Judith Amesbury, MA | Associate Researcher

Judith Amesbury, MA

Judith Amesbury, MA
Associate Researcher

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Researcher Summary

Judith Amesbury received her undergraduate degree (Hon. BSc.) in Zoology and Biology from the University of Toronto and subsequently found her way into the world of adult education. For the past 15 years she has been a teacher, administrator, and researcher for various adult literacy programs in Ontario across the private, non-profit, secondary, and post-secondary sectors. Her research focus arose from a desire to move beyond the traditional classroom and learn more about learning with technology, as well as an observed need for evidence-based decision making in adult education. As such, she completed her B.Ed. and M.A. in Education and Digital Technology at UOIT and currently works as an independent adult education consultant, as well as Research Coordinator and Assistant for several projects through Durham and Seneca College.

Judith’s research interests include research methodologies, problem-based learning, situated learning, authentic learning, and online community development. Judith is also an avid birder and drummer, but that’s another story!

Current Projects

eCampus Ontario Faculty Supports Project

The Faculty Supports Project investigates faculty supports available through Ontario post-secondary institutions for the purpose of improving the existing eCampus Ontario Teaching Resources portal. The purpose of this project is to revise and update existing resources, as part of a larger curation initiative conducted by eCampusOntario.ca– the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. This collaborative project includes consultations with Ontario college and university faculty and staff, in addition to an environmental scan of faculty development programs available through all Ontario post-secondary institutions.

ePortfolios & Employers

As a member of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium, Durham College has played a significant role in investigating methods for evaluating learning outcomes. Through an initial three-phase study – Student Success: Essential Employability Skills – conducted in collaboration with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), Durham College has investigated ePortfolios as tools for assessing Essential Employability Skills (EES). The ePortfolios & Employers Project is an extension of initial efforts, with the purpose of examining employers’ perceptions of and experiences with ePortfolios as employability tools, specifically in light of EES. This study is a collaboration between the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E.) and Career Development at Durham College, as well as the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).

Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP) Leadership & Management Training

Seneca College is working with the Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College in Tanzania to create a Management and Leadership Development Model and to deliver a series of workshops and short courses on Leadership and Management. This project is part of the Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP) – an Education for Employment (EFE) program of the Colleges and Institutes Canada – working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT), Tanzania.

Select Publications

Amesbury, J. (2015). Engaging Adult Literacy Learners: Investigating Problem Based Learning Object Use as a Possibility for Implementing Problem Based Learning Online. (Master’s Thesis).