The MITACS Research Team

Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman

Institution : OISE, Université Toronto
Rôle/position à l’université : Assistant Professor
Rôle sur les projets : Chercheure Principale / Principal Researcher

These three projects are very close to my heart. Apart from my work, I am also the mother of 4 children who grew up between 3 languages and cultures, changing school systems several times and I know the richness of plurilingual and pluricultural education. But to get the most out of an education like this one, we need to create more inclusive classrooms: the goal is to support all students, without exception, in all subjects, including STEM subjects! I have explained the reasons that led me to develop these projects in this article.

Jim Cummins

Institution : University of Toronto
Position at the University: Professor Emeritus
Role on the Project: I worked with Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon Vorstman on the original Binogi pilot project (2018-2019) and I am currently a co-principal investigator with Emmanuelle on one of the ongoing MITACS projects.

When I was first introduced to the Binogi platform in 2017, my immediate reaction was that this will dramatically change education as we know it. Not only is curriculum content presented in a multimodal and multilingual way, but it also has the potential to enable students to progress at their own pace and to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s education. As we move towards greater flexibility in combining in-class and online learning in a post-Covid world, I believe that the potential of Binogi will be appreciated by an ever-increasing number of educators.

Dania Wattar

Institution : OISE, University of Toronto
Position at the University: Lecturer
Role on the Project: Research Project Manager

Zahra Safdarian

Institution: University of Toronto
Position at the University: PhD Student
Role on the Project: Research Assistant

Leanne Rempel

Institution: University of Toronto
Position at the University: PhD Student, Language & Literacies Education
Role on the Project: Research Assistant

Vivian Lee

Institution: OISE, University of Toronto
Position at the University: PhD Student
Role on the Project: Research Assistant

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Mai Naji

Institution: University of Toronto
Position at the University: EdD Candidate
Role on the Project: Research Assistant

For most students, it takes more than academic abilities to successfully navigate any education system, particularly in STEM-related subjects. My transnational trajectory both as a student and an educator spanned multiple educational systems and during this time, it became clear that the challenges I faced in overcoming language barriers and adapting to new cultures and ways of learning were not unique. Many students don’t have the support they need to succeed and this is why I am very excited about this research project. I believe that introducing an innovative multilingual online learning resource—Binogi—into the classroom has the potential to offer much-needed support not only to students but also to teachers and parents.

Ye Jia

Institution: University of Toronto
Position at the University: PhD Student
Role on the Project: Research Assistant