Research Speaker Series – A Participatory Design–Based Approach to Creating Design Principles for K–12 Online Learning in Canada

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Session Description:

Design principles in education help improve practice and help educators design better ways of doing things. They are not rigid rules or fixed templates; they are flexible, evolving, and iterative, and they provide a foundation of shared understanding to guide and inform whatever comes next. In February 2021 the Canadian eLearning Network began engaging educators across Canada in facilitated conversations about teaching in online learning environments. This expanded into a three-phased research project focused on understanding the lived experiences of online educators and those who came to online education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will showcase the shared learnings from three years of conversations with Canadian K–12 educators, discuss Design Principles for K–12 Online Learning (Crichton & Childs, 2023), talk about participatory design–based research and its value for emerging collective wisdom, and provide participants with tools to create participatory design–based research projects.


Dr. Elizabeth Childs (she/her) is a professor and program head in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. She is interested in the design, creation, and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate technologies and provide learners with increased choice, flexibility, and opportunities. Dr. Childs’s research interests include online and blended learning, openness and open pedagogy, online learning communities and digital habitats, design thinking, and participatory design approaches.

About This Series:

BCcampus Research LogoThe BCcampus Fall 2023 Research Speaker Series offers participants and presenters an opportunity to learn and share knowledge and advocacy on research methods, approaches, and pedagogies when it comes to accessibility, access, Indigenous engagement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in teaching and learning. These livestream webinars, which take place one Tuesday every month from September to December, will allow you to learn and ask questions about new research directly from the researchers involved.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Broaden your knowledge and research skills in the B.C. post-secondary context.
  • Learn about Indigenization, EDI, decolonization, and accessibility in research.
  • Be inspired to participate in research communities of practice or explore the themes in your work.
  • Connect with academics and community members who share your interests.

Please Note: This session will be recorded, captioned, and made available publicly on after the event. You do not need to register to view the recording after the event.


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