The BCcampus Research Fellows program provides support for B.C. post-secondary educators to conduct research on improving student learning and to share their results and experiences with peers in B.C. and beyond.

Sharon Hobenshield smiling outside in the sun

Project Lead/Fellow: Sharon Hobenshield

Institution: Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Project Title: Teaching and Learning Co-Creation with Good Relations

Research description: The VIU Aboriginal Construction Program challenged others’ ways of knowing, being, and doing, which enabled them to devise ways to work around existing systems and work together to test new ways to improve Indigenous learners’ access to post-secondary education. To continue the work of improving education access and outcomes for Indigenous learners, it is important to investigate the relational aspect of the collaboration. 

The primary research question that will guide this project is: What processes and protocols are necessary to engage in the kinds of relationships that foster a co-creation approach to community-based teaching and learning with Indigenous communities?