“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most’’ (Williamson, 1992, p.190-191). Through backwards design, a constructivist approach, cognitive lesson planning, and portfolio evaluation, I encourage students to set high goals, achieve success, and shine.
I have twenty years experience in education at the postsecondary level in Canada and abroad in Nicaragua and Panama. Throughout my career, I have taught international students in pre-college entry ESL and College English programs, advised undergraduate and graduate students on academic skills, supported postdoctoral fellows in their grant research projects, and mentored faculty and teacher candidates through instructional design workshops. My niche is collaborating with faculty on innovative approaches to resolving curricular, instructional, and technology challenges.
Applying the approach of differentiated instruction, I infuse authentic assessment with journals, role plays, debates, written reports, oral presentations, labs, and studios. Consistent with inquiry-based instruction, I use virtual field trips, webquests, case-based learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, and simulation games and apps. In keeping with Taylor’s, technology as “tutor, tool, tutee” (1980), I use digital media with narrated slideshows, ebooks, podcasts, videos, and screencasts in addition to clip art in an array of print media like posters, flyers, postcards, and brochures.
Using the distance education model of any time, any place, any pace, I use two-way communication with email, telephone, chat, discussion forums, web conferencing, and video conferencing. To meet the millenials where they are, I use social media like blogging, virtual pinning, social bookmarking, ebook sharing, podcast sharing, and video sharing. Ultimately, I encourage collaboration through global community projects, online competitions, and virtual fairs.
In my current role, Professor, in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at Sheridan College, I support faculty with the design, development, and delivery of curriculum, instruction, and technology using a research-based approach to innovative theory, practices, and tools. My current projects include design-based research with an eportfolio rubric, a Survive and Thrive app, and an iBook called the Emerging Trends Collection.
As Williamson said, “... when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” (p.190-191).
Taylor, R.P. (1980). The computer in school: Tutor, tool, tutee. USA: Teachers College Press.
Williamson, M. (1992). Return to love. Reflections on the principles of a course in miracles. USA: Harper Collins.