Curriculum Vitae

Formal Education

Doctor of Distance Education, Ed.D.

(Instructional Design, Program Development & Educational Technologies).  Dissertation title: Design guidelines for Mobile-Assisted Language Learning objects supporting the development of ESP listening skills.

Athabasca University; Athabasca, Canada

2012

Master of Distance Education

(Instructional Design, Program Development & Educational Technologies)

Athabasca University; Athabasca, Canada

2006

Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology) – AGDDE(T)

Athabasca University; Athabasca

2003

E-Commerce Solutions Developer Diploma (IT Programming)  

The Institute for Computer Studies, Toronto, Canada

2002

TESL Certificate Program (Teaching English as a Second Language)

University of Toronto, Canada

1999

B.A. – Major in Linguistics and Minor in Slavic Languages and Literature

University of Toronto, Canada

1994

Applied Linguistics, Specialist in Teaching and Translating English and Russian

University of Warsaw, Poland

1988

 

 

Post-secondary Teaching Experience: F2F and Online

Athabasca University; Centre for Distance Education ->>> Sept 2014 – present 

 Graduate Course Instructor

  • MDDE 623: Introduction to Mobile Learning
  • MDDE 621: Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training
  • MDDE 614: International Issues in Open and Distance Learning
  • MDDE 601: Introduction to Distance Education and Training
  • MDDE 602: Research Methods in Distance Education
  • MDDE 603: Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory

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The University of New Mexico; Organization, Information, & Learning Sciences Program (online) >>> Jan 2014 – present

  • Mobile Learning Graduate Course Instructor

  • Designed and created the graduate level course on mobile learning and instructional design
  • Facilitate , guide , and mentor students in the course
  • Evaluate students’ progress and provide support
  • Refine course curriculum and teach the curriculum online and using mobile tools (Blackboard Learn, Moodle, and mobile learning apps)

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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver; Mobiles for Development (M4D) MOOC (online) >>> Sep – Nov 2013

  • Mobiles in Education (Pedagogies and delivery of services)

  • Designed and created eight educational videos and scripts
  • Moderated MOOC discussions and synchronous chats (2255 students from around the globe)

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Universidad de La Sabana, Chía, Colombia – Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Master in English Language Teaching (online) >>> 2012 – present

  • Master’s Research Director/Supervisor

  • Supervised graduate students in the Master in English Language Teaching program (action research)
  • Provided guidance and feedback to Master’s candidates on their research and thesis
  • Acted as an External Master Thesis Reviewer for five Master’s students

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George Brown College, Toronto – The Innovation in Teaching and Learning Engagement Hub >>> 2011 – May 2013

  • Mobile Learning Specialist

  • Designed, delivered, and researched (face-to-face, online and mobile) resources and courses on m-learning as well as Professional Development sessions for faculty
  • Supported faculty through one-on-one and group PD events to create instructional materials and adopt innovative m-learning solutions in the face-to-face and blended environment
  • Researched m-learning solutions that allow faculty and students to augment their teaching and learning
  • Developed and taught strategies to integrate mobile and e-learning in the adult classroom

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Athabasca University, Athabasca (online) >>> Sep. – Dec. 2009

  • Teaching Internship – Instructional Design in Distance Education, Master of Distance Education

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George Brown College, Toronto – International and Immigrant Education >>> 2005 – 2010

  • COMM1154/1155 Professor – Occupation-Specific Language Profiles
  • ESL Instructor – ESL for Technology, Enhanced Language Training for IT professionals
  • EFL Instructor – EFL Program in China (Number 3 Middle School, Suzhou)

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University of Toronto >>> 2005 – 2006

  • Academic English Instructor – Academic English Preparation Course

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Toronto Catholic District School Board, Continuing Education Department >>> 1992 – 2002

  • Coordinator; ESL, English for Special Purposes and ESL/Computer Instructor
    • Adult ESL and Computer Assisted Language Learning
    • ESL-Clerical Accounting/ Business Communication and Computer Training
    • ESL/MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access and Internet in the network environment
    • STIC Occupational Terminology Workshop for Engineers, Work Search for Foreign-Trained Engineers

 

Research Experience

  • Researcher/Consultant (2012-present). Mobile and E-Learning Solutions to Reduce Critical Health Disparities in Ghana: A Cross-cultural Collaboration between Ghana, Canada, and the USA. Funded by Grand Challenges Canada.
  • Research Project Lead (2011-2013): Orientation Scavenger Hunt for Mobile Devices- Interdisciplinary project connecting faculty, students and IT professionals across GBC departments.
  • Research Project Manager and Co-researcher (2011-2013). Six faculty and student mobile/blended learning research projects at various departments at GBC.
  • Researcher (2011), Athabasca University: National Survey of Mobile Learning in Canada. Funded by Rogers Canada.
  • Research Project Lead (2008-2009): Occupation-Specific Language Profiles – Phase 2: Adjunct Communications Course for Accountants. Blending mobile, online and in-class learning. Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
  • Research Project Lead (2007-2008): Occupation-Specific Language Profiles – Phase 1. Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
  • Research Lead (2007-2009): College to Workplace – Language Benchmarking. Funded by the School of Business (GBC).
  • Doctoral Research (2009-2011): Design guidelines for Mobile-Assisted Language Learning objects supporting the development of ESP listening skills.

