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Elita Partosoedarso


Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3024
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4


Research topics

  • Innovation and education in health-related fields
  • training
  • health professionals


Dr. Elita Partosoedarso earned her PhD in Neurogastroenterology and Pharmacology from the Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide in South Australia in 1999. Dr. Partosoedarso did her post-doctoral work at Louisiana State University (New Orleans, Louisiana) with Dr. Pamela Hornby and Dr. Patrick Abrahams investigating the central control of the upper gastrointestinal tract, with particular emphasis on the lower esophageal sphincter and cannabinoids. She spent a year as an Assistant Professor, before moving to Holburn Biomedical Corporation (Bowmanville, Ontario) as a Scientist.

Dr. Partosoedarso started teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2006 where she quickly became interested in the art and science of teaching. She enrolled in a Master of Education in 2009 at UOIT which was completed in 2012. Her research project focused on the use of clicker technology in large undergraduate classes.


  • PhD in Neurogastroenterology and Pharmacology University of Adelaide in South Australia 1999

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I;
  • Anatomy and Physiology II;
  • Altered Physiology I;
  • Altered Physiology II;
  • Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology;
  • Comprehensive Pharmacotherapeutics;
  • Integrated Health Assessment and Pharmacology;
  • Pathophysiology II;
  • Pharmacology for Nurses;
  • Principles of Pharmacology & Therapeutics;
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (online);
  • Research Applications I (online);
  • Research Applications  II (online); and
  • Teaching and Learning: Instructional Design and Technology (online).

Research and expertise

  • Clicker use in large classrooms;
  • Mature students in higher education;
  • Social media for undergraduates; and
  • The digital technology profile of UOIT students.

Since Dr. Partosoedarso starting teaching at UOIT, her research interests have evolved to encompass aspects of how students learn with digital technologies. Two areas of research focus center around the affordances of these digital technology tools in lowering transactional distance in both large face-to-face classes as well as in fully online programs. She also enjoys learning how to use new programs and gadgets and loves incorporating them in her teaching. 

  • Dr. Francois Desjardins;
  • Dr. Lorayne Robertson;
  • Dr. Maurice DiGuiseppe;
  • Dr. Roland vanOostveen; and
  • Dr. Wendy Stanyon.
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hornby, PJ and Partosoedarso, ER. Vagal Gastric Motor Control in Mice (R21DK57390);
    •  2002 to June 2003, $100,000. 
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hornby, PJ and Partosoedarso, ER. CNS Autonomic Pathways And Gastrointestinal Function (R01 DK42714);
    • 2002 to June 2003, $127,548.
  • Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Partosoedarso, ER. 2002 Foundation grant; 
    • May 2002 to May 2004, $75,000.


  • Selected publications
    • Partosoedarso, E., Robertson, L. (2012). The impact of audience response systems (or clickers), when used in combination with a pedagogical strategy, in a large introductory human physiology course. Edulearn 12 proceedings,  6551-6559;.
    • Cao, X, Ball, AJ, Partosoedarso, ER, Burmeister Massachusetts, Hornby PJ. (2007). Functional effects and characteristics of cecum-projecting neurons in the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus of rats. Auton Neurosci, 131(1-2), 1-8; and
    • Stead RH, Colley EC, Wang B, Partosoedarso E, Lin J, Stanisz A, Hillsley K. (2006). Vagal influences over mast cells. Auton Neurosci. 125(1-2), 53-61.
  • Presentations
    • 2012P Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE), Montreal, Quebec
    • 2012T Edulearn 12, Barcelona, Spain
    • 2011 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), Hamilton, Ontario
    • 2011P Rutgers Twenty-Ninth Annual International Technology Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
    • 2010P Educational Technology Conference (ETC), Mississauga, Ontario
    • 2008 Case Study Conference National Center for Case Study Teaching in Sciences, Buffalo, New York
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