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Dr. Jia Li

Mitch & Leslie Frazer
Faculty of Education

Ontario Tech

Dr. Jia Li is an Associate Professor at the Mitch & Leslie Frazer Faculty of Education, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She received her doctoral degree from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and conducted her post-doctoral research work at Queen’s University. She was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2011 to 2012, and a John A Sproul Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 2018 to 2019. Her teaching and professional experience include instructional design and assessment of technology-assisted educational interventions using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Dr. Li’s research agenda focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to address challenge areas in education by leveraging digital technologies, data-driven innovative language and literacy interventions using new technologies to support the development of academic reading and writing skills for linguistically diverse students. These include diverse urban students from low-income families, university English language learners and Indigenous youth. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Canada. The results of her work have been published in journals including Computers & Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Language Learning & Technology, and Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Dr. Li is an invited reviewer for 27 refereed journals, of which many reported high Impact Factors. These include the top 3 journals in education and technology, the top 2 journals in technology assisted language learning, the top 1 journal in teacher education, the top 1 journal in medical internet research, and a top 3 journal in education. She is Chairperson of Publications for the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) and serves for Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Journal of Education (CJE)/La Revue canadienne de l’éducation (RCE).

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Matthew  McGravey

Matthew has recently completed his Master of Education Studies at Ontario Tech University. with a project that focused on perspectives of administrators’ serving Indigenous schools in a Northern, Ontario Indigenous community. His research interest focuses on supporting students from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) deserving communities.

Matthew has worked as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instructor at serveral post-secondary institutions across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Currently he is a Writing and ESL Specialist at Ontario Tech University. Working with students to enhance their English language skills remains a top priority in all aspects of Matthew’s professional life.

Matthew also enjoys playing several musical instruments and is an avid music fan. In addition, Matthew is a vintage computer enthusiast who one day hopes to curate museum exhibitions for young people to experience.

Novera Roihan

Novera Roihan is a Master of Education (MEd) student at Ontario Tech University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Toronto Metropolitan University. Novera was a High School Teacher and head of the Humanities Department at a private school in Toronto, and has experience in designing and executing lesson plans, tailoring them to course requirements and utilizing online platforms, such as Google Classroom. Her academic research focuses primarily on Indigenous students’ language and literacy development in English and the experience of in-service teachers serving Indigenous school communities.

Brian Ho Sang

Brian Ho Sang is a Master of Education (MEd) student at Ontario Tech University. He has worked as a designer for over twenty years. These include multiple projects completed for the City of Oshawa, Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Ontario Creates (formerly Ontario Media Development), and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT).

He also instructed design for ten years at Durham College. His research interests align with his dedication to design and experience with information and communication technology. He is also interested in cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusion in education through exploring, identifying, and studying social systems that construct social identities and structures leading to empowerment or oppression.

Jacopo Ambrosini

Jacopo Ambrosini is a doctoral student at Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech University. He recently completed his Master of Teaching English at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. His research interest focuses on video game-based learning, gamification, second language acquisition, and English Second Language (ESL)

His doctoral project aims to develop an intervention study to enhance Italian English language learners’ English language skills, in particular academic vocabulary knowledge, using digital game-based learning through in-classroom implementation.

Jacopo has taught ESL at several secondary school institutions in Northern Italy as well as taught Italian and English as a second language in Switzerland. He is a technology and computer enthusiast who one day hopes to contribute to the development of a more effective, engaging, and entertaining methodology to teach and learn second languages.

In his leisure time, Jacopo enjoys playing football, snowboarding, gaming, and cooking.

Sharlene Lawrence-Bryce

Sharlene Lawrence-Bryce is currently a M.Ed. student at the Ontario Tech University. Her current research interest focuses on new immigrant experience in learning English and acculturation, interacting with digital technology in Canada.

Sharlene received her Diploma in teacher education at the Mico University College and taught in multiple high schools in Jamaica. She received her BA in Educational Studies and Digital Technology with first class honours in 2022 at Ontario tech. Sharlene is experienced in corporate training, and she has worked with a Fortune 500 company, a government agency, and other organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.

ALUMNI

​​Amel Belmahdi

Helene Goulding

Lillian Mak

Louise Markovich

Kevin Mooney

Kevin Walchuk