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Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning: Designing Your Research Project

Building on our first annual  Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice (in Nov. 2014)  we are offering a unique opportunity to support faculty in designing a research project on teaching and student learning.

This will be a two-day intensive on May 21 – 22, 2015 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver. This is a chance to take an idea you have about investigating your own teaching practice and student learning and transform 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.

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 two days, 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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Institute, successful participants will be able to:

  1. Define the key attributes of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  2. Develop a draft question to guide their inquiry
  3.  Evaluate appropriate methodologies that address research questions
  4. Plan for ethical considerations of the research
  5. Collaboratively discuss and provide feedback on the elements of a research plan: a research question; a review of current literature; a method & plan for implementation; and ethics approval.
  6. Develop a plan for effectively communicating research results
  7. Develop next steps in their research agenda

Apply to Participate: Limited Seats Available

To apply, please complete and submit this form by 12:00 noon on Mar. 30, 2015.

Process: Applications will be vetted by mid-week (by March 25) for a quick turn-around. BCcampus will contact you if your application was successful by March 27th.

Accepted applicants will be provided with a link to register and make payment by Apr. 2. If possible, waitlisted applicants will be processed shortly after Apr. 2.


Thursday,  May 21 (8:30 am) to Friday May 22, 2015 (4:00 pm) – 2 full days


The Met Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia  – three meeting rooms on the 2nd floor


  • 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
  • For more information on the facilitation team, please see Facilitator Bios 


  • $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


Email Tracy Kelly at tracy@bccampus.ca