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About Me

What I do

Teaching Technology Specialist
Information & Instructional Technology (IIT)
Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto.

I am responsible for understanding pedogogical and technical needs and recommending relevant solutions to fit these needs for A/V solutions for the departments within Arts and Science. I further support by providing first responder triage for technical and teaching issues to assist the departments with relevant and timely solutions.

Past Positions:

DCS Innovation Lab Manager.

For the DCSIL (Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab - , I am responsible for assessing needs and deploying solutions to ensure the Innovation Center is running effectively and efficiently. I further support the DCSIL by providing triage and implementing solutions for technical and teaching issues.

DCS Instructor Support Specialist.

For the Department of Computer Science Instructors, I am responsible for understanding pedogogical needs and recommending relevant solutions to fit these needs. I further support by providing first responder triage for technical and teaching issues to assist the teaching support team with relevant and timely solutions.

My philosophical outlook and approach

I am passionate about people and ideas. I err on the side of optimism with the belief that all of us can be better by viewing the incredible beauty around us and striving towards hope, despite the challenges and disappointment life may bring. My scope of interests are eclectic though my chosen philosophies I believe are clear and consistent. My path through life is a reflection of my varied tastes as I have chosen such diverse enterprises as driving a school bus, sound engineering and design, studying philosophy and theology, composing music, working within the theatre industry, working with computers as a computer systems administrator and starting up various entrepreneurial ventures. I enjoy good conversation, nice wine and single malt scotch, good friends and great food. I enjoy cooking to relax, though I rarely ever use a recipe except for inspiration. I strive for clarity in life and in business and truly enjoy meeting authentic people. I believe the greatest gift that one person can give another is to love and inspire them. My hope is that I strive towards this goal daily, which I believe, on occasion I may succeed.

Articles I have written or find inspiring

An overview of the key research surrounding Active Learning and Teaching - my thoughts on what the research indicates in regards to active learning and teaching.

The core challenge of our present teaching environment and the tools we build - my first thoughts on active teaching and the need to change the way we think and build our teaching environment to support learning.

What every online learning system lives or dies on.- the key elements education technology requires to succeed

Don't let your thinking get in the way of doing - thoughts on realizing and accepting the limits of our knowledge and control leading to the understanding that only by doing do we truly discover.

Fighting habituation for success - thoughts on Tony Fadell's TED talk "The first secret of design is ... noticing" and how it can be applied to our relationships.

Quick Links

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

                                                                                                                              ― William Arthur Ward  

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

                                                                                                                                                            ― Albert Einstein