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Alison Mann, Ph.D. 

Location: Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

e-mail: alison.mann@ontariotechu.ca

DEGREES AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

PhD. in Education, University of Toronto, OISE -2022                                     

Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning 

 

Master of Arts, University of Toronto, OISE -2014                                          

Collaborative Specialisation:

Knowledge Media Design Institute (U of T Faculty of Information)

 

Bachelor of Education, York University -1998                                                

Junior-Intermediate Qualifications 

 

Honours Bachelor of Arts University of Waterloo -1995                                

Fine Arts Studio Major

Curriculum Vitae

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Assistant Teaching Professor Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts Programs

Ontario Tech University (2022- present) 

Course coordinator for Foundations I 

  • Responsible for weekly lecture videos, curriculum delivery, and supporting Foundations section instructors

Instructor for Bachelor of Education Program courses, including Foundations I, II, III course sections, Equity and

Diversity, Learning in Digital Contexts, Action Research and Reflective Practice, and Independent Inquiry and Internship. 

  • Responsible for course preparation and planning, delivery and collaboration with course colleagues

Instructor for Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) courses, including Adult Assessment in Education and Graphic Design and Digital Technology

  • Updated course content where required, developed and delivered course content to incorporate EDI initiatives

Service work in this role includes B.Ed. Hiring Committee, B.Ed. syllabus reviewer, B.A. program EDI consulting, Awards Committee (2022), Review Committee, and Annual EDI Conference Committee (2021/2022)

Limited Term Faculty Member and Sessional Instructor & University Liaison   Bachelor of Education

Ontario Tech University (2018-2020)

Instructor for Bachelor of Education Foundations III 

  • Responsible for delivering course content, conducting on-site school visits, and providing professional guidance

ABQ instructor for Social Sciences and Humanities course

  • Developed innovative AQ courses in a fully online context

 

Co-instructor, Graduate Program University of Toronto (2017-2018)

Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE

Co-instructor for graduate-level teacher education courses:  Foundations in Curriculum and Autobiographical Contexts in Education

  • Delivered  media education and production component of the course with a focus on video advocacy for social justice issues 

  • Responsible for leading workshops in podcasting and video production work and lecturing on ethical conduct and copyright issues in online media production

  • Maintained course learning management system (Schoology, Canvas)

 

Teaching Assistant Media Studies Program (undergraduate)

University of Toronto (2012-2013)

  • Assisted with lectures, graded written assignments and exams, communicated with students regarding lecture themes and assignments, invigilated exams, and collaborated with the lecturer to assist with course delivery

 

Online Instructor Pamoja Global Education 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Film Studies course Instructor (2013-2019)

  • Responsible for the online instruction of a two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Film Studies course with international students

  • Taught students through an engaging, collaborative online learning environment experience using a variety of best practices and online tools including threaded discussions, blogging, collaborative video conferencing,  and flipped classroom strategies using Canvas (Instructure) and D2L (Desire to Learn) platforms

 

Intermediate and Secondary School Teacher Toronto District School Board (2001-2012)

  • Intermediate level teacher for specialized CYBERarts Program. Taught core subjects and arts-based lessons for CyberARTS, an enhanced multimedia program for visual arts students at the intermediate level.  

Secondary School Teacher

  • Successfully delivered Intermediate/Senior level courses, including Career Studies, Canadian History, Civics, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Film and Video, English Media Studies, and Business Studies

  • Taught IB Senior-level courses and served as IB Creativity, Action, and Service school coordinator

  • Routinely incorporated emerging technologies into classroom activities, including podcasting, blogging and videoconferencing

  • Designed and delivered an Interdisciplinary Studies course on Documentary Film Studies 

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

 

International Team Lead/Examiner  (2013-present)

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 

  • Online examiner and team leader for IB assessments, including independent study, oral presentation and portfolio work (film)

  • As the team lead, responsible for online training and support for international examiners

  • Collaborated in the  standardization and moderation process for  international assessments

 

