Teacher. Researcher. Web Programmer.


I teach university-level courses in Education and in Psychology.


My research examines the education of children with autism.


I create Web Apps that can be used by students and teachers.

EPSE 307: Educational Applications of Developmental Theories
The course covers the key developmental theories and theories of learning: Behaviorism, information processing, constructivism and social-emotional development. The course also covers key theories of motivation and the concepts of mindset, mastery/performance orientation and Self Determination Theory. Theories of intelligence and multiple intelligences are also covered in this course.
EPSE 308: Understanding Diverse Learners
The course discusses how gender, race/ethnicity, cultural background, social class, sexual orientation and (dis)ability shape the experience of learners inside and outside the classroom. Based on an understanding of how these identity categories shape learning, approaches for the creation of equitable classroom environments are discussed.
EPSE 310: Assessment and Evaluation
The course prepares students to create high quality, valid, reliable and fair tools of assessment. The concepts of assessments for, as, of learning are covered. Tools of assessments like rubrics, rating scales, multiple choice questions, matching questions and essay questions are compared and analyzed.
EPSE 311: Creating Supportive Learning Environments
The course discusses the benefits of creating a sense of community in the classroom and strategies for creating this sense of community. Problem behaviors are analyzed in terms of the unmet needs that cause them and strategies are discussed for creating an evironment where students can satsify their unmet needs through prosocial behaviour as opposed to disruptive behavior.
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
The course introduces the discipline of scienctific psychology. Different methods of designing experiments in Psychology are covered. The five main psychological perspectives: Evolutionary, biomedical, cognitive, behavioral, and sociocultural are presented and applied to the study of different mental phenomena like depression, anxiety, obedience, and altruism.
The use of visual activity schedules in the education of individuals with autism
Research Question 1:
How are visual activity schedules used by educators working with children with autism?
Research Question 2:
What are the technologies used by educators for creating and displaying visual activity schedules and what are the challenges that educators are encountering with the technologies that they are using?
Research Question 3:
How does a mobile application specifically created for an individual child with autism and designed based on the his/her needs and preferences open up possibilities for new educational experiences for the child?

The three drawings of children are created by Cécile Graat, click here to visit Cécile's website

Educational Web Applications
Group Mind
An app that takes a list of names and randomly generates groups of 3,4,5,6 or 7 members.
Web link: www.louairahal.net/GroupMind/index.html
Online t-test Calculator
An app that automatically conducts t-test analyses when given two groups of data. The app also displays the step by step process of conducting the analysis.
Web link: http://louairahal.net/stat/stat101.html
Other Webs Projects
Website for a Sushi Restaurant
A website that I created for a Sushi Restaurant with a menu and a dynamic photo gallery
Web link: http://louairahal.net/delisushi/