About the Authors

About Emily

Dr. Emily Ballantyne is the lead Instructional Developer for Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS where she consults with faculty on all aspects of online course design and pedagogy. She oversees all of the online course developments at the university.  She has worked as an educational developer and instructional designer for post-secondary institutions and non-for-profit companies, and has taught in higher education for over a decade. She has worked across multiple modes of delivery, including teaching and designing for synchronous, blended, and asynchronous online deliveries. In addition to her work in teaching and learning, she has a PhD in Canadian literature and teaches part time in communications, English, and education.

About the MSVU Teaching and Learning Centre

The Teaching and Learning Centre supports the advancement of teaching and learning at Mount Saint Vincent University in face-to-face and online contexts. We are an academic support unit that offers faculty teaching development and training. We work with faculty to build online resources that are accessible for our students. One of our main areas of emphasis is in the design of online courses. The Mount has a robust course development process that includes a course development plan.

About Mount Saint Vincent University

Located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is strongly committed to fostering equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). MSVU is an institution that was established by women for the advancement of women with social responsibility and social justice at its core. MSVU embraces the diversity of its community and is committed to efforts that enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across all facets of the university, within its local community, and in society at large.

MSVU is made up of more than 4,000 students (representing close to 70 countries), 600 faculty and staff, and more than 35,000 alumni. Its research centres provide unique learning opportunities for students while facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, literacy, childhood development, and more. Faculty members and departments offer early access to hands-on research opportunities enabling both graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their education by working alongside forward-thinking researchers. As a university committed to scholarship that nurtures global citizenship, leadership, and promotes the advancement of women, MSVU seeks to enhance and enrich its models of teaching and research.


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