Sean McMinn is a language instructor and researcher who joined the Center for Language Education in 2005. He teaches undergraduate English courses in business communications, speaking, and writing. His professional and research interests include digital literacies, online learning communities, gamification, integrating technology into the language learning curriculum, and understanding how technology impacts teaching and learning. A current and exciting project has Sean involved in designing, delivering, and researching the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for teaching English.


Projects in the past include embedding social networks, wikis, blogs, and podcasts into various language courses. He won a Teaching Innovation Award for his work with podcasts and education at HKUST in 2007 and has published papers and presented at international conferences on the subjects of mobile learning, podcasting, social media and education, and Second Life and intercultural literacy.


PhD E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning (in progress)

Lancaster University, UK

Master of Educational Technology

University of British Columbia, Canada

Master of Arts – English Literature

Carleton University, Canada

Bachelor of Arts – English Literature

Carleton University, Canada

Journalism Diploma

Conestoga College, Canada