- PhD Educational Sciences - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium 2015
- MEd Educational Technology - Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada 2008
- MA Applied Linguistics - University of Surrey, United Kingdom 2000
- BEd Social Studies - Dalhousie University, Canada 1993
- BA History - Dalhousie University, Canada 1991
- Selected Certificates & Licenses
- Teaching License (TC 5), Ministry of Education, Nova Scotia, Canada
- AACSB Assurance of Learning – Seminar I & II: Sydney, Australia 2016
- Making Thinking Visible: Harvard Graduate School of Education (Online) 2015
- Experiential Education Academy: New York & Dubai 2013
- Facilitation I: Nova Scotia, Canada 2008
- Certificat de Pedagogie Français: Université Ste Anne, Nova Scotia Canada 1994
Selected Professional Experience
Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia 2016-Present
Curriculum Advisor, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning Transformations) and the School of Business
- Plan and manage AACSB accreditation strategies for School of Business and measurement strategies for Assurance of Learning
- Facilitate academic working groups (up to 30 participants) to evaluate programs and learning outcome reviews
- Consult on learning transformations in the classroom through presentations, advising, and ongoing consultations
- Promote Idea Management and Portfolios as learning spaces to match vertical campus technology initiatives in 2nd and 3rd year courses with enrolments over 500 students and 1st year courses with more than 1000 students.
- Consult on institution-wide initiatives, including teacher training and assessment design
- Manage faculty teaching and research writing sessions for more than 160 sessional and 120 full-time faculty
- Improved collaborative inquiry potential within classrooms of 60 students using innovative group work and technology strategies across multiple 3rd year units.
Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada 2016-Present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
- Teach Collaborative Inquiry online in the Masters of Education program
Higher Colleges of Technology, (accredited by University of Melbourne), UAE 2009-2015
Faculty/Lecturer, Bachelor of Education Program
- Led curriculum development initiative for the Education program; planned and implemented a curriculum management database for the entire program using SharePoint
- Managed Mahara e-portfolio platform using PHP and MySQL for 800+ users to enhance learning outcomes and student engagement
- Conducted year-long e-portfolio research project for 30+ K-12 teachers, and managed community training project to educate teachers and students how to incorporate and use technology in the classroom
- Coordinated teaching internships and research projects for 140+ students, and created an internship database to track 800+ concurrent students
- Taught multiple courses including Educational Technology, Early Childhood, and Primary streams, for all year levels of the program, and acted as Academic Coordinator for educational technology across all campuses
- Recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the Sharjah campus; awarded Excellence in Community Relations, Excellence in “Learning by Doing,” and Excellence in Curriculum Design
Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia, Canada 2007-2009
- Managed curriculum development, and resource management for Adult Learning Program (1400 students), and African Canadian Transition Program
- Led faculty working groups for Adult Learning Program, and reviewed entire program over 2 year period with groups of 8-10 faculty for each of 22 high school level courses
- Liaised with Nova Scotia Ministry of Education, and strengthened relationship with government bodies
- Designed online resource system, managed special projects including delivery strategies and e-learning initiative, and served on special needs and learning committees
Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Campus, UAE 2001-2007
Faculty Team Leader
- Led online course design efforts for Math, English and Computer Studies as a WebCT Expert Designer, and managed e-portfolio project for 350-400 concurrent students
- Taught introductory Computer Studies, served as IT Team Leader, and webmaster for the Foundations Department
- Awarded Continuous Improvement (2005) and E-Learning Innovations (2004) in recognition of efforts to incorporate technology in the learning process, to enhance student engagement
- Narratives for learning: Portfolio approach to teaching and learning. INTED 2015: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Madrid. 2015
- Pre-service teachers and the relational construction of teaching knowledge. INTED 2015: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Madrid. 2015
- Artful Competency: ePortfolios for Educators. Presentation at the HCT M-Learning Conference, Dubai, UAE. 2014
- Ramaqia ePortfolio Project. Presentation at the Global Education Forum, Dubai, UAE. 2014
- Ipads on Wheels. Presentation at the HCT Annual Conference, Dubai, UAE. 2013
- Leslie, P. (2016). Narratives of Learning: The Portfolio Approach. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Accepted for Publication October, 2016. In print.
- Leslie, P. (2014). Professional Portfolios to Demonstrate ‘Artful Competency’. e-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, 8(2).
- Leslie, P. (2014). Portfolios in a Bachelor of Education Programme. In S. Bainbridge (Ed.), eJournal (Vol. 5). Abu Dhabi: HCT Press.
- Leslie, P. (2013). Communities of Inquiry and Assessment: Graded Discussions. In S. Dowling (Ed.), Opening up Learning (Vol. 2). Abu Dhabi: HCT Press.
- Leslie, P. (2012, September). Portfolio Approach to Learning: Application with Educational Technology Students. In S. Dowling (Ed.), Opening up Learning (Vol. 1, pp. 153-162). Abu Dhabi: HCT Press. (https://goo.gl/ITCVj9)
During my current sabbatical year, I have been applying for a number of positions all over the world. Some of the applications requirements requested include essays, presentations, references, teaching philosophy and research statements. One recent position requested a video repsonse to a question, which I thought was a very interesting method of getting to know the applicant.
Like many people, I am not always comfortable watching myself on video because we have a tendency to focus on the 'warts and all' of our person. Of course, others see these all the time and perhaps do not notice them. We however, can see every single little flaw and these revelations are often quite shocking. At any rate, here is my video, below, 'warts and all'!