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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 26, 2017
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Jeanette McDonald

Jeanette McDonald

Manager: Faculty Programming

Contact Information
Email: jmcdonald@wlu.ca
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.3211
Fax: 519.884.6063
Office Location: 202 Regina Street North, R297
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Academic Background
EdD (Higher Education), OISE/University of Toronto 
MSc (Rural Extension Studies), University of Guelph 
BASc (Child Studies), University of Guelph
Biography

As Manager of Faculty Programming, Jeanette provides programming and support to faculty, teaching/instructional assistants, departments and program committees on matters related to teaching, student learning and assessment, and instructional/curriculum design. She also collaborates on joint educational initiatives and engages in collaborative research on educational development and instructional practices with colleagues internal and external to Laurier.

Facilitation and Teaching

Jeanette has taught and facilitated teaching and learning courses and educational development workshops/programs (credit, non-credit, professional) to graduate students and instructors in online, blended, and face-to-face settings. She also enjoys guest lecturing on a variety of topics and engaging with instructors on their teaching, learning, and scholarly practice.

Educational Development Philosophy and Approach to Practice (in brief)

As an educational developer, I play a role in advancing and supporting teaching, learning and educational development at an individual, institutional, and sector level (Fraser, Gosling, & Sorcinelli, 2010). I operate in various capacities (e.g., facilitator, consultant, relationship broker, advocate) and actively engage in my work from multiple orientations to practice (Land, 2004). No matter which strategy or approach I take, the ways I engage in my practice and with the community are influenced by the values, principles, perspectives and frameworks I subscribe to. An evidence-based, research informed, learning outcomes focus is the starting point for my work (principles of good practice). Social constructivism (see Vygotsky), constructive alignment (see Biggs & Tang, 2011), and an appreciative inquiry (see Cockell & McArthur-Blair, 2012) stance (perspectives, frameworks) influence and inform my approach, whereas the values of collaboration, community, and connectedness are core to being an educational developer. 


Contact Jeanette About:

  • customized programming and support (e.g., workshops, retreat facilitation, advising)
  • instructional/curriculum design at the course and program level
  • teaching, learning and assessment issues and topics
  • confidential one-on-one/group consultations and classroom observations
  • designing and teaching online, blended, and classroom courses
  • creating student feedback tools and facilitating student feedback
  • conducting educational research and scholarly teaching practice
  • preparing instructional development grant applications and teaching award nominations
  • connecting academic colleagues on shared areas of interest related to teaching
  • developing a teaching/professional portfolio

Additional Information


Awards

Select Publications and Papers

Kenny, N., Iqbal, I., McDonald, J.; Borin, P., Dawson, D., Chan, J., & Kustra, E. (accepted). Exploring the potential of educational developer portfolios. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development.

McDonald, J., Kenny, N., Kustra, E., Dawson, D., Iqbal, I., Borin, P., & Chan, J. (2016). Educational development guides No. 1: The educational developerís portfolio. Ottawa: Canada, Educational Developers Caucus. Retrieved from https://www.stlhe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ED-Guide-No1_The-Educational-Developers-Portfolio_Final.pdf

Stockley, D., McDonald, J., Hoessler, C. (2015). Nudges, pulls, and serendipity: Multiple pathways to educational development. Journal of Faculty Development, 29(3), 61-67. [EDC funded]

Heath, S., & McDonald, J. (2012). Creating community: One institutionís experience with communities of practice. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Volume 5. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Retrieved from http://celt.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/CELT/article/view/3436/2812

McDonald, J., & Borin, P. (2011/February). Developing and recognizing educational developers/development: Issues, questions, and considerations [Discussion paper]. A paper prepared for the Educational Developers Caucus, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

McDonald, J. (2010). The inquiry circle. In C. Black (Ed.) The dynamic classroom: Engaging students in higher education (pp. 69-80). Madison, WI: Atwood.

McDonald, J. (2010). Charting pathways into the field of educational development. In J. McDonald & D. Stockley (Eds.), New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 122. Pathways to the profession of educational development (pp. 37-45). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. [SSHRC and EDC funded]

McDonald, J., Siddall, G., Mandell, D., & Hughes, S. (2010). Two sides of the same coin: Student-faculty perspectives of the course syllabus. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Volume 3. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Retrieved from http://celt.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/CELT/article/view/3249/2626 [EDC funded]

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (Eds.). (2010). New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 122. Pathways to the profession of educational development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. [SSHRC and EDC funded]

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (2008). Pathways to the profession of educational development: An international perspective. International Journal for Academic Development, 13(3), 213-217. [SSHRC funded]

Select Presentations and Workshops 

McDonald, J., & Dawson, D. (2016). Building the foundation of a faculty developerís portfolio. A three-day, hands-on professional development workshop for Japanese faculty developers, Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan, September. [invited]

Dawson, D., Lapp, R., McDonald, J., Stockley, B. D., & Tsuchimochi, G. (2016). Implementing active learning. A roundtable discussion (recorded) for Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan, September.

Slapcoff, M., Stockley, D., Tovar, M., Fostaty-Young, S., & McDonald, J. (2016). Rethinking course design for instructors: Multiple perspectives and approaches. A workshop presented at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, London, Ontario, June.

McDonald, J., & Heath, S. (2015). Course Design Workshop. A two-day intensive program for faculty from Chengdu University, China[1]. Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, August.

Sharpe, B., Mancini, J., McDonald, J., Roth, G., & Desjardin, M., (2014). Building the community engagement (CE) option: Reflecting on a collaborative curriculum initiative between Laurier and Kitchenerís Working Centre. Panel presentation at the Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, May.

McDonald, J. (2013). Career commitment in educational development: When do you know? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Educational Developers Caucus, Waterloo, Ontario, February.

Arbach, M., & McDonald, J. (2011). Doing SoTL/SoED work in our development practices. Fact or fiction?! A presentation at the annual conference of the Educational Developers Caucus. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, February.

McDonald, J., & Heath, S. (2011). Leveraging the potential of communities of practices: Challenges, successes and lessons learned. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June.

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (2011). Getting started with instructional design: A hands-on approach. A four-day professional development workshop for faculty of the College of the North Atlantic (province-wide), Port Blandford, Newfoundland, March. [invited]

McDonald, J. (2010). The entitlement generation. Opening keynote presentation for the annual Spring Perspectives Conference, University of Western Ontario[2], London, Ontario, May. [invited]

McDonald, J., Stockley, D., Mighty, J., Taylor, L., & Dawson, D. (2008). Pathways to the profession of educational development: An international perspective. Opening keynote panel presentation at the annual conference of the Educational Developers Caucus, Richmond, British Columbia, February. [invited]

Weston, C., Tovar, M., Amundsen, C., Barrington, J., Holmes, T., Light, T., McDonald, J., Van Gyn, G., & Caws, C. (2007). The course design and teaching workshop: A Canadian educational development initiative. A full-day pre-conference workshop presented at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Edmonton, Alberta, June.



[1] Part of a four-week program for visiting faculty from Chengdu University, China

[2] Now Western University