 

 Mobile & e-Learning/ Curriculum Design/Instructional Design

George Brown College, Toronto >>>  2005 – May 2013

  • Mobile Learning SpecialistThe Innovation in Teaching and Learning Engagement Hub (2011-2013)

    • Designed and assisted in executing the mobile learning strategy for the College
    • Assisted with evaluation and adaptation of m-learning activities and solutions
    • Identified resources to support faculty and students in developing m-learning strategies and digital fluency skills
    • Led m-learning initiatives and research projects
    • Liaised with other colleges, universities, industry partners, and m-learning associations
    • Disseminated results of m-learning pilots and research studies
    • Assisted in development, testing, and implementation of m-learning apps
    • Coordinated and facilitated activities before, during, and after m-learning events
  • Curriculum Specialist, The Office of Academic Excellence (2009-2011)

    • Reviewed and evaluated courses and programs for undergraduate, diploma and certificate programs across various domains and faculties
    • Consulted on program development, curriculum modification and development, implementation of effective teaching strategies, program and course mapping, instructional design, assessment approaches, use of technology, innovative solutions for effective content and delivery
    • Conducted and coordinated benchmarking of three college programs
    • Collaborated with faculty, administrators and industry partners to implement effective teaching practices and develop a supportive learning environment
    • Delivered Professional Development presentations with respect to interactive, collaborative and communicative teaching strategies, evaluation rubrics, course outlines and outcome-based teaching
    • Prepared and presented reports and program enhancement recommendations to stakeholders
    • Researched and analyzed College programs and workplace requirements to recommend curricular improvements and ensure student success
  • COMM/ESP Mobile Tasks Designer and Developer – Mobile-Assisted Language Learning Research Project
  • COMM 1154/1155 Curriculum Developer, ESL and Computer-Assisted Language Learning Instructor – Occupation-Specific Language Profiles
  • Instructional Designer – College to Workplace: Language Benchmarking
  • ESP Curriculum Writer – Enhanced Language Training for IT professionals, ESL for Technology
  • COMM1130 Curriculum Writer – Construction Management Language Bridging Program
  • Curriculum Reviewer – OSLT Construction Trades Curriculum

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e+Learning Solutions Inc., Toronto >>> 2013 – present

  • President

  • Instructional Designer (e-Learning, m-Learning, hybrid solutions)

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Cars International/ English in the Air, Toronto (10 months in Warsaw, Poland) >>> 2002 – 2005

  • e-Learning Specialist

    (Instructional Designer); Program Manager

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Toronto Catholic District School Board, Continuing Education Department, Toronto >>> 1996

  • Curriculum Writer – The Trades Employment Project for the Construction Industry

 

Reviewer

 

 

Publications

Book Chapters

Palalas, A., & Ally, M. (Eds.) (in press). The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning.

Palalas, A. (2015). Community and informal learning, and skills development. In J. Traxler (Ed.), Mobiles for Lifelong Learning and Skills Development – publication by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the ICT agency for the United Nations.

Palalas, A. (2015). The Ecological Perspective on the “Anytime Anyplace” of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. In E. Gajek (Ed.) Technologie mobilne w kształceniu językowym (pp. 29-48). Warszawa: Texter.

Palalas, A. (2013). Blended mobile learning: Expanding learning spaces with mobile technologies. In M. Ally & A. Tsinakos (Eds.), Global mobile learning: Implementations and trends (pp. 86-104). The Open University of China.

Palalas, A., & Anderson, T. (2013). Educational Design Research: Designing mobile learning interventions for English as a Second Language.

Palalas, A., & Hoven, D. (2013). Implications of using DBR to investigate the iterative design of a mobile-enabled language learning system. In Rodrigues, J. & Pardo-Ballester, C. (Eds.) Design-Based Research in CALL (pp. 41-66). CALICO Monograph Series (vol. 11).

Hoven, D. & Palalas, A. (2013). Design guidelines for effective mobile-enabled tasks for ESP students: A longitudinal study. In P. Hubbard, M. Schulze & B. Smith (Eds.), Learner-Computer Interaction in Language Education. A Festschrift in Honor of Robert Fischer (pp.137-165). CALICO.

Palalas, A. (2011). Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Designing for your students. In Thouësny, S. & Bradley, L. (Eds.) Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology. Research-publishing.net: Voillans.

