Pedagogy is not about training, it is about critically educating people to be self reflective, capable of critically addressing their relationship with others and with the larger world. Pedagogy in this sense provides not only important critical and intellectual competencies; it also enables people to intervene critically in the world.
Alison Mann has 24 years of teaching experience in both the K-12 panel and post-secondary education. Currently, Alison is a teaching faculty member at Ontario Tech University’s Bachelor of Education program. She teaches various courses, including Learning in Digital Contexts, Equity and Diversity, Foundations of Education, and Independent Inquiry and Internship.
Alison is completing her Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), focusing on collaborative media production in global online learning environments. Her research work looks at how restructuring pedagogical practices to promote intercultural communication and collaboration in increasingly diverse global online learning environments may improve student engagement and meaningful cross-cultural interactions.
Her disciplinary background in film production and media education has guided her other areas of research interests, including critical media literacy, instructional video production, and the use of video and audio tools to increase student presence in online contexts. Alison has been a guest at national and international conferences to speak about media education in Ontario and participatory film production with youth. Alison has also pursued her own film productions, most recently as co-producer in a series of documentary films on three influential feminist educators and thinkers. The first documentary has been completed: On Being Maxine Greene (2018).