Staff


CTL ACADEMIC


Jean Choi

Jean Choi, Ph. D.

Dean, Teaching, Learning & Program Quality • ext. 2595 /

As dean for the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Dr. Jean Choi is responsible for program development, review and renewal; academic quality assurance; teaching, learning, and eLearning.

Dr. Choi brings almost 20 years of post-secondary experience to Durham College (DC) as an academic and administrative leader in many post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Before joining DC, Dr. Choi worked at Seneca College in Toronto as dean, Academic Quality, in a capacity similar to her role in the CTL and as chair for Seneca’s Degree Council and, at the provincial level, the College Degree Operating Group. At George Brown College in Toronto, she was the chair of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Dr. Choi has also held faculty positions at Humber College, and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

Dr. Choi holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from York University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario.


Stacy Leaming-Conroy

Stacy Leaming-Conroy

Administrative Assistant • ext. 2593 /

Prior to joining the CTL, Stacy has been a member of the administrative assistant team at Durham College since 2006.

She has years of experience providing administrative support, to both students and faculty as well as various levels of management. As a member of the CTL team, Stacy provides support to the Teaching, Learning and Program Quality team who provide innovative learning technologies, program planning, development and renewal strategies to promote faculty and in turn, student success.

When Stacy is not at work, she and her husband enjoy watching their son play hockey or watching him zoom around the go-kart track at Mosport. She is especially fond of cuddling up with her bulldog Kora.


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Amanda Maknyik

Amanda Maknyik

Manager, Educational Development • ext. 2736 /

Prior to joining the CTL team at Durham College, Amanda was an educator in the post-secondary sector for over a decade as a program coordinator, academic advisor, professor and lab instructor, and has been deeply involved in program, course, curriculum and instructional development. Amanda brings a passion for faculty mentorship, guidance and collaboration, with a particular interest in assessment strategies, learner engagement and experiential teaching and learning. Amanda will be responsible for managing the teaching and learning portfolio at the CTL, including the new faculty orientation programs and the College Teaching Certificate.

Amanda was a recipient of the NISOD Award of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She has also been involved with the AAVSB in the development of the professional exam for Registered Veterinary Technicians in North America (VTNE), and was a long standing Director on the Board of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. Amanda holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, a Veterinary Technician diploma from Seneca, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto - OISE, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching & Learning from the University of Calgary.

In her off time, Amanda has a love for kickboxing, scuba diving, good food and petting dogs, and has an active family with her husband, 2 children and Rottweiler, London.


QUALITY ASSURANCE


Gail Thornton

Gail Thornton, Ph. D.

Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning & Program Quality • ext. 2019 /

As Associate Dean, Gail provides co-leadership and strategic direction to the CTL while overseeing academic quality assurance within program development, review and renewal, and curriculum development. Gail is committed to ensuring that program quality processes effectively support the college as well as internal and external quality assurance audits.


Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray

Administrative Assistant • ext. 2675 /

Andrea has been with Durham College as an Administrative Assistant in the CTL since 2017. She has proven years of success in both customer service and project management fields.

As a CTL team member, Andrea provides support to the Quality Assurance team with program development, program review and change, and all other Durham College quality assurance processes.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.


Briar Jamieson

Briar Jamieson

Manager, Academic Quality Assurance • ext. 2244 /

Briar Jamieson has project managed and delivered online learning programs for the past nine years. Combining her skills in human resources and public education, Briar built Manitoba's first e-learning program for newcomers learning ESL. She launched Canada's first online conference for ESL educators. Working alongside technology, multimedia and curriculum specialists, Briar enjoys bringing courses to development in both online and blended formats, and refining delivery through iterative feedback. Prior to joining Durham College, Briar ran an e-learning consultancy building client’s capacity to develop online strategies. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.


Anna Natoli

Anna Natoli

Manager, Program and Curriculum Development • ext. 2170 /

Anna has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since June 2017. She brings years of experience in teaching and learning in post-secondary education in addition to her most recent experience in the college sector supporting program development and program quality processes. As a team member of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, her area of responsibility is the suite of professional development and educational opportunities for faculty at Durham College.

Anna is a graduate of Durham College holding a diploma in Business Administration: Production and Operations Management and more recently a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults. Her pursuit of higher education led to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Master of Philosophy (Humanities) with a focus on the sociology of education and feminist and anti-racist pedagogy.


Daias Jose

Daias Jose

Data Analyst • ext. 6165 /

As the Data Analyst for the CTL since 2019, Daias provides analytics and data visualization support to Durham College's academic teams. In this role, Daias helps each team analyze their curriculum documents and course outlines to help them make critical data-driven business decisions.