 Refereed Journal Articles

Palalas, A., Berezin, N., Gunawardena, C., & Kramer, G. (2015). A Design Based Research Framework for Implementing a Transnational Mobile and Blended Learning Solution.International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL)7(4), 57-74.

Palalas, A. (2011). ESP for busy college students: Is the blend of in-class, online and mobile learning the answer? The IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies.

Hoven, D. & Palalas, A. (2011). (Re)-conceptualizing design approaches for mobile language learning. CALICO Journal, 28 (3).

Published Conference Proceedings

Palalas, A., Berezin, N., Kramer, G., Appiah, J. K., & Gunawardena, C. N. (2014). An M-Learning Solution to Address Critical Healthcare Issues in Ghana: Challenges for Mobile Learning in Developing Countries. In Mobile as a Mainstream–Towards Future Challenges in Mobile Learning (pp. 168-181). Springer International Publishing.

Palalas, A. (2013). Preparing Mobile Learning Strategy for Your Institution. QScience Proceedings: Vol. 2013, 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013 in Doha, Qatar), 32. DOI: 10.5339/qproc.2013.mlearn.32

Palalas, A. (2012). Mobile-Enabled Language Learning Eco-System. In M. Specht, M. Sharples, & J. Multisilta (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning 2012, (pp. 1-8).

Palalas, A. (2010). Investigating design principles for Mobile-Assisted Language Learning Objects: Design-Based Research. In M. Montebello, V. Camilleri, & A. Dingli (Eds.), Proceedings of mLearn Conference, (pp. 410-413).

Palalas, A., & Fahlman, D. (2010). Mobile device usage patterns and their impact on instructional design. In M. Montebello, V. Camilleri, & A. Dingli (Eds.), Proceedings of mLearn Conference, (pp. 381-382).

Palalas, A. (2009). Using mobile devices to extend English language learning outside the classroom. In D. Metcalf, A. Hamilton, & C. Graffeo (Eds.), mlearn2009: 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning. Proceedings (pp. 179-183).  University of Central Florida.

Doctoral Dissertation

Palalas, A. (2012). Design guidelines for a Mobile-Enabled Language Learning system supporting the development of ESP listening skills (Doctoral dissertation, Athabasca University). http://hdl.handle.net/10791/17

Manuscripts in Preparation

Palalas, A. Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. (Book)

Palalas, A. Design-Based Research: A top-down or agile approach for educational technology research.

Palalas, A., & Pawluk, P. Pedagogically-sound cross-platform designs for mobile and blended learning.

 

Recent Conference Presentations

Advancing Learning Conference 2014. (2014, May). Barrie, Canada. Paper: M-learning done right.

UO Conference: Best Practices in Online Adult Education. (2015, June). Keynote – Mobile Learning: Connecting across Time and Space.

The eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon 2015 Conference & Expo, (2015, June). Austin, Texas. Co-presenter: Component-based Architecture for mLearning with the xAPI.

TESOL 2015 International Convention and English Language Expo (2015, March). Toronto, Ontario. Invited talk: Blended Learning: What Does Research Say?

The 3rd Technology for Teachers (T4T) Conference – TESL Toronto. (2015, January). Toronto, Ontario. Presentation 1 (co-presenter): Mobile scavenger hunt games for language teaching. Presentation 2 (co-presenter): From handouts through QR codes to iBeacons.

The 13th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning – mLearn2014 (2014, November); Istanbul, Turkey. Paper: Challenges for mobile learning in developing countries: CUC Physician Assistant Program in Ghana.

TESL Ontario Conference (2013, November). Toronto, Canada. Presentation: How to Select and Implement ESL Mobile Apps?

AILA World Congress 2014 (2014, August); Brisbane, Australia. Panel (invited speaker): Adopting mobile learning technology for English: Benefits and challenges.

The 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning – mLearn2013 (2013, October); Doha, Qatar, (1) Workshop: Getting ready for mobile learning research, & (2) Presentation: Preparing Mobile Learning Strategy for Your Institution.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2013 (2013, May). Hawaii, USA. (1) Discussion panel: Design-Based Research in CALL, & (2) Presentation: Listening with Mobile Devices: An Ecological Approach to Context-Embedded Learning (co-presented with Debra Hoven).

App for Health and Education 2013. (2013, May); Hamilton, Canada. Panel presentation: Technology in The Health Studies Classroom: Mobile Learning.

International Conference on Computer Education 2012 (ICCE2012). (2012, November); Singapore.  Paper: Design Principles for a Pedagogically-Sound Mobile-Enabled Language Learning System.

The 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn2012). (2012, October); Helsinki, Finland, Paper: Mobile-Enabled Language Learning Eco-System.

2012 AU FGS Graduate Student Conference: Research & the Knowledge Frontier in an Online Environment. (September, 2012). Virtual presentation. Researching the Design of a Mobile-enabled Language Learning System.

