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 and feasible in a particular learning environment (e.g., face-to-face, blended, fully online) is difficult. Educators (e.g., instructors, facilitators, and trainers) don’t always have the time and resources to empirically examine which teaching practices would be most effective in their teaching context. On the flip side, students don’t always know what study methods are most effective. This is where we come in to help unpack the results of relevant research and make them more accessible.

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. 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

Alice Kim

Founder, Managing Director

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. Outside of higher education, Alice also partners with colleagues in industry on projects related to workplace learning.

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Linda Carozza

Principal 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)

Principal 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.

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Justeena Zaki-Azat

Researcher

Her research experience has spanned topics of language and music cognition, memory, and personality. She also has a strong statistics background and is an academic and industry statistical consultant. Justeena honed her long-standing interest in post-secondary teaching and learning at the Teaching Commons at York University. There she completed advanced teaching training programs and mentored other graduate students and instructors with respect to improving their teaching techniques. Additionally, Justeena pioneered the flipped classroom setup in her department as she teaches undergraduate statistics at York. She is currently working on her dissertation concerning perfectionism personality and the experience of failure in the academic setting.

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Siddiq Khan

Community Outreach Coordinator, Junior Researcher

He is interested in researching how learning can be enhanced across the lifespan. He plans to continue his studies with graduate work in cognitive neuroscience. In his career, he wishes to investigate how technology can be used to expand human perception and cognitive ability.

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.

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Laura Farrugia​

Junior Researcher

With a passion for mental health advocacy, she is working towards pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. She has an interest in research that will provide insight into more effective teaching and learning practices, as well as clinical research that will improve future therapeutic disciplines.

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Cassandra Stevenson

Junior Researcher

She is eager to research and share effective teaching/learning practices to reduce student stress and improve course learning outcomes.

Alecia Carolli

Junior Researcher

She has  a strong passion for the educational and social aspects of psychology. In her career, she aspires to teach about topics that she loves within an educational setting.

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