Profile picture of: Alison Flynn


University of Ottawa

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

10 Marie Curie

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1N 6N5

Research Interests

Education, chemistry education, evaluation, open education resources, online learning, postsecondary science education, causal reasoning with evidence, educational equity, diversity, inclusion


Topics to speak on:

Science education, science education research, open education resources, online learning

Words of Wisdom

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela


Alison Flynn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada’s highest recognition for excellence in postsecondary education. Her research group studies student learning in organic chemistry and evaluates the effectiveness of learning opportunities. Her work includes developing open-access online learning tools, curricula, and teaching methods to support student learning. As a uOttawa Chair in University Teaching, she developed a self-regulated learning, metacognition, resilience, and growth mindset module that can be integrated in courses in any discipline. At the provincial level, she is a Director on eCampusOntario’s Board. At the National level, she is helping build Canada’s strength in Chemistry Education Research ( and is the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Director of Accreditation. She is also part of an international team that is exploring learning outcomes aligned with systems thinking in chemistry. In all her work, she is committed to helping students succeed in their chosen careers and goals.


3M National Teaching Fellow

Chair in University Teaching

Excellence in Education Prize

Award of Excellence, Instructional Design & Learning, Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning