriculum. Jennifer’s commitment in supporting students goes beyond the classroom, serving as the Associate Chair Undergraduate Student Experience in CHE. She is also a faculty liaison for several student clubs involved in providing student hand on experience with chemical processes, sustainability, building community and fostering inclusion.
Prof. Karen Smith | Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamPhysical and Environmental Sciences Engineering in a Changing Climate – The Collaborative Development of a Transdisciplinary Workshop Series Prof. Karen Smith is an Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is the Director of the Master of Environmental Science Program in Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Her research focuses on climate and atmospheric variability of the mid-latitude and polar regions.   She is passionate about promoting climate science literacy: serving as Chair of the School and Public Education Committee of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and also co-hosting a podcast about climate change and conservation called Emerging Environments.   Other ETO Projects: Engineering in a Changing Climate – A Transdisciplinary Workshop Series for Engineering and Climate Science Students  
Prof. Lydia Wilkinson | Assistant Professor, Teaching Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) Strategies for online and hybrid team project success Lydia’s teaching focuses on developing integrative opportunities for instruction of transdisciplinary competencies within the core engineering curriculum. Her research investigates the impact of interdisciplinary opportunities for engineers, with a specific focus on humanities integration, to consider how different learning spaces and strategies can help support new mindsets and enable sociotechnical thinking in our engineering students. 
Prof. Naomi Steenhof | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Beyond Assessment: How Testing Can Improve Learning Outcomes   Prof. Steenhof trained as a pharmacist and is actively engaged in education research. Her research explores the crucial role of struggle in learning and understanding how it assists novices in acquiring the conceptual knowledge they need to learn in the future.
Prof. Patricia Sheridan | Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamInstitute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) Strategies for online and hybrid team project success Professor Sheridan is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at ILead focusing on integrating teamwork and leadership learning into the engineering curriculum. She has previously taught leadership and teamwork courses at Northwestern University, where she is a Leadership Fellow.   Prof. Sheridan teaches teamwork and leadership in the first-year cornerstone design courses and oversees integration into the upper-year courses. She previously designed an online team-based self- and peer-assessment system that was used in multiple Canadian universities.   Prof. Sheridan holds a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Leadership Education. She has previously worked on large plant-design teams in industry, and on algorithms to develop co-operative multi-agent systems in robotics.
Prof. Peter Weiss | Dean's Delegate for Academic IntegrityInstitute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) AI&AI - Artificial Intelligence and Academic Integrity Peter Eliot Weiss is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Emeritus. Prior to retirement, he taught in the Engineering Communication Program for over twenty years and was involved in the pilots of both Engineering Strategies and Practice and Praxis I and II in Engineering Science. He is co-author, with Rob Irish, of Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice and also, with Susan McCahan et al, Designing Engineers: An Introductory Text. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Engineering Positive Space.
Prof. Philip Asare | Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamDivision of Engineering Science (EngSci), Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP), The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Global Classrooms: A pinch of global goes a long way   Philip Asare is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Engineering Science (EngSci) and the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP), and also holds a courtesy appointment in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, all in the Faculty of Applied Science of Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is also currently the Dean's Advisor on Black Inclusivity at UofT Engineering.    Philip's approach to engineering and engineering education focuses on viewing engineering as a human activity, and the implication of this perspective for engineering education and practice. A significant theme of Philip’s teaching and projects focuses on how we educate engineers to operate in the complex socio-technical world, particularly how we create an engineering community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable and the related benefits for society of such an engineering community.   Originally from Ghana, Philip relishes opportunities to bring his background and culture into his work. Meet Prof. Asare via the EdTech Workshop 2021 FASETime video This isn't Prof. Asare's first time at the EdTech Workshop! You can learn more about him or watch his presentation "Pandemic or not, virtual has value" from 2021.
Prof. Pierre Sullivan | ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) Adapting to Change: Integrating Lessons Learned and Tools Developed During and Before the COVID-19 Pandemic into In-Person Teaching   About: Prof Pierre Sullivan obtained his BSME (1988) and MSME (1991) from Clarkson University and his PhD (1995) from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada. His research interests span aerodynamic control, turbulence, flow phenomena, energy conservation focused on hot water distribution and high-temperature pressure sensing. He is the author of over 200 papers and part of a recent drop-sizing start-up. He is an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and Advances in Aerospace. He currently is the coordinator the first-year class, MIE100 Dynamics, with an enrollment of 600+ students. He has developed online teaching approaches to assist these students in mastery of the material. Meet Prof. Sullivan FASE to Face! Related Projects: Overview of Engineering Mechanics/Dynamics  
Prof. Susan McCahan | Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate EducationDepartment of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) KEYNOTE: An Institutional Perspective on Generative AI in Teaching and Learning   Prof. McCahan is currently the Vice Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost, Academic Programs at the University of Toronto.  This includes strategic leadership on IT systems and data systems that support academic processes and teaching; and leadership on key pedagogical initiatives such as experiential learning. Her office also oversees governance and quality assurance for the University’s many programs.  Her current research projects include analysis of technology use in Active Learning Classrooms and an investigation of the impact of emerging AI technology on engineering curricula. Previous EdTech Workshop Presentations: KEYNOTE: Keep, Toss, or Re-purpose? What are the post-COVID trends that will shape higher education?
Prof. Ted Nolan | Assistant ProfessorInstitute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) Strategies for online and hybrid team project success   Ted is poet, writer, educator and applied linguist. He is currently working on a PhD Dissertation at York University, on the role of multimodality in student team decision making. He teaches Engineering Communication in Engineering Strategies and Practices at U of T, a first-year Engineering Design and Communication course. 
Prof. Kamran Esmaeili | Associate ProfessorDepartment of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) Developing an Online Master of Engineering Program in Mining Industry Management- Lessons Learned Prof. Esmaeili is the director of Mine Modeling and Analytics research laboratory at the University of Toronto and currently holds Robert Smith Chair in Geomechanical Mine Design and Analysis. He has more than 20 years of industrial work experience and academic research. He is interested in online and distance learning and currently developing an online Master of Engineering program in Mining Industry Management.
Sebastian Goodfellow | Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering A Data Driven Framework To Improve Feedback For Educators   Passionate about building and delivering high-quality educational products for engineering students at the University of Toronto.