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The Learning and Applied Research Unit will be the “go to” support service for Okanagan College employees who want to continuously improve their skills and knowledge about teaching, learning, programming, and applied research.


Learning and Applied Research

Learning Outcomes for
Instructional Staff



  • Redesign a course with learning outcomes aligned with assessment/evaluation methods and teaching and learning strategies;
  • Use a variety of assessment practices in courses;
  • Analyze data gathered from program mapping and alignment activities to make program redesign decisions;
  • Design and implement blended learning strategies; and
  • Expand instructional staff curiosity about teaching and learning.


  • Course and program redesign sessions
  • Program mapping and gap-analysis activities
  • Learning outcomes development
  • Formative assessment tools
  • Program review self-study support
  • Learning series
  • Individual and group consultations

Institution-wide events and resources on teaching, learning and applied research:

  • Annual conferences
  • Faculty teaching and learning handbook
  • Orientation to teaching and learning strategies
  • Support for teaching in blended learning environments



Applied Research

Learning Outcomes for Employees



  • Develop a research project proposal;
  • Access research funding opportunities;
  • Connect with community research partners;
  • Complete an effective REB application; and
  • Support industry business partners in answering core questions.



  • Collaborates with various college departments to administer project funding
  • Provides workshops on writing successful research proposals


Scholarly Teaching & Inquiry into Practice

Learning Outcomes for
Instructional Staff



  • Describe key benefits of engaging in scholarly teaching practices;
  • Identify how teaching practices correlates with student success;
  • Identify resources support; and
  • Identify potential projects that focus on teaching and inquiry.


  • Offers learning, teaching and applied research support
  • Provides support in research ethics applications, grants and proposal writing
  • Offers individual and group consultations



Learning and Applied Research
Program Advisory Committee (LTAC)
as of February 2020

Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Director of Learning and Applied Research and Co-Chair


Jordan Perrey, Director of IT Services
and Co-Chair


Colette Martin, Assistant 


Gilbert Bebe, Non-Instructional Faculty


Chantale Hutchinson, Vocational Instructor


Inga Wheeler, Administration


Angela Checkley, Support


Mary Kline, Administration


Joanne Gibbons-Smyth, Vocational Instructor


Yvonne Moritz, Dean ymoritz@okanagan.bc.ca



Contact Us

Dr. Beverlie Dietze
Learning and Applied Research
Tel: 250-762-5445 ext. 4528
Email: bdietze@okanagan.bc.ca

Colette Martin
Executive Assistant to Director, 
Learning and Applied Research
Tel: 250-762-5445 ext. 4736
Email: cmartin@okanagan.bc.ca

Chantale Hutchinson
Learning and Applied Research
Tel: 250-762-5445 ext. 4979
Email: chutchinson@okanagan.bc.ca

Julie Dais, PhD
Learning and Applied Research
Tel: 250-762-5445 
Email: jdais@okanagan.bc.ca



Visit Our Office
Learning and Applied Research
Research Ethics Board

Office B120 (Business Building)
Kelowna Campus
1000 K.L.O Road
Kelowna, B.C.  V1Y 4X8

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