Engineering Teaching and Learning Team

Do you want to…

  • Use onQ effectively?
  • Increase learner engagement?
  • Track your CEAB graduate attributes?
  • Design an accessible course for diverse learners?
  • Explore the Quality Matters™ framework for course quality?
  • Leverage educational technologies like Learning Catalytics, GRASP, and Lightboard?
  • Design assessments that promote active learning?
  • Find a quiet space to record audio or video?
  • Create multimedia to enhance learning?
  • Develop effective teamwork activities?
Instructional designer working on lightboard

The Engineering Teaching and Learning Team is here for you. Brainstorm with your very own multidisciplinary team of instructional designers, media specialists, videographers and experienced teachers. Drop in to the lab on the main floor of Dupuis Hall in room G25, call 613-533-6000 ext. 74871 or email etlt@queensu.ca. They are here to help!

Meet our team

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 - on leave
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 - on leave
Instructional Designer

Brittany McRae

Brittany McRae is an Instructional Designer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. Over the last 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 in the Quality Matters framework.

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


Laura Shannon
Instructional Designer

Laura Shannon

Laura is an Instructional Designer with the Engineering Teaching and Learning Team. She obtained a Master of Education from Queen’s University where her main focus was on adult teaching and learning, and classroom student engagement strategies. Prior to joining the team, Laura worked in program development, and as a Professor where she developed and taught several online and face-to-face courses. In her current role as an Instructional Designer, she provides ongoing pedagogical support to faculty in their course design. She supports instructors and subject matter experts in developing online, blended, and face-to-face courses, while offering support in creating effective course learning outcomes, creative assessments, and ensuring constructive alignment. Laura is also trained in the Quality Matters framework.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University San Marcos, an Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioural Science from Santa Barbara City College, and a Master of Education from Queen’s University.


Danielle D’Souza
Educational Support Specialist

Natalie Graham

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 Athabasca University.


Robert Bertschi
Educational Media Producer

Robert Bertschi

Robert Bertschi is a Multimedia Design Specialist 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 - on leave
Educational Media Producer

Kayleigh Johnston is a Multimedia Support Analyst 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 from Trent University and a Bachelor of Adult Education and Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.


Deena A. Salem
Engineering Education 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.


Heshan Fernando
Program Associate

Heshan Fernando

As a Program Associate, Heshan supports curriculum and course development in both new and existing programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS). He supports development of programs, including identifying learning outcomes, developing curricular plans and assessment, and fulfilling quality assurance requirements. He also researches, identifies and develops educational materials and tools to support student learning and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. Through active involvement in the learning community at Queen’s, Heshan aims to develop expertise in evidence-based pedagogy and assessment. He also collaborates with instructors to facilitate effective teaching strategies and to implement mechanisms for improving student learning and engagement.

Heshan holds a BEng (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Mechatronics and Embedded Systems option from the University of Victoria at Victoria, Canada and a MASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s. He is currently working towards completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (with a research focus on Robotics and Intelligent Systems). Heshan’s teaching interests are somewhat multidisciplinary in nature, and he has extensive teaching experience in the areas of mechatronics, robotics and engineering design.


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.