On October 4th, 2017, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present our first President’s Research Symposium.
The Symposium was located in the open Event space in Bldg B of the VCC Broadway campus. (You can check out the Twitter activity for this event under the hashtag #vccresearch or look at the Twitter widget on the right side of this blog).
In this brief introductory video, Kathryn McNaughton (VP, Academic) and Elle Ting (Research Ethics Board Chair) explain the difference between different kinds of research, and the values and goals of this Symposium:
Here are descriptions and resources from the day:
Introduction: Dr. Peter Nunoda, VCC President
VCC President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, opened the day with gratitude for the large turnout, and praise for VCC’s diverse array of programs.
He described some of VCC’s innovative applied research initiatives, the college’s unique role in vocational training and experiential learning, and he also announced a new Research Fund of $10,000, which will become effective as of April 1, 2018. (Calls for Proposals and details of criteria will be announced at a future date.)
About the Presenter:
Dr. Peter Nunoda was appointed President, Vancouver Community College in August, 2014. Prior to joining VCC, he held the position of Vice President, Academic and Research at Northern Lights College since August 2011. Dr. Nunoda has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University College of the North from 2007 to 2011, the Director of Access Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2002 to 2007 and as a Program Director for Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2000 to 2002. His research projects include: reports on professional health education for Aboriginal People for Health Canada and HRSDC; an article on Japanese Canadian Perceptions of Canadian Citizenship; and a study of the retention of Aboriginal students at the University of Manitoba.
Keynote Speaker:Greg Anderson, Dean of Applied Research, JIBC.
Topic: Student Research Skills Development Framework
Does your institution have a planned approach to embedding research skill development in a student’s education? Do you have a clear understanding of how different student research activities are differentiated throughout their student life?
Dr. Anderson addressed these topics in a highly informative and entertaining presentation that used examples from a number of his past projects, involving the Justice Institute of BC and other higher education institutions.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Greg Anderson is the Dean, Office of the Applied Research & Graduate Studies, at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). He provides oversight as Investigator and/or Administrative Lead with the application and management of individual and collaborative applied research projects totaling over $8 million in the last five years. He has been an advocate for undergraduate research experience for many years, and was the driving force behind the creation of a student research framework at JIBC.
Experiential Learning: A Research in Practice for Adult Literacy Fundamental
Thirty-some years ago, while doing her practical teaching year, a professor brought a lobster trap into class. A group of prairie student teachers gathered around the lobster trap, asked questions, examined it, made guesses, sang a Stan Rogers tune about the influx of maritime workers to the Alberta oil patch. That was the moment Lynn became hooked on experiential teaching and learning. Lynn’s research in practice study tested her assumptions about experiential learning and literacy student persistence, success and retention.
About the Presenter:
Lynn Horvat is an instructor in VCC’s Basic Education Department.
Longitudinal assessment of Baccalaureate Nursing students’ disposition to think critically
The purpose of this research was to evaluate baccalaureate nursing students’ critical thinking dispositions in relation to a curricular shift from traditional lecture-based learning to problem-based learning.
About the Presenters:
Barb Arthur and Kathy Fukuyama are faculty members in the Bachelor of Science Nursing (“BScN”) Program.
From Surviving to Thriving: Young people and inter-sectoral partner feedback on a critical health literacy pilot project
This presentation outlined findings from a research project between VCC and community partners on health promotion practice with young people, including recommendations for a related wellness outreach initiative.
About the Presenters:
Anastasia Gaisenok is the Executive Director of Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network. She is currently the co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and a member of the Steering Committee for the BC Health Coalition. Previously she served on the Women’s Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver, and on the Board of Directors for Oxfam Canada.
Raagini is the Education Program Coordinator at Check Your Head. Raagini is deeply committed to educational transformation, social justice, and youth empowerment through a creative, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist framework.
Shari Laliberte R.N., Ph.D. is a faculty member and curriculum chair within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program of the School of Health Sciences at Vancouver Community College.
Applied Research in Collaborative Partnership: A Look at Baking, Natural Health and Contribution to Students
VCC and BCIT embarked on a multi-year research project with an industry partner to examine the contribution of sourdough bread-making methodologies towards the improvement of gluten digestibility.
This presentation shared the researchers’ process for initial idea development; preliminary testing; NSERC grant application; and research, departmental, and student inclusion.
About the Presenters:
Rebecca Robertson, Research Associate and Instructor at BCIT, has worked extensively in the food industry in areas ranging from food product development, food safety, sensory and quality assurance.
Elizabeth Mudge, Research Associate at BCIT, has worked in the food and natural health industry in areas ranging from analytical method development to food research and development.
Fionna Chong is the department leader for the Baking & Pastry Arts program at VCC and a baker at heart…
Lightning Talk Presentations
Inspired by the rapid-fire format of Pecha Kucha, presenters were given 5 to 10 minutes to present their topic…
- “Communication Activity for Generation 1.5 ESL students”
(Jane Parker, College and Career Access)
Jane described a classroom-based research project using WordPress and EdModo to empower her ESL Students as Student Journalists, and her observations of how it improved their communication skills.
View the student resource shown in this Lightning Talk
- “The World of Institutional Research”
(Brian Beacham, Institutional Research)
Brian described examples of the role of Institutional Research at VCC.
Slideshow: IR Presentation – B. Beacham
- “Library Support for Applied Research”
(Virginia Adams, Coordinator, Copyright & Scholarly Communications, VCC Library)
Virginia described the role of the VCC Library in supporting applied research, and described specific Librarians and how they have helped various projects at VCC.
Slideshow: Library support for Research – V. Adams
- “The Role of Research in Writing Children’s fiction”
(Katarina Jovanovic, Early Childhood Education, VCC)
Katarina gave an entertaining description of how and why she undertook different kinds of research to develop characters, story and scenarios for her award–winning children’s books.
Slideshow: The role of research in writing children’s fiction – K. Jovanovic
- “VCC’s REB: Five questions in Five Minutes”
(Elle Ting, Instructional Associate, Chair of VCC Research Ethics Board)
Elle gave a fast-paced and animated presentation on the essentials of the VCC Research Ethics Board (REB).
Prezi: The REB – “5 questions in 5 minutes”
Comments from Attendees…
“I wished I had been able to stay longer this morning. Still, as I headed back to class with my students, I knew it was a very worthwhile interlude to our morning. They got to see what other activities teachers get up to. They got to see education at VCC from a different perspective.” – Lynn Horvat
“I’m looking forward to our next steps” – Brian Beacham
“I’m happy to hear it will be an annual event.” – Virginia Adams
“It was really inspiring and I can appreciate how much work went into coordinating it behind the scenes and facilitating it. Thanks so much for taking a lead on this and also for our website, which looks amazing” – Shari Laliberte
“I felt so energized afterwards and I was so excited to hear about research that instructors have done at VCC.” – Helga Mankhof