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1 INFORMATION SESSION Conducting Applied Research at Selkirk College http://appl.fontysvenlo.org/

2 2012 Staff Survey Results 39 completed responses received Overall interest in learning more about applied research Half of respondents confirmed experience in applied research Of those who had no experience in applied research: 65% showed substantial interest in AR; 25% showed medium interest Barriers identified: lack of time/heavy workloads, lack of funding, lack of knowledge, need for mentoring Workshops and mentorship were most popular options selected for learning more about AR Reference: Storey, R (2012). Enabling the culture and practice of applied research at Selkirk College.

3 Why Conduct Applied Research? Benefits for Students  Active participants in classroom  Practical example of how research can be acted out in real life  Increased transfer of knowledge Reference: Storey, R (2012). Enabling the culture and practice of applied research at Selkirk College. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/5617505546/in/set- 72157626965187420

4 Why Conduct Applied Research? Benefits for Instructors  Improved job satisfaction  Increased innovative knowledge  Strengthened credibility as scholars  Greater capacity for problem solving Reference: Storey, R (2012). Enabling the culture and practice of applied research at Selkirk College. “Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning” ~ Paulo Freire

5 Why Conduct Applied Research? Benefits for Institution  Increased capacity of programs & improved quality of teaching  More funding opportunities  Increased status as credible educational institution  Meet strategic plan goal of increasing applied research capacity in ways that support & enhance teaching and learning Reference: Storey, R (2012). Enabling the culture and practice of applied research at Selkirk College. www.selkirk.ca

6 2013/14 Applied Research Program Information sessions in Castlegar & Nelson Apply for innovative fund: deadline Dec. 1, 2013 Workshops (see below) Conference/Celebration to showcase projects: November 28, 2014 WorkshopInstructor(s)DateLocation Explore Your Burning Question: What Do You Want to Know about Student Learning? Shannon Shah Sue Hackett December 16TBA Answering Your Research Question – Part 1: How to Collect Your Data and Conduct Literature Reviews TBAFebruary – Reading Week TBA Answering your Research Question – Part 2: Analyzing Your Data TBAApril 2014TBA What to Do with Your Answers: Bringing Your Results Back to the Classroom and Out to Your Peers TBAAugust 2014TBA

7 Applied Research Projects Selkirk College: Establishing A Student Run Sexual Health Clinic in a Small Rural College Teaching to Teach: Nursing Student as Practice Educator Simulation in Nursing Education: Just Jump In! Leveling: an approach to advanced human simulation which maximized learning and available resources

8 Applied Research Projects Mount Royal University Projects: How Nursing Students Value Role Playing in Enriching Their Skills and Knowledge in a First Year Communication Course Expanding Empathy: How students Understand the Position of a Client Through the Experience of Role Playing in Second Year “Social Work and Groups” Exploring what learning strategies students identify as supportive to their understanding Learning to Communicate and Communicating to Learn in Teams: Student Perceptions of Teams in a Business Communication Course How Term Projects Help Students to Connect Theory with Practice Mitigating Science and Math Anxiety

9 Applied Research Projects BCIT: 3-D Models for Labor and Delivery Class When perinatal nursing instructor Nancy Hewer discovered that her teaching colleagues in critical care had a three-dimensional heart model, she thought, “Ooh, maybe we could create a 3-D fetus and pelvis.” So Ms. Hewer turned to a team of in-house inventors at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she teaches, and two months later, her 3-D baby was born, giving her students graphic new insights into how fetuses move through the birth canal, and how adjustments to the mother’s position can ease the infant’s passage.

10 Constructive Alignment video http://vimeo.com/54530841


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