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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Lesley Wilton


Lesley Wilton

phone: 416-978-0076
email: lesley.wilton@utoronto.ca  
email: lesley.wilton@utoronto.ca  

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning



Research Overview

Dr. Wilton's scholarship and research interests lie in the areas of online and blended learning, teaching with technology, TPACK, pre-service education, new literacies, social practices and, of growing importance, artificial intelligence in education (AIED). Most recently, there has been great interest in blended learning. I think this is particularly important to examine because of the abrupt switch to remote teaching at all levels in Ontario and around the world. I am an elementary teacher who has been teaching in the graduate program at OISE since 2012.

Lesley has been the Chair of the Biggar-Hedges Awards in the MT program at OISE since 2017. She was recently awarded Post Secondary Leader of the Year, at the 5th Canadian EdTech Awards, https://mindsharelearning.ca/canadian-edtech-leadership-summit-celebrates-national-award-winners-announces-the-launch-of-the-canadian-edtech-alliance/

Lesley regularly presents her research at AERA, LRA, and CSSE. She can be followed on Twitter @lesleywilton


Academic History

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto (2017). Dissertation title: The Three Rs of Online Learning: Interpretive Views of the Social Practices of Reading, Rereading and Revisiting.
B.Ed, M.Ed, OCT - P/J Division
Additional qualifications:
Teaching and Learning through e-Learning (2013)
Kindergarten (2011)
Special Education Part 1 (2009)


Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Mississauga, ON (1996)


Teaching Overview

At OISE, I teach or have taught the following courses:
- CTL1608H Constructive Learning and Design of Online Environments
- CTL1609H Ed. Applications of Computer Mediated Communications
- CTL1615H Intro to Artificial Intelligence in Education
- CTL1616H Blended Learning: Issues and Applications
- CTL7006H Educational Research 1 (Research Literacy)
- CTL7016H Integrating Technology into the Classroom
- CTL7014H Fundamentals
- CTL7085 Issues in Literacy
- LHA1194H Cyberliteracy, Workplace and Adult Education

Faculty Advisor since 2014
Adapted Practicum Advisor (2020)
Course Lead-CTL7016H Integrating Technology into the Classroom 2017/2018

I believe in the importance of theory-practice connections. Darling-Hammond and Hammerness (2005) reminder us that "teaching teachers is certainly among the most demanding kinds of professional preparation: teacher educators must constantly model practices; construct powerful learning experiences; thoughtfully support progress, understanding, and practice; carefully assess students' progress and understandings; and help link theory and practice (p. 441).


Representative Publications

Wilton, L., & Brett, C. (Eds.). (2020). Handbook of Research on Online Discussion-Based Teaching Methods. Hershey, Wilton, L. (2020). New literacies, social practices and active learning in e-discussions. Conference Proceedings of the 9th Annual Saltise Conference. Available at  https://www.saltise.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SALTISE_Proceedings_2020_v7.pdf

Wilton, L. (2019). Quiet Participation: Investigating non-posting activities in online learning. Online Learning Journal, 22(4). Available at https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1518/429

Wilton, L., & Brett, C. (2018). Beyond apps: Unpacking Perceptions of TPACK and Global Competencies in Pre-service Education. In Niess, M. L., Angeli, C. & Gillow-Wiles, H.  (Eds.), Handbook of Research on TPACK in the Digital Age. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.PA: IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3292-8

Paige, C., Holland-Spencer, M, Wilton, L. & Surtees, D. (April 2017). Chapter 7: Welcoming parents into children’s learning. In H. Lotherington & C. Paige (Eds.), Teaching young learners in a superdiverse world: Multimodal approaches and perspectives. Toronto: Routledge Research in Education.

