Apologies for cross posting, wanted to make the BU community aware that this workshops available to all BU staff – please do come along to a session
FMC Guest Seminars – Researcher Development
Faculty of Media and Commination is excited to be receiving a visit from Dr. John Willison from the University of Adelaide. John is a highly engaged and widely published academic whose expertise included the creative blending of teaching and research, researcher development and the evolution of research-oriented curricula. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Higher Education, School of Education at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where he coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) for academics from all faculties. He is currently leading a major initiative funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching considering Research Skill Development (RSD) and assessment in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across disciplines from all faculties. His work has led to rich and varied collaborations on various aspects of curriculum design and assessment, within the university, at the national level and internationally, with the RSD conceptual framework currently being utilised in Australia, Canada, Fiji, Iran, Ireland and the United States of America.
John’s principal research interest centres on the ways that academics conceptualise and implement the explicit development of their students’ research skills in content-rich courses. His work examines the close conceptual connection between the skills associated with research in a discipline, and the skills required and developed in problem-solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and Work Integrated Learning. His research with graduates from various disciplinary contexts is pointing to the value graduates place on research skills once they are employed.
See http://www.rsd.edu.au for further details and a range of resources.
We have scheduled a series of tailored events, each with a slightly different focus. We want to get full value from John’s visit and to offer multiple opportunities for audiences and groups to explore his work and ideas – maybe sparking or refreshing some thinking here too. Please try and attend if you can. We are keen to hear the discussion and share new thinking widely inside FMC and across BU.
All events take place in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus – Room F201
The sessions are outlined below:
Thursday 29th June
Session 1: 10.00-12.00: Research Skill Development First Year to PhD
This workshop will be of interest to all academics at BU. It provides an introduction to the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework, which provides a systematic approach to the scaffolding of research into learning for students at all levels. The session will also look at how RSD can be integrated into and complement the Research Development Framework developed by Vitae, which is currently used at BU for PGT and PGR training
Session 2: 14.00 – 16.00 Enabling Research Skill Development for Higher Degree Researchers and Early Career Academics
This workshop will be of primary interest to Deputy and Associate Deans, Heads of Department, Heads of Research, Research Centre Directors, and colleagues in RKEO, amongst others who have a role in the support of postgraduate students and early career academics. It examines how the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework can be used to assist PGR students and ECRs to achieve successful outcomes at these most crucial stages in their academic careers.
Friday 30th June
Session 3: 10.00-12.00: Models for Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT): MELT your students’ minds
This workshop will be of interest to all academics at BU. It provides an introduction to the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework, which provides a systematic approach to the scaffolding of research into learning for student at all levels. Its main focus is on the adaptation of the RSD framework to meet the particular needs of different disciplines. It will demonstrate how this adaptation can be carried out to enhance the student experience in different disciplines without losing the core strengths and consistency that the framework provides for scaffolding student learning.
Session 4: 14.00 – 16.00 Engaging teachers to enable dynamic student learning
This workshop will be of primary interest to Deputy and Associate Deans, Heads of Department, Heads of Education, Programme Leaders, and colleagues in CEL, amongst others, who have a role in the support of curriculum design, the enhancement of the student learning experience, and the conduct of research into university education. It examines how the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework can be used to scaffold learning and assessment design across curricula at all course levels. It will use data from a series of large-scale research projects that provide a critical analysis of the use of RSD in a wide range of disciplines.
Research Development Co-ordinator
Faculty of Media & Communication
The Loft (P181), Poole House, Talbot Campus
(+44 (0)7834 154984