ELEARNING


Tanya Catallo

Tanya Catallo

Manager, eLearning (interim) • ext. 2164 /

Tanya Catallo comes to DC with over 10 years of experience as a departmental chair and teacher at Villanova College. Tanya has deep experiences in professional development programs, collaborating with faculty as they integrate technology into their curriculum and instructional practices. She looks forward to meeting DC faculty via Teams, email and/or through PD sessions. Tanya’s email is tanya.catallo@durhamcollege.ca. Please feel free to reach out!


Jonelle Arendoque

Jonelle Arendoque

Multimedia Specialist • ext. 2725 /

As a Durham College alumna and graduate of the Multimedia Design program previously offered by the School of Communication Arts (currently the School of Media, Art and Design), Jonelle has worked for a variety of companies throughout her career, bringing years of multi-industry experience to the team. She has held various senior, lead, and management roles with companies in course development, online advertising, software development, fitness, retail, and education, winning several awards for her work along the way.

In 2016, Jonelle joined DC as a Multimedia Specialist in Corporate Training Services. Now, as part of the eLearning team in the CTL, she works with faculty and staff to create a variety of multimedia assets - including graphics, learning objects, simulations and video - used in courses, digital communications, workshops and for CTL events. Jonelle also manages all social media accounts for the department, including Twitter and LinkedIn, and works closely with DC's Communications and Marketing team to ensure all CTL assets align with Durham College's branding guide.


Erin Banit

Erin Banit

Multimedia Specialist • ext. 2715 /

Erin has a background in multimedia design and has worked at Durham College since 2003. As part of the eLearning team in the CTL, she develops a variety of eLearning resources, with has a focus on video. Erin also supports faculty to create their own multimedia resources and enjoys finding creative multimedia solutions to assist with student learning and engagement. She has experience working on a variety of project types, in varying roles such as coordinator, project lead, consultant and developer. Erin also brings an online and face-to-face teaching perspective to her role, through part-time teaching experience in two academic schools.


Brandon Carson

Brandon Carson

Learning Technologies Specialist • ext. 2040 /

Brandon has a background in education, website design and development, marketing, social media and accessibility. Since joining Durham College in 2008, Brandon has worked as a Web Specialist and Learning Technologies Specialist, taught part-time in three academic schools and has been involved with several committees and initiatives. His primary responsibilities are providing consultation, advice and support to faculty on the use of DC Connect and education technology.

Brandon holds a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Adult Education and Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a Web Developer Diploma from Durham College.


Visal Chea

Visal Chea

eLearning Developer • ext. 2776 /

Visal has a Bachelor in Software Engineering and has his Masters in Computer Science. He loves to learn new languages and technology. Visal has been working at Durham College for a few years, he started at the I.T service desk before coming into a dual role at both the CTL and Corporate Training Services. He was also a part-time instructor in our School of Business and I.T. He now shares his passion with Corporate Training Services and the CTL team working as a Developer/System Administrator for the Ontario Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) Testing project and a Learning Technologies Specialist to help support and bring classroom learning online in a fun and interactive way.


Brett Clayton

Brett Clayton

Learning Technologies Specialist • ext. 2301 /

Brett has a background in education, illustration, and design. As both a student and teacher in learning communities over the past decade he has, through experience and practice, developed a broad range of expertise with respect to technology in the classroom. His primary responsibility is providing consulting, advice, and support to faculty on the use of instructional technologies as part of the learning experience.


Tyler Perras

Tyler Perras

Multimedia Specialist • ext. 2746 /

As a member of the eLearning development team, Tyler acts as a resource for staff, faculty, and administration by developing multimedia assets and online resources, as well as supports the use of technology in teaching at DC. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design as well as a certificate in Website Creation and Design, both obtained through Durham College.

Tyler previously worked as part of the marketing department as a Graphic and Web Designer at an emerging market investment company. He helped to improve digital media strategy by updating / designing web pages, filming / editing video and animation, producing graphic content for web and print, creating and sending newsletters, and aiding in advancing social marketing objectives.

Tyler aims to design and develop original multimedia assets to support technological solutions to teaching challenges.

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Tanya Wakelin

Tanya Wakelin

Manager, eLearning • ext. 2164 /

Tanya has her Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education from Queens University, and Certificate in Effective Management and her Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM). Tanya taught in the classroom from a short while before deciding her passion was in eLearning and managing cross-functional collaborative projects. She spent seven years at a private eLearning company, where she had senior oversight of the development of educational courseware and regulatory and service quality initiatives. Her eLearning courses were developed and accredited by regulatory bodies such as Transport Canada and the U.S.C.G. During her tenure, she developed her career across various departments and projects, including Customer service, quality control, business development, regulatory management and the launch of numerous successful digital projects, such as the launch of a proprietary LMS/CRM. In August 2016, Tanya joined Durham College as eLearning Manager where she manages the development of online courses and learning objects for the college’s academic schools as well as faculty support for DC Connect and educational technology. If she’s not at work, she’s reading cheesy chick-lit and drink tea or hanging out with her husband, son and dog Winston (a 125 pound bullador!).