I am a qualitative, educational researcher whose research interests are in the following broad areas of higher education:

  • Feedback practices in teaching and learning
  • Professional growth in teaching
  • Faculty careers and educational leadership

Research Projects – Current

Student Peer Feedback: I am currently working with two UBC instructors who have implemented student peer feedback approaches in their courses. This project involves carefully considering the course design, researching and selecting student peer approaches, implementing and evaluating these (in terms of student learning and other) and then making further modifications to the course based on the evaluation data.

Social Network Analysis in Teaching and Learning: With Dr. Gary Poole and Roselynn Verwoord, we are examining how post-secondary instructors use significant networks to support their professional growth as teachers and SoTL scholars.

Based on our analysis of existing research on small significant networks pertaining to teaching and learning, our research poses the following questions:

(1) How are educators using networks in their own contexts to expand, refute or build their stories of teaching and learning and of SoTL?
(2) Do instructors perceive greater similarity among network members than among randomly chosen colleagues?
(3) Are there relationships among perceived similarity, value of interactions, and impact of the network on one’s teaching and research on teaching?
(4) What strategies can be employed to enhance the value of one’s networks?

Evaluation of the Course Design Intensive: Since April 2015, I have been leading a program evaluation of the Course Design Intensive, a program offered through the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.  (Link to more information will be available by June 2017).

To read brief summaries of past research projects, please go here.

My research skills include:

  • Designing a feasible qualitative research study
  • Conducting thorough literature reviews
  • Developing relevant research questions
  • Applying successfully to UBC’s Behavioural Ethics Board
  • Managing data collection processes (including recruitment, member checking, follow up with participants, and detailed documentation of research process)
  • Creating an interview protocol and conducting qualitative interviews
  • Analyzing data (using an iterative process of induction and deduction)
  • Coding and categorizing data
  • Being reflexive in my researcher role
  • Creating rapport with interview participants
  • Anticipating ethical issues and responding appropriately to these
  • Writing clearly and concisely

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