John Abbott College, Montreal, QC
Andrea Cooperberg is a pedagogical support and innovation specialist at John Abbott College. In this role, she has been instrumental in guiding instructors and helping them navigate the online educational environment. Andrea has been a constant and reassuring presence throughout the trials, tribulations, fears, and frustrations brought about by the pandemic and pivot to online teaching. Her steading influence has helped faculty achieve success despite the challenging times. Throughout her career, Andrea has demonstrated inspirational and innovative pedagogical practices, dedication, and resilience. At the same time, her pedagogic, academic, curricular, and institutional experience have been invaluable as she supports those who require her assistance. Her patience, confidence, and ever-present commitment have kept instructors reassured and steadfast throughout the uncertainty. Andrea has become the lead in John Abbott’s COVID-19 task force for the Faculty Online Support Team (FOST). Throughout the last year she has conducted online workshops and drop-ins sessions to train faculty on new and ever-changing digital platforms and systems, while supporting the use of alternative assessment strategies, and the adapting of pedagogical practice. Andrea’s workshops were welcoming, supportive, and interactive – a place where instructors were exposed to authentic examples of pedagogical solutions that help to promote student engagement, participation, and learning. Her efforts and mentoring have promoted a sense of well-being among John Abbott’s faculty and given them the confidence to transform their teaching.
SALTISE Innovator 2021 SALTISE Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators AwardSALTISE Conference 2021