Katherine Lithgow

Sr. Educational Developer, Integrative & Experiential Learning
Katherine Lithgow

Office: EC3 2023A
Pronouns: she/her

As Senior Educational Developer, Integrative & Experiential Learning, Katherine Lithgow facilitates ePortfolio, experiential and integrative learning initiatives. Katherine provides support to instructors across campus with the design and implementation of activities that help students integrate learning in academic, workplace, community and social environments.

Prior to joining the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Katherine was with the Distance and Continuing Education department (now the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL)) where she helped instructors design learning activities for online courses. She holds a Master's in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia, and received her BA from the University of Toronto.  In what seems like another life, Katherine graduated from the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (TMI) where she later taught in the Diagnostic Cytology program, and has worked as a cytotechnologist in a number of teaching hospitals.

Selected professional highlights


Project title: Evaluating a New Student-Centric Learning Approach: The Impact of SLICCs (Student-Led Individually-Created Courses) on Student Learning Outcomes

Grant recipients: Sean Geobey, School of Environment Enterprise and Development; Katherine Lithgow, Centre for Teaching Excellence; Judene Pretti, Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education; Wayne Chang, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business; Brendan Wylie-Toal, St. Paul's University College; James Nugent, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

(Project timeline: January 2020-December 2021)

Project title: Bridging the 'Articulation of Skills' Gap through 'WatCV: Career And Competency ePortfolios.
Investigators: Tomasson Goodwin, J., (Principal Applicant) Co-applicants: Lithgow, K., Danisch, R., Roberts-Smith, J., Hulls, C., Bermingham, C., Goh, J., Cegys, P., Malone, T., McWebb, C., O’Hara Pierce, K., Paci, T., Thompson, J., Ferries, L., Adair, J., Landriault, D., Gindrod, K., Kampen Robinson, C., Pretti, J., &  Fannon, A. (2016).
Bridging the 'Articulation of Skills' Gap through 'WatCV: Career And Competency ePortfolios. LITE Grant, Jan. 2016-Dec. 2017
Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Full Grant, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Grant Duration: Jan. 2016-Dec. 2017

Project title: ePortfolios for Career, Reflection, and Competency Integration
Investigators: Jill Tomasson Goodwin (Principal Applicant), Department of Drama and Speech Communication, Katherine Lithgow (Co-applicant), Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grant, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Grant duration: October 2014-March 2016

Project title: Unifying experiences: Learner and instructor approaches and reactions to ePortfolio usage in higher education
Investigators: Katherine Lithgow (Principal Applicant), Kyle Scholz (Co-applicant), and Crystal Tse (Co-applicant), Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
Grant duration: September 2014-August 2015


Lithgow, K. (2017). University of Waterloo Staff International Experience Award.

Book chapters

  • Tomasson Goodwin, J. & Lithgow, K. (2018).   ePortfolio, Professional Identity, and 21st Century Employability Skills. In B. Eynon  & L. Gambino(Eds), Catalyst in Action – Case Studies. Stylus.

  • Penny Light, P., Lithgow, K., Hubert, D., Sutherland, S. (2017).  On the Right Track: Using Eportfolios to Address Institutional Challenges. In T. Batson, K.S. Coleman, H.L. Chen, C.E.Watson, T.L. Rhodes, & A. Harver (Eds.), Field Guide to Eportfolio. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

  • Sproule,B., Penny Light, T.& Lithgow, K. (2009). Connecting contexts and competencies: Using eportfolios for integrative learning. In B. Cambridge, D. Cambridge & K. Blake Yancey (Eds.) Electronic portfolios 2.0: Emergent research on implementation and impact. Stylus.


  • Scholz, K.W., Tse, C.T., & Lithgow, K.L. (2017). Unifiying experiences: Learner and instructor approaches and reactions to eportfolio usage in higher education. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7(2), 139-150
  • Tomasson Goodwin, J., Goh, J., Verkoeyen, S., & Lithgow, K. (2019). "Can students be taught to articulate employability skills?", Education + Training, 61(4),445-460, https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-08-2018-0186

  • Tse, C. T., Scholz, K. W., & Lithgow, K. (2018). Beliefs or Intentionality? Instructor Approaches to ePortfolio Pedagogy. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(3), 10.