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
  • Develop an expanded curiosity about learning and teaching.


  • 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
  • Teaching platforms for faculty and instructors

Remote learning tools for students

  • Moodle login for students
  • Kaltura for students


Submitted by: Learning and Applied Research
Date: July 12, 2023

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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 120B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4736

Chantale Hutchinson

Education Technology
Office: Business Building 120
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

Tom Esson

IT Solutions
Office: Business Building 120E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4417

Benjamin Halsall

Learning & Appl Research Admin
Office: Business Building 120
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4347

Ben Halsall has been an Educational Technology Coordinator at Okanagan College since July 2022. Ben is an experienced educator and software trainer. He has taught digital media and creative technologies at Post Secondary and Higher Education institutions in the UK and Canada. Ben is an expert in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Final Cut Pro. While at Okanagan College, he supports educators with the online delivery of their courses.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University
MA, Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Beckett University
BA (Hons), Fine Art, University of Leeds

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Samantha Sandhu

Learning and Applied Research, Partnership Development Advisor (She/Her)
Office: Business Building 120/130
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-575-2901

Carolee Clyne

Learning & Appl Research Admin
Phone: -

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.