June 2016 to present
Indigenizing curricula in the Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media Program at Durham College
This project is investigating the indigenization of the Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media program at Durham College. Faculty in the Broadcasting program are revising curricula, under the guidance of the Aboriginal Student Centre at Durham College, to reflect indigenous values and cultural beliefs.
March 2016 to present
Broadcast Education and Mental Health in the Media
This research project is exploring the following question: what role can broadcasting programs across Canada play in re-framing mental illness in the media?
November 2013 to present
Pop Up Pedagogy: Exploring Connections between Street Art, Feminist Literacy Practices and Communities
My dissertation is investigating street art’s potential to create ‘pop ups’ of informal, public spaces of learning and teaching on the streetscape while considering its pedagogical significance as a feminist literacy practice.
October 2013 to May 2014
Inclusive Teaching in Broadcast Education and its impact on the Canadian Media Landscape
This research project is examining inclusive teaching practices in broadcast education and the impact those practices have on the broadcast industry in Canada.
May to November 2012
iBlog: empowering adult learners through blogging with iPads and iPods
Abstract: Current statistics indicate that 48 per cent of Canadians over the age of 16 struggle with low literacy skills. The federal government has also deemed the development of digital literacy proficiencies amongst Canadians a national priority as this country moves toward a digital economy. This research project examined whether adult learners with literacy challenges would feel empowered as a result of creating content for a blog through the use of digital technology. The researcher attempted to understand the impact that blogging and using different types of technology could have on an individual’s self-esteem and whether those feelings of empowerment would encourage an adult learner to pursue further education. Although this research project only ran for a period of six days at a literacy program, there was a noticeable difference in how the participants viewed themselves after they created digital content. Further findings from this project also indicated that there is a gap in research dealing with the impact of technology on adult literacy. The final research project is available in iTunes or the iBookstore. As well, it can be downloaded as a PDF here. Please note that the PDF is 7.3 MB.
May 2012 – May 2013 – Co-Investigator
Barriers to Pathways Completion – a UOIT and Durham College collaboration
This research study collected, analyzed, and interpreted quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., surveys, focus group interviews and one-on-one interviews) on the Durham College/UOIT Pathway Programs, (programs that bridge college and university credentials) with a focus on exploring and describing the lived experiences of participants in these programs.
October 2012 – April 2013 – Research Assistant
Fostering Globally and Culturally Sensitive Adolescents: Social Action Through Digital Literacy
Dr. Janette Hughes, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, is conducting this research project.
May- June 2012 – Student Researcher
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) Curriculum Research
I conducted research that involved interviews with clients for the curriculum of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) as well as analysis of the program materials. The findings from this study, which was a collaborative research effort led by a professor at UOIT, resulted in a white paper publication to NEDIC (August, 2012) within which my research contributions were included.
Supervisor: Dr. Lorayne Robertson
October to March 2011 – Principal Investigator
I conducted formal research into the efficacy of the Downtown Oshawa News blog as a project-based learning experience for students. The findings were presented at Durham College’s Research Day and the research project was awarded a Faculty Research Award.
March to June 2011 – Researcher
I researched a new online application called Filemobile for possible use in the Journalism program. The research led to a report with recommendations on how the application could be improved to work within the Journalism program.