Outstanding graduate student heading to fall convocation
By Courtenay Griffin
An outstanding graduate student and employee of Memorial crossed the stage this year at the fall 2009 convocation ceremonies.
Albert Johnson, a senior instructional designer with Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) since September 1999, has led over 100 projects in addition to holding the role of sessional instructor in the university’s Faculty of Education.
When it comes to research, Albert’s areas of interest include the educational potential of information and communications technologies, the professional development of in-service teachers, the teaching of pre-service teachers, professionalism and ethics in teaching, and effective teaching. He will be graduating this fall with his master’s of education (information technology).
Albert is renowned for his award-winning work, receiving a national award in 2007 from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). The award, which was shared with the Department of Psychology’s Dr. Brent Snook, was given based on their innovative and effective use of video as a teaching tool in Psychology 2150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology.
Additionally, he has collaborated on a research project that was recently profiled in Memorial’s 2008 president’s report. His thesis research – done in partnership with Drs. Jerome Delaney, Trudi Johnson and Dennis Treslan from the Faculty of Education – aims to determine students’ perceptions of effective teaching at the post-secondary level, and will subsequently be used to enhance teaching and learning at Memorial University.
Albert has been an educator for 29 years, starting his career in 1980 as a high school teacher. In 1992 he began work in publishing, starting his own company a year later. Dale Noel Publications specialized in the development of curriculum and resource materials for the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school system in Newfoundland and Labrador. His company also published a professional journal for educators, Prospects, that highlighted the integration of technology into teaching and learning in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors.