Dr. MacDonald is a Full Professor cross appointed with the Faculty of Medicine, and Senior researcher at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute. Her research concentrates on curriculum design, evaluation and eLearning. She has published over 70 refereed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Colla 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, Inter-professional Education, Global Health; Palliative Care, Designing and Validating Program Evaluation tools; and Reproductive Research. Currently, seven PhD students work with her to conduct research on various aspects of emerging technologies. She published the Demand-Driven Learning Model and W(e)Learn framework which have been used across Canada, the US, UK and New Zealand as quality standards to design, deliver and assess programs. Colla has twice won the International WebCt Exemplary Course Award. She has two eBooks accepted for publication by Bentham Science Publishers.

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  • Full Professor


  • Ed.D, Curriculum Design and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, 1989
  • MA, Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 1980
  • BSc, Physical Education, Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 1977


  • Online learning and e-learning
  • Distance education
  • Health care
  • Technology in teaching and learning
  • Health care technology
  • Learning technologies
  • Emerging technologies


Books Authored

  1. MacDonald, C.J., Stodel, E.A, Thompson, T.-L. & Archibald, D., Demystifying the Research Process: Guidelines and Resources for Effective Research Practice, Bentham Science Publishers, (In press)

  2. MacDonald, C.J., Mace, H. Stodel, E.A & Archibald, D., From Lesson Plans to Rubrics: A Practical Guide to Curriculum Design for K-12 Educators, Bentham Science Publishers, (In press)

Chapters In Books

  1. MacDonald, C.J., McKeen, M., Leith-Gudbranson, D. Montpetit, M., Rivet, C., Hirsh, M., Archibald, D. & Hogue, R., “Department of Family Medicine Faculty Development Curriculum Framework”, Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies, (In press)

  2. Archibald, D., MacDonald, C.J., Hogue, R. & Mercer, J., “Accessing knowledge from the bedside: Introducing the tablet computer to clinical teaching”, Integrated information and computing systems for natural, spatial, and social sciences, C-P Rueckemann, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, (In press)

Papers In Refereed Journals

  1. Kellam, H., MacDonald, C.J., Archibald, D. & Puddester, D., “Designing Digital Video to Support Learner Outcomes: A Study in an Online Learning Resource for Healthcare Professionals and Students”, International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, (In press)

  2. MacDonald, C.J., Archibald, D., Baltz, J.M., Kidder G.M. & Clarke H., “Training Program in Reproduction, Early Development, and the Impact on Health (REDIH): Evaluation of Year 1”, Journal of Studies in Education, 2(1), 2012, 1-28

Other Contributions

Teaching Material

  1. MacDonald, C.J., Physician Wellness

  2. MacDonald, C.J., Workplace Health

  3. MacDonald, C.J., W(e)Learn Framework

  4. MacDonald, C.J., Interprofessional Healthcare Education Assessment Tools

  5. MacDonald, C.J., Global Health Education Framework