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Thursday, June 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
CON06.04 - Facilitating learners' workplace research

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Introduction: Workplace learning may be well recognized yet the integration of graduate research into the workplace is less common. It can provide meaningful opportunities for learners to generate new evidence that is valuable for learners and the workplace. A model to support learners and supervisors in workplace research (Helyer, 2011; Liyanage, et al. 2013) that was created for online distance graduate program provides an example for facilitating graduate students’ workplace research. Analysis of retrospective and prospective evaluation data provides strong evidence of the model’s effectiveness for students and is considered in light of Cooke’s model for building research capacity (2005).

Objectives: Participants will be able to: (a) assess the potential of modifying an established model for facilitating workplace research for their discipline and (b) judge the value of the ideas shared by colleagues for supporting and growing learners’ opportunities to do workplace research.

Approach: After a brief introduction to the model and evaluation findings, participants will assess the model, explore ideas for applying the model in different contexts, suggest challenges, and ways to modify the model for their own discipline. Ideas generated will be distributed post-session.

Conclusion: Participation in workplace research requires careful design and planning, collaboration and the right support. Enhancing awareness of facilitators of workplace research can spark ideas for overcoming barriers that impede the growth of meaningful workplace research. 


Cooke, J. (2005). A framework to evaluate research capacity building in health care. BMC Family Practice, 6, 44. doi:10.1186/1471-2296-6-44

Helyer, H. (2011). Aligning higher education with the world of work. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 1(2), 95-105. doi: 10.1108/20423891111128872

Liyanage, L., Strachan, R., Penlington, R., & Casselde, B. (2013). Design of educational systems for work based learning (WBL): The learner experience. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 3(1), 51-61. doi: 10.1108/20423891311294984

Thursday June 18, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Mackenzie Room

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