At the Frontier of Post Graduate Education in Canada: Creating an Innovative Doctoral Program for Real World Application

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Royal Roads University was established by the Government of Bitish Columbia in 1995 solely to offer applied and professional degree programs relevant to labour market demand to working professionals. The unique educational model developed by Royal Roads to meet this mandate involves combining innovative interdisciplinary approaches to learning through the use of advanced techology and face-to-face learning in order to maximize accessability for the working professional. All programs combine the use academic core faculty with scholar practioneers to ensure curricula that is relevant to the real world. This model to date has been very successful at the Masters level where the majority of Royal Roads degrees have been positioned to date. The introduction of a doctoral program using this model poses a number of significant challenges and opportunities in developing a first-time degree in Canada: These include: positioning the degree within the Canada educational landscape; delineating the difference between the PhD and the professional doctorate; designing quality innovative curriculum delivered through a blended; fostering the development of case studies relevant to the workplaceand creating a system of dissertation supervision based on experts based on experts drawn from around the world.


Keywords: Doctorate of Social Science, Blended Learning, Applied and Professional Studies, Web based Learning, Learning Communities
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. James Bayer

Dean, Faculty of Social and Applied Science, Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada

Dr. James Bayer, BA, MA, PhD Dean, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences Biography: Dr. Bayer is a lecturer, conference speaker and media commentator on political conflict and Canada's role in international affairs. Formerly a professor of history and political economy at Royal Roads Military College (now Royal Roads University), Dr. Bayer has also taught at the University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. Dr. Bayer was involved in Track One and a Half discussions regarding negotiations for the Korean peninsula through the Verifications Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He is also a member of the National Security and Defence Forum Selection Committee for the Department of National Defence. Dr. Bayer is currently involved in the developement of applied/professional programs for learners in the workplace using the most recent educational technologies.

Dr. Mary Bernard

Associate Vice President Research, Office of Research, Royal Roads University
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Mary Bernard is the first Associate Vice President, Research, for Royal Roads University, a new and innovative Canadian university solely devoted to applied and professional programming. The majority of programs are at the graduate level serving those who wish to advance in the workplace. Prior to Royal Roads, Dr. Bernard was with the Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University as well as the York Centre for Applied Sustainability, the Native/Canadian Relations Theme Area, and Action Learning Resources. Dr. Bernard's research interests include: the Eric Trist School of Thought, chaos theory, organizational change, and action learning. Dr. Bernard participated in the Oxford Futures Forum and is currently completing a chapter of a book
resulting from that event.

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