Lana Newton

Manager, Systems Development & Operations

Learning Experiences Assessment and Planning Division

Lana Newton

Manager, Systems Development & Operations

Learning Experiences Assessment and Planning Division
  • lnewton@sfu.ca
  • 778 782 3958 (temporarily out of service)
  • West Mall Centre 1334

Biography

Since 2016, I have been working on the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETC) team at SFU. I originally started as the SETC Analyst for Institutional Research and Planning, but worked almost exclusively with the SETC team in the Teaching and Learning Centre. There were only three of us on the SETC team at that time and though a lot of work had gone into the SETC concept at SFU already, we were getting in on the ground floor of implementing a new centralized platform at SFU. This was exciting work and led to fruitful iteration and collaboration with ITS on business processes, data automation and overall integration of our program into the university’s inner-workings. When we became the Learning Experiences Assessment and Planning (LEAP) Division of the new Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) in 2019, I stepped into the role of Manager of Systems Development and Operations.

Most in line with my background, and perhaps my favourite part of this job, has been working with folks from different departments and faculties to create practical measures of student experience within the scope of the SETC platform and sometimes beyond. As a part of this work, I adapted the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, NCME, 2014) into a short guide that helps lay a foundation for the ongoing journey of item-validation.

Before arriving at SFU, I was working at UBC as a Lead Researcher on various health initiatives with the public and with surgical residents in the Faculty of Medicine. While working at UBC, I was fortunate to also complete my Master’s degree in the Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methods (MERM) program, where I focused my studies on outlier detection in multivariate statistics.

Prior to my experience at UBC, I lived in Ottawa for three years, where I worked as an Intelligence Analyst for Public Safety Canada. And before that, I worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis therapist for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder after finishing my Bachelor’s in Applied Arts in Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Publications and presentations

“Statistical Validation of Student Evaluations of Teaching and Courses,” Course Evaluation Institute 2018. University of Toronto. (Speaker and Workshop Facilitator)

Ho K, Newton L, Boothe A, Novak-Lauscher H. mobile Digital Access to a Web-enhanced Network (mDAWN): Assessing the Feasibility of Mobile Health Tools for Self-Management of Type-2 Diabetes. American Medical Informatics Association 39th Annual Symposium, 2015.

Kornelsen J, McCartney K, Newton L. Safety of Rural Maternity Services with Local Access to Cesarean Section: A Realist Review. Applied Policy Research Unit, Centre for Rural Health Research, 2015; November.

Abu-Laban RB, Jarvis-Selinger S, Newton L, Chung B. Implementation and Evaluation of A Novel Research Education Rotation for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Emergency Medicine Residents. Can J Emerg Med. 2013; 15(4): 233-6.