Broad, K., James, U., Baxan, V., Stewart-Rose, L. & Wilton, L. (May 2014). Focusing the “Magic Eye”: Exploring Meaningful Contexts for Teacher Learning. In L. Thomas (Ed.), What is Canadian about Teacher Education in Canada? Multiple Perspectives on Canadian Teacher Education in the Twenty First Century, (pp. 32-61). Canadian Association for Teacher Education. Available at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwVGDOGBDzJdR1R2VGZvakZjUDQ/

Oztok, M., Wilton, L., Lee, K., Zingaro, D., MacKinnon, K., Makos, A., Phirangee, K., Brett, C., & Hewitt, J. (2014). Polysynchronous: dialogic construction of time in online learning. E-Learning and Digital Media, 11(2), 154-161. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/elea.2014.11.2.154

Makos, A., MacKinnon, K., Wilton, L., Hewitt, J., Brett, C., Dahtoo, M., & Birch, H.  (May 2014). Understanding the meaning and value of online metrics: How assessment analytics can be used to support and evaluate collaboration and community in online courses. University of Toronto, ON, Tspace. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/1807/74852

Wilton, L. (Oct 2013). Literacy, Community and Bitstrips. In ICT in Practice. Available at http://www.ictinpractice.com/2013/literacy-community-and-bitstrips-by-lesley-wilton/

Selected presentations

Wilton, L., Stodolak, M., & Brittain, P. (Dec. 9, 2020). AI is here. Have some fear? 5 assurances to allieviate and education you on the potential of artificial intelligence in K-12 education. The Learning & Training Conference, 2020, Education Session in the K-12 Stream.

Wilton, L. (December 2019). Towards an Understanding of New Literacies and Social Practices in Online Learning. Paper presented at Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) 69th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. Nov. 29-Dec.2.

Wilton, L., Brett, C., & Hewitt, J. (April 2019). Finding Balance: Pre-Service and non-Pre-Service Students' Online Course Participation Patterns. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wilton, L., & Brett, C. Why Reading and Rereading Matters. (October 2018), members of a panel discussion: The Conversation is Online: Characteristics of Successful Online Graduate Courses and the Pedagogy that Support the Conversation. Online Learning 2018, Toronto, Ontario.  Available at http://bit.ly/2AzHuI4

Wilton, L., Brett, C. & Hewitt, J. (April 2018). Examining Pre-Service and non-Pre-Service Students' Online Course Participation Patterns. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, New York, NY.

Wilton, L. (Dec. 2017). Contextualizing the 3Rs of online learning. Paper presented at Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) 67th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. Nov. 29-Dec.2.

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (Dec. 2016). Contextualizing online learning discussions: Instructor practices to support learners. Paper presented at Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) 66th Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. .

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (April 2016). Investigating Learner Perceptions and Entry Properties of Non-Posting Activity in Collaborative Online Courses. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, Washington, DC.

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (Dec. 2015). Literacy Practices in Online Learning Discussions. Paper presented at Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) 65th Annual Conference, Carlsbad, CA. 

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (April 2015). Broadening our conceptions of online engagement: adding to the conventional measures. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (Dec. 2014). Identifying Literacy Practices within Collaborative Online Learning Environment Discussions. Roundtable presentation at the Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) 64th Annual Conference, Marco Island, FL. .

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (May 2014). Exploring Literacy Practices in Online Collaborative Learning Environments. Paper presentation at The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (May 2014). Understanding the meaning and value of online metrics: How assessment analytics can be used to support and evaluate collaboration and community in online courses. Panel presentation at The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Wilton, L. & Brett, C. (May 2014). Online Discussion Practices and New Literacies Perspectives. Roundtable paper presentation at the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada (LLRC) Pre-Conference at The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Research Grants and Contracts

2020 CTL Sessional Faculty Research Grant (OISE, UofT), Finding Balance in Online Learning, $2000

2016-2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. $15,000

2015-2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. $15,000

2014-2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. $15,000

2014-2015 SSHRC, Doctoral Fellowship Award. Recommended/Waitlisted.

2013-2014 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. $15,000

2010 SSHRC, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's Award, $17,500


Professional Activities

Committee Chair, Biggar Hedges Awards, MT, OISE/UofT.(since 2017)
Organizer and Chair, Digital Day at OISE. October 25, 2019
Co-Chair Best Paper Award, Online Teaching and Learning SIG, AERA
Vice-Chair, CTL Council, (2020-2021)
Member, OISE Council. (September 2017-2021)

Member, Executive Committee, OISE Council (September 2017-2018, 2019-2020)