I am passionate about helping people with a disability achieve independence and create a meaningful life for themselves. Assistive technology offers them new opportunities to enhance their quality of life. I strive to reach out and help in my own community, as a vision mate for the blind through the CNIB program for example. Professional events such as the Tools for Life or Ability Starts Here conferences are wonderful opportunities to meet inspiring individuals and because I am so fortunate in my life, I am committed to helping others live up to their potential.
I am also a Ph.D. in Educational Technology (master’s degree in Distance Education and graduate diploma in Multimedia Instructional Design). My research interests include efficient online teaching and learning practices, faculty development, learner-centred environments, blended learning, learning communities, networked-learning technology, assistive technology, open educational resources, social media, collaboration, the impact of globalization on universities and increased and open access in higher education.
A seasoned telecommuter, my background is in education as a teacher, lecturer, senior manager, instructional designer and academic advisor. I have presented at major international conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. I also contributed a chapter in a book edited by Zehra Akyol and Randy Garrison “Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research and Practice“.
For my doctoral research, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work in French and in English with inspiring faculty members from various North American universities. I truly enjoy networking and I am a strong proponent of learning communities (communities of practice, communities of inquiry…).
Interested in collaboration, interaction, constructivism in higher education? I’d love to hear from you!
I also have a website in French.
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