Claire McCormack

Claire McCormack - Administrative Assistant

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Claire joined the Durham College team in 2016 as an adm​inistrative assistant in the Office of the Vice President, Academic. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has an extensive background in management, logistics and customer service. As a member of the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment team, Claire looks forward to helping faculty and C.A.F.E. colleagues ensure the student experience comes first.

Michelle Cole

Michelle Cole - Manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance

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Michelle has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since 2006 and she began her position as manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance in 2012. As a team member in The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment her areas of responsibility include new program development and college quality assurance including the upcoming College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP).

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Education with a Community Colleges concentration from Central Michigan University. She was the recipient of the 2011 CMU/OCASA Outstanding Research Award for her capstone research.

Emma Thacker

Emma Thacker - Manager, Program Review and Renewal

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Emma has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since 2016. As a team member in The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment her areas of responsibility include oversight and support of the annual and comprehensive program review process, curriculum and program change and support of Durham's quality assurance processes.

Emma has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Literacy from the University of Sheffield (UK). She has also completed a graduate certificate in Publishing from Centennial College. Emma has many years of experience with communications, program development, academic policy and program review.

Anna Rodrigues, Educational Developer

Anna Augusto Rodrigues - Educational Developer

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For the past ten years Anna Augusto Rodrigues has taught in two different programs at Durham College: Journalism and Broadcast for Contemporary Media. Before becoming an educator Anna worked in television news and as a freelance writer. She completed a Master of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2013 and she is currently completing a PhD in Education at York University. Conducting educational research is a passion for Anna and during her secondment at C.A.F.E she will be working on projects that include exploring the indigenization of curricula and running a field course in an international setting. Her research interests include adult learning and literacy, digital technology in education and inclusive educational practices.

Sandy Odrowski, Curriculum Specialist

Sandy Odrowski Educational Developer

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Sandy Odrowski, our Teaching and Learning Specialist, brings a wealth of experience in not only her teaching and coordinating roles in the dental programs but also from her five year role as a Curriculum Specialist at the centre. Sandy started at the college in 1999 as a professor and eventually became a coordinator in the Dental Programs. She joined the centre in 2009 and has been an integral part of many college and provincial initiatives. She has a passion for inclusive teaching which has resulted in her spearheading the introduction of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at the college. Her own educational journey has taken her through many levels and systems within Canada at both college and university levels. She possess a college certificate in Dental Assisting and an advanced diploma in Dental Hygiene, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Brock University and a Master of Education from UOIT. This integrative educational experience is foundational to her belief and values; everybody deserves to learn.

Jacqueline Towell, Curriculum Specialist

Jacqueline Towell - Curriculum Specialist

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Jacqueline Towell, Curriculum Specialist, started her teaching career in 2001 joining Durham College in 2007 in the Practical Nursing and Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Prior to teaching, Jacqueline was a Public Health Nurse where she developed expertise in health promotion education, policy development, community development, advocacy, and health promotion research. Jacqueline joined the CAFE in 2011, bringing her expertise and passion for student success, universal design for learning, and quality curriculum to her role as Curriculum Specialist. Jacqueline works with faculty, deans, and program teams during course outline coaching meetings, workshops, College Teaching Certificate program courses, and at the Aligning and Building Curriculum Institute. Jacqueline is a key person to meet with when undergoing mapping during Comprehensive and Annual Program Review, writing learning outcomes, or new program development. Also, be sure to connect and collaborate with Jacqueline if you share her interests in international curriculum development, essential employability skills, or program evaluation.

Shannon Webb, Curriculum Specialist

Shannon Webb - Curriculum Specialist

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Shannon brings a diverse background of English literature, marketing, media, event management and education to her role as a Curriculum Specialist at the C.A.F.E.. She is a life-long student and brings enthusiasm into her role, excited for the challenge and opportunity to learn new skills. Shannon has an undergraduate from Trent University and is currently working on her M.A. thesis in Digital Education at UOIT, with plans to continue onto a PhD in the near future. In her role she is covering the annual program mapping along with other curriculum duties. Shannon also teaches in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and School of Health + Community Services part time.

Erin Banit, Multimedia Developer

Erin Banit - Multimedia Specialist

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Erin has a background in multimedia design and has worked at Durham College since 2003. She works with faculty to create multimedia resources such as learning objects, videos, animations, interactive activities and websites. If faculty have a subject or concept that students struggle with in their course, or if they would like to make their course more engaging, Erin will work with them to find a creative multimedia solution.

Brett Clayton, Learning Technologies Specialist

Brett Clayton - Learning Technologies Specialist

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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.

Brandon Carson, Learning Technologist

Brandon Carson - Learning Technologist

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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 Technology 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.

David Swerdfeger eLearning Content Developer

David Swerdfeger - eLearning Content Developer

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David has a diverse background covering English literature, computer science, business administration and education. His primary responsibilities in the C.A.F.E. include updating the department's websites and maintaining all of the C.A.F.E.'s online services and applications. David also acts as a consultant and developer on web-based teaching and learning projects and is available to support Durham College faculty with anything related to technology or the college's learning management system.