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Project Milestones

The D2L Innovation Guild is pleased to announce that the following projects have been completed.

Congratulations to the following Lead Principal Investigators (PIs), their Co-PIs and research partners and collaborators that have completed projects to date!

Exploring Extended Reality (XR) Pedagogical Initiatives at Three Guild Member Universities: An Environmental Scan

Lead PI – Dr. Mark Morton, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Gillian Dabrowski, University of Waterloo

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030
  • Leveraging Learning Spaces
  • Unlocking Learner Potential

Research Partner(s):

  • Dr. Brenda Stoesz, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Lena Kushnir, University of Guelph
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Leadership skills to support experiential learning for Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges

Lead PI – Dr. Christine Moresoli, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Dr. John Donald, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Nadine Ibrahim, University of Waterloo

Project Type:
Applied Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030
  • Leveraging Learning Spaces

Research Partner(s):

  • Dr. Jillian Seniuk Cicek, University of Manitoba
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Understanding Trauma Informed Pedagogy in Online Education during Turbulent Times

Lead PI – Dr. Colleen McMillan, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Dr. Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Dr. Heather Boynton, University of Calgary
Co-PI – Dr. Beth Archer-Kuhn, University of Calgary
Co-PI – Dr. Judy Hughes, University of Manitoba

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Improving Mental Health and Well-being

Research Partner(s):

  • D2L (D2L Labs)
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Developing an assessment design tool using a problem analysis framework

Lead PI – Dr. Karen Gordon, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Julie Vale, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Ryan Clemmer, University of Guelph

Project Type:
Applied Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030

Research Partner(s):

  • D2L (D2L Labs)
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Academic Integrity: Faculty Development Needs for Canadian Higher Education

Lead PI – Sarah Eaton PhD University of Calgary
Co-PI – Katie Crossman, PhD, University of Calgary
Co-PI – Brenda Stoesz, PhD, University of Manitoba
Co-PI – Kim Garwood, PhD, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Amanda McKenzie, MA, University of Waterloo

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):
Ensuring Academic Integrity

Research Partner(s)/Collaborators:

  • Amy de Jaeger, PhD, University of Manitoba
  • Brian Cepuran / Rose Kocher, D2L Corporation (Project Brief)

Project Funding:
In-kind funding from institutional partners

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Research in Progress

Lead Principal Investigators (PIs), their Co-PIs and research partners are working on the following projects. We can’t wait to see the results!

Funding Award Category – Up to $25,000 CAD

Embedding Indigenous Teachings, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) in Engineering Leadership Education for the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges

Lead PI – Dr. Nadine Ibrahim, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Dr. John Donald, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Christine Moresoli, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Kathryn Atamanchuk, University of Manitoba

Project Type:
Applied Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030
  • Leveraging Learning Spaces
  • Supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing
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Surveying Land-Based Learning in Canadian Universities

Lead PI – Dr. Kari Zacharias, University of Manitoba
Co-PI – Dr. Jillian Seniuk-Cicek, University of Manitoba
Co-PI – Dr. Kate Mercer, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Shawn Bailey, University of Manitoba

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Leveraging Learning Spaces
  • Supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Research Partner(s):

  • Nicki Ferland (Community Engaged Learning Coordinator (Indigenous))
  • Mary Robinson (Associate Dean Outreach, Equity, and Diversity in Engineering at the University of Waterloo)
  • Manitoba forest school advisory council
  • Mark Abbott, P.Eng. Managing Director, Engineering Change Lab
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Online training module for graduate student researchers to engage with Indigenous Knowledge Systems with integrity

Lead PI – Dr. Steffanie Scott, University of Waterloo
Co-PI – Dr. Robin Roth, University of Guelph

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Research Partner(s):

  • Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership
  • D2L Corporation
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Development of a synchronized and immersive manufacturing education platform with cloud-based digital twin and virtual reality

Lead PI – Dr. Sheng Yang, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Fantahun Defersha, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Dr. Qingin Peng, University of Manitoba

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030
  • Leveraging Learning Spaces
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Funding Award Category – Up to $15,000 CAD

Closing the Skills Gap: The Value of Micro-Credentials to Canadian Employers

Lead PI – Natalie Green, University of Guelph
Co-PI – Jennifer Grochocinski, University of Guelph

Project Type:
Emerging Research

Guild Theme(s):

  • Learning in 2030

Research Partner(s):

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • D2L (User Experience Design and Product Management)
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About the Innovation Guild

Established in early 2018, four top research universities in Canada along with D2L agreed to create a new joint applied research body called the D2L Innovation Guild.

Together, we have built a foundation for collaborative research and innovation that extends beyond the boundaries of individual organizations and therefore leverages those strengths to solve teaching and learning challenges that loom on the horizon.

We thank these organizations for their support, and a special thanks to their senior leaders who have contributed their time as Board Chair / Board Members: University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, University of Waterloo, University of Calgary and D2L Corporation.

About D2L

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