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Open Education Research Fellowship


Deirdre Maultsaid (School of Business), BA, M.Ed

Postsecondary Students in BC: Open Pedagogy and Care

Deirdre Maultsaid is researching postsecondary students feelings, behaviours and practices of communicating about “care”. If approved by the Research Ethics Boards, the students will be recruited from KPU, Langara, Douglas and TRU into focus groups. In their focus groups, students will use open pedagogy and open source materials to create different learning materials and also reflect upon their own processes using journaling. Data about the students capacity for “care” will be collected using the focus groups, the student journals, and the open pedagogy itself. Deirdre will analyze the data using “discourse analysis” (the deeper meanings of language), “thematic analysis” (what preoccupies the students most) and “conversational analysis” (whether they listen, take turns, etc. in the focus groups). 

The goals of the analyses are to reveal ways of encouraging care between students, between teachers and students and for everyone in the learning community. Other outcomes of this research are to further enhance open pedagogical approaches and to build on research on student feelings and attitudes about open pedagogy as a democratic, learner-centred approach.


Melissa Ashman (School of Business), BSc, MA, EdD student

Faculty and Student Perceptions of Open Pedagogy: A BC case study

Project description: Melissa is completing a KPU Research Ethics Board-approved study exploring the perceptions of KPU faculty and students towards open pedagogy. Her project was delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Melissa hopes that knowing more about the experiences and perspectives of students and faculty could help inform the development of best practices for faculty who wish to engage in open pedagogy in their classes at KPU and beyond. For example, how can resources be allocated to faculty who want to engage in open pedagogy? What professional development opportunities are needed? What educational technologies are needed? What administrative supports or financial supports are needed? How can open pedagogy opportunities be structured and constructed for students to be more likely to have success and have a positive experience? How can the focus be kept on the content and learning that is intended, rather than what is learned from how an open pedagogy project is planned or implemented? Data collection for Melissa’s project will conclude in August 2021.


The deadline to submit an application has been extended until January 29, 2021.

This annual fellowship runs from January 1 to December 31 and is aimed at supporting scholarly research on open educational practices by regular faculty at KPU. This may include investigations into the cost savings, perceptions, outcomes, and use of open educational resources (see the Open Education Group’s
COUP framework) as well as research on the perceptions and impact of renewable assignments and other forms of open pedagogy. The research approach may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods and may require approval by KPU’s Research Ethics Board. It is expected that at least one research project will be designed and conducted by the Open Education Research Fellow over the one-year term of the fellowship and that the results of this research will be presented at relevant conferences and prepared for publication. Open access publication is required, whether in open access journals or in an open repository (e.g., pre-print or post-print).


The Open Education Research Fellowship is jointly funded by Open Education and the Office of Research Services.


The Open Education Research Fellow will:

  • Receive mentorship in open education research
  • Participate in the annual Open Education Research Institute at KPU (held each May)
  • Design and conduct research on open educational practices
  • Present on their research progress at relevant KPU events (e.g., Teaching, Learning, Scholarship, & Research Symposium)
  • Author 1-2 blog posts related to their open education research
  • Receive up to $2,000 in funding to hire a student research assistant
  • Receive up to $2,500 in funding to attend the Cascadia Open Education Summit/Festival of Learning and one other major open education conference*



*All conference participation is subject to public health guidelines put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This may mean that support for conference partcipation will be virtual for the foreseeable future. 


Application process:

Complete the Open Education Research Fellow application and submit it to by November 30, 2020.

The Open Education Working Group will adjudicate applications and announce the recipient by December 11, 2020.