Elan Paulson

Teaching and Learning Consultant

Elan Paulson's head shot.Joel Beaupre's head shot. She is Teaching and Learning Consultant at Conestoga.
Elan Paulson, PhD

Degrees and Education

I have a Doctor of Philosophy (English) from Western University, supported by SSHRC and OGS funding as well as other scholarships and essay awards. I have two Master’s degrees: a Master of English Literature and Language (Carleton) and a Master of Educational Technology (UBC) in 2017.

I have Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate, the eCampusOntario Empowered Educator Micro-Credential, and Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) training at Conestoga and Western. I also have a TESL Certificate (UBC Continuing Education).

Empowered Educator Badge
Graduating from UBC.

Teaching and Teaching Awards

As a Teaching and Learning Consultant at Conestoga, I facilitate faculty development through workshops as well as courses in the Collaborative and Team-Based Learning micro-credential.

My education and teaching interests include theories of adult learning, online and hybrid learning, collaborative learning, research on teaching, oral communication, gender theory and its application, and community-based learning. I have a particular passion for orienting new faculty to the College and supporting capstone project development!

Presenting at CPED.

I have taught over 35 courses in social science, humanities, and education fields at Western U, Brescia UC, Huron UC, and UBC – Okanagan. I specialize in the major forms of written and oral discourse, marketing and communications, and anti-racist, anti-homophobic gender studies. At Conestoga I have taught the following for-credit courses:

I have teaching awards from Western (2019, 2018, 2017). I was on the Dean’s honour roll for teaching at Brescia University College (2011). I was nominated for Western graduate teaching awards (2005, 2006, 2008). I won a great ideas for teaching award from Western’s Teaching Support Centre in 2017.

Leadership and Learning in Higher Education

Presenting a conference poster

I have served as thesis examiner for 11 successful doctoral and master’s students at Western University, Athabasca University, and Royal Roads University. As a Program Director I supported the development and delivery of a suite of fully master’s and doctoral online professional graduate programs at Western University’s Faculty of Education. I have organized several international, national, and local conferences on a range of education topics.

At eCampusOntario I was Director of Communications and Community Engagement for two years, leading technology-enabled innovation in public Ontario post-secondary education. I provided team and awards committee leadership for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a non-profit organization that supports 100 institutions providing EdD programs throughout North America.

I have participated as a lead and team member on multiple provincially funded open education projects, including The Hidden Curriculum (2022) and Student 2 Scholar (2015), which was awarded a Special Achievement Award from the Ontario Libraries Association (OCULA) in 2017 and the PRIMO Site of the Month award in 2016, and the Hidden Curriculum (2022).

Community service in Dominican Republic

International and Intercultural Learning

As a Team Lead I supported two post-secondary student international community service learning opportunities in the Dominican Republic and in Costa Rica.

As well, I have a TESL certificate and have taught and supported community engagement study tour programs for Okanagan College International, British Columbia.

I have also developed non-profit training for newcomers and women for various vocational fields.

Writing and Research on Teaching

Here are 5 of my favourite posts written for the Faculty Learning Hub:

I have conducted exploratory and explanatory research using qualitative and quantitative (descriptive statistics) methodologies. I have led and collaborated on multiple research on teaching and learning projects. Here is a partial list of selected peer-reviewed publications and presentations on PSE teaching and learning.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Paulson, E., & Campbell, N. (2018). Collective approaches to ePortfolio adoption: Barriers and opportunities in a large Canadian universityCanadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(3).

Paulson, E., & Laverty, C. (2018). Leveraging learning outcomes to build an online information literacy toolJournal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. 1-14.

Chapters in Books

Paulson, E. (2016). Adapting and advocating for an online EdD program in changing times and “sacred cultures.” Contemporary approaches to dissertation development and research methods. Hershey, PA. IGI Global.

Paulson, E. (2018), & Faubert, B. Education in the echo chamber: Understanding K-12 education governance in Ontario, Canada. Educational Governance Research. Eds. Olof Johannson & Helene Ãrlestig. Springer.

Book Reviews

Paulson, E. (2017). Review of the book Bernhard Streitwieser, B., & Anthony C. Ogden. A.C. (2016). International higher education’s scholar-practitioners: Bridging research and practice. Symposium Books. In International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (UNESCO).

Paulson, E. (2017). Review of the book by Pina., A.A. & Huett. J.B., Eds. 2016. Beyond the Online Course Leadership. Perspectives on e-Learning. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing. In International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (UNESCO).

Selected Presentation from the Last 5 Years

Brady, K., Lowrey, S., & Paulson, E. (2018). Sharing “best practices” in faculty advising in online doctoral programs Through online communities of practice. AERA, New York, NY.

Bauman, C., Brady, K., Lowrey, S., Paulson, E., Richardson, J. Zeisner, C. (2017, Oct. 6). CoPs for an ethic of care in online advisory and instruction in educational leadership programs. 2017 Values and Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Freeman, W., Lock, J., Cleveland-Innes, M., Paulson, E., Kumar, V., Lakhal, S., Nelson, D., & Vaughn, N. (2018, May 29). Developing Research Agenda for Higher Education Reform through Blended and Online Learning. CSSHE. Regina, SK.

Paulson, E., & Nelson, N. (2021, Nov. 11). Promising practices for teaching hybrid micro-credentials. Technology + Education Seminar + Showcase, TESS 2021.

Things I Love

I love sharing ideas and learning from others. I am a member of a personal book club as well as Conestoga’s book club. Here are two 2022 E3 conference presentations I gave, one on the book club.

I passionately enjoy arts, crafts, and creative play with my hands — including acrylic painting, crocheting simple patterns (including food!), cooking and baking decoration, and cosplay and costume design. I love operettas, musicals (live and movies), and most other kinds of theatre.

Elan in a jersey

I am an enthusiastic novice in multiple recreational sports, including soccer, hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, cycling, and curling. I was proud to be awarded the Most Improved Player award from the St Thomas Curling Club in 2022.

I reflect on my sports and fitness activities as a regular contributor to the blog Fit is a Feminist Issue, which has 40,000 subscribers.

My favourite podcasts are This American LifeWorkLife with Adam GrantHidden BrainYou are Not So Smart, and Strong Black Legends.