Williams Centre for Learning Advancement: Announcement

Professor Angela Paladino, Director, Williams Centre for Learning Advancement (WCLA), is pleased to announce the arrival of two new members to the WCLA team.

Dr. Camille Dickson-Deane

Dr. Camille Dickson-Deane joins the centre as an Instructional and Educational Designer from Montgomery County Community College (USA). She will assist FBE staff to transition their teaching from a face-to-face setting towards flipped and blended modes of teaching, among a number of other support areas.

Camille, a native of Trinidad and Tobago completed her PhD in Information Science and Learning Technology and focuses her research interests around the pedagogical usability of [online] learning environments. As a designer-researcher-evaluator, she has published a number of research articles and book chapters discussing research initiatives and the process of designing innovative instructional solutions.

She is an Organisation of American States and a Fulbright Scholar, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  Her design and development ability is fueled by her research drive to always think about the uniqueness of solutions and why they did or did not work.

Ms. Valerie Cotronei-Baird

Valerie joins the team as a Learning and Teaching Specialist from the Department of Management and Marketing (FBE). She will be primarily involved with the training of staff in the skill acquisition required to innovate teaching pedagogy and/or move towards blended modes of teaching.

She will also work with staff to continuously improve their teaching. Valerie has been a leader in the provision of learning and teaching advice and assistance beyond the classroom setting to lecturers, tutors and students. Valerie was instrumental in maintaining a consistently high quality of subject delivery due to the comprehensive tutor-training program she devised and delivered.

She has led the conversion of the subject Organisational Behaviour to a blended learning and teaching environment. Valerie is completing her PhD on employability skills in the business curriculum.

The Williams Centre is located on Level 6, 111 Barry Street, FBE Building.

Professor Angela Paladino and her team focus on recognising the rapidly changing needs of students and the pedagogical tools available. Their aim is to develop the readiness of staff in adapting to new styles of teaching.

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