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Beyond the Academy

Professional Agency and Learning in Virtual Contexts

We're partnering with the University of British Columbia to imagine a learning community for the new knowledge ecosystem.

This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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Watch the Recording from our Virtual Dialogue


In this recording, the research team present the "origin story" for this project, an overview of the qualitative and quantitative methods used, as well as some early takeaways.


About our Research

How do we create learning communities that offer participants the agency to thrive?


Through qualitative and quantitative methods, we are gathering insights from professional learners who know firsthand what it means to teach, be taught, and co-create knowledge:
PhD students and alumni.


Beyond the Academy: Professional Agency and Learning in Virtual Contexts” is a research partnership between Hikma and the University of British Columbia funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Research Team: Dr. Jillianne Code (Principal Investigator, UBC), Dr. Andrea Webb (Co-Investigator, UBC), Dr. Erica Machulak (Co-Investigator, Hikma), Nicole Markland (Virtual Community Manager, Hikma), Kieran Forde (Research Assistant, UBC).

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Blog Post

Kieran Forde writes about the importance of community to his learning experience as a PhD

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Learn more about the research initiative and team on our research partners' webpage.

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