Teaching2019-02-06T05:18:13+00:00

Camille Dickson Deane

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy stems from my view that a teacher also needs to be a facilitator, a collaborator, an observer and most importantly a learner; somewhat of a 360-degree approach. This approach will hopefully produce

  • Memorable learning experiences
  • Enthusiasm to share and participate in learning opportunities
  • A continued passion for lifelong learning

Accomplishing these outcomes in each course I deliver is a hefty task and ensuring that I make some effort in each of these areas brings rewards. As an online educator, I am aware that online environments can somewhat be sterile so to me, using synchronous communications, textual portrayals of my emotions/expressions and simple heartfelt words in the environments, are key to a learners success. Success in any knowledge opportunity has different meanings to each individual; for some it is the grade and for some it is the knowledge experience. The success for me is seeing, and in particular, for the online environment, hearing of the accomplishments of each learner, years after they have completed the course/program. Leveraging the individual differences of each learner as they read, share, collaborate and then practice their knowledge is important to this process.

I ensure that each learner has direct contact with me in any format that is comfortable to them. I use a variety of synchronous and asynchronous tools to not just answer content-related questions but also to assist with the isolation, angst and even anger some learners experience as they pursue online learning. Once the emotional aspect of the experience is recognised then the true learning begins. Thus I use different learning strategies in the environments to not only challenge the learner in the context of the course but also to build their self-esteem about their own personal learning journey – after all each person’s learning journey is different from their peers.

Carefully using theoretical foundations such as problem/project based learning, experiential learning, and cognitive dissonance not only brings authenticity to the course room and the course content but it also creates an atmosphere for the learner where not always having an answer that is correct is welcomed. These theoretical foundations coupled with the philosophy of the Harkness method to me, allows for learners to create a path where being wrong, only adds to their level of experience. My own research and prior experiences as a learner have guided my view of assessments whereby rewarding participation and collaborative activities is inherently important in an online environment. Thus, creating the learning journey that leaves synaptic-like impressions on memories and encourages continuous vivacity to learn is my teaching philosophy.

Dissertation Advising

University of the West Indies Open Campus

Laura Taylor [ September 2016] Designing and Evaluating Blended Learning for Employee Training and Performance. MSc Instructional Design and Technology

University of Liverpool, UK

Claudia Bravo [ September 2017] The impact of a workplace environment on employee satisfaction and productivity

Simon Farrow [September 2017] Leading innovation in the Project Portfolio process: an objective focussed approach

Robyn Edye [ September 2017] The role that human performance plays in successful delivery of Projects

Folasade Taiwo Adesuyi [September 2017] – A comparison on the influence of rewards on employee retention in multinational organizations

Annastecia Abang [March 2017] – Building Capacity through Organisational learning in Public Hospitals

Ernest Ohanugo [December 2016] – How do Caribbean Telecoms Companies use remuneration to improve employee motivation and performance

James Ogada [December 2016] – Appropriate leadership practices to foster organisational learning and performance

Brian Davis [September 2016] – A Case study investigating Caribbean Project Managers (PM) with 3 to 5 years of experience and the extent to which they are open to change. MSc Project Management

Adriana Villegas [October 2015] – The influence of ethnic origin and gender on an organisation’s performance. MSc Management

Benedictine College

Michele Cuomo [January 2017] – The Student Wiki Interdisciplinary Group: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Social Pedagogy Practice at an Urban Community College

POSTGRADUATE STUDENT ADVISING

Doctoral Level
Tom Whitford, Education, University of Melbourne, DEd., “Social Design Practices in online learning environments”, expected completion December 2020
Michele Cuomo, Education, Benedictine College, PhD., “The Student Wiki Interdisciplinary Group: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Social Pedagogy Practice at an Urban Community College”, completed 2017.
Masters Level
Patience Ndimutseyi, MSc. Management, University of Liverpool, “Investigating how organizational change is managed in Independent School Systems”, estimated completed 2019
Khaila Al Sawalha, MSc. Management – People Management, University of Liverpool, MSc., “The impact of school-based co-curricular activities program design on students’ propensity for civic engagement”, completed 2019
Francis Kwawu, MSc. International Management – Health Systems Management, University of Liverpool, “Improving Return to work outcomes after illness or injury. The case for Disability Management Programs in Ontario’s Industrial Sector”, completed 2019
Alana Hamilton, MBA International Business, University of Liverpool, “Motivation as a Human Resource Management practice and its influence towards knowledge creation in Technology firms”, completed 2019
Donna Denton Hall, MBA Leadership, University of Liverpool, “The role of life-event childhood adversity and its influence on transformational leaders: A narrative study of female immigrant business leaders”, completed 2018
Claudia Bravo, MSc. Management, University of Liverpool, “The impact of a workplace environment on employee satisfaction and productivity”, completed 2017
Simon Farrow, MSc. Project Management, University of Liverpool, “Leading innovation in the Project Portfolio process: an objective focused approach”, completed 2017
Robyn Edye, MSc. Project Management, University of Liverpool, “The role that human performance plays in successful delivery of Projects”, completed 2017
Laura Taylor, MSc. Instructional Design and Technology, University of the West Indies, “Evaluating Blended Learning for Employee Training & Performance”, completed 2016
Brian Davis, MSc. Project Management, University of Liverpool, “A Case study investigating Caribbean Project Managers (PM) with 3 to 5 years of experience and the extent to which they are open to change”, completed 2016
Adriana Villegas, MSc. International Accounting and Finance – Strategic Finance, University of Liverpool, “How does the ethnic origin and gender in management boards influence the organization’s performance”, completed 2015

