Our Mission

We investigate the efficacy of teaching and learning practices and make our findings public, particularly through non-traditional forms of dissemination.

With a multitude of teaching methods and techniques to choose from, identifying the one that would be most effective in a particular learning environment (e.g., face-to-face, blended, fully online) is difficult. Instructors (e.g., educators, facilitators, and trainers) don’t always have the time and resources to research which instructional practices would be most effective in their teaching/training context. On the flip side, learners don’t always know what study methods are most effective for their own learning. This is where our organization, Teaching and Learning Research (TLR) In Action, comes in to both conduct research on effective instructional and learning practices and to help unpack the results of this research to make it more accessible to the public.

We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization, and our mission is to support and promote effective, evidence-based pedagogical practices. To this aim, we investigate effective instructional and learning practices and we disseminate our findings through academic and popular public platforms. We believe that education should be universally accessible and inclusive, and that pedagogical practices should be founded on evidence.

Our Team

We believe in implementing pedagogies that effectively lead learners to better achieve their goals.

We come with diverse interests and areas of expertise, including philosophy, psychology, education, media and production. Collectively, our interests span cognitive learning strategies, e-learning, decolonizing the curriculum, student partnerships/co-creation of teaching and learning, student engagement, transformative learning, and experiential education. Adding to the wide range of perspectives that we bring to the table, the members of our team are also in different stages of their careers; whereas some members of our team are in the process of completing their studies, others have completed their PhDs and have over a decade of experience teaching or supporting faculty in higher education. What brings us all together is our mission – investigating the efficacy of teaching practices and making our findings public, particularly through non-traditional forms of dissemination.

Alice Kim, PhD

Managing Director, senior researcher

She teaches a variety of psychology courses, including cognition, biological psychology, research methods, and introduction to psychology. Alice’s research is focused on factors that impact students’ learning trajectories, including student engagement, experiential education, and application of cognitive learning principles in course design. Much of Alice’s research also explores student-faculty partnerships that foster the co-creation of learning and teaching. She is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Outside of higher education, Alice also partners with colleagues in industry on projects related to workplace learning.

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Linda Carozza, PhD

Senior Researcher

She has training in teaching in English as a second language and has developed and delivered a General Education course for students who identify as multilingual and express interest in honing English speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills. Her current SoTL research is primarily focused on cultural gaps in the university classroom as evidenced by reflective writing practices, e-learning, the relation between temperament and learning, and application of cognitive learning principles into course design.

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Bruno Di Pasqua

Creative Director of Media & Productions

His portfolio includes several projects that have been shown in international film festivals, televisions, and news. Bruno also has extensive experience working with course instructors to create educational videos and visual material to engage and captivate students in course content. His primary interests are focused on creating productions that help students excel in their programs of study.

Chia-lin Chang (Lance), PhD

Senior Researcher

He teaches a variety of English language and applied linguistic courses, including college English, academic communication, writing, ESL, Occupational Specific Language Training (OSLT), English instructor training & co-op (TESL), language development, and language assessment and testing. Chia-lin’s research interests focus on exploring/examining the dynamics between ESL learners’ writing achievement and self-regulatory behaviors, for the purpose of offering in-depth insights in learning processes for pedagogical innovations and reform. Chia-lin is also experienced in TESL co-op program coordination and funding application, and partners with colleagues in professional training on ESL curriculum design and delivery.

Jennifer Lasenby-Lessard, PhD

Senior Researcher​

Jennifer is passionate about community engagement and works to develop partnerships between community organizations and her research initiatives. She teaches courses in educational psychology at the University of Guelph, and mental health and trauma in early childhood at Guelph-Humber.  Jennifer also supervises students enrolled in independent study/externship psychology courses that focus on research and experiential learning.  Her research interests include critical thinking, student engagement, student mentorship/partnership, experiential learning, and accessibility in education.  Jennifer also works with a private psychology practice where she conducts psychological assessments with children and adolescents, and provides consultation for parents of children with exceptionalities. 

Jonathan Osborn, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher​

His research interests include inclusivity and efficacy of the teaching and learning of dance. Jonathan is a graduate of the Toronto Dance Theatre’s professional training program, and he also studied at the Merce Cunningham Studio and Jacob’s Pillow and performed for Canadian artists including Dancetheatre David Earle and Bill James. He holds a Ph.D. in Dance Studies from York University where he also serves as adjunct faculty.

Emily Tolomei

Community Outreach Coordinator & Junior Researcher

With a background in psychology, her current research is focused on issues related to the student experience, and first-generation students.

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Justeena Zaki-Azat

Researcher

There she completed advanced teaching training programs and mentored graduate students and instructors with respect to improving their teaching techniques. Additionally, Justeena pioneered the flipped classroom setup in the Psychology Department at York University, where she teaches undergraduate statistics and is a Ph.D. candidate.

Azem Cetiner

Developer and Media Producer

He has a passion for learning and software engineering and hopes to apply his strengths to help others learn and improve the way people interact with each other and the world through technology.

Meagan Veneracion

Digital Media Coordinator

Upon graduation, she completed the Illustration for Motion course from School of Motion, advancing her skills in design and illustration. Meagan is working towards using her background in film and design in projects with emphasis on social injustice.

Alesha Sterling

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

She is passionate about investigating the roadblocks that POC face when studying abroad and the effects that have on individuals’ identities.

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Siddiq Khan

Junior Data Analyst

Using big data analytics, his goal is to apply his strengths to implement uses of technology to expand human perception and cognitive ability.

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Cassandra Stevenson

Junior Researcher

Her research to date includes work on student-faculty partnerships and the co-creation of teaching and learning. With a background in psychology, she is continuing her studies through her graduate work in school and clinical child psychology.

Alecia Carolli

Junior Researcher

Her research to date has been focused on students’ experiences in higher education, and she is continuing her studies through her graduate work in social and personality psychology.

 

Christopher Schiafone

Junior Researcher

With a background in Psychology and Social Service work and his lived experiences as an individual with visual impairment, Christopher has contributed to research projects on inclusive design and has spoken on this topic at a number of conventions.

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Laura Farrugia

Junior Researcher

Her research to date is focused on supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning, and student-faculty partnerships and the co-creation of teaching and learning. With a background in psychology, Laura is working towards helping to improve clinical and educational practices and plans to pursue an advance degree in clinical psychology.

Laura Elkind

Junior Researcher

Her goal is to help spread awareness and resources to students, educators, and employers about these issues. Her current research is focused on mindfulness, personal well-being, and academic achievement.

Recent Presentations

Khan, S.A., Carolli, A., Park. L., Kim, A.S.N. (2021, Feb). Student Reflections on Emergency Remote Learning during COVID-19. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Connect 2021 Virtual Event.

Farrugia, L., Robinson, D., Kim, A.S.N. (2021, Feb). Partnership in an Interdisciplinary Capstone Classroom: how to balance student, partner, and professor needs and expectations to optimize. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Connect 2021 Virtual Event.

Stevenson, C.R., Park, L., Kim, A.S.N. (2021, Feb). Homework, in-class assignments, and midterm exams: Investigating the predictive utility of formative and summative assessments for academic success. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Connect 2021 Virtual Event.

Robinson, D., Carolli, A., Popovic, C., Kim, A.S.N. (2021, Feb). It takes a village: what works in an interdisciplinary, project-based capstone course? International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Connect 2021 Virtual Event.

Kim, A.S.N., Khan, S.A., Park. L. (2020, July-Aug). Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: Active learning keeps students engaged in distance learning. Canadian Psychological Association Virtual Series.

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