Sharon Coyle

Sharon Coyle

SALTISE Contributor

Cégep de Sept-Îles, Sept-Îles, QC


Education and background
Education and background

M.Ed., College Teaching, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC

B.Ed., University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE

Honours B.A., Fine Arts Studies, Toronto, ON

  • Active Learning pedagogy
  • Pedagogical design
  • Implementations techno-pedagogical innovations
  • AL classroom design


Sharon’s projects focus on making the classroom an engaging, collaborative learning space to take students from where the are to as far as they can go. There is an effort to create learning experiences that feel real and whole, contextualized by place and relevance. Her classes harness the power of peer interaction and making thinking visible to self and others. Activities encourage the creation of individual and group products. Technology provides a vehicle for these goals.

  1. Virtual Team Teaching
    This project has been running for more than ten years. Virtual Team Teaching (VTT) provides a framework for teachers to team-teach at a distance using a variety of information and communication tools. This practice enriches the learning experience of the students and the teachers. It provides opportunities to develop collaborative skills and provides experience with “online” learning scenarios with teacher presence. VTT also presents an opportunity to develop intercultural awareness and open-mindedness through positive reflective interaction with people from other places.
  2. CCDMD VTT Handbook
    Sharon just finished writing his short, practical handbook to support teachers who would like to try Virtual Team Teaching (See Project 1). The VTT handbook is in the final stages of publishing and should be available soon at CCDMD.
  3. Active Learning Fellows
    The Cegep de Sept-Iles launched their first Active Learning Classroom (ALC) in January of 2017. The Active Learning Fellows Project was put into place to support teachers in sharing best practices in an attempt to get the maximum benefits for students from this new space. The teachers involved reflect on and share their ALC experiences with each other and will gather ideas and procedures to create a ALC Booklet that will be available to all teachers who would like to use the ALC. Sharon Coyle and Patricia Saindon, two ALC Fellows, will be presenting their experience of this first term use at the 2017 AQPC Conference.