Staff directory

Jill Grose

Jill Grose, PhD

Director
905 688 5550 x4392
Thistle, TH137D
jgrose@brocku.ca

Jill joined the CPI (then the Instructional Development Office) in 1998 and considers herself fortunate to have been able to grow such a dynamic and supportive team at CPI. Serving as the Centre’s Director, Jill is happiest when contributing to meaningful conversations about quality teaching, engaged student learning, and ways to remove systemic obstacles to both. For her, it’s about building both personal and institutional capacity: “The team at CPI has an amazing skill set for offering support to instructors in all aspects of their teaching. We also teach courses in different areas, and engage in institutional and departmental projects that contribute to improving student learning. Every day is different – which makes for an incredible learning experience.”

Contact me about:

  • Oversight of CPI activities
  • Teaching and Learning Policies
  • Curriculum Review
  • Dossier Development & Feedback
  • SoTL
Madelyn Law

Madelyn Law

Associate Vice-Provost
Teaching & Learning
mlaw@brocku.ca

Dr. Madelyn Law joined the CPI team in July 2019 and serves as the Associate Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.  Madelyn has spent the last 8 years teaching an experiential education (EE) program for health science students called I-EQUIP and engaging with CPI as the Faculty Associate for EE.  For Madelyn being part of CPI is an opportunity to further contribute to the mission of Brock: “One of our guiding values at Brock is to ensure a unique student experience with innovative pedagogies and high quality learning and teaching practices.  The team at CPI is here to support faculty across campus in this journey.”

Contact me about:

  • Oversight of CPI activities
  • Teaching and Learning Polices
  • Curriculum Review
  • Strategic initiatives related to teaching and learning
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Giulia Forsythe

Associate Director
905 688 5550 x3599
Thistle, TH137E
gforsythe@brocku.ca

Giulia Forsythe has been at Brock University’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation since 2005, where she started as the Special Projects Facilitator. As the Associate Director, she continues to support the lofty goals of education to transform lives through high quality teaching, learning, research, and a commitment to equity, justice, and accessibility situated within our community. She is a champion for open education that serves to “honour different ways of knowing and demonstrating knowledge.”

Contact me about:

  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Event and Workshop Facilitation
  • Visual Practice
  • Open Education
Wanda Gilmore

Wanda Gilmore

Resource Co-ordinator
905 688 5550 x4344
Thistle, TH137G
wgilmore@brocku.ca

Wanda has been CPI’s Resource Coordinator for 16 years. In a support staff role, she values being part of a great team, including faculty, staff and students with a common focus on teaching and learning. In her words: “Working collaboratively with groups across campus and connecting people to resources that enhance teaching and learning at Brock University is both gratifying and fulfilling – that is why I’m still here after 16 years.”

Contact me about:

  • CPI Resources
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Purchasing
  • Event Planning
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Mike Brousseau

Manager, Educational Technologies
905 688 5550 x3701
Thistle, TH137C
mbrousseau@brocku.ca

Mike started working at Brock in 2006 in Information Technology Services and has made CPI his home since 2010. He brings a pragmatic approach to the mixing of teaching, learning and educational technology that focuses on instructors and students’ needs first. He thoroughly enjoys the variety of his work, in his words, “I love that my duties can range widely day to day. It means one day working with an instructor on an innovative course assignment and the next shooting on-location video for an online course.”

Contact me about:

  • Educational Technology Adoption & Development
  • External Tool Integration
  • Educational Video Production
  • Online Course Development
Lianne Fisher

Lianne Fisher

Manager, Educational Development
905 688 5550 x5329
Thistle, TH137B
lfisher@brocku.ca

Lianne has been CPI’s Educational Developer since August 2012. Whether it’s working one-to-one or in small groups, Lianne helps instructors, TAs and faculty members acquire teaching skills and strategies in developing their own style as teachers. In her words: “How lucky am I that I get to work with individuals who are looking to make a difference to teaching and learning, and develop new and exciting ways of approaching the academic endeavor — it is fun and energizing to be a part of what people do.”

