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Alisa Acosta

Director of Education, Blockchain Research Institute

Research Interests: Computer-supported collaborative learning, learning analytics, active learning, science education, blockchain

Selected Publications: 

  • Acosta, A., & Slotta, J. D.  (2018). CKBiology: An active learning curriculum design for secondary biology. In R. Cassidy, E. S. Charles, & J. D. Slotta. (Eds.), Active learning: Theoretical perspectives, empirical studies and design profiles. Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Media. 
  • Acosta, A., & Slotta, J. D. (2018). Representations of progress in a learning community curriculum for grade 12 biology. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.), Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 1 (pp. 432-439). London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Acosta, A., & Slotta, J. D. (2018). Scripted idea improvement in a learning community curriculum for grade 12 biology. In Proceedings of the 2018 Knowledge Building Summer Institute (pp. 2-9). Toronto, ON: Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology.

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Andrea Chan

Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, University of Toronto

Research Interests: Engineering leadership 

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George Chiran

Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE

Research Interests: Expansive learning, teacher education, experiential learning, STEM education

Einat Gil

Head of Teaching Innovation at the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching, Levinsky College of Education

Research Interests: Statistics education (statistical reasoning), knowledge community and inquiry, computer-supported collaborative learning; simulations in teachers’ education, future learning spaces

Selected Publications: 

  • Eyal, L., & Gil, E. (2020). Design patterns for teaching in academic settings in future learning spaces. British Journal of Educational Technology, 51(4), 1061-1077.
  • Gil, E. (2019, June). Teaching and learning in future learning spaces: An exploration in a college of education. Paper presented at the 7th international Conference on Teacher Education: The story of innovation in teacher education. Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  • Kashtan, Y., Gil, E., & Mualem, R. (2019, August). Embodiment as a teaching practice in high school level physics. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2019 Conference, Aachen, Germany. 

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Albert Huynh

Engineering Leadership Education Specialist, Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering education, impact of affect on engineering problem analysis

Qin Liu

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering education research, student experiences and outcomes in postsecondary education

Martha Marandino

Faculty of Education - University of São Paulo, Brazil

Research Interests: Science education; informal science education; museum education; science communication

Selected Publications: 

  • Marandino, M., & Gouvêa, G. (2020). Science education research in science and technology museums in Brazil. In C. N. El-Hani, M. Pietrocola, E. F. Mortimer, & M. R. Otero (Eds.), Science education research in Latin America (pp. 523-553). Danvers, MA: Brill Sense.
  • Achiam, M., & Marandino, M. (2019). Intended and Realised Educational Messages of Dioramas–An International Comparison. In A. Scheersoi & S. D. Tunnicliffe (Eds.), Natural history dioramas–Traditional exhibits for current educational themes (pp. 131-145). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Marandino, M., Bueno, J., Achiam, M., & Laurini, C. (2019). Teaching and learning biodiversity with dioramas. In A. Scheersoi & S. D. Tunnicliffe (Eds.), Natural history dioramas–Traditional exhibits for current educational themes (pp. 185-200). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Lattes Plataforma

Faculdade de Educação da Universidade de São Paulo

Elham Marzi

Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) in Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Organizational behaviour, human resources

Joyce Nyhof-Young

Research Scientist, Dept of Family and Community Medicine, and the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, MD Program

Research Interests: Program development and evaluation in medical and health professions education

Selected Publications: 

  • Smith-Gorvie, T., Nyhof-Young, J., Ng, J., D’Urzo, T., & Katzman, D. (2020). Medical student perceptions of research training on patient care during clerkship. MedEdPublish, 9. doi:
  • Tullio-Pow S., Schaefer K., Nyhof-Young J., & Strickfaden M. (2020, March). Sleepwear for breast cancer survivors: Enacting inclusion through feminine identity and attachments. In P. Langdon, J. Lazar, A. Heylighen, & H. Dong (Eds.), Designing for inclusion: Inclusive design – Looking towards the future (pp. 23-34). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Andrew Petersen

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga

Research Interests: Computing education

Selected Publications: 

  • Craig, M., Petersen, A., & Campbell, J. (2019). Answering the correct question. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Global Computing Education (pp. 72-77). New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Denny, P., McDonald, F., Empson, R., Kelly, P., & Petersen, A. (2018). Empirical support for a causal relationship between gamification and learning outcomes. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-13). New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Luxton-Reilly, A., & Petersen, A. (2017). The compound nature of novice programming assessments. In Proceedings of the Nineteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (pp. 26-35). New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery.

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Cindy Rottmann

Associate Director of Research, Troost ILead, ISTEP, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering leadership, ethics and equity in engineering (in the past social justice teacher unionism)

Selected Publications: 

  • Rottmann, C., & Reeve, D. (2020). Equity as rebar: Bridging the micro/macro divide in engineering ethics education. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 20(1), 146-165.
  • Rottmann, C., Reeve, D., Kovalchuk, S., Klassen, M., Maljkovic, M., & Moore, E. (2019, June). Counting past two: Engineers’ leadership learning trajectories. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, FL.
  • Rottmann, C., Reeve, D., Sacks, R., & Klassen, M. (2016). An intersubjective analysis of engineering leadership across organizational locations: Implications for higher education. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(4), pp. 146-173.

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Chirag Variawa

Director, First-year Curriculum, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering education, industrial engineering

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