CSTD (Canadian Society for Training and Development) Conference and Trade Show. (2011, November). Trading post session: The state of mobile learning in Canada.

CNIE 2011: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference. (2011, May). Hamilton, Canada. Paper: Pedagogically sound cross-platform designs for mobile language learning.

The 5th Annual Great Learning Curriculum Conference. (2010, November). Niagara Falls, Canada. Panel: Blended Learning – Alternate Delivery.

The 9th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn2010). (2010, October); Valletta, Malta, Paper: Investigating design principles for Mobile-Assisted Language Learning objects: Design-Based Research. & Poster: Mobile device usage patterns and their impact on instructional design.

The 38th Annual TESL Ontario Conference (2010, October). Toronto, Canada. Workshop: Interactive ESL tasks for your students’ mobile devices.

College Association for Language and Literacy 2010 Conference. (2010, June). Toronto, Canada. Paper: Teaching oral communication using mobile devices.

CNIE 2010: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference. (2010, May). Saint John, Canada. Paper: Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: From context-independent to contextualized instruction.

TESL Toronto Spring Conference 2010. (2010, May). Toronto, Canada. Panel: Seduced by technology.

The Oral Dimensions of Language Teaching: New Tools, New Practices. McGill University. (2010, March). Montreal, Canada. Paper: Taking language learning outside the classroom: Listening tasks for mobile devices.

The 37th Annual TESL Ontario Conference (2009, December). Toronto, Canada. Paper: ESL on the Move: Effective Use of iPod Touches and Other Mobile Devices for Language Learning.

The 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (2009, October). Orlando, USA. Paper: Using mobile devices to extend English language learning outside the classroom.

EUROCALL 2009. (2009, September). Gandia, Spain. Paper: ESP for busy college students: Is the blend of mobile and online learning the answer.

The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) 2009 Annual Conference. (2009, May). Atlanta, USA. Paper:  ESP for busy college students: Is the blend of mobile and online learning the answer.

TESL Toronto Spring Conference 2009. (2009, May). Toronto, Canada. Paper: Mobile language learning: From theory to practice.

This is IT: Advancing Learning Conference 2009. (2009, May). Toronto, Canada. Paper: Effective audio and video podcasts for mobile learning.

The 36th Annual TESL Ontario Conference (October, 2008). Toronto, Canada. Paper: Benchmarks research in workplace communication and how it can inform the college curriculum. Co-presented with Scovill, V.

Recent Attended Conferences

The 14th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning – mLearn2015 (2015, October); Venice, Italy.

The mLearnCon 2013 Conference & Expo – The eLearning Guild. (2013, June).  San Jose, USA.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2011 (2011, June). Victoria, Canada.

The mLearnCon 2010 Conference & Expo – The eLearning Guild. (2010, June).  San Diego, USA.

Ed-Media 2010 World Conference on Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. (2010, June). Toronto, Canada.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2010 (2010, June). Amherst, USA.

Professional Development Conference for Higher Level Employment Related Language Programs in Ontario. (2009, June). Niagara Falls, Canada.

Educational Design Research Conference: Design Based Research in Education. (2010, March). Athens, USA.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2009. (2009, May). Phoenix, USA.

The 2009 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) International Conference. (2009, May). Ottawa, Canada.

IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2009. (2009, Feb). Barcelona, Spain.

This is IT: Advancing Learning Conference 2008. (2008, May). Hamilton, Canada.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2005 (2005, May); East Lansing, USA.

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – CALICO 2003 (2003, May); Ottawa, Canada.

 

Honours, Awards and Grants

Grand Challenges Canada grant for Mobile and E-Learning Solutions to Reduce Critical Health Disparities in Ghana: A Cross-cultural Collaboration Between Ghana, Canada, and the USA (April, 2013)

2013 CAGS/Proquest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award Nomination (April, 2013)

Athabasca University Convocation Scholarship (2012, June)

Doctoral Student Research Award – Athabasca University (2011, May)

Graduate Level Student Travel Award – Athabasca University (2010, August)

§ Henderson Plenary Award Finalist at the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) 2009 Annual Conference

 

Memberships in Professional Associations

International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) (President)

International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) (President, Founding Director)

The e-Learning Guild

International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

TESL Association of Ontario and TESL Toronto (Executive Board member)

 

Recent International Work-Related Travel

Saudi Arabia (2015), USA (2015-1989), Italy (2015), Greece (2015, 2004), Turkey (2014), Australia (2014), Qatar (2013), Dubai (2013), Ghana (2013); India (2013); Singapore (2012); Indonesia (2012); Finland (2012); Poland (2014, 2012), Malta (2010); Spain (2009); Netherlands (2009); Mexico (2006); England (2004); Germany (2004, 2003, 2001); Switzerland (2003)