Dr. Ann Russell, Ph.D (Senior Director, Learning, Innovation and Research)

Dr. Ann Russell is a Cognitive Scientist who completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her clinical background is in the area of neuropsychology and cognitive-behavioural therapy working across the spectrum of healthcare from primary care to rehabilitation and complex continuing care. While her clinical experience is in the area of individual assessment and treatment of cognition and emotion, her design research focuses on distributed cognition, especially design, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional networks of practice and expertise. Dr. Russell is the Senior Director of Learning, Innovation and Applied Educational Research at the Michener Institute for Education at UHN. Dr. Russell is responsible for advancing the Institute’s simulation, innovation and research strategies and priorities which are guided by the following questions: “What will health professionals be doing in 2040 and beyond? How are we responding to and anticipating change in the professions through innovative programming and partnerships?”
Phone: 416.596.3101

Jordan Holmes, B.Eng, M.A., MRT(N), CHSE (Senior Manager, Learning, Innovation and Simulation)

Jordan has extensive experience in simulation-based health professions education, including program administration and operations, faculty development, curriculum design, assessment, clinical integration and debriefing.  Jordan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, a Master’s Degree in Education and Digital Technologies from University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, and a clinical and teaching background in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology.  Jordan is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and is faculty with Simulation Canada.
Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 3391
Contact Jordan for: Simulation program and faculty development

Kerry Knickle, L.L.M. (ADR) (Director, Simulated Participant Program)

Kerry Knickle is the Director for the Simulated Participant Program at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She has over twenty years’ experience as academic educator and communication consultant in the areas of curriculum design and simulation methodology.
Kerry developed the Collegial Conflict™ Workshop Series in 2004, followed by “The Art and Science of Facilitation” with co-author Nancy McNaughton in 2008 for faculty educators and professional practitioners. Kerry’s dispute resolution focus highlights how assumptions, judgments and communication inform and impact personal and professional relationships. Kerry holds a Master of Laws degree, with a specialization in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Osgoode Hall.
Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 2346
Contact Kerry for: Simulation-based curriculum design, Communication and Conflict Management Consultations

Dr. Nancy McNaughton, Ph.D., M.Ed. (Education Scholar, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation)

Nancy McNaughton is the Education Scholar for the Centre for Learning Innovation and Simulation at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Nancy is an active educator and researcher with over 30 years of experience in the field of simulation based education. She designs and delivers curriculum, evaluation, remediation, and research activities for a variety of health professional trainees and practicing professionals, locally, nationally and internationally. Nancy’s research interests include exploring the role of emotion within health professional training and practice. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, (OISE) University of Toronto.
Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 2345
Contact Nancy for: Simulation-based curriculum development and assessment consultation

Smadar Shneider (Instructional Design Specialist, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation)

Smadar Shneider is an Instructional Designer with ten years of experience in education and corporate training. Smadar specializes in transforming any content into an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. In the last two years, her main focus was creating academic Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) geared toward both Israeli and international audiences.

Smadar has a Master’s in Education and Learning Technologies from the Open University of Israel, a university which aims to make higher education accessible, by developing advanced distance learning methods.

Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 1996
Contact Smadar for: Instructional design, eLearning development, course outline support

Tim Chipman (Production Coordinator, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation)

Tim Chipman has worked in various departments at Michener including the LRC, AV, Curriculum Commons and CLIS. Tim is currently with CLIS and is responsible for working on various video, audio, multi-media, simulation and photography projects.
Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 3302
Contact Tim for: Audio/visual production and webinar hosting

Alex DeOliveira (Learning Systems Administrator, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation)

Alex DeOliveira is Michener’s Learning Systems Administrator – a fancy way of saying he looks after Blackboard Learn and a bunch of digital media stuff too. Alex has been involved with Blackboard in some capacity since Michener adopted it as its Learning Management System (LMS) in the Fall 2000 semester. Alex’s experience with Blackboard Learn has ranged from technical support to system administration. Alex can sometimes be found in a crowd with a camera documenting the latest Michener event, pushing a cart full of A/V equipment in support of video production and has even been known to staff the Help Desk and LRC on occasion. Alex truly is Michener’s “a little bit of everything” guy!
Phone: 416.596.3101 ext. 3325
Contact Alex for: Blackboard, Akindi, LearningSpace support