Lauren Halcomb-Smith

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Lauren Halcomb-Smith

Instructional Designer



Lauren brings several years of experience of teaching, learning design, and faculty support to the role of Instructional Designer. In her previous role as CTET’s Faculty Support Liaison (2017 – 2020), Lauren provided pedagogical and technology-related training and support in service to faculty and staff. As Instructional Designer, Lauren is passionate about supporting and collaborating with faculty in the design of learning experiences that reflect RRU’s Learning, Teaching, and Research Model (LTRM). 


Lauren started her career in education as a classroom teacher, supporting adult learners through a student-centred approach to experiential learning. While completing her PhD in Educational Studies at McGill University, Lauren designed and taught a number of synchronous and asynchronous online courses and was recognized with a Teaching Excellence Award from McGill’s Faculty of Education. Outside her work as an Instructional Designer, Lauren maintains an active academic service portfolio; she is a co-founder and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity (J-BILD) and has co-authored several chapters on themes related to innovation in online learning environments. 


  • PhD in Educational Studies, McGill University (2017)
  • Masters of Applied Linguistics, University of New England, Australia (2013)
  • Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership, Royal Roads University (2020)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, University of Queensland, Australia (2007)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), University of Cambridge (2009)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in French Language and Culture, McGill University (2010)