John Barnett is an Associate Professor in Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Western University. He was the founding Coordinator of the Curriculum and Pedagogy specialty in the Masters of Professional Education programme.
His research had numerous foci. Starting with teacher's pedagogical context knowledge, he also did work on Internet safety for children, social networking in education, and teachers' professional communities. Over the last number of years he developed principles for improving online pedagogy and furthered connectivist learning theory by demonstrating its uses in non MOOC contexts and courses. He also explored the use of videography as an accessible research tool to bring unfiltered educational research to the public at large.
He took part in the conceptualization of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in STEM Disciplines but not its implementation.
Isha DeCoito is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Western University. She is the Coordinator of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Specialty Focus in the Teacher Education program and is the Lead Program and Curriculum Developer for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in STEM Disciplines. Her research focuses on enhancing scientific and technological literacy in different contexts for all students, and investigates approaches and tools for improving teaching and learning in and about STEM education.
She has extensive experience in developing partnerships and collaborations with school boards, community programs, Aboriginal communities, the private business sector, and universities, and has a keen interest in initiatives promoting STEM education. She is currently conducting a 7-year longitudinal multi-stakeholder partnership study exploring students’ future course selection and STEM career choices.
Professor G.A. Kopp received a B.Sc.M.E. from the University of Manitoba in 1989, a M.Eng. from McMaster University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he held a NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.
He returned to Canada in 1997 to an appointment of Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario. He was promoted to Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in July 2007. In January 2015 he was appointed Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Kopp’s expertise and research projects relate to mitigating damage to structures during extreme wind storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes, for which he held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair between 2001-2011.
Aaron Ward is an Associate Professor of Medical Biophysics in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a principal investigator in the Baines Imaging Research Laboratory at the London Regional Cancer Program, Victoria Hospital. His research focuses on the development and clinical translation of computational medical image analysis techniques for diagnosis, treatment, and response assessment for cancer patients.
Dr. Ward has a strong interest in the professional development of graduate students, complementary to their research training, and he teaches a graduate-level course in which students learn about curriculum development and pedagogy in the STEM disciplines in higher education. In 2016, Dr. Ward received a Schulich Educator Award for Excellence in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education.