OCULL is a professional association of educators working in the field of Lifelong Learning at Ontario Universities, and who develop and deliver degree and non-degree continuing education programs. Our members include administrators and practitioners such as faculty, instructional designers and educational technologists.

Through collaboration and sharing OCULL advocates for adult learners at Ontario universities, develops collegial networks, and provides opportunities for professional development for its members. These goals are achieved through Community of Practice webinars, an Annual Retreat, and our listserv, as well as building partnerships with organizations, government, and industry for the benefit of members and client groups.

We invite you to explore our website and attend one of our bi-monthly Community of Practice webinars. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about membership.

Upcoming Community of Practice Session

Action Research: Practice and Research Together!

Thursday, December 8, 11:00 AM

Speaker: Rudy Peariso (uWaterloo) 

One of the main complaints, made by practitioners about research in general is that it doesn’t translate well into practice, (Karlsen & Larrea, 2014). One of the ways to address that shortcoming is to design research that includes both practice and research together. Action research doesn’t often start out as research; it often starts out as a problem. It becomes research only after many different applications of problem analysis and process or policy creation. Join me to discuss an overview of action research.

Karlsen, J. and Larrea, M. (2014). The contribution of action research to policy learning: The case of Gipuzkoa Sarean. International Journal of Action Research, 10(2), 129-155.

Members can access the session through the Big Blue Button. For more information, contact the Distance and Online Learning Community of Practice Chair at ocull@yahoo.ca.