Did you know that behind the scenes, outside of the busy class schedules, student contact time, and/ or regular workload, Red River College instructors and staff are continually pursuing higher education or conducting research to improve programs or processes? Others, like Research and Planning are conducting online surveys (Paths to Success and the Student Evaluation of Program) to help students in their programs to increase student success. RRC also partners with international centres like the EDUCAUSE Centre for Applied Research (ECAR) to find out the technology habits and needs of students.
Whether it be creating English language benchmarks or interviewing youth about their personal experiences, all research studies being conducted at the College requiring the participation of staff or students must be submitted to the Research Ethics Board (REB) for ethical approval.
A diverse number of research studies were reviewed by the REB in the 2012-13 Academic year. Here is a snapshot of the studies conducted by researchers at the College.
Pre-Primary Professional Development Pilot Project-Assessment Component
The Pre-Primary Professional Development Intervention project is a joint initiative between the Aga Khan Foundation-Bangladesh and Red River College. The project is designed to support pre-primary teachers and supervisors, and increase the quality of pre-primary education in Bangladesh.
Patient Dignity Question (PDQ): A novel approach to enhancing care for patients near the end of life (lay title: What do I need to know about you?)
This project asks the question “what do I need to know about you as a person to take the best care of you I can?” This question forms the basis on an intervention, which is designed to provide a simple, effective means by which health-care providers can come to understand the patient as a person, and facilitate the ‘delivery of dignity conserving’ care for palliative care patients and their families.
Nurse Educators’ Experience of Graduate Education, Perceived Self-efficacy Beliefs and the Attraction to Academia.
The purpose of this study is to describe the nurse educator’s lived experience of graduate education, their perceived beliefs of self-efficacy and their attraction to academia. The study seeks to gain a better understanding of what is needed to encourage nurses to complete graduate education and to engage in an educator role.
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(Note: This post was written by Sheila Allarie and Ashley Blackman)
Have you ever been asked to participate in a survey, a focus group, or perhaps a clinical study while employed or studying at the college? Have you ever asked others to participate in a research study? Whether you’ve been asked to participate in a survey or research study or you’ve asked others to, there are ethical implications to be considered.
Did you know that the Red River College Research Ethics Board (REB) was formed to ensure that all research involving human participation will be reviewed by the Board before it can proceed? The Research Involving Human Subjects Policy adopted by the RRC REB is consistent with the current approved Tri-Council Policy Statement, “Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.” The College has signed agreements to abide by these policies; non compliance can affect our ability to receive funds from Federal granting agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
In addition to reviewing all research protocols requiring the participation of human participants for ethical approval, the RRC REB is also responsible to the President of RRC for:
- Developing policies regarding ethical issues relating to the use of human participants in research and experimental teaching protocols;
- Reviewing annually all policies regarding ethical issues relating to the use of human participants in research projects to ensure that policies remain current;
- Dealing with matters concerned with human-based research referred to the Board by the President of RRC;
- Preparing an annual report for submission to the RRC President;
- Participating in continuing education organized by RRC research administrators for the College community in matters relating to ethics and the use of human participants.
Steps you need to take if you’re conducting research on human subjects
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Welcome to the first post of the Research and Planning department’s blog – Know your Numbers. To kick things off here’s a few numbers to help you learn about us and the College.
The Research and Planning department is a crew of seven, led by dark chocolate aficionado Ashley Blackman (Director of R&P). His supporting cast includes Senior R&P Analyst and hockey fanatic Mike Krywy, number cruncher Pam Grimshaw, research assistant and avid walker Nancy Ball, the incomparable administrative assistant Sheila Allarie, SQL junkie Zaheer Ahmad + casual helper and expert pickle-maker Pat Bates.
In the 2011/12 academic year, the College had 9,135 students enrolled in full-time programs, 16,530 part-time registrations, and 3,408 apprenticeship students. Figures like these are used to support reporting to the Manitoba Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) and for preparation of the College’s Academic Annual Report.
In the past 12 months, Research and Planning has interviewed 3,871 staff, students, alumni, and industry representatives using their online survey system. These folks participated in at least one of the 25 different surveys administered during this time period, on topics ranging from the experience of first year students, to the opinions of staff, and the perceptions of Alumni.
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