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Explorance Announces Faculty Research Grant 2022 Recipients: 10 Outstanding Research Groups Selected

Montreal, Canada – January 24, 2021 – Explorance, in collaboration with the University of Louisville, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Faculty Research Grant.

The Explorance Faculty Research Grant is awarded annually to those academic trailblazers who undertake innovative course evaluation and assessment research.

This grant directly supports those researchers and institutions delivering excellence in this crucial field of study. It forms part of Explorance’s ongoing mission to assist Higher Education institutions in improving the student experience, and adopting the very best Student Insight Solutions.

The 2022 Faculty Research Grant Review Committee and Explorance would like to extend thanks to the Bluenotes Community for their participation in the call for 2022 Faculty Research Grant Applications.

Explorance CEO Samer Saab commented on this year’s selection process:

“My sincere thanks to all applicants who applied for this year’s Faculty Research Grant, and the University of Minnesota for administering the vital review process. This year’s recipients represent the cutting-edge of innovative feedback and evaluation research from around the globe, and the findings these projects will uncover will be invaluable to institutions seeking to improve the student learning experience. I look forward to learning these in-person at the upcoming Bluenotes GLOBAL conference from July 31 to August 3 – as we turn insight into action and supporting better student insights for the entire community.”

Selecting This Year’s Recipients

Applicants were asked to submit research proposals on the theme of making innovative use of assessment/evaluation data and/or other types of experience-based data. An impressive set of submissions representing a broad spectrum of approaches were received this year for consideration. 

A blind review process was administered and coordinated by the University of Minnesota. Each research grant application was anonymized upon receipt by Explorance for review by at least two members of our 18-person review committee, made up of faculty and administrators representing Higher-Ed institutions in the Bluenotes Community from around the world.

Explorance has committed a total of US$135,000 to be awarded to the Faculty Research Grant recipients, with each research project being awarded between $10,000 and $15,000.

Commenting on her team’s selected proposal, Sofia Georgiadou, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, of Toronto Film School, Yorkville University stated:

“My co-investigators and I know deep in our hearts that this is an important project to carry out, and we are grateful for this grant. We are elated and looking forward to getting started, as well as sharing our findings at the Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference this summer.”

Additionally, Turaj Ashuri, PhD, Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University also commented on being selected for this year’s grant:

“This award will have a significant positive impact on our students and enables us to increase our institutional effectiveness.”

Learn the Findings

Research findings from the grant recipients will be presented at the Bluenotes Global 2022 conference to be held in Chicago from July 31 – August 3. With the presentation of research findings being one of the major elements of the conference, this year marks a major milestone in the Bluenotes GLOBAL conference history, with the return to an in-person event set to boost the community’s engagement with an era-defining set of challenges.

Sign up now for a special early-bird price and make the most of four days of stimulating keynotes, sessions, and networking – focused on the very latest approaches in feedback and delivering insight.


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2022 Recipients of Explorance’s Faculty Research Grant


Principal Investigator(s)


Proposal Title

Dalhousie University

Jill McSweeney-Flaherty

Robyn Moore, Bruno Roy, Elizabeth A. L. Gillis

Exploring How Student Ratings of Instruction Data Are Being Utilized for Research on Teaching and Learning

Kennesaw State University

Turaj Ashuri

Amir Ali Amiri Moghadam

Raising Student Learning Success: A Process-focused Automated Feedback System

La Trobe University

Jabed Chowdhury

Kamanashis Biswas &. Bhavani Sridharan, Australian Catholic University

The Effect of Adaptive Education Intervention on the Ability and Aptitude in Cybersecurity Career Paths: A Quasi-Experimental Study

National University of Singapore

Satish R.L

Ang Eng Tat, Sara, Sim Li Ean, Jaya Bharathi, Chandrika

Exploring the Impact on Student’s Learning and Experience – a Two-phase Comparative Study Comparing Virtual Dissection (Anatomage Table) and Cadaveric Dissection on the Gross and Cross-sectional Human Anatomy (Singapore’s Perspective)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Ellen Rigsby

Makiko Imamura

Assessing Shared Inquiry as a Form of Oral Communication Core Competency Using Dialogue Coding and Student Feedback Data

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Michelle Evans

Kevin Concannon

Student Diversity, Diversity of Learning: Assessing Student and Faculty Experiences with High-Impact Practices in an Honors Curriculum

University of Louisville

Laura Weingartner

Linda Fuselier, Andrew Rich

Improving Inclusive Clinical Skills Evaluation with Large Video-Coding Datasets

University of Waikato

Nicole Pepperell

Rahat Hasan, Emma-Leigh Hodge

A Deeper Shade of Blue: Improving the Reporting of Blue Evaluations Data

University of Toronto

Alison Gibbs

Gregory Hum, Clarissa Lau, Cora McCloy, Kyle Turner, Katharine Lauder

An Investigation of the Interpretation and Use of Course Evaluations Data to Inform the Development of Reports that Contribute to Better Practices

Yorkville University

Sofia Georgiadou

Andree Robinson-Neal, Mandira Arnab Aich, Sadekie Lyttle-Forbes

Experiences of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Othering among YU Students: Exploring a Community of Belonging

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