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Linking People and Knowledge:

Strengthening Ontario’s Higher Education Policy Research Community    Linking people


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Main Floor Library, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 the Higher Education Group at OISE joined the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), as well as the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to host a free, one-day research policy symposium. This event focused on building a community of researchers and practitioners to advance policy-based knowledge on Ontario's postsecondary education system. 

Click here for printable program:

9:00-9:30 - Introduction
Marie-Lison Fougère (MTCU); Welcoming remarks
                  • Glen Jones (OISE); Reflections on the current landscape  PowerPoint Slides

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Involving academics in policy research   Watch Panel 1
 Chair: Richard Wiggers (HEQCO)
                  • George Fallis (York University); A view from the University: Public policy in teaching and research  PowerPoint Slides
                  • Laurel Schollen (Fleming College); The College Student Achievement Project: Research at the Nexus between Practice and Policy
                  • Gretchen Kerr (UofT); Collaborating to integrate policy and research

                  •  Bill Praamsma (MTCU); Policy research at MTCU: Recent initiatives

11:00-11:30  Coffee break

11:30-1:00 Panel 2: Building policy research networks – Lessons learnt     Watch Panel 2
Chair: Mark Heeler (MTCU)          
                  •  Carol Campbell (OISE); Lessons Learned from Mobilizing Knowledge and Applying Research for K-12 Education
                  •  Leesa Wheelahan (OISE); Higher education policy research in Australia
                  •  Michael Johnny (York University); The successes of knowledge brokering to support policy development

1:00-1:30  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Moving Forward: Strengthening a Policy Research Community      Watch Session
facilitated discussion with : Ingrid van der Kloet (MTCU) ; A demo on social media opportunities to support a policy research community

PowerPoint Slides - Discussion Questions


This event was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario; and the Higher Education Group, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Organizing Committee: Lucia Padure (MTCU), Richard Wiggers (HEQCO) and Glen A. Jones (University of Toronto).


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