Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning: Designing Your Research Project

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Last November, BCcampus hosted a very successful sold- out Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry. To build on its success, an intensive workshop has been designed for any faculty who want to build a student learning research project in a collaborative manner with expert facilitators over a two-day immersive learning experience.

This learning opportunity is called Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning: Designing Your Research Project. Space is limited to only 24 successful applicants from faculty from BC post-secondary institutions.

Deadline to apply is Monday, March 23 (noon)


Title:  Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning: Designing Your Research Project
Dates:  Thursday,  May 21 (8:30 am) to Friday May 22, 2015 (4:00 pm) – 2 full days
Location:  The Met Hotel, Vancouver, BC


  • Peter Arthur, PhD – Director of Centre for Teaching and Learning , University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Doug Hamilton, PhD – Head for the MA in Educational Leadership and Management (International) Program and for the MA in Higher Education Administration and Leadership Program , Royal Roads University
  • Gary Hunt, PhD – Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Support in the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, Thompson Rivers University

Workshop Description:

Building on the discussions of our first annual Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice conference, we are offering an opportunity to assist faculty in designing a research project on teaching and student learning. This will be a two-day workshop on May 21 and 22 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver. This will be a chance to take an idea you have about investigating your own teaching practice and student learning and transforming it into a project that you can conduct at your institution.

Scholarly inquiry into student learning involves a systematic research approach into student learning. Normally conducted within one’s own class, it is evidence-based, peer reviewed and publicly shared. The process begins with designing a study aimed at deepening understanding of, and practice related to an important student learning issue. Central to directing the research is formulating a focused research question based in the need to understand and improve student learning. Questions often arise from observations made in the classroom but can come from the scholarly literature or elsewhere. Questions are always directed towards understanding and improving student learning.

In this intensive 2-day workshop, participants will arrive with an idea and a possible question for a research project. Through structured facilitation and peer discussion, a question will be refined, strategies for data collection and analysis will be crafted, and ethical requirements for conducting dual-role research will be discussed. At the end of the workshop, participants will have created the foundation for conducting their research study and know how to proceed with implementing the study at their institutions.  Prior research experience is not a prerequisite, nor is any experience with educational or pedagogical investigation. This program is designed to help faculty build new expertise, making use of their own background and experience brought from the classroom.

To Apply: Complete and submit this  form by March 23 (NOON PST).

Process: Applications will be vetted by mid-week (by Mar 25) for a quick turn-around. BCcampus will contact you if your application was successful by Mar 27th and seek your immediate acceptance  to enable processing any wait listed applicants.

Acceptance: Once your application has been accepted and you have confirmed you will attend, you will receive a link to officially register and make full payment of the $325 + taxes to guarantee your spot in the workshop by Apr 2, 2015.

Cost:  $325 + taxes (includes 2 days of facilitation and support, breakfast, lunch and break meals, meeting rooms and resources)
Cost of travel, hotel and no-host dinner Thursday night is not included

Questions:  Tracy Kelly – or 250 886 8787

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