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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Clare Brett

Clare Brett
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-0132

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
Institute for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology
Master of Teaching Programme

Academic History

Ph.D. University of Toronto, Educational Theory, 2002.
Dissertation title: Investigating Online Engagement and Community among Preservice Mathematics Teachers

M.A. University of Toronto, Educational Theory with a focus in Applied Cognitive Science, 1983.
Thesis title: An Investigation of Expert Diagnosis of Problems in Composition

B.A. Hons. York University, Toronto, Ontario, Psychology, 1980.
Thesis title: Facilitating Children's Diagnostic Skills in Writing

Teaching Overview

Dr. Brett is the incoming Chair of CTL, starting July 1, 2016. She has taught course in all three graduate programs in CTL; offering online courses in Constructive Learning and the Design of Online Learning Environments (CTL1608) and Educational Applications of Computer Mediated Communication (CTL1609) Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD) program; Examining the Role of Technology in Language and Literacies Education (CTL3799) in the Language and Literacies Education Program (LLE) and Integrating Technology into the Classroom: Issues and Activities (CTL7016), in the Master of Teaching program.

Representative Publications


Brett, C. (2015). Book Review of Online Learning and Community Cohesion: Linking Schools. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology/La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie, 41(2).

Lee, K., & Brett, C. (2015). Dialogic understanding of teachers’ online transformative learning: A qualitative case study of teacher discussions in a graduate-level online course. Teaching and Teacher Education, 46, 72-83.

Oztok, M., Zingaro, D., Makos, A., Brett, C., & Hewitt, J. (2015). Capitalizing on social presence: The relationship between social capital and social presence. The Internet and Higher Education, 26, 19-24.

Oztok, M., Wilton, L., Lee, K., Zingaro, D., MacKinnon, K., Makos, A., Phirangee, K., Harwood, C., Brett, C., Hewitt, J. (2014). Polysynchronous: Dialogic construction of time in online learning. E-Learning and Digital Media, 11(2), 157-164.

Zingaro, D., Oztok, M., Brett, C. & Hewitt, J.  (2013). Exploring Asynchronous and Synchronous Tool Use in Online Courses, Computers & Education 60 (1), 87–94.

Freeman, W. & Brett, C. (2012). Prompting authentic blogging practice in an online graduate course. Computers & Education, 59, 1032-1041.

Oztok, M. & Brett, C. (2011). Social presence and online learning: A review of the research. The Journal of Distance Education, 25(3), 1-10.

Brett, C. (2009). Educational Perspectives on digital communications technologies. Journal of E-Learning 6(3), 281-291. 




Research Grants and Contracts

SSHRC Insight Grant
Title: What does interaction really contribute to the online learning experience?
PIs: Clare Brett & Jim Hewitt
$ 274,938

SSHRC SIG grant.
Title: Integrating critical theoretic frames with pedagogical perspectives in online education: Theoretical and empirical considerations of issues of power and equity
PI: Clare Brett

2013-2014 SIG, small scale grant: Broadening the Discourses about Online Learning
P.I C. Brett. $4500

Honours and Awards

2007 Winner of the 2007 American Educational Research Association, TACTL SIG Award for the paper: Finding the Individual in Collaborative Online Learning Environments (Freeman, W. & Brett, C.)

2006 Outstanding Submission for the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology.

2006 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching

2003 CFI New Opportunities Fund Award.

Other Information

2016-present Chair, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, Toronto, Ontario.
2009- 2014 Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, Toronto, Ontario.
2007- present Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning,
OISE, Toronto, Ontario.
2002-2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning,
OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
2001-2002 Research Associate, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
1988-2001 Senior Research Officer, OISE, Toronto, Ontario.
1983-1987 Doctoral Fellowship, OISE, Toronto, Ontario.
1979-1983 Research Assistant. York University, Toronto, Ontario