Community Management & Member Insights
Diane joined the Tutela team only 3 months after signing up in June 2012. In addition to being a TESL Instructor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Diane is also an online LINC Home Study Instructor. So it comes as no surprise that leveraging resources and tools that lend themselves to an online environment are her priority. She has been involved in training and workshops for many years so moderating the Tutela webinars was a natural extension - they are a lot of fun and a great way to learn from other instructors. Looking back, she wishes that this format existed when she taught overseas - a great way to stay connected :)
Nathan joined the Tutela team in late 2015. He was a natural fit not least of all because he's been an active member for years and is passionate about using technology as an educational and teaching platform. He has worn many hats over the years, previously an Instructional Resource Coordinator at LISTN to ongoing work over the past 3 years as an EAP instructor and TESL trainer for Douglas College in British Columbia. Nathan has taught English in four countries and is particularly interested in pedagogically sound uses of technology in the language classroom. He has two websites, one of which is focused on educational technology.
Technology & Innovation
Nelson was one of the original “architects” behind Tutela when it launched in 2012. At the time, the goal was to respond to various challenges within the sector - most notably the sharing of resources and lack of collaboration tools for ESL/FSL teachers across Canada. Now, over 7 years later, his drive to lead the development team - including Holmann and Mani - to combine powerful open source technologies with the ability to develop and enhance features for ongoing member value remains just as strong. The result has taken Tutela beyond being the conduit for rich content to ample opportunities for professional development, peer-to-peer collaboration, events and networking.
Strategy, Communications & Member Engagement
The ongoing focus for Joanne, Betty and Joanna is on the importance of communications and member engagement - from outreach to onboarding. By the very nature of being an online community, Tutela’s growth and success is never static. It is ultimately driven by how well it evolves to meet the varying needs of current and future ESL/FSL teachers, curriculum developers, administrators as well as Tutela’s partners and supporting organizations. The team’s primary goals are to ensure that the interaction of members remains high, that their voices and opinions are heard, and that the technical features offered through Tutela are framed by the important “human aspect” that is needed for any successful, thriving community.