Learning and Applied Research

Learning, Teaching and Technology Support

Learning and teaching support services, workshops and resources for Okanagan College employees.

Learning and Teaching services

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.

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.

Guiding and helping shape your courses and pedagogy so students can best acquire the knowledge. 

  • Program Development
  • Curriculum design
  • Instructional design
  • Content creation
  • Developing active learning communities

We can help with strategies and techniques to assess student’s understanding of a subject.

  • Aligning strategies to learning outcomes
  • Linkages to accessibility
  • Learner engaged strategies
  • Guide you in use of alternate assessments such as e-portfolios,   audio/visual submissions, grading with rubrics

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

We can help shape various engagement approaches, so students stay active in your course. 

  • In-class approaches for teaching and learning such as Team-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning
  • Communication strategies

Technology Support Services

We support educators at Okanagan College with their online teaching resources 

  • General Moodle Support
  • Support for Kaltura, Wiris, Quizzes and more...
  • Online course design consultations
  • Kelowna L100 – Innovation Space
  • Specialized Software

On December 23rd 2023 Moodle 4.1 will be launching at Okanagan College.

Learn more about the upgrade, workshops and available support on the LAR Knowledge Base.

Our team helps educators develop a consistent experience 

  • Educator Support for Moodle (LMS) and Online Classrooms (Kaltura & Zoom)
  • System configuration checks prior to exams or class start
  • Moodle course design consultations

We can help shape various engagement approaches, so students stay active in your course. 

  • Online approaches
  • Software and Apps to increase student engagement



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.

Planting the Seeds August 2023

Please join us for Planting the Seeds August 29 & 30, 2023 on the Kelowna Campus.

This year we are happy to announce we will be welcoming a guest speaker, Seanna Takacs, PhD, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, to share her expertise on universal design. Seanna is a faculty member in Accessibility Services at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey campus. She developed the UDL mission in her role as Educational Consultant (UDL) at the Teaching and Learning Commons at KPU. She holds a PhD in educational psychology from SFU, where she was also an instructor for 10 years, teaching courses on instructional psychology, reading and language development, and learning disabilities. She has consulted on UDL and accessibility most recently for JIBC, BCIT, Fraser Health, and Columbia College. Seanna has had the enormous privilege of being part of learning and development for children, adolescents, and adults from the earliest stages of her career. Seanna is a cat lover, as well as a caterpillar, worm, and spider rescuer.

Registration has begun, please register below by clicking on the red button. 

*Note: When you register online you will not receive notification immediately. LAR will receive an email of your registration and will notify you shortly. Any questions can be directed to learningandappliedresearch@okanagan.bc.ca.

Planting the Seeds Registration

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Moodle Resources and Tutorial Videos

Need help or support as you build your Moodle course. Educators at Okanagan College can review the Moodle Course Building Series or visit the LAR Knowledge Base. You will find support for common issues you are having with Moodle, Kaltura and other online teaching tools.

Technology Support for Educators

Educators at Okanagan College can get help from the LAR Educational Technology Coordinators for issues with Moodle, Kaltura and other online teaching tools.

Contact Form: Moodle Support

Direct line: 250-862-5461
Internal ext. 5461

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm

Moodle Support for Students

Students can request Moodle support from the IT Services Helpdesk.

Get support here: IT Services Helpdesk

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.