PAREA Grant Awarded – A research project to determine the impacts of feedback on academic success and persistence in school

Montréal, June 18, 2015 – Cégep à distance is pleased to announce it has secured a grant in the amount of $175,916 under the Programme d’aide à la recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage (PAREA) to study feedback in teaching and its impact on student success and persistence.

“This project is ideally suited to our mandate and will reinforce all the development and all the efforts we make to support our students on their educational path and towards success,” said Louis-René Dessureault, Director of Cégep à distance. “It implies recourse to a new form of support and aims to test the use of ICTs as a means to improve the feedback given to learners, who come from all regions of Quebec and sometimes, from elsewhere in the world. The scope of this project therefore transcends the boundaries of our institution and will contribute to consolidating the positioning of Quebec and of Cégep à distance as leaders in the e-learning field,” he elaborated.

“Although feedback plays a proven role in the learning process and is a factor that has an influence on persistence in school, it is relatively little studied in Quebec,” noted project leader Stéphanie Facchin, Ph.D., education advisor in the research sector at the Cégep à distance Centre for e-learning and distance education expertise and transfer (CETEND). “As persistence is a problem that especially affects distance education, Cégep à distance is a logical choice as a place to conduct this study,” she explained.

More specifically, this project aims to test three feedback tools, to document learners’ perception of this feedback, to determine the impact of these tools on the support system, to document the implementation of the feedback and to identify best practices in the teacher-learner relationship.

The grant will come from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT) and from the ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR). The project timeline is two and a half years.

Le Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont and offers services in partnership with the college network. Its Centre for e-learning and distance education expertise and transfer (CETEND) serves as the gateway for institutions in the college network, government agencies and organizations and business partners that wish to obtain or offer digital and distance education services. It also conducts research studies. The Cégep à distance website offers a sample research project and sample partnerships.