Learning and Applied Research


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 outcomes for faculty and instructors

  • 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

Resources for remote delivery

  • Assessment strategies
  • Teaching remotely
  • Enhancing the Teaching and Learning Experience
  • Blackboard Collaborate for Instructors

Remote learning tools for students

  • Moodle login for students
  • Blackboard for students






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Education Technology

The  education technology resource center provides advice, training and assistance to Okanagan College faculty in all program areas in instructional practices and delivery methods that reflect 'best practices' in the application of technology to teaching, learning and research.

Meet the team

Dr. Beverlie Dietze

Learning and Applied Research, Director
Office: Business Building 120A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4528

Colette Martin

Learning and Applied Research, Executive Assistant
Office: Business Building 120
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4736

Chantale Hutchinson

Learning and Applied Research
Office: Business Building 120B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4979

Although I love nothing more than relaxing with a book, I'm also interested in educational technology and is presently researching inclusive practices in online and blended delivery. 

M.Ad.Ed, St. Francis Xavier University (In progress)
B.Ed, Arts, UBC
BA, English, UBC

Dr. Julia Dais

Office: Lab Building 240A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4690
Biology Instructor Julie Dais

PhD, University of Calgary
BSc, Zoology

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) meets monthly, except in August, to discuss applications for ethical approval relating to research at the Okanagan College.