PROGRAMME, COURSE AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

2015 – 2017 MSc Instructional Design and Technology programme, course, assessment design and development, University of the West Indies Open Campus
Systems Approach to Designing Instructional Materials as Course Coordinator/Instructor
Issues, Trends, Innovations and Research in Instructional Design, Instructional technology and Distance Education as Course Coordinator/Instructor
Instructional Design theories, Models and Strategies as Course Coordinator/Instructor
Needs Assessment for Learning and Performance as Course Coordinator/Instructor
Programme and Course Evaluation
Design Project (Captsone)
2013 – 2016 MSc. Learning Technologies course and assessment design and development, School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies (SISLT), University of Missouri, USA
Instructional Systems Design
Designing Online Courses
Introduction to Web Development
Intermediate to Web Development
Introduction to Digital Media
2012 Osher Life Long Learning Institute, University of Missouri, USA
Web Technologies (Continuing Education)
2010 Course Writer, MSc. Sustainable Development for Small Islands, University of West Indies Open Campus,
Introduction to Online Learning
2001 – 2006 BSc. Business and Information Technologies, course and assessment design and development, College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad
Introduction to Computer Hardware
Office Productivity Tools
Systems Analysis and Design
Human Computer Interface Design
Project management
Strategic Planning
Management Information Systems
Systems Implementation
Quality Control Systems
Webpage Design Concepts

WORKSHOP DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

2016 – present Williams Centre for Learning Advancement, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, Australia
Small Steps to Blending your Subject
Learning Through Business Games
Evaluating Teaching and Learning
Designing Online Discussion Forums
Alternative Teaching Resources in FBE (Open Education Resources)
The Basics of Blended Learning
The Flipped Classroom
Engaging Students with Technology (blended learning)
Teaching Innovative Practices (whole day symposium)
2013 – 2016 Montgomery College, Pennsylvania, USA
Student facing
Digital Literacy in an LMS (online)
Student Success Matters MOOC (internal and online)
Faculty facing:
Digital Literacy in an LMS (online)
Designing and Delivery an online learning course certification (online)
Training Faculty to use Online Learning
Designing and Using Moodle for Visiting Faculty group from Makerere University of Uganda.
2017 Osher Life Long Learning Institute, University of Missouri, USA
Web Technologies (Continuing Education)

INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2017 – present Faculty Ethics Committee – University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics
2017 – present Chair of University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics Blended Learning Special Interest Group
2017 Member of FBE’s Schematic Design Working Group. Group created to assist with the design of Level 2 and 3 of the Spot Building
2017 Brand Architecture Meeting Representative for WCLA
2017 Computer and Information Systems – Interaction Design Lab Seminars 2017 University of Melbourne’s Science of Learning Research Hub
2017 – 2018 Faculty Search Committees – University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics (Department of Economics and Williams Centre for Learning Advancement)
2015 – 2016 Information Technology Academic Affairs Committee – Montgomery County College
2015 – 2016 Distance Learning Committee – Montgomery County College
2008 – 2010 Coordinator of University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Information Science and Learning Technology International Research Partners Colloquium
2008 – 2013 Chair of University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Information Science and Learning Technology eLearning Research Group

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2015 – 2021 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) CLT Board Representative (re-elected)
2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Executive Board Member (elected)
2016 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Culture, Learning and Technology Division (elected)
2015 – 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Strategic Planning Committee (appointed)
2016 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Nominations Committee (appointed)
2012 – 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Ethics Committee (appointed)
2012 – 2013 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Organizational Training and Performance Division, Best Research Paper Awards Committee (appointed)
2011 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Organizational Training and Performance Division, Member-At-Large (elected)
2007 – 2012 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group – Computer and Society Editorial Board
2010 – 2012 Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Diversity Community of Practice (CoP) – Service Delivery Lead
2008 – 2010 Project Management Institute (PMI) Mid-Missouri Chapter VP Professional Development
2008 Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC)
2008 Accreditation Council for Trinidad and Tobago

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2018 Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) Training – Social Network Analysis
2017 Graduate Certificate of University Teaching, University of Melbourne, Australia
2017 HEAG/HESC Human Ethics Workshop, University of Melbourne, Australia
2017 Smart Sparrow Introduction/Training Session, Smart Sparrow (Sturt Canning), Australia
2017 Storytelling Workshop by Andy Goodman – offered by Faculty of Business and Economics Research Team, University of Melbourne, Australia
2017 Research Bazaar (ResBaz), University of Melbourne, Australia
2017 Women in Academic Leadership, FBE, University of Melbourne, Australia
2015 Learning Technology Leadership, EDUCAUSE/ELI, Pennsylvania, USA
2014 Blended Learning Designer, BlendKit 2014, EDUCAUSE/UCF, USA
2010 Usability Evaluator, University of Missouri-Columbia, Information Experience Lab, USA
2005 Six Sigma – Green Belt, Six Sigma Study, USA