Member Profiles and Contacts


At Avant Learning we pride ourselves on the broad spectrum of programs we have developed. Following are some samples of our work. Feel free to explore the links and contact us if you have questions.


E-learning Development Gateway - Robert Aucoin was the advisor and editor for the e-learning section of the Development Gateway. The Development Gateway Foundation helps improve people’s lives in developing countries by building partnerships and information systems that provide access to knowledge for development. Read an sample article "Outsourcing in Distance Learning" published in 2005, or visit the Development Gateway Website.


Technology Edge Project - Ining Tracy Chao was the lead instructional designer for the project, which aims to integrate information technology competencies into liberal arts curriculum. This research examined ICT literacy and employability (see the Tech Edge study published in the Journal of Information Technology Education) and proposed a discipline-specific approach to ICT curriculum. Ining also designed several multimedia learning resources in three pilot courses – French Literature, Canadian History and Art History. Visit the Tech Edge project's Website.


Online Course Quality - Ining Tracy Chao researched and implemented a quality review process at Royal Roads University to ensure the instructional design, web design and course presentation are effective and conducive to online learning. View the Quality Review Report published in Educause Quarterly, Volume 29 Number 3, 2006. (Online Access)

Headmaster Management Module in Zimbabwe – Headmasters in rural Zimbabwe faced challenges with their professional development. In a fast expanding education system in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Robert Aucoin was on the ground as a math teacher and designed a distance-learning module as a cost-effective, practical method of professional development. The technology of the day was a print workbook, cassette tapes, and photographs to address the topic of non-verbal communication.


Development Projects– Over the years Robert Aucoin and Ining Tracy Chao collaborated with university colleagues, NGOs and government agencies in various development projects. Some of these projects are published in books and journals as reports and case studies. Titles include:


Learning Management Systems - As an instructional designer, Ining Tracy Chao has collaborated with and trained numerous instructors to use Learning Management Systems such as WebCT and Moodle. She provides instructional design advice to instructors to implement effective online learning environments. Ining published an article in Educause Quarterly entitled: Moving to Moodle: Reflections Two Years After. It became the top 10 recommended resources for IT professionals in 2010


Media- Both Ining Tracy Chao and Robert Aucoin have conducted needs/content analysis and collaborated with content expert to design engaging and effective educational materials in a variety of subject areas for different delivery (face-to-face, online, blended). Here are some samples:


Second Language Learning - Language Learning has been Ining Tracy Chao’s passion. Having first-hand experience as an ESL learner and the knowledge of her mother tongue Chinese, Ining has used innovative technologies in several language and culture courses. She introduced asynchronous voice board (Wimba) in an ESL classroom at the University of Alberta. See Ining’s article “Hearing your students voice online” in a newsletter (p.6) and an evaluation report published in Education Media International. Ining also designed e-learning solutions for a Japanese, Chinese and Spanish classes.


Training – Training is crucial in ensuring that our e-learning solutions are adapted by people who own and run the program. Ining Tracy Chao and Robert Aucoin have developed and conducted training workshops with wide ranging topics related education, media and technology. 

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