VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity

Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Foundation Plan  

Over the past four years, VIU has realized exciting new opportunities in scholarship, research, and creative activity (SRCA). Our activity has been guided by our 2017-22 SRCA Plan which is nearing its final year. We are now commencing work to develop VIU’s 2022-27 Foundation Plan for SRCA
There are numerous opportunities to provide input into this plan including: 
  • Bring your lunch and have a conversation with Nicole Vaugeois, AVP Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in Building 305 Room 440, or via Zoom (zoom link) to share your ideas. The last session is on December 8 from noon to 1 pm.  
  • Use the  Conversation Kit to organize your own conversation within your department or with your peers and submit the notes to following your conversation. 
  • Encourage students to participate in the student focus groups (contact Kendra Stiwich for more details) 
  • Encourage students to complete the student feedback form

Safeguarding your Research Workshop

An information session will be held on December 10, 2021, to provide researchers with more background on the nature of the threats and supports available at VIU to help them safeguard their research.

The National and Cyber Security Branch of Public Safety Canada
Safeguarding Science Workshop 
December 10, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Join with Microsoft Teams. Click here to join the workshop.
Or call in (audio only) +1 613-903-9723 Canada, Ottawa-Hull Phone Conference ID: 234 524 577# 
For more information on available courses and resources see Safeguarding your research.

2020-21 Research and Creative Activity Highlights Report

The 2020-21 Research and Creative Activity Highlights Report shines a light on the research and creative activities that Vancouver Island University faculty and students are engaged in.

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity at VIU!

'Research' is not something separate that just happens in the ivory tower of academia, but involves real people in real projects on the ground in real communities. Check out some of the amazing work that members of VIU 'created' in 20/21 including (click on the titles below for links):

View VIU Member Session Recordings from the Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021

Includes sessions and panellists from VIU including: 

Congratulations Dr. Sharon Hobenshield, Maureen Thomas and Tine Reimers, BC Campus 2021-22 Research Fellows!

The BC campus 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. Maureen Thomas and Tine Reimer's research question will be: How can VIU, as a public post-secondary institution, be responsive to the findings and considerations in the Making a Difference: “Walking away with a Good Mind and a Good Spirit” Report that endorses the vision of stewardship to uphold the ecological, social, and spiritual values of Coastal First Nations, including the protection of ancestral territories and economic health for communities. And Sharon Hoenshield's primary research question 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?

What's Happening

VIU Anthropology graduate Samantha Good unearthed skull at the Drimolen Palaeocave System in 2018. Good is graduating from Vancouver Island University (VIU) with an accomplishment few anthropologists achieve in their lifetime – unearthing a two-million-year-old skull belonging to an early human ancestor.
Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, trades, vocational, education, and training (TVET) professional development had begun to focus on integrating technology practices and open education into teaching and learning. It is safe to say that the global pandemic accelerated this process.
Since the 1970s, Vancouver Island’s glacier count has reduced from 170 to five. Dr. Bill Floyd, Research Hydrologist and Adjunct Professor of Geography at VIU worries about what gets lost as the snow melts, a concern he quantifies as data.

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