Teaching Essentials

Educational Development


The CLPE’s Educational Development team works collaboratively to provide teaching and learning support and consultation to Red River College Polytechnic’s academic programs and their faculty and leadership.

Educational Development at Red River College Polytechnic includes:

  • Program development and renewal, including supporting program transitions to course-based registration (CBR)
  • Consultation and support for course level design and teaching strategies to enhance learning experiences in all learning environments, including blended and online
  • Development and delivery of faculty development workshops
  • Supporting faculty in their educational practice 
  • Researching and disseminating best practices in teaching and learning
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Educational Development Team

The Educational Developer role blends elements of curriculum development, faculty development, and instructional design consultation. Educational Developers are assigned to academic schools and/or specialized portfolios.

Cora Chojko-Bolec

Cora is an experienced Educational Developer and enjoys collaborating with faculty to enhance teaching practices and support course development. Prior to working as an ED, she taught high school in Ontario and Manitoba and was an instructor in a variety of post-secondary programs in Manitoba. 

She has a Master of Education specializing in Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. Cora values life-long learning and is passionate about facilitating inclusive, student-centered learning environments.

Jim Hounslow

Jim Hounslow is an Educational Developer with the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. He is responsible for program and curriculum development with Applied Computer Education (ACE) and Applied Commerce and Management Education (ACME). Jim has a diverse professional background that includes marketing and communications, front-end web development, museum education, adult education instruction and training, IT and educational technologies. 

He specializes in digital and web accessibility for people with disabilities. Jim holds a BA in English with a minor in Fine Arts from York University.

Alex Kozelko

Alex joined Red River College Polytechnic in August 2020. She has a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Alex has a certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language and tutors students in her spare time. Alex is currently a part-time Masters student in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Manitoba. She will be completing her thesis research in Summer 2021 on the impact of Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine on young people aged 18-35 living in Lviv, Ukraine. 

She has several years’ experience as an Educational Developer working to support teaching and learning in higher education with graduate students, faculty, and sessional instructors. Alex is a member of the Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) Executive through the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Alex is passionate about teaching and learning, volunteering in the community, social justice, and all things Ukrainian!

Brandon Sabourin

Brandon joined the CLPE in 2020, first as an instructional designer and more recently as an educational developer supporting several program areas. He is also the Vice-Chair of the RRC Polytech Research Ethics Board. Brandon has been teaching as a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor and St. Clair College since 2014. Most recently, he taught as an instructor in RRC Polytech’s Teaching for Learning program.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Bachelor of Education, and Master of Education (Curriculum Studies) from the University of Windsor. He is completing a PhD in Educational Studies and is researching sessional and part-time instructors’ educational development needs in relation to their approaches to teaching. Brandon is also interested in developing effective feedback practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

Brandon actively collaborates with educational developers across Canada through the Educational Developer’s Caucus (EDC) and Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) special interest group of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). He is passionate about supporting RRC Polytech instructors and building the college’s reputation as a national leader in educational development.

Jo-Anne Spencer

Jo-Anne has a Bachelor of Education from Brandon University and a Master of Education from the University of North Dakota as well as certificates in Web Development and Adult Education from RRC Polytech. She has taught in K-12 and in Continuing Education at RRC Polytech.

Jo-Anne has more than 15 years experience in Instructional Design and Educational Development in corporate and post-secondary settings with a focus on online and blended course development and delivery.

Matt Miles (Manager)