Ph.D., OISE, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, and Incoming Chair, Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (July 1, 2016).
Dr. Brett teaches courses on integrating technology into the classroom to teacher education candidates in our MT program and in the other graduate programs in CTL, offers courses in ; “Theories of Learning”, “Educational Applications of Computer Mediated Communication.” as well as a course on integrating Educational Technology into Language and Literacy education.
Dr. Brett was awarded a Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in 2006, and a CFI New Opportunities Fund Award in 2003.
Dr. Brett has received a number of recent research grants. The most recent is a 5-year SSHRC grant entitled at “What does interaction really contribute to the online learning experience?” The research in this project will look at online learning experience through a variety of theoretic lens, including socio-cultural, cognitive,and socio-emotional and results will enhance both our understanding of online learning and of our research platform, Pepper. Earlier major grants include a 3-year SSHRC Standard Research grant entitled “Investigating Research Apprenticeship in Online Graduate Education.” This project investigated the apprenticeship experiences and educational outcomes of students taking Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education primarily through online, part time programs. The research was developed in conjunction with a CFI infrastructure grant, a New Opportunities Fund Award, “Bringing Research Apprenticeship Online: Reconceptualizing Graduate Distance Education.” She is a also a collaborator on several other large Collaborative grants.