The following was created as an introduction to TRU-OL's EDDL 513 course.
Born: Toronto, ON
Residence: London, ON
Teacher: Secondary, 8 years
Subjects: Drama, History, English, Social Studies, Technology
Educational Interests: Assessment and Evaluation, Online Teaching and Learning.
Countries Taught In: Canada, New Zealand, Poland and Thailand.
Favourite Colour: Blue
Originally from Toronto, we moved to London in 2008, where my wife began her Masters of Education full time at the University of Western Ontario.
Declining roll numbers and changes in the school boards has had a horrible effect on the teaching market in Southwestern Ontario, which has prevented me from returning to the classroom. We currently work as researchers for the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Education, and as educational consultants for the National Post’s Newspapers in Education Department, supplying secondary and tertiary teachers with digital resources to assist teaching and learning.
Downtown London, Ontario.
In my last full time teaching position, I supervised trainee teachers on placement, many of whom completed their teaching qualifications via distributed learning models. Those experiences shaped my interest in teacher education and online teaching and learning.
When I discovered that TRU-OL was offering a new program, the Grad. Cert. in Online Teaching and Learning, I enrolled and to date have completed EDDL 510 and EDDL 511 towards the certificate.
My expectations for this course would include identifying and experimenting with multimedia tools and creating practice examples for my teaching portfolio.
Once I complete the Graduate Certificate, I would like to return to the classroom for a couple of years, before pursuing my Masters in Education with a focus on teacher education and distributed learning.
I am an easy going and approachable individual and hope all of us can create a learning community in this course to assist and support each other week in and week out.
Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to meeting and working with each of you.