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Moreen Tapper - Dean

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Alexandra Chastven

Alexandra Chastven - Administrative Assistant

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Alexandra is new to Durham College, joining the C.A.F.E. team in May 2017. She has a diploma in Office Administration from George Brown College, and has worked in healthcare administration for 8 years. During this time, she was presented with the opportunity to work on several multidisciplinary project teams which allowed her to contribute to quality improvement and advancement of patient care practices within the Ontario Healthcare system. This sparked an interest which led Alex to expand her understanding of project management methodologies and best practices through a Graduate Certificate program in Project Management. Alex has experience with a multitude of computer systems and applications. She also has a passion for communications, innovation, advancement through technology, and continuous learning.

Amanda Stephens

Amanda Stephens - Administrative Assistant

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Amanda is currently a student in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Durham College. Prior to joining the C.A.F.E. she worked in the President's Office. Amanda spend three years teaching English as a second language in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Jacqueline Towell, Curriculum Specialist

Jacqueline Towell - Manager, Curriculum Development

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Jacqueline Towell has a diverse background in education, curriculum design, and faculty development. Since joining Durham College in 2007, Jacqueline has had various roles including teaching in the nursing program and working as a curriculum specialist. As the Manager of Curriculum Development, Jacqueline has expertise and passion for student success, universal design for learning, and quality curriculum. Jacqueline is a key person to meet with when undergoing curriculum review and mapping, writing learning outcomes, or new program development. Also, be sure to connect with Jacqueline if you share an interest in international curriculum development, essential employability skills, and research.

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.

Amanda Aschaber

Amanda Aschaber - Curriculum Developer

Amanda Aschaber is a curriculum developer at the C.A.F.E. Her background includes creating and developing degree programs, graduate certificates, and diplomas at a program level. She has also worked at a course level, with Ontario Learn and eCampus on various projects including mapping, and development. Amanda enjoys working with faculty by assisting them with course outline review, course assessment, student assessment and teaching methodologies. Amanda is currently completing her MEd in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design.

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.