Engineering Teaching and Learning Team

Instructors please note: To assist with contingency planning in responding to COVID-19, the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team (ETLT) has provided these recommendations for remote teaching.

Instructional designer working on lightboard

Do you want to…

  • Organize and use onQ more effectively?
  • Explore video creation and editing tools?
  • Brainstorm ideas to increase learner engagement?
  • Develop effective teamwork activities for your students?
  • Design an accessible course using inclusive pedagogies?
  • Explore the Quality Matters™ framework for course quality?
  • Design activities and assessments that promote active learning?
  • Film videos with a professional videographer (on-site or off-site)?
  • Track your Course Learning Outcomes for accreditation purposes?
  • Leverage educational technologies like clickers, peer-to-peer feedback tools, and lightboard?
  • Design assignment rubrics that measure your course learning outcomes?
  • Use educational technology hardware and software more effectively?
  • Brainstorm how to include experiential learning into your course?
  • Engage in a discussion on how to indigenize your curriculum?
  • Explore new methods of providing feedback to students?
  • Find a quiet space to record audio or video?
  • Create multimedia to enhance learning?

The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team (ETLT) is here for you. Brainstorm with your very own multidisciplinary team of instructional designers, media specialists, videographers, educational developers, and experienced teachers. Drop in to the lab on the main floor of Dupuis Hall in room G25 (8:30am-4:30pm), call 613-533-6000 ext. 74871, email etlt@queensu.ca or or access the ETLT remotely via LiveChat during regular business hours here https://direct.lc.chat/9629075/5 .  They are here to help!

Meet your ETLT

Nerissa Mulligan
Assessment and Analytics Lead

Nerissa MulliganNerissa Mulligan, MASc, P.Eng. is the Assessment and Analytics Lead for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS). She holds a BASc in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University as well as an MASc in Water Resources (Civil Engineering) from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining FEAS, Nerissa spent many years as an environmental engineer working in both the public and private sectors.

Nerissa oversees assessment and continuous improvement processes for FEAS, including requirements by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) and the Queen’s University Cyclical Program Review. She also supports curriculum development activity and works to aggregate, analyze, and report on a range of data in FEAS. She is trained in the Quality Matters framework. Nerissa is also an Assessment Facilitator for the Queen’s-wide Cognitive Assessment Redesign Project (CAR), where she works closely with instructors in various FEAS departments in developing or redesigning assignments and assessments that aim to cultivate and quantify cognitive skills.


Simon Bailey
Instructional Designer

Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey is an Instructional Designer (Engineering Teaching and Learning Team) and holds a BA from the University of the Arts, UK, and a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. Simon has more than 12 years’ experience working with digital technologies and multimedia, and for over 7 years has been working specifically designing and developing courses within higher education. His current role involves supporting faculty in course design and development and specifically in course redesign for traditional, blended and fully online courses. He is a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer.


Leigha Covell
Instructional Designer

Leigha Covell

Leigha Covell is an Certified Instructional Designer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Before coming to Queen’s, Leigha worked as an Instructional Designer at the Royal Military College of Canada. In her role, she provides pedagogical support for course design, manages course development and redesign projects, and provides one-on-one support for onsite instructors. Leigha is a founding member of the LEAP (Learn, Experience, Articulate, Present) Network on campus, and she is trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Leigha holds a B.Ed. from McGill University, a M.Ed. from Queen’s University and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma of Instructional Design from Athabasca University.


Brittany McRae
Instructional Designer

Brittany McRae

Brittany McRae is an Instructional Designer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. For over a decade Brittany has worked in education in various roles including K-12 teaching and program development, Professor of Communications, and as faculty and educational technology support. In her current role, she provides pedagogical support to faculty and subject matter experts in course design and development projects in the areas of improving constructive alignment, writing learning outcomes, designing assessments, and integrating learning technologies in online, blended, and face-to-face delivery models. She is also trained as a Peer Reviewer in the Quality Matters framework.

Brittany received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, both a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management and an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Royal Roads University, a Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design from Athabasca University and is a Canadian Certified Instructional Designer.


Sarah Debbek
Instructional Designer

Sarah DebbekSarah Debbek is an Instructional Designer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Before coming to Queen’s University, Sarah had a combined six year experience as Instructional Designer at Washington State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her current role, she collaborates with subject matter experts and manages projects in the areas of course design and development, writing learning outcomes, developing assessment schemes, implementing constructive alignment, creating accessible learning objects, and using pedagogically appropriate tech tools. When doing so, she applies Instructional Design theories as well as the Quality Matters framework.

Sarah holds a B.A. Digital Technology and Culture as well as Linguistics, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Education, all from Washington State University.


Michael Chabot
Extended Realities Developer

Michael Chabot

Michael Chabot is the Extended Realities Developer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. In his role, he supports course development teams by developing immersive Virtual Reality simulations and other game-based technologies to deliver course material in new, exciting, and innovative ways. His background is in game-based learning with a focus in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and web-based gaming technologies targeted towards the educational sector. Before coming to Queen's, Michael worked as a Professor of New Media and Animation at Loyalist College, as well as Lead Developer of the Virtual Development Office at Loyalist College.

Michael is trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Michael received his Ontario College Diploma in New Media and Animation from Loyalist College (2010). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems.


