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Applied Research – What is it Good for? Focus on Learning, Part 2 Mark Hoddenbagh 2012 June 05 St. Lawrence College
Through active participation in the Focus on Learning Program, participants will have demonstrated their ability to facilitate and guide learning that supports diverse learners in their achievement of learning outcomes. Elements of performance: Create an environment conducive to learning Select, adapt and design learning experiences appropriate for a variety of learning styles and learning needs Help learners process experiences and derive meaning from them Provide specific, constructive feedback that helps learners assess their progress toward the achievement of learning outcomes Program Learning Outcomes
Create and use a personal action plan that enhances professional practice. Elements of performance: Set clear goals for personal change in their professional practice Contribute to a learning culture that encourages risk-taking, continuous learning, reflective practice and peer support Identify and assess the impact of their teaching practice on learners’ achievement Program Learning Outcomes
Activities that focus on the development and implementation/commercialization of products, processes and services that lead to stronger organizations For profit - jobs, new markets, economic growth NFP – improved efficiencies, effectiveness Government – higher productivity, better service What is Applied Research?
Doing new things old ways. Doing old things new ways. Doing new things new ways. What is Innovation?
In which areas/fields can Applied Research be done?
How does Applied Research work? Client brings problem/ opportunity to college Applied Research office provides assistance. Helps identify: Students Faculty Funder Project Team Desired product, process, service
One of the highest forms of Experiential Learning Students get a real-life experience prior to graduation Projects mimic the workplace Provides a skill set that is valued by employers Develop interdisciplinary understanding Helps develop vocational skills Provides perspective on General Education Themes Addresses the 11 Essential Employability Skills What does Applied Research have to do with a College education?
1. Arts in Society 2. Civic Life 3. Social and Cultural Understanding 4. Personal Understanding 5. Science and Technology General Education Themes
1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience. 2. Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication. 3. Execute mathematical operations accurately. 4. Apply a systematic approach to solve problems. 5. Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems. 6. Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems. 7. Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources. 8. Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others. 9. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals. 10. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects. 11. Take responsibility for one’s own actions, decisions, and consequences. 11 Essential Employability Skills
Professional development Keep up with advances in field of teaching Strengthen ties to external community Broaden internal horizons Interdisciplinary projects Access to funding for: Projects Travel to conferences What’s in it for faculty?
Access to students, faculty expertise, leveraged funding Option for College to become pilot test site Product, process, service closer to implementation or commercialization Introduction to other clients/potential customers Assistance in international market Access to Highly Qualified and Skilled Personnel 4-8 month job interviews Benefits for Clients?
Sample Projects CHEO – symbology for prescription drugs JUNO Awards – economic impact B-Con Engineering – novel optical devices EdeyFX – vertical axis wind turbine TimekeeperPro – scoreboard 1 st Place in OCE Discovery College Connections competition Devera – IT policy management
Applied Research Process Problem solving approach Can be used in all areas of life, not just formal research Focus on problem or opportunity Clearly define problem/opportunity and desired outcome Write problem/opportunity statement Need SMART statement Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely
Applied Research Process List potential outcomes May not also get what desire/expect so planning ahead will enable you to be prepared for this List contingencies/actions to be taken with each outcome Will enable you to react more quickly to changes Set work plan Execute project Close the loop Assess outcome versus initial statement Reporting Determine path forward
Case Study Your lawn needs help! Your backyard lawn is in bad shape. It has large brown patches, mushrooms, lots of weeds and any green grass there is appears to be dying, not thriving. Your yard is 100’ deep and 60’ wide, has a cedar hedge on the west side, a vegetable garden at the back (northeast corner) that is 10’D x 30’W, and chain link fence on the north, east and south sides. There is a small deck (10’x10’) attached to the house and a patio that is 10’Dx20’W off of the deck. My disposable income after taxes and expenses is about $800/month.
