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Monday, May 11 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Developing a University's Learning, Teaching, and Research Strategy using a PAR Approach

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Developing a university’s learning, teaching and research strategy using a participatory action research approach.

In this session, we examine how an institutional Learning, Teaching, and Research Model (LTRM) (Harris, Walinga, Childs, Raby, Takach, Jorgenson, Mason, Zornes, Gorley, and Forssman, 2018) enables Royal Roads University (RRU) to enact its vision and values in the creation of a signature student experience in virtual and physical spaces. The LTRM was created through a participatory action research project with the aim of renewing an existing model (Hamilton, Márquez, & Agger-Gupta, 2013) and responding to the changing landscape of post-secondary education. An extensive consultation process with permanent and contract faculty, staff, students, alumni, school advisory councils, Indigenous groups, senior leaders, and other stakeholders was conducted over 18 months. Multiple data collection methods were used, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, design thinking maker experiences (Crichton & Carter, 2015; Stanford University Institute of Design, 2016), and consultations with experts. A variety of recording methods were used, including graphic recording, audio and video recording, as well as the creation of 3-dimensional metaphors (Crichton & Carter, 2017). An open data approach was undertaken for this research, i.e., providing all stakeholders access to de-identified data, to allow for a transparent and iterative meaning-making process.

The LTRM has become RRU’s signature pedagogy, the distinctive teaching and learning practices characteristic to the education of future practitioners in a given field (Shulman, 2005). Signature pedagogies teach knowledge, skills, and foster worldviews, attitudes, and values; in doing so, they shape future practice, and set the direction for practitioners. The LTRM supports RRU’s commitment to building capacity in mid-career professionals, enabling them to be agents of transformation for positive social change. A recent literature search confirms that the LTRM is unique in its formation and scope, as well as in the impact it has on an institutions approach towards creating an engaging, innovative and effective learning environment.

In this session, we will examine how the LTRM can be used to create a transformational student learning experience. Themes emerging from the action research project will be shared, and the implications will be explored with audience participants in this interactive session.

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Jo Axe

Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University

Monday May 11, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Salon D

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