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Teaching Essentials

Educational Development


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

Educational Development at Red River College 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.

Melissa Goulbourne, B.A., M.Ed.  

Melissa Goulbourne is an experienced instructional designer and program and curriculum consultant. She began her career in corporate training before eventually moving over to higher education. Melissa works closely with faculty and subject matter experts to design engaging and interactive learning experiences for students from a variety of backgrounds.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and International Development from Dalhousie University and has completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Manitoba where she examined the development of intercultural competence among teachers.  

Jim Hounslow

Jim Hounslow is an Instructional Designer and member of the Information and Communications Standard Development Committee, part of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA). Prior to this he was the E-Learning Specialist at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the learning management system administrator at University of Manitoba, a web designer and developer, a corporate trainer, and an adult education instructor at Red River College, University of Winnipeg and Herzing College.

Jim holds a BA in English from York University. He has a passion for educational technologies, accessibility issues and soccer.

Alex Kozelko

Alex has a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Alex has a certificate in 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 Lviv, Ukraine on the impact of the current conflict on young people aged 18-35.

She has several years’ experience as an Educational Developer working to support teaching and learning in higher education. Alex is passionate about teaching and learning, social justice, human rights, and all things Ukrainian!

Lorri McLeod 

Lorri joined Red River College in January 2020 and came with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of colleges across Manitoba and Ontario. She has successfully taught in Business and Management Studies and General Education Programs. She has worked as a Faculty Development Consultant, Learning Strategist, Disabilities Counsellor, and Career Advisor.

Lorri received her Master of Arts in Adult Education in 2006 where she concentrated her studies on Learning Disabilities and accompanying Teaching and Learning Success Strategies.

She has a special interest in integrating learning strategies into the curriculum and the Universal Design for Learning model. Lorri enjoys working with faculty to determine their specific needs and then subsequently offering customized solutions using a collaborative approach.

She looks forward to working and co-learning with her colleagues.

Umair Qureshi

Umair has worked in education development for over 14 years. He has experience supporting the entire development lifecycle for Higher Education, Corporate, and Non-profit organizations. He also has experience working as a consultant in guiding organizations through the process of online education development and delivery.

At Red River College, he has worked as a Senior Instructional Designer for over four years and has been an Educational Developer for over one year supporting Continuing Education programming.

He is very passionate about instructional design and education development and enjoys bringing new ideas from inception to creation.

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. She has taught in K-12 and in Continuing Education at RRC.

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.

Jessica Matys (Supervisor)

Jessica is an experienced educator at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Most recently, she worked in program development and curriculum design for the federal government in learning and mentoring. Jessica has a BEd. and M.A. in Education from the University of Ottawa.

Matt Miles (Manager)