Incorporating Applied Research into Education Fundamental Guidelines Have professor involved Have students involved (typically) Have Applied Research office involved Encourage working with industrial partner from beginning Meet all client’s needs whether business or technical College Provides Faculty (through course of SWF release) Infrastructure – physical, financial, legal Some funding Applied Research office
Liaise with client Scope and execute project Write final report Get course credits Display at Applied Research Day Liaise with client Scope and execute project Write final report Get course credits Display at Applied Research Day Team Roles Applied Research Office STUDENT CLIENT PROFFUNDER Bring research idea/ problem to be solved Provide guidance to students Provide resources Bring research idea/ problem to be solved Provide guidance to students Provide resources Provide funds Introduce us to SME partners Independent analysis of clients Provide funds Introduce us to SME partners Independent analysis of clients Liaise with funders, clients Purchasing Budgeting Contracts Networking Host Applied Research Day Liaise with funders, clients Purchasing Budgeting Contracts Networking Host Applied Research Day Vetting of clients Timeline and Milestones Setting/Advising/managing student teams Project review and assessment Vetting of clients Timeline and Milestones Setting/Advising/managing student teams Project review and assessment
Standalone Projects (SAP) – Cash is King! Faculty member Full-timer SWF buy-out/11 th month Depends on funding level and time commitments Part-timer paid as Research Associate Need to include in grant applications Technical liaison with company Directs students technical work Student Research Assistants Hire as part-timers during school, full-timers during summer/Co-op Work directly for professor for technical aspects May report to company, but employed by College ARI handles timesheets, payment, administration $12-20/hour, depending on skill level and project needs
In-Class Projects (ICP) – Marks Rule Integral part of course Best way to get as many students and faculty involved The team: Professor (coordinates as part of teaching load) Students (3+ preferred; work for marks) Client (industry/community group) Funder (grants) ARI (logistics/support/guidance) Interdisciplinary projects encouraged
21 Role of the STUDENT Take responsibility for the success of the project Draw upon appropriate resources, in order to make informed decisions The responsibility of any choices however lies with the student. Develop budgets, timelines, scope etc. in collaboration with professor and client Apply for funding Execute project Report as appropriate
22 Role of the INDUSTRIAL PARTNER Define project with assistance of faculty supervisor Contribute cash and in-kind support Provide technical supervision, support and guidance for duration of project Inform students of the broader issues such as the factors supporting a business case analysis Help students develop entrepreneurial/ intrapreneurial skills/mindset
23 Role of the PROFESSOR Work with students and clients to create tentative budget Consult with students weekly Set clear expectations for students Grade student Appoint student project team leaders Set clear expectations for industrial partner
Competitions for ICP Have several groups working on same issue Choose best and continue developing it Works well for certain industrial projects Graphical User Interface design for telecom company Can include as class project Can run as open competition for whole college
Student-led (SAP or ICP) Student has own idea would like to develop Can apply for funding Encouraged to find faculty advisor/mentor Work closely with ARI to ensure solid work plan
Funding Sources Ontario Centres of Excellence Connections (ICP) Experiential Learning Program (ICP/SAP) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canadian Institutes of Health Research FedDev – Community Futures, Applied Research and Commercialization
Wow! Free Money! If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true Funding Organizations do not give away money Funding Organizations invest money
Know and follow College policies around IP, Research Ethics, Research Administration, Use of Animal, Biohazards, Purchasing, HR Know and follow Funder funding criteria, expense guidelines, reporting Metrics important so start early, measure often Risk management is important Have Research Collaboration Agreements Administrivia
Chide.it Incubated company for 9 months Developed web based applications for Software Competition management In 4 years have grown to Over $1M sales Over 20 employees
Chide.it Algonquin Provided faculty and students Access to $225,000 in research funding
Hydro One Building on existing 4-college consortium Mohawk, Georgian, Northern, Algonquin Curriculum development Equipment Bursaries Added applied research to second contract
Hydro One Plugged-in Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Investigating impact on rural grid Determine monitoring equipment, parameters Have sourced additional funding from OCE Applying for more
David Thibodeau Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology ICP guru Office staff Tina, Ricc, John, Teri, Carmel, Alex, Kerry Focus on Learning for invitation Acknowledgements