Assistant Curriculum Leader for the Arts/IB Teacher                                        2007-2012

Parkdale Collegiate Institute, TDSB 

  • As IB Arts leader, responsible for school programming and IB curriculum delivery

  • Appointed school co-chair of Equity Committee

  • Partnered with community-based interest groups such as Roma Community Centre, Parkdale Village BIA to create meaningful connections to school curriculum

  • Engaged students in social justice and equity issues during media and film classes through the creation of award-winning videos on anti-racism (Government of Canada) as well as two documentaries on Roma youth in Toronto

  • Collaborator and lead teacher for Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) partnership to build an online portal for youth media

  • School lead for REEL Canada Film Festival and Annual Mosaic Arts Festival

 

Curriculum Leader and Media/Film Teacher ( 2004-2007)

Ursula Franklin Academy, TDSB 

  • Department Head for School-Wide Initiatives responsible for the collaborative development of school-wide policies and procedures, including a school trip policy, assessment and evaluation policy, and an academic eligibility policy

  • Promoted and supported Media Literacy and the use of multimedia tools across the curriculum through professional development workshops for staff and involvement in a major partnership with the University of Toronto’s Adaptive Technology Resource Centre 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

Research Assistant (2017-2022)

St. Francis Xavier University 

  • Video editor for international educational scholar interview series (ongoing project spanning 20 years)

  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of a website dedicated to global educational scholars

  • Provided online/in-person support for video archiving

 

Digital Research Lab Assistant (2013-2018)

Pepper Project

University of Toronto

  • Collaborated with a team of 15-20 researchers on the development of Pepper, a learning management system unique to the University of Toronto (OISE)

  • Presented lab work at international/national conferences with colleagues

 

Graduate Assistant/Video Producer (2014-2020)

University of Toronto, OISE 

  • Responsible for the research and production of a widely-screened documentary about educational scholar Maxine Greene 

  • Handled background archival research, recorded interviews, videotaped B roll, and all aspects of editing/ sound editing 

HONOURS, GRANTS & AWARDS

Learning Reimagined Award  2023                                                                        

Celebrate Teaching Awards Ontario Tech University

 

Grant Contributor 2022                                                                                          

Ontario Tech U e-Campus Grant  Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Assessment

 

Grant Contributor 2022                                                                                          

University of Toronto e-Campus Grant Designing Meaningful Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussion in Online Course: Integrating Alternative Forms of Communication in Online Discussions 

 

Award Recipient 2022                                                                                              

Minister of Colleges and Universities Award of Excellence, Ministry of Colleges & Universities

 

Honourable Mention ($1,000) 2019                                                                        

 SSHRC 2019 Storyteller Contest

 

Conference Grant Recipient ($400, $600)  2016, 2019                                                     

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) University of Toronto

 

Annual Educator Spotlight 2019                                                                               

Educator Spotlight, Pamoja Education

 

​Foundation Scholarship Recipient ($550 US)  2019                                                 

Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-learn Conference

 

Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship Funding Package Recipient ($50,406) 2014-2018                  

University of Toronto, 

 

Recipient of Excellent in Teaching Award ($1,000)  2011                                         

Excellence in Teaching Award: Secondary Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Spring

 

Winner of Canada’s Most Inspiring Teacher contest ($5,000)  2011                       

Education First Tours

 

Recipient of National Technology Innovation Award ($1000)  2006                       

The Learning Partnership, Canada

 

Recipient of Anne Hope Social Justice Award  2006                                              

Toronto District School Board​

 

CERTIFICATION

 

  • Teaching in Higher Education training course, University of Toronto  2018    

  • Pamoja Online Education Teacher Training & Orientation Certification 2013          

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) training for CAS Coordinator 2011                          

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) training for Film Studies  2010                                  

  • Media Specialist Qualifications, York University  2005                                                  

  • Senior Basic Visual Arts Additional Qualification University of Toronto  2002            

  • Bilingual Certificate 1991                                                                                              

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