Learning and Applied Research


Program Review and Renewal Process

As part of Okanagan College’s mission, vision and values, the Program Review and Renewal process plays a pivotal role in each of these key areas. The Program Review and Renewal process is intended to ensure that the knowledge, experiential learning, and training students obtain in their program will position them to excel in the workplace, succeed in further education, and become lifelong learners. 

Read more about the program review and renewal process here

Curriculum Renewal

The program and course curriculum are foundational to quality programming. Curriculum renewal is a process to examine currency of content and learning outcomes as they relate to the subject or discipline. Learning and Applied Research support faculty and instructors individually or in groups in examining core content and strategies for updating curriculum.

Renewal discussions, exploration and reflection are intended to support faculty and instructors in examining curriculum based on curriculum design principles and development. 


Learning and Applied Research is able to assist you in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Curriculum Mapping
  • One-on-one Consultation
  • Focus Groups
  • Program Review and Renewal
  • New course development



Sessions for emerging instructors and faculty will provide a general overview and introduction to tools and approaches, allowing time to respond to questions, evaluate examples and participate in guided practice.


Evolving sessions will involve more in-depth focus into topics while facilitating dialogue on successful practices and challenges amongst participants.


Mastering sessions are intended as collaborative engagements where participants share practices and problem solve while exploring and piloting new tools and approaches.


Dates: October to December 2021

Location: Online, all campuses

Levels: There are three levels of workshops available to meet the needs of OC instructors, including Emerging, Evolving and Mastery.

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Provincial Instructor Diploma Program

Courses in this program are offered at OC from time to time and there are other options available (DE offerings, other locations, etc.) so please check the School of Instructor Education here for details. Options are available as well to take the various PIDP courses online with start-ups throughout the year. To view the entire schedule for specific PIDP courses, click here and select each course required.

Individuals who complete the Okanagan College Institute for Learning and Teaching’s Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate (LCIC) are awarded credit for two of the required PIDP courses: PIDP 3220 Delivery of Instruction, and either PIDP 3250 Instructional Strategy or PIDP 3260 Professional Practice, with the choice of the last two courses at the discretion of the individual involved. All three courses are required in the PIDP program.

Learning and Applied Research Program Advisory Committee

 LTAC as of March 2019

Dr. Inga Wheeler

Associate Registrar, Enrolment Services
Office: Student Services Building 109F
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4847

Eva Gavaris

Campus Librarian, Penticton
Campus: Penticton
Library - Eva Gavaris

Eva's liaison/subject areas:

  • Criminology & Social Justice
  • Kinesiology
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • SCMT
  • Wine & Viticulture

Eva is the current Chair of the Library Department


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

Angela Checkley

Student Services Admin
Office: Student Services Building 109P
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4742
Student Services - Anglea Checkley

Mary Kline

CS - OC Wide Administration
Office: Revelstoke Building 109
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-837-4235 ext. 6503

Joanne Gibbons-Smyth

Certified Dental Assistant
Office: Health Sciences Centre 302
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4221
Certified Dental Assistant Program - Joanne Gibbons-Smith

I have over 14 years of experience as a Certified Dental Assistant and a decade as an Instructor at Okanagan College. I am a CDABC member and CDSBC practising registrant and teach the Prosthodontic Module in our continuing studies programs, it brings me great excitement to offer changes to a program to enhance accessibility and delivery such as the prosthodontic and orthodontic modules offered at OC in which both are hybrid. I am passionate about the profession and dentistry, evidenced by being selected Valedictorian of my graduating class at VCC.  My experience in both general and dental specialty settings provides me with a vast wealth of knowledge. As both a CDA and an educator, I believe health-care professionals are responsible for not only patient care, but education and prevention. I am involved in various committees such as professional development, learning and applied research, interprofessional for educators committee and recently joined a working group for online delivery frameworks. I have been a dental accreditation site surveyor on a national level and am always willing to join provincial and national committees in the future. As the chairperson of the CDA program, I have been able to expand the program and create current curriculum that includes the wide range of technology used today in dentistry. I am presently working on a Master's of Adult Education at SFU with a future graduation date of 2022. With the construction of a new dental clinic, students can achieve their dreams in a state-of-the-art training facility and have optimal learning experiences here at OC. I believe each student should have a signature experience in their learning journey.


Dr. Beverlie Dietze

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

Jordan Perrey

IT Administration
Office: Library Building 104A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4541

Colette Martin

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