This is my professional dossier. Here, I document work I’ve done, I ask questions, and write about issues that are on my mind. Mostly, I write about teaching, learning and literacies in our digitally networked world. Sometimes, I add photos that I’ve taken. From these photos, you can probably tell that I like to bake. Because I’m also Mom to two amazing daughters, I sometimes add reflections on parenting.

Like everything in my life, it is a work in progress.

I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. I have a PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from the College of Education at Michigan State University, an M.A. in Modern Language Education from the University of British Columbia, a B.Ed. and a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).

As a researcher, these are the questions on my mind lately:

  • What teaching practices support¬†students’ emergent synthesis skills as they learn to conduct online research for different purposes and audiences?
  • Is there a developmental learning trajectory of online synthesis processes that can be described?
  • Could knowledge of a synthesis learning trajectory inform teaching practice and curriculum?
  • What theories can inspire deeper understanding of the complexities of online informational reading and research?
  • What’s the relationship between proficiency in online reading to learn and executive function?

I am also interested in the development of pre-service and in-service teachers’ technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) and in the ways that good teaching can happen in online and blended courses.

All of my work is licensed for remix, re-use and share-alike under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)


One Reply to “About”

  1. Hey Michelle,

    It’s Sean Steel from back home. I just found this site that you run about your research and your interests in ed tech. Very professional stuff. Anyhoo, I wrote a bit on the foibles of technological thinking in education, if you’re interested. Here’s a link to my thesis:


    The section on the dangers of technological thinking can be found at around pp. 300-310 thereabouts. It’s good for when you have insomnia.

    Good luck with your schooling and your teaching. It’s a jungle out there.


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