Research Speaker Series: Inclusive and Accessible Research

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How we can be more inclusive and accessible in conducting research? 

This is an introductory workshop on how to conduct research that is inclusive of all people. The workshop focuses on identifying and addressing barriers to accessibility and inclusion in research, such as unconscious bias, lack of representation, and inaccessible research methods. The goal is to give you strategies, tools, and resources to create research that is inclusive, equitable, and respectful of all participants.  

In this session you will: 

  • Recognize and identify barriers to accessibility and inclusion in research, such as unconscious bias, and lack of representation. 
  • Learn how biases can impact research. 
  • Identify a variety of inaccessible research methods. 
  • Develop strategies for addressing and overcoming barriers to accessibility and inclusion in your research, such as creating inclusive research teams and recruiting diverse participants. 


Dr. Afsaneh Sharif is a senior project manager/instructional designer at the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. She has more than 20 years of experience in open, distance/online, blended, and technology-enhanced program development, faculty/staff development, course development, and project management. She is currently serving as a member of the B.C. Digital Learning Advisory Committee, and her expertise in online learning and instructional design is recognized nationally and internationally. She serves on a few international editorial boards, including the International Journal of Instruction, and is a visiting professor at Rovira i Virgili University in Spain. Her particular interests include quality enhancement, inclusive/accessible design, online learning, communities of practice, open education, and Universal Design for Learning.

More About This Series:

BCcampus is happy to be hosting a spring 2023 Research Speaker Series that offers all BCcampus research fellows and scholars across post-secondary institutions in B.C. an opportunity to learn and share your knowledge and advocacy on research methods, approaches, and pedagogies regarding accessibility; access; equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); and Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning. These livestream webinars, which typically take place on Thursdays once every three weeks, allow you to hear about new research directly from researchers involved and give you a chance to ask questions about the meaning and interpretation of their findings. If you are unable to attend, recorded webinars of presentations will be made available within a week of the event.

What you’ll take away:

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

Other events in this series: