Studio for Teaching and Learning
William Kay, Educational Developer (Teaching and Instruction)
New to the Saint Mary's Community, Mr. Kay was Senior Instructor, Teaching and Learning Specialist, in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ). In this role, he designed and facilitated several faculty workshop programs, coordinated regular Distinguished Speaker Series events, and served as a lead organizer for UCQ’s annual teaching and learning conferences held in Doha, Qatar (2014-2016). Most recently, he co-edited and contributed to UCQ’s Special Issue for the Journal of Educational Thought (JET) published through the Werklund School of Education, The University of Calgary.
Mr. Kay has also been active in supporting scholarly faculty initiatives with a special focus on fostering best practices in collaborative research. Mr. Kay’s own research focus has been on building and sustaining professional learning communities in higher education. He has recently been involved in an interdisciplinary research initiative between nursing, medical, and simulation instructors in the area of family assessment. This simulation-based teaching and learning research initiative has been awarded a 2016 teaching and learning grant from the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (U of C) and includes faculty members from St. Francis Xavier University, University of Calgary in Qatar, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Mr. Kay is looking forward to sharing his experience in areas of teaching, learning and scholarship with our faculty at St. Mary’s University.
Mr. Kay’s global educational experience has also included several years in Japan where he assisted in the development of blended learning and international exchange programs for students at Sapporo Gakuin University and Hokkai Gakuin University. During this time, he was also involved in volunteer teaching and learning initiatives in Laos and the Philippines. Mr. Kay’s global educational experience is well suited for both Saint Mary’s international and domestic student body.
He holds an Honours BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary.
Jennifer Tupper, Educational Developer (eLearning)
As the Educational Developer/Project Manager for the e-Learning Centre at Saint Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning Jennifer supports faculty in developing effective curriculum design and teaching strategies across campus in face to face, blended and online learning environments for undergraduate and graduate level programs. She is passionate about evaluating and supporting the need for diverse levels of curriculum development for all platforms of learning. Jennifer collaborates with instructors in creating curriculum with learning activities that encourage continued engagement and purposeful learning. Jennifer began her employment with Saint Mary’s in the Division of Continuing Education over a decade ago as the Manager of Extension and Outreach Programs. She is excited to have returned to Saint Mary’s University to continue to provide leadership for all pedagogical aspects of course development and delivery for students, staff and faculty.
Prior to working with Saint Mary’s University Jennifer served as a National Training and Quality Manager for a private sector organization. Throughout her career, she has been afforded the opportunity to create and manage a variety of training and quality projects including New Hire CSR, Sales and Service, Effective Change Management Strategies, Excellence in Leadership and professional development programming for customer service associates, team managers and senior management. She has acted as a catalyst in developing organizational effectiveness programs and strategic business initiatives within the business sector and educational institutions for the past twenty years.
Jennifer is available to provide consultation for staff and faculty.
Johnny Shaw, Educational Developer
Studio for Teaching and Learning
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