Pre-Course Content, Materials, and Activities

Here you will find pre-course topics and related activities and resources. These are to be worked on at your own pace between now and the start of the course.

Below are the materials that will help you in completing the pre-course:

Pre-Course: Introduction (PowerPoint)

Reading Journal Articles - A guide on reading articles the University of Western Ontario's library

How to Read an Academic Article - A step-by-step guide to reading academic articles by Dr Leonard Holmes, at the University of Bedfordshire


Topic and Instructions

Resources (Links)

Note: Downloads may take a couple minutes to complete


Patients and health, health care and research


Sharing the experience of the impact of patients working within health systems and research teams

SPOR Patient Engagement Framework (Webpage)

CIHR Canadian Health Research and You (PDF)

One province, one healthcare system: A decade of healthcare transformation in Alberta (Webpage)



Healthcare 101: Co-designed with Albertans, for Albertans (Webpage)

The Patient Voice in Research:


Short stories of PaCER research

If you want a challenge, not required but interesting: The Patient's Turn - Roy Porter and Psychiatry's Tales, Thirty Years on

View reading materials and videos.


Write two short elevator (1-2 minute) speeches: a situation where you were in an awkward patient role and a situation (real or imagined) of a future patient you would like to have.

These will be used widely during the intensive so be careful to include only the details you feel comfortable sharing.


Read at least one of the short stories of PaCER research.

These will be referred to during the first session and during sessions on  Salutogenesis and Participatory Grounded theory.


There will be a team building workshop with Susanna.

Information Technology


Getting accustomed to the most important technology you will be using throughout the course

Intro to D2L - Our Online Learning Platform


AnyMeeting – How to Join a Meeting


If you have not used D2L, the University of Calgary’s online learning platform before, please go through the introductory materials.


We use AnyMeeting to host our webinars as we find that it’s very easy to use for participants. Please read the requirements on the How to Join a Meeting page to make sure that your computer meets them.



Learning about community as both context and partner

The Centrality of Community

Ethnographic Research (Video)

Social Ecology Chart (Word Document)

View all three videos.


What are your communities?
Use the social ecology chart to write in the communities you can call on for support. It’s easier to complete if printed out.



Theory of patient health, experience, and expertise

Salutogenesis (PowerPoint)

Hidden Pathways

Optional Viewing: What makes us get sick? Look upstream | Rishi Manchanda (Video)

View the Salutogenesis PowerPoint.


Think about your expertise in health care. Are you trying to master the pathogenic view? Can you see how your experience can support an alternate view of what health can be ‘in spite of your condition'?


Read the Hidden pathways article, where are you on the path?



Introduction to Engagement terms and strategies for action, and narrative as frame for engagement

Engagement (PowerPoint)

Innovation Through Engagement


Read through the PowerPoint presentation and view both videos.


Think about how your elevator story in relation to engagement.



How individuals, groups and communities use stories to share experience in research



Chapter 6: Narrative Research and related appendix section in Gray Matters.


Read the assigned chapter.


Patient's as Researchers


Are You Ready? Self-Assessment (PowerPoint)

Watch both videos.


Review the questions within the Are You Ready? PowerPoint linked to in the middle column. These questions will help you determine your readiness for conducting research.

Health Research Ethics




History of Research Ethics by The National Library of Medicine (Video)


A History of Ethics in Medical Research (Video)


CIHR Ethics Guidance for Developing Research Partnerships with Patients (Webpage)

Watch one video on the history of research ethics.


The first of the videos is 23 minutes long and is highly recommended.


The second video is just over 9 minutes long and is suggested if you lack the time to watch the first video.

Participatory Grounded Theory (PGT)


Discovering the method, the methodology and the guiding paradigm (purpose)

Participatory Grounded Theory (PowerPoint)

View the PowerPoint presentation.

Conducting a Co-design Focus Group


Chapter 5: Focus Group Research and related appendix section in Gray Matters.

Read the assigned chapter.


Assignment:  Due before Course 2 begins. 

Complete short quiz online.  It will be marked and compiled for you. You will need to refer to the pre-course resources to answer the questions.