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About the Author

She has had a busy career in education. With a M.Ed she taught all levels from kindergarten to university. However, most of her career was spent at the college level teaching ESL. She gave Performa courses, lead workshops at SPEAQ, RASCALS and l’AQPC. She served at the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur where she contributed to the evaluation of the general education components.She received grants from L’Entente Canada-Québec for various research projects. Susan is also the recipient of the AQPC Mention d'honneur Award. Having retired from teaching she became a contributor to Real Life Stories of education technology integration at Profweb. Chinese ink painting helps her relax and travel keeps her energized.


Mumble thumb

Published March 27, 2018

Mumble: An Alternative to the Language Lab

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb
Kirsten Harris Teacher, Collège O'Sullivan de Québec

When O’Sullivan College started offering an AEC in Insurance, the teachers needed a tool that would allow students to simulate a customer call to an insurance agent. The objective of the Business English class is to give the students the necessary skills to be able to communicate in English and complete an insurance claim form or answer policy questions when speaking with customers who prefer to speak in English on the telephone.

English (Second Language)


Touch screen

Published January 26, 2018

Generation Mobile: Using Technology to Improve Student Engagement

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

I joined a webcast on the role of technology in improving generation-Z students’ experience and retention. The directors of 3 American higher education institutions presented their insight into how to reach out to this generation in more effective ways. Dr. Carney Strange (Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University) moderated the webcast that was presented on June 13, 2017. In this free webinar entitled “Generation Mobile : Using Technology to Improve Student Engagement” (registration required), you can hear how the institutions used an app to better connect their students to the activities and services on campus. OOHLALA, the app developer created a college branded app and customized the app to fit each college’s needs.



Distance learning thumb

Published January 19, 2018

Telepresence: Distance Learning with Students in Class

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Telepresence is a type of online learning. In fact, it is more aptly described as an improved videoconference that tries to replicate face-to-face communication without the constraint of students and teachers having to be in the same room.

3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery


Fr en

Published October 26, 2017

From the French Side: August to October 2017

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb
Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb
Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

The French Side of Profweb filed a number of publications since it began working in August 2017 for the new academic year. While a selection of these publications were translated for the English readership, there are a number of publications that are available in French only. To facilitate your exploration of these articles, we have prepared a list of these articles with a brief description below. Bonne lecture!


Real Life Stories

Published November 10, 2016

Using Action Research to Create an Inter-collegial Student Learning Community

Gina Lavine Teacher, Cégep de Trois-Rivières
Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Having collaborated on past endeavours, we were excited about our latest initiative that would bring together students from different colleges, to work together on a common project. With help from an Entente-Canada-Québec (ECQ) grant, we were able to implement our project – Action Research: Learning Communities in Sustainable Development. The main objectives were to engage students in action research, related to sustainable development, and to participate in a learning community using an Internet based platform. The theme of the project made it very accessible, touching courses from various English second language classes, to geography, humanities, social science, science and more!


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