Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Avoiding Social Isolation in On-line Courses

Dr. Heather A. Ryan.

Creating a new online course generates responsibility to include all students in active discussion and reflective of major ideas.
Production of the Educational Psychology 205: Understanding student development in the Saskatchewan (Canada) context, is intended to prepare preservice teachers for careers in the unique demographics of this rural Canadian province. To achieve this end many sensitive topics including aboriginal issues and knowledge, issues in drug and abuse, with the resultant cognitive and academic underachievement.
Students analyze their own principles and prejudices in order to be full participants in developing styles of interaction and curriculum that are appropriate for success of children in these classrooms.


Dr. Heather A. Ryan  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology Faculty of Education
University of Regina

Heather Ryan is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She taught sciences at Alberta College in Edmonton, AB for the first 18+ years of her career as an educator. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta in 1995 specializing in educational reform, human development and language and cognition. From 1995 to 2000, she was a Lecturer at Massey University, teaching human development and research methods and doing research into early literacy development and special education resourcing in New Zealand. In 2000 she took up a position at the University of Regina. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, published articles and is presently contributing to a research methods textbook in England. Heather has edited a recently published text, Learning to read in Aotearoa New Zealand: a collaboration between early childhood educators, families and schools, with her colleague Paul Adams

  • psychology of learning
  • aboriginal education
  • teacher education
  • students with cognitive learning
  • difficulties

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)