educator

As an educator, I'm interested in lifelong learning, education and technology, and communities of practice.

I currently work at Concordia University as a Programs and Communications Coordinator in the Office of Community Engagement. As part of my responsibilities, I am responsible for the University of the Streets Café program which showcases series of public conversations in community centers and coffee shops around Montreal.

Prior to this, I was Coordinator of the Personal and Cultural Enrichment program (PACE) at the McGill School of Continuing Studies through which I worked with the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL), a peer-to-peer learning community of post-retirement individuals. I was recently lead facilitator and researcher for the Social Learning for Social Impact group MOOC offered on EdX and taught by Profs Henry Mintzberg, Leslie Breitner, Anita Nowak, and Carlos Rueda.  I contributed a brief lecture on social networks and communities of practice to the MOOC.

I teach the experiential learning course CPAC102: Topics in Volunteerism and Community Development, offered through the McGill School of Continuing Studies, in collaboration with the Social Equity and Diversity Education office (SEDE) at McGill. This course leads students to consider the approaches and practices of local community organizing. Participants are introduced to the significance, and critiques, of volunteerism and the impact perpetrated by various local, third sector groups. Material covered is grounded in concepts of social and economic community development and activism, linking practice with theories of change.

I'm an affiliate of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and I hold an MA in Educational Studies (Concordia University). My research project, Power Up! was a bike-powered exploration of the intersection of technology, community and self-reliance. Over the course of ten weeks starting in the fall 0f 2012, six of us met regularly at Foulab in Montreal to build a bike-powered generator and learn about electricity, conductivity and technology. I'm interested in technological literacy and communitites of practice and the theories of: John Dewey, Paulo Freire, bell hooks, Michael Apple and Ivan Illich. 

I have a BA from Bishop's University (Thomas More Institute). While at the Thomas More Institute, I trained as a course facilitator in Canadian Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan's inquisitive learning approach.

 

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