Research & Consulting: Digital Learning and Work

Piloting Fully Online Learning Across Cultures, Ontario Tech University, Canada and Kyiv National Economic University, Ukraine

About Project

This fully online, 10-week pilot course, developed and facilitated by Dr Olena Mykhaelnko and Dr Todd Blayone, was hosted by Ontario Tech University’s EILAB. A hybrid approach, described below, was used to generate several streams of data and findings addressing the digital competencies of participants and perceptions of constructivist online learning. In addition, Mykhailenko conducted interviews with both Canadian and Ukrainian professorial observers regarding their assessments of the course in relation to digital technologies, participation dynamics and learning outcomes.

Project Info


This project pursued a hybrid (action research and case study) approach in which the researchers functioned as participants observers. Survey instruments, semi-structured interviews, student feedback and learning artifacts were all admitted as data streams for analysis.

The Result

The findings were presented via a formal video submission to the University of Alberta’s 2016 conference: Higher Education Reforms in Post-Maidan Ukraine. In general, student reception of this course was very enthusiastic despite some challenges related to the technology environment. See: Mykhailenko, O., Blayone, T., & vanOostveen, R. (2016). Exploring democratized learning and dimensions of culture for educational transformation in Ukraine [Video Presentation].

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