Danielle D’Souza
Educational Support Specialist

Danielle D'Souza

Danielle D’Souza is the Educational Support Specialist for the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. She is the team’s frontline person and provides support to both the team and faculty with all ongoing projects. Prior to entering this role she worked as a Learning Specialist supporting college students with disabilities in the classroom through direct support and curriculum modification, and as a college Professor teaching Microsoft applications to a wide range of student groups. She is trained in the Quality Matters framework. 

Danielle holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and is working towards her Master’s of Education from Queen's University.


Robert Bertschi
Educational Media Producer

Robert Bertschi

Robert Bertschi is an Educational Media Producer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. In his role, Robert supports course development teams within the faculty by researching, identifying, testing and implementing educational technologies and video production techniques to enhance the online learning experience for students. In addition, Robert assists with the creation of online course content by sharing knowledge, expertise, and know-how to support the conceptualization and design of online resources, specifically relating to audio, video, and graphical materials. Robert is trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Robert received his BScH in Cognitive Science (2007), BA in Music (2008), B.Ed. in Intermediate/Senior Education (2012) and Professional Master’s of Education (2018) from Queen’s University. Robert has previously worked as a high school computer science, history and music teacher in Ontario, Jordan, and England, as well as, developed educational programs for the Boys and Girls Club.


Kayleigh Johnston
Educational Media Producer

Kayleigh Johnston

Kayleigh Johnston is an Educational Media Producer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Her background is in web/multimedia development and digital design. Before coming to Queen's, Kayleigh worked as a Professor of Web Design and Interactive Multimedia at Durham College. In her role, she supports course development teams by implementing educational technologies and developing new and innovative ways to deliver educational materials. Kayleigh is trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Kayleigh received her Ontario College Diploma in Internet Applications and Web Development from Durham College (2014). She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


Justin Holland
Educational Media Producer

Justin HollandJustin Holland is an Educational Media Producer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Before coming to Queen’s, Justin worked in Marketing for Elite Window Cleaning; leading in the design of their new sister company, Lemonade Window Cleaning, in Florida. He has years of experience as a freelance multimedia producer, creating content for companies like Pita Pit, the YMCA, and the NDP. His work in film led to him producing an abundance of content for bands and musicians across Canada, including the likes of The Glorious Sons, Busty and the Bass, B. Rich, The Wilderness, and many more.

In his current role, he works alongside educators and instructional designers to plan and create educational material supporting course development. Justin is trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Deena A. Salem
Engineering Educational Developer

Deena Salem

Deena received her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt, and her BEd from Queen’s University. Currently, she is working towards her MEd from Queen’s University, focusing on the enhancement of learners’ engagement in applied science and engineering education. For the last two decades, Deena has been involved in various educational development projects, and has taught a diverse set of general and specialized courses in STEM disciplines, both face-to-face and online. She has supervised a number of capstone design projects and research-oriented theses for both Masters and PhD students in the field of microwave engineering. Previously, she worked for more than three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at RMC, Kingston. Deena is trained in the Quality Matters framework.


Ezra Goldberg
Course Design and Development Specialist

Exra Goldberg

Ezra Goldberg is a Course Design and Development Specialist with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Ezra has completed three years of his BEng (Hons.) degree at Queen’s University in Computer Engineering. He is working with the ETLT through his QUIP internship placement and supports the team through both the lens of Instructional Design and Educational Media Production. Ezra is looking forward to providing pedagogical and technical support to faculty to help deliver course material in an engaging and meaningful way. Ezra is trained in the Quality Matters framework.


Marissa Matthews
Course Design and Development Specialist

Marissa Matthews

Marissa Matthews is a Course Design and Development Specialist with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. In her role, Marissa supports both the Instructional Designers and Educational Media Producers throughout the course design and development process. She provides insightful feedback on the courses from a student perspective. After completing a 12-month internship with the team, she will be returning to her studies to do her fourth year of Biochemical Engineering at Queen’s University. Marissa is trained in the Quality Matters framework.


Sam Pieczonka
Course Design and Development Specialist

Sam Pieczonka

Sam Pieczonka is a Course Design and Development Specialist for the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. This role involves working with the Instructional Designers and Educational Media Producers to support instructors with course design and development. In a previous role, Sam worked for a YMCA Summer Camp designing and delivering a secondary school course in outdoor education. Sam has joined the team for an internship after completing 3 years towards a degree in Mathematics and Engineering, with mechanicals as a sub option. Sam is trained in the Quality Matters framework.


Sarah Reese
Course Design and Development Specialist

Sarah Reese

Sarah Reese is a Course Design and Development Specialist with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team, currently on internship through QUIP. In this role, she works collaboratively to create and prepare course materials, design class websites, and support instructors with their course offerings. She also assists with special events and projects, and the day-to-day duties of the team as required. Sarah is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering at Queen's University, and will be returning to complete her fourth year following this internship. Sarah is trained in the Quality Matters framework.


Eric Tremblay
Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning Team

Eric Tremblay

Eric Tremblay, MSc, M.Ed., is the Director (Engineering Teaching and Learning Team) with more than 18 years’ experience designing and developing courses and programs in the higher education space. Eric provides leadership for a fabulous team of educational professionals who are passionate about working with instructors to create a world class student-centered environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a Certified Instructional Designer and experienced instructor, having taught courses for St. Lawrence College, the Royal Military College of Canada, and Queen’s University. He is a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer and an editorial review board member for both the Journal of Computers and Mathematics in Science Teaching, and the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. Eric is a founding member of the Instructional Design Interest Group of Ontario.