Chris Whittaker holds degrees in Engineering Physics, MSc. from Queen’s University; an MSW from the University of Toronto; and a B.Sc. from Queen’s University. Chris Whittaker along with his colleague from Dawson ( Liz Charles), John Abbott College (Nathaniel Lasry & Michael Dugdale), and Vanier College (Kevin Lenton) are completing their PAREA funded project that looks at using collective conceptual networks for learning. They participated in a number of Ped Days across Québec, and gave a series of invited lectures and conference presentations. Chris in June 2013 Chris was awarded the Shifting Minds National Award from the C21 Canada organization, the AQPC teaching award and in May of the same year he was also awarded Canadian Association of Physicists teaching award. In 2014, Liz Charles and Chris Whittaker, along with their colleagues from John Abbott and Vanier colleges, were awarded another PAREA grant. This recent grant will span from 2014-17 and it will focus on pedagogical ecosystems and novel approaches to active learning.
Science education, pedagogy, innovative learning technologies
Contributions to Dawson’s Community:
Chris is one of the organisers for the S.A.L.T.I.S.E. conferences that have been hosted at Dawson College.
Charles, E.S, Whittaker, C., Lasry, N., Dugdale, M., Lenton, K., Bhatnagar, S., Guillemette, J. ” Taking DALITE To the Next Level: What have we learned from a web-based peer instruction application.” Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2014). International Society of the Learning Sciences: Boulder, CO.
Charles, E.S., Whittaker, C., & Lasry, N. (2014). “Taking DALITE To the Next Level: What have we learned from a web-based Peer Instruction application”. Paper presented at 33rd annual AQPC symposium: Laval, QC.
Charles, E., Whittaker, C., & Lasry, N. (2014). “Active Learning Classroom Use in College Level Physics: The impact of technology design and adaptive orchestration.” Symposium entitled: Space and Technologies for Learning in Schools, Museums and Workplaces: Recent Approaches in Design-Based Research. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA): Philadelphia, PA.
Charles, E., Lasry, N., & Whittaker, C. (2014). “SALTISE: Bringing Pedagogical Innovations into the Physics Classroom”. Physics in Canada, La Physique au Canada, 70(2).
Charles, E., Lasry, N., et Whittaker, C. (2013). “L’adoption d’environnements sociotechnologiques comme moteur de changement pédagogique.” Pédagogie Collégiale,
Lasry, N., Charles, E., & Whittaker, C. (2014). “When teacher-centered instructors are assigned to student-centered classrooms.” Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 10(1), 010116.
Lasry, N., E. Charles, C Whittaker, H Dedic, S Rosenfield (2013). “Changing classroom designs: Easy; Changing instructors’ pedagogies: Not so easy.” AIP Conf. Proc. (1513), AIP Press, Melville NY.
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