Contact me about:

  • Teaching Assistant Programming
  • GRST5P01 + Graduate Student Practicum
  • Instructional Skills Workshop
  • Teaching Observations
  • Teaching Dossiers
Marc Breschuk

Marc Breschuk

Educational Technologist
905 688 5550 x4341
Thistle, TH137A
mbreschuk@brocku.ca

Since joining CPI in 2013, Marc has guided teachers and educators in exploring and demystifying instructional technology resources. He stresses the importance of making informed choices to implement technologies that will have the greatest value to student learning. As he says: “The outcome is always greater when time is taken to best appreciate a technical undertaking from all perspectives and to work through both the background and the practical steps involved.”

Contact me about:

  • Isaak-Sakai
  • Technology-Enabled Assignments
  • Course Evaluations Online with eXplorance Blue
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Jennifer Kopczinski

Curriculum Specialist
905 688 5550 x4482
Thistle, TH136
jkopczinski@brocku.ca

Jennifer joined the CPI team in 2018 and has been a member of the Brock community since 2012. As the Curriculum Specialist she supports faculty in developing innovative experiential education initiatives and incorporating high impact educational practices into their courses that align with program learning outcomes and degree level expectations. In her words: “Working with the Brock community to foster experiences that honor diverse ways of teaching and learning is both a privilege and a mission.”

Contact me about:

  • Experiential Education
  • Reflection-based Assessments
  • High Impact Practices
  • Curriculum Mapping
Alisa Cunnington

Alisa Cunnington

Educational Technologies Support Assistant
905 688 5550 x3413
Thistle, TH137B
acunnington@brocku.ca

Alisa joined the CPI team in early 2019, having been a part of the Brock University teaching and learning community since the Walker complex addition was a parking lot.  Alisa is happiest making complicated information or problems seem human, manageable, and accessible.  Supporting and troubleshooting the operation of educational technologies while imagining creative ways of using available technologies are some of the ways she enjoys exploring the many facets of teaching and learning.  In her words: “Let’s see what we can do together to figure that out.”

Contact me about:

  • Isaak-Sakai
  • Online Video
  • Teaching with Technology
Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Educational Technologies Developer
905 688 5550 x3878
Thistle, TH137B
tbrown2@brocku.ca

Starting as an instructor at both Niagara College and Brock, Tom joined the CPI team in 2019. Tom brings extensive technical experience in technology from his time in Robotics, Information Technologies, Software Development and Game Development. He mixes his pedagogical methods with his technical expertise for the creation of tools to better help our instructors. His past experiences have shaped his perspective. In his words: “There’s never one way to look at a problem, so there can never be just one solution. If we step back and perceive the problem from a different point of view, we can choose a solution that works best for all parties.”

Contact me about:

  • EdTech Tool Development
  • External Tool Integration
  • CPI Systems
Natalie Currie-Patterson

Natalie Currie-Patterson

Educational Developer
905 688 5550 x4342
Thistle, TH136A
ncurriepatterso@brocku.ca

Dr. Natalie Currie-Patterson joined the CPI team in July 2019 but has spent a great deal of time on the Brock Campus throughout her educational career as both student and instructor. As an educational developer Natalie works to support TAs and faculty members explore their teaching style while acquiring valuable instructional skills. Natalie has an interest in the ways research, teaching, and learning can operate to support moves towards truth, reconciliation, equity, and social justice rooted in relationship and community. She is excited “to forge connections between theory and practice to support transformative education.”

Contact me about:

  • Instructional Design

Additional Supports

Matt Clare

Matt Clare

Project Manager
SIS Modernization
mclare@brocku.ca

Matt is currently on leave from the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. Please forward any comment or concerns to mbrousseau@brocku.ca or edtech@brocku.ca

Matt has 15 years of experience in teaching and learning technology at Brock. He thrives, thanks to a very healthy sense of curiosity, in a project and support role that lets him work alongside the expertise of faculty and staff from a wide variety of subject areas across Brock. In his words, his foremost contribution is to: “Make technology an enabling element in teaching and learning, not an obstacle … it is important that self-support is always offered and facilitated support is ready during operating hours.”

Contact me about:

  • SIS Project Management