Prof. Dr. Colla MacDonald

Dr. Colla MacDonald is a Full Professor cross appointed with the Faculty of Medicine, and a Senior researcher at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute. Colla has been designing, delivering, and evaluating education and training courses and programs and conducting research on teaching and learning for over twenty-five years. She has twice received the international WebCT Exemplary Course award; along with Derek Puddester was winner of the Business/Professional 2010 International e-Learning Awards for ePhysician Health and she won the Outstanding Researcher Award at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  She is an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) developing a standardized curriculum and modules for building the capacity for implementation/operational research in country teams embedded into national control programmes and for strengthening national institutions. Dr. MacDonald has been keynote and invited speaker at several international conferences. Two of her online courses are currently being published as eBooks by Bentham Publishers.

Dr. MacDonald runs a research laboratory in Flexible Delivery and Transformative Pedagogies funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. She currently supervises seven PhD and MA students, and a Visiting Scholar who are conducting research on various aspects of innovative teaching and learning strategies including emerging technologies such as simulators, avatars, artificial intelligence, digital storytelling and mobile learning. This “team” collaborates with her developing creative, practical, efficient methods to address everyday educational problems.

Dr. MacDonald has designed and published three learning models (the Partnership Model, 1998; The Demand Driven Learning Model (DDLM), 2001; and the W(e)Learn Framework, 2009 A few of her recent projects in professional development and training include (a) developing, delivering and evaluating the worlds first online physician wellness program (b) an online workplace health program for health providers; and (c) a face-to-face program for healthcare teams across Ontario. Two promotional articles written about these project can be seen at: and

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Many of Dr. MacDonald’s projects and publications are related to evaluating various online and face-to-face professional education and credit courses; programs and learning objects. In one of her current projects she is validating a toolkit of assessment tools in five countries for interprofessional education. The toolkit (in both French and English) can be seen at

Dr. MacDonald has
published over 75 refereed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. She has been principal investigator of SSHRC, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Inukshuk Wireless, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Office of Learning Technologies and CIHR funded research projects related to designing and evaluating online programs in Physician Wellness; Workplace Health; Disruptive Behaviour; Dementia Care, Interprofessional Education, Global Health; Palliative Care, Designing and Validating Program Evaluation tools; and Reproductive Research.
To contact Dr. Colla J. MacDonald
phone: (613) 562-5800(ext. 4110)
or visit her webpage at: