Supporting teaching and learning
September 2, 2016

Paul Maher is NSCAD's Director of Teaching and Learning.

Paul Maher has joined the Office of Academic Affairs and Research as NSCAD’s Director of Teaching and Learning.

As such, Paul will support faculty members in teaching and learning activities. He will be introducing the new learning management system Brightspace, facilitating the completion of the Learning Commons, and assisting with curriculum design. He will also work to build and strengthen NSCAD’s relationships with other post-secondary institutions in Halifax and the rest of Canada.

“To be able to support the innovative teaching that happens at NSCAD is a wonderful opportunity,” says Paul, whose office is on the third floor (Duke) of the Fountain Campus.

Brightspace – you’ll notice the portal at the top of the NSCAD homepage – is a learning management system which will supplement the teaching and learning experience at NSCAD. The interactive tools within Brightspace allow for online and interactive experiences to be part of how pedagogy is delivered. NSCAD faculty will be able to use it to deliver content, post grades, note attendance and connect with students outside of the classroom. Students will be able to use Brightspace to access content and resources which support their learning. Plus they will be more easily able to communicate and collaborate with each other on course work.

Brightspace will complement the new Learning Commons, which has been created on the third floor of the NSCAD Library. The Learning Commons can be used for meetings, to access technology, and for study. It is adjacent to the Office of Student and Academic Services and connects through to the student cafeteria and lounge through SUNSCAD’s offices.

Previously with the Foundation Division, Paul comes to the position with a background in Fine Art, Design, Planning and Education. With 16 years of teaching experience he has worked in a diverse range of secondary and higher education settings in Canada and Australia. When designing courses, Paul blends traditional content delivery with student-centred learning approaches including: design thinking; active learning; peer assessment and research based pedagogy. He has taught at NSCAD since 2007 during which time he has held two term positions, taught eight different courses and more than 40 classes.

He holds a Masters of Planning from Dalhousie University, two post-graduate qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Education and Visual & Performing Arts) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney.