Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Advanced Educational Research Series

Please join us for one or all of a six-part series to support the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), which we define as the study of how we teach and how students learn. The series is co-sponsored by The Centre for Teaching & Learning, the Office of Faculty Development - Faculty of Health Sciences, the Office of Health Sciences Education, and The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research). It builds on last year’s introductory series on educational research.

SESSION 1:  Theoretical Frameworks for Educational Research

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm, CTL, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room F200

Dr. Lynda Colgan, Faculty of Education and Dr. Cory Laverty and Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro, Centre for Teaching and Learning

A theoretical framework in educational research refers to the learning theories on which you base your assumptions about learning and the methodology that articulates your research approach. This session offers examples of theoretical frameworks used in educational research as a means to guide your research approach, select your methods, and interpret your findings. Outcomes for the session are to:

  • Distinguish between a theoretical framework, a conceptual framework, a methodological approach, and research methods.
  • Identify a learning theory that could apply to a hypothetical study relating to group work.
  • Select  methods based on your assumptions about learning and the research questions from your scenario 

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SESSION 2:  Educational Research Literature Review

Tuesday October 24, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room F200
Dr. Cory Laverty, Centre for Teaching and Learning; Suzanne Maranda and Paola Durando (Health Sciences), Dr. Nasser Saleh (Engineering), Jackie Druery and Sylvia Andrychuk (Humanities and Social Sciences), Queen’s Library

The aim of this session is to identify research approaches, methods, and frameworks that can inform your study by strategically searching the educational research literature. Please bring a short description of your educational research interest and your laptop to this hands-on workshop. Learning outcomes are to:

  • Review a strategic approach for locating articles on educational research.
  • Test search strategies in Google Scholar and specific databases to gather citations for your study.
  • Create a personalized search alert to stay up-to-date on newly-published research.
  • Use citation management software to organize references, access full text, and create reference lists.

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SESSION 3: Designing and Analysing Surveys

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room F200
Dr. Rylan Egan, Office of Health Sciences Education; and Dr. Cory Laverty and Dr. Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning; 

The aim of this session is to review survey design principles, critique sample questions, and compare methods for analyzing survey data. Learning outcomes are to:

  • Apply a survey design framework to a given research question.
  • Discuss issues of validity and reliability in survey design.
  • Identify common mistakes in writing survey questions

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SESSION 4: Designing and Coding Interviews and Focus Groups

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:30 – 3:20pm, Ellis Hall, Room 333
Dr. Nancy Dalgarno, Education Researcher & Consultant, Office of Health Sciences Education/Department of Family Medicine;Dr. Cory Laverty, Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro, Centre for Teaching and Learning: ;and Dr. Amber Hastings-Truelove, Educational Researcher and Consultant, Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning outcomes for this session are to:

  • Navigate the stages of planning, developing, and conducting interviews and focus groups
  • Develop effective interview and focus groups questions.
  • Identify the principles underlying qualitative data analysis.
  • Code interview data.

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SESSION 5: Program Evaluation Part 2

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:00-4:00, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B176, FSLF Seminar Room
Dr. Elaine van Melle and Dr. Leslie Flynn, Faculty of Health Sciences

The aim of the session is to compare approaches to program evaluation and to clarify the role of educational research within those approaches. *Participation in the previous Program Evaluation workshop is not necessary*

Learning outcomes for this session are to:

  • Design and implement an evaluation.
  • Describe the difference between program evaluation, research, and quality improvement.
  • Conduct program evaluation as scholarly work.

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SESSION 6: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
Dr. Denise Stockley, Office of the Provost and Faculty of Health Sciences; Kristina Arseneau, University Research Services; Nancy Churchman, School of Computing; and Dr. Cory Laverty, Centre for Teaching and Learning

The aim of this session is to critique examples of grant proposals, share tips for improving your writing, and locate funding for your educational research project. 

Learning outcomes for the session are to:

  • Identify elements that make a grant proposal successful
  • Describe approaches to writing specific sections of a grant.
  • Identify potential funding sources and on-campus support.

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