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photo of lightbulb in front of a strategy equation on a chalkboardFaculty Development Educational Research Series

Series Description

Please join us for one or all of a seven-part educational research series co-sponsored by The Centre for Teaching & Learning, Office of Faculty Development - Faculty of Health Sciences, Office of Health Sciences Education, Office of the Provost (Teaching and Learning Portfolio), and the Vice Principal (Research). Educational research, also referred to as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, is the study of how we teach and how students learn.

Goals for the series are to:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Uncover different disciplinary approaches to educational research.
  • Explore the stages of a systematic educational research process.
  • Develop an educational research proposal.

Series Workshop Descriptions (September 2016 – May 2017)

Session 1: Approaches to Educational Research

Date and Location: September 21, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated by: Dr. Cory Laverty, Centre for Teaching and Learning; Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Dr. Nancy Dalgarno, Education Researcher and Consultant, Office of Health Sciences Education/Department of Family Medicine-Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Faculty of Health Sciences

The aim of the session is to explore what educational research looks like in one’s own discipline, identify some of the emerging trends and methodological approaches to that research, and to develop a research question. 

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Share conceptions of and approaches to educational research in different disciplines.
  • Describe a focus for a specific educational research study.
  • Develop a research question with the support of peer feedback.
  • Map potential types of evidence that can answer the research question.

Session 2: Planning Your Literature Review and Ethical Considerations

Date and Location: October 5, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated by: Dr. Cynthia Fekken, Associate Vice-Principal (Research); Jennifer Couture, Ethics Compliance Advisor, University Research Services; Suzanne Maranda, MLS (Head, Bracken Health Sciences Library); and Dr. Cory Laverty, Centre for Teaching and Learning

The aim of the session is to explore the educational research literature, to narrow and shape the research question, and to identify ethical considerations for your research project.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Search for relevant literature to inform study directions.
  • Discuss the ethical implications for gathering different forms of evidence.
  • Identify the steps and timelines for obtaining Research Ethics Board approval and completing the study.

Please bring a laptop to the session to participate in the search activities.

Session 3: Qualitative Methods and Analysis in Educational Research

Date and Location: October 26, 2016; 1:00-4:00; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated by: Dr. Jamie Pyper, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Graduate Faculty, Faculty of Education; and Dr. Nancy Dalgarno, Education Researcher and Consultant, Office of Health Sciences Education/Department of Family Medicine-Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Faculty of Health Sciences

The aim of the session is to explore qualitative research methods by critiquing existing research cases and examples of data collection instruments, and analyzing sample data sets.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Analyze how qualitative methods could apply to sample research questions.
  • Critique question design for surveys, interviews, and focus groups based on best practices.
  • Code sample interview data into general themes.
  • Evaluate the fit between a research question and a qualitative methods approach.

Session 4: Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Educational Research

Date and Location: November 16, 2016: 1:00-4:00; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated byDr. Jill Atkinson, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology and Dr. James Fraser, Associate Professor, Condensed Matter Phys & Optics, Eng & App Physics 

The aim of the session is to explore quantitative research methods by analyzing existing research cases and critiquing examples of questions that capture quantitative data.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Analyze how quantitative methods could apply to sample research questions.
  • Critique examples of quantitative methods for educational research based on best practices.
  • Evaluate the fit between a research question and a quantitative methods approach.

Session 5: Taking a Mixed Methods Approach to Educational Research

Date and Location: December 7, 2016; 1:00-4:00; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated byDr. Jill Atkinson, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology and Dr. Rylan Egan, Director, Office of Health Sciences Education, Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing 

The aim of the session is to explore how an integrated combination of qualitative and quantitative methods can provide useful layers of research evidence.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Compare the role of quantitative and qualitative data in mixed methods research.
  • Analyze how mixed methods could apply to sample research questions.
  • Evaluate the fit between a research question and a mixed methods approach.

Session 6: Approaches to Program Evaluation

Date and Location: January 18, 2017: 1:00-4:00; Centre for Teaching and Learning, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, F200

Facilitated byDr. Leslie Flynn,  Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine​,  Acting Director of the Office of Health Sciences Education and Interim Vice-Dean, Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences​ and Dr. Elaine Van Melle, Education Scientist for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The aim of the session is to compare approaches to program evaluation and to clarify the role of educational research within those approaches.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Compare program evaluation, quality assurance, and educational research questions.
  • Evaluate various approaches to program evaluation.
  • Analyze how a logic model framework can be applied to program evaluation questions.

Session 7: Writing and Presenting in Educational Research

Date and Location: February 15, 2017; 1:00-4:00; Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

Facilitated bySusan Korba, M.A., Director Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre; Dr. Andrea Phillipson, Educational Development Fellow, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Amber Hastings, Ph.D. (c). Research Associate, Office of Health Sciences Education.

The aim of the session is to share approaches to reporting and presenting on educational research and to develop a writing plan and spend time writing.

Session outcomes:

  • Engage with a network of colleagues focused on educational research.
  • Identify disciplinary writing strategies for reporting educational research.
  • Create a framework for academic writing and conference venues relating to educational research.
  • Begin writing an outline or draft for an educational research paper or project.

Please bring a laptop to the session to participate in writing and Internet search activities.

Session 8: Grant Writing

Date and Location: March 8, 2017,1:00-4:00; Centre for Teaching and Learning, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, F200

Facilitated by: Dr. Denise Stockley, Professor and Scholar in Higher Education, Office of the Provost (Teaching and Learning Portfolio) and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cross-Appointment, Faculty of Education, President Elect, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Writing a compelling grant proposal can be challenging. Proposal guidelines and reviewing criteria may be difficult to interpret. Join us to share tips for improving your writing and for locating funding for your educational research project. Learning outcomes for this session are to

  • Identify elements that make a grant proposal successful
  • Review assessment criteria for educational research grants 
  • Describe writing elements that make grants more readable
  • Identify potential funding sources 

This session will end with goal setting, reviewing resources to support educational research, and determining next steps for projects, to close out our educational research series.