BEYOND THE ACADEMY

BEYOND THE ACADEMY
PROFESSIONAL AGENCY AND LEARNING IN VIRTUAL CONTEXTS

Beyond the Academy is a research study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In collaboration with our partner organization, Hikma Strategies, ALIVE Lab is investigating critical questions about professional agency and community. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, we are gathering insights from professional learners who know firsthand what it means to teach, be taught, and co-create knowledge: PhD students and graduates.

The lines of our professional landscape are being redrawn by the Great Resignation, the booming EdTech industry, and widespread discussions about the future of higher education. The goal of our research is to inform and improve the programs that organizations like Hikma Strategies offer to create effective learning experiences and co-creative spaces for emerging professionals across the knowledge ecosystem. This study has the potential to benefit learners, educators, and employers by exploring better practices to create dynamic learning experiences that engage diverse learners through cohorts and communities of practice.

RESEARCH DESIGN

We’ve designed this study to incorporate two lines of inquiry that work in parallel to explore our research questions. Our approach has been approved by the UBC Ethics Board (BREB H21-02669).

  1. A quantitative survey for PhD graduates about their experiences of professional agency and community during their degree programs. Want to participate? Take the survey [Available until May 30, 2022].
  2. Qualitative interviews with consenting participants from Hikma’s 2021 pilot course, Entrepreneurship for PhDs to understand their experiences of learning and community through the program and in their broader professional contexts. [April 2022]

How do we create learning communities that offer participants the agency to thrive? 

What role does community play in the way that we think and learn? 

PROJECT TIMELINE

Data Collection

March – May 2022

Data Analysis

June – July 2022

Resource Development

September – December 2022

RESEARCH TEAM

Jillianne Code, PhD

Principal Investigator
UBC

Andrea Webb, PhD

Co-Investigator
UBC

Erica Machulak, PhD

Co-Investigator
Hikma Strategies

Kieran Forde, PhD Candidate

Research Assistant
UBC

Nicole Markland

Virtual Community Manager
Hikma Strategies

KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION

We are committed to providing study participants, emerging professionals, and decision-makers across higher ed with relevant findings from this research initiative. Working in partnership with Hikma, ALIVE Lab will provide study updates and results directly to participants who opt-in to be contacted, post all articles and publications Open Access on UBC’s institutional repository cIRcle and linked from our website, and provide timely updates through our social media channels (@ALIVEUBC @HikmaCollective).

Partner Dialogue: Building Learning Communities Across Contexts

In Summer 2022, Dr. Code and Dr. Webb will share early findings from this research with partners, collaborators, and interested participants. The ALIVE Lab team will participate in a virtual event hosted by Hikma to facilitate dialogue about what we have learned and how these learnings can best serve leaders in higher ed, PhD professionals, and the broader knowledge ecosystem.

ALIVE Lab commits to develop tailored, responsive communications and resources for partners, collaborators, participants, and others. If you are interested in updates about knowledge mobilization, please join the Hikma Strategies newsletter (link here).

Event Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022
Time: 10am-12pm Pacific (1pm-3pm Eastern)

POINTS OF CONTACT FOR CONCERNS ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF RESEARCH SUBJECTS

Our study has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board (BREB H21-02669).

If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, you may contact the Research Participant Complaint Line at the UBC Office of Research Ethics at (604) 822-8598 or, if long-distance, email RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.

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