Event Information

Building Consensus – Transforming “No” Into “Yes”

Facilitated by Lukas Skulmoski

February 6, 2018

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Room B130, KLO

Are you frustrated with "no"? What you may not be aware of is how often people really mean "maybe." Often, a person's first reaction to a new idea, change or innovation is fear. The two natural human responses to fear are flight and fight, both of which equate to "no" in tough conversations and negotiations. There are strategies to transform "no" into "maybe" and even into "yes." If you would like to hear more, start by saying yes to this workshop.



At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the barriers to "yes".


  • Examine a strategy that weakens the appeal of "no".


  • Outline strategies that support adversariesin becoming partners in the change process.

Sharing Your Success Stories: Communications for Applied Research Stories

Facilitated by Tyler Finley

February 13, 2018

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room B130, KLO


How can you share your applied research project milestones and success stories on social/online media, print or the web? What role can digital photography and video play in bringing your key learnings to a wider audience? What features make for an engaging webpage? How can the College’s Public Affairs Department support you in spreading the word about your project internally at the College and to the external community? Tyler Finley, Digital Content and Social Media Specialist, will share tools/resources, ideas and tips for storytelling around applied research projects.



At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Use a cell phone and/or DSL camera to take images suitable for print/online publication or social media.


  • Draft a compelling social media post or website update using current digital media best practices.


  • Discuss and utilize the available channels, resources and services provided by Public Affairs at OC to assist with all of the above.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Increasing Web Conference Success

Facilitated by Marianne Kalinoski, Blackboard


February 20, 2018

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

From your desk or home


Ever wonder why some sessions seem to be effortless, while in others there are difficulties entering the session, or getting participants to interact? In this workshop, participants will gain insight into best practices for creating interactive and problem-free collaborate sessions. In addition, there will be an open Q&A forum designed to answer your questions on how to accomplish specific activities in your collaborate sessions.


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the original and ultra-experiences and effectively switch between the two.


  • Discuss the importance of using the best browser to deliver successful sessions.


  • Access collaborate from a LMS or directly from the collaborate server.


Applied Research – What is it About?

Facilitated by Lukas Skulmoski

March 6, 2018

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room B130, KLO


Applied Research is an important element in Okanagan College's plans for the future. It is also a great way for Okanagan College employees, students, and community partners to collaborate and innovate. If you want to hear about one applied research project or if you know of a potential community partner who could benefit from partnering with Okanagan College, please drop by.


At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between research problems and research questions.


  • Outline common steps used for completing an applied research project.


In the Shoes of an International Student

*We are inviting faculty and staff to a round table discussion with International students

Facilitated by Cynthia Garcia & Michael Saad

March 8, 2018

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Room B130, KLO

There are several barriers, hurdles, and exciting times for international students who come to Okanagan College to further their education. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of international students who will discuss what their experiences are like, what their challenges are, and how our Okanagan College community can support international students.

In partnership with the Managing Culturally Diverse Classrooms Innovation Fund project


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the types of experiences international students face when living and learning in a new community.


  • Describe varying cultural norms and how those norms influence learning and behaivours.



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Learning and Applied Research

Okanagan College

1000 KLO Road, Room B130

Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8








Dr. Beverlie Dietze

Director, Learning and Applied Research



Carla Whitten

Assistant to Director



Erin Dreyer

Program Assistant