Sr. Educational Developer, Inquiry & Communications

Mark Morton​Email:
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 47765
Office: EC3 2023C
Pronouns: he/him/his

As Senior Educational Developer, Inquiry & Communications, Dr. Mark Morton helps instructors and staff discover and use new learning technologies in pedagogically effective ways. His role encompasses: 

  • sourcing and assessing new educational technologies (hardware, software, apps for mobile devices, etc.) with a view to developing best practices;
  • delivering workshops for departments (at their request);
  • developing online resources, such a Teaching Tip Sheets and screencasts, pertaining to educational technologies;
  • providing one-on-one consultations with instructors and staff; coordinating CTE's annual Educational Technologies Week; 
  • facilitating the four-day Instructional Skills Workshop; 
  • technologies facilitating a learning community for faculty and staff who are interested in sharing ideas and information about educational

Mark also provides oversight for CTE's external communications.

Prior to joining the Centre for Teaching Excellence in 2005, Mark taught for more than a decade at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of four award-winning books, has written more than 50 articles for Gastronomica: A Journal of Food and Culture (University of California Press), and has broadcast scores of columns pertaining to language for CBC radio. Mark received his PhD in sixteenth-century non-dramatic English literature from the University of Toronto in 1992. Consult his ePortfolio for additional details. 


  • "Open Education in Canada." Presented at the 2019 ELI Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. 
  • "Leveraging Virtual Assistants in the Classroom." Presented at the 2018 ELI Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • "The Instructional Skills Workshop: 38 Years of Faculty Development." Presented at the 2017 ELI Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. 
  • "Adobe Voice: A Free-and-Easy Tool for Creating Screencasts that Sustain Student Attention." Presented at the 2016 ELI Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. 
  • "Smart(phone) Pedagogy." A presentation delivered at the 2014 conference of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • "Blended Learning" and "ePortfolios." Two presentations delivered at the 2013 Internation Conference on Medical Education, in Balaclava, Mauritius. 
  • "Resolving Instructional Challenges in Blended Courses." A presentation delivered at the 2013 conference of the Educause Learning Initiative, in Denver, Colorado. 
  • Educational Technology Workshops. I delivered various workshops on educational technologies at the 2014 Teaching and Learning Conference, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 
  • "NETsavvy: Best Practices in New Educational Technologies." A poster presented at the 2009 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) in Orlando, Florida.
  • "Even Your Pillow Will Need a Pillow: The Extent to which Student Comments from RateMyProfessors.Com Map Against the Best Practices Proposed by Experts in Higher Education.” Presented at the 2006 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Conference in Ottawa. For an article version of the presentation please visit the RateMyHeuristic.Com section of the Educause page.
  • "Using Technology in the Classroom to increase student engagement." Presented at Huron College, University of Western Ontario, May 21, 2008.
  • "Learning Technologies for Educators." Keynote presentation at the 2007 Canadian Art Gallery Educators Conference in Hamilton.
  • "The T5 Learning Model." A day-long workshop presented to Centre for Professional Development at the University of California at Long Beach.
  • "Students and Their Technologies: Assumptions, Attitudes, and Applications." Presented with Koorus Bookan at the 2008 Ontario Universities Computing Conference (OUCC).
  • International Students in the University of Waterloo's Co-op Program: Their Unique Challenges and Opportunities." November 17, 2009. University of Waterloo.

Grants and awards

  • Recipient, with Svitlana Taraban-Gordon, of a WatCACE Grant for a research project pertaining to the unique challenges facing international students in Waterloo's Co-op Program. ($13,000)
  • Recipient of the 2005 Alexander Isbister Award for Nonfiction. ($3000)
  • Manitoba Arts Council, Writers Grant C, 1995 ($2000)
  • Manitoba Arts Council, Writers Grant B, 2005 ($5000)
  • Nominated for the 2005 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour
  • Nominated for the 1996 Julia Child Award for Best Food Reference book.

Book publications


  • Language columns written for, and broadcast on, CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera. 
University of Waterloo