Alisa Foreman
Manager, Workplace Skills Development and Assessment Services
(403) 410-3204

Aaron Brown
Project Coordinator
(587) 393-2633

Research Areas

Applied research on teaching and learning informs BVC instructor practices and creates a better learning environment for our learners.

  • Professional Development for New Online Instructors at Bow Valley College
  • Successful Practices in Supporting Students in Distributed Learning

Applied research at Bow Valley College support learners throughout their workforce preparation, from programs at BVC to practicums to employment.

  • TOWES, Internationally-Educated Professionals, and Workplace Success
  • Trends in employment of highly educated immigrant women in Alberta: Calgary and Edmonton 

Evaluation research informs program development to ensure we meet the needs of the BVC community.

  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students engaged in e-Learning (Project Evaluation) 

Researchers at BVC promote and conduct applied research in foundational learning, including adult literacy, basic education, upgrading and essential skills.

  • Answers May Vary: Literacy Strategies, Resources, and Effective Practices for Adult Learners with Developmental Disabilities
  • Numbers and Narratives: Adding up Stories of Success in Adult Literacy

Applied research in health improves practice for faculty and learners in the School of Health & Wellness.

  • Creating a Positive Clinical Experience: A Literature Review
  • Understanding Licensed Practical Nurses’ Full Scope of Practice 

Applied research in Early Childhood Education and Development improves practice for both faculty and learners, ultimately benefiting young minds and future learners.

  • An Investigation of College Practices regarding the Reggio Emilia philosophy
  • Co-Creating a Culturally Meaningful Early Childhood Education and Development Curriculum Model

Bow Valley College supports Aboriginal learners throughout their programs. We conduct applied research to improve Aboriginal learners’ experiences and support systems at the College.

  • Participatory Assessment for Knowledge and Learning
  • Promising practices for Learner Success in the Bow Valley College Aboriginal Upgrading Program: A Literature Review 

Bow Valley College invests in our learners' success. We conduct applied research to identify best practices for promoting success – any path, any pace, any time, any place.

  • Understanding Student Retention Practices and Impacts at Bow Valley College
  • Meeting the Need: Student Success in the Online Environment

English Language Learning is an important part of the School of Global Access. Applied research in this area allows instructors to use best strategies to improve learning experiences and outcomes.

  • OER Adoption for ELL
  • eLearning Toolkit: Supporting English Language Learning Online 

The School of Global Access provides necessary and appropriate supports for immigrants. We create an environment for their learning and employment success. Applied research on immigrant education and employment informs this work.

  • Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Internationally Trained Individuals: A Guide for Employers
  • Enhancing Wellbeing and Civic Engagement of Immigrant Women Retirees

Essential skills are key to our learners' future employment. BVC's applied research on essential skills training prepares learners to be successful in their future careers.

  • Crossing the Threshold: Using Essential Skills to Build Strategies to Master Threshold Concepts
  • TOWES at BVC: Supporting Learner Success through Essential Skills Training Interventions 


Contact us

Workplace Skill Development 

Phone: 403-410-3200

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