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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 March 2019

Beverlie Dietze, Senior Management
and Co Chair


Jordan Perrey, Director of IT Services
and Co Chair


Colette Martin, Support


Eva Gavaris, Non-Instructional Faculty


Chantale Hutchinson, Vocational Instructor


Inga Wheeler, Admin.


Angela Checkley, Support


Mary Kline, Admin.


Joanne Gibbons-Smyth, Vocational Instructor




Contact Us

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

Colette Martin
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

Kristen Wiebe
Research Project Coordinator
Tel: 250-762-5445 ext. 4630
Email: kwiebe@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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