Designing research projects to improve learning and teaching
Full-day workshop | $290 + GST
About the workshop
This workshop provides participants with a framework and processes that they can draw on when conceptualising new learning and teaching research projects. While such projects can differ widely in the way they are implemented and reported, there is a common ‘story-line’ with respect to the way researchers conceptualize or plan them. We will identify that story-line which will provide an agenda for the session.
The workshop will focus in particular on what researchers think about and how researchers think when they ‘come up with’ a research project, emphasize ‘learning by doing’ and participants can expect to make significant progress with the development of a new project or refinement of their existing ideas about a project.
While of particular value to researchers who are getting underway with research on learning and teaching, it should also be relevant for experienced researchers, including those who are supervising or mentoring colleagues’ research.
Evaluation of the impact of the workshop will focus on evidence that participants subsequently complete the development of proposals for new learning and teaching research projects, gain approval and support for their implementation, successfully complete projects when supported and engage in effective dissemination of their outcomes.
Draws on Introduction to SoTL Guide and uses previous Ako Aotearoa projects as exemplars.
Who should attend?
- Emergent researchers and researchers for whom previous research has not focused on learning and teaching
About the facilitator
Neil Haigh has a long career of involvement in the professional development of staff in New Zealand higher education institutions with respect to both their teaching and their research capabilities. Those areas come together in his promotion of, and support for, staff undertaking research into their students’ learning and their own teaching (scholarship of teaching and learning – SoTL).
As an active researcher, supervisor, teacher and mentor, he has insights and skills that will help ensure that the participants in this workshop, regardless of their prior experience of ‘being a researcher’, will have a very productive and enjoyable learning opportunity.
These workshops are part of Ako Aotearoa’s Professