Teaching Commons (ext. 7730)

The Teaching Commons is a service for faculty/instructors that is committed to developing and supporting innovative and research-based approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum development, and educational-technology practices.

We cultivate teaching and research excellence, quality leadership, sound pedagogical resources, and diversity, equity, and access within and across Lakehead University’s diverse disciplinary and cultural contexts.

Intended to be “a space to dream big about teaching,” the Teaching Commons works with faculty, instructors, and graduate students to cultivate excellence in teaching. 


The Teaching Commons staff provides the following services:

  • Consulting, supporting, and assisting instructors with course design, best practices, clear objectives and related course content, effective (online) presentation, relevant multimedia, assessments (including effective online testing), and the adapting of instructional materials created for one format (e.g. face-to-face) to another format (e.g. e-learning).
  • Helping instructors and students become comfortable with Lakehead’s learning management system (mycourselink/D2L/Brightspace) and other educational technologies such as video assignments, PeerScholar, supported through the Teaching Commons.
  • Supporting faculty and staff with instructional resources and the integration of learning technologies for the delivery of Indigenous curriculum to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.
  • Facilitating the delivery of the Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education -- a free, non-credit, professional-development program for graduate students that introduces pedagogical theory and practice.
  • Visit the Teaching Commons website for more information on all of the services and resources we offer.

The Teaching Commons is located on the 5th floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library.

Classroom and meeting room space is available. The calendar and more information is on our website. 

Contact Us

The staff of the Teaching Commons are committed to supporting teaching excellence. We look forward to working with you and welcome your feedback. 

Twitter @LUTeaching
Email: teachingcommons@lakeheadu.ca

Kathy Boczek, Project and Communications Assistant
Phone:   807-343-8010 ext. 7730
Email:    teachingcommons@lakeheadu.ca  

Dr. Rhonda Dubec, Coordinator of Instructional Development
Phone:   807-343-8010 ext. 8874
Email:     rdubec@lakeheadu.ca

Adam Humeniuk, Learning Technology Specialist
Phone:   807-343-8010 ext. 8216
Email:     ideas@lakeheadu.ca

Dr. Rhonda Koster, Deputy Provost and Vice Provost (Teaching & Learning)
Phone:   807-343-8010 Ext. 8132
Email:    deputyprovost@lakeheadu.ca

Leslie Malcolm, Coordinator of Learning Technologies and Innovation
Phone:   (807) 343-8010 x8210
Email:     lmalcolm@lakeheadu.ca

Dr. Lisa O’Neill, Instructional Developer
 (807) 343-8010 x8713
Email:     online.tc@lakeheadu.ca

Jerri-Lynn Orr, Indigenous Curriculum Specialist
Phone:    (807) 343-8010 x8748
Email:     jorr1@lakeheadu.ca

Kelly Brennan, Instructional Designer
    705-330-4010 ext. 2140
Email:      designer.tc@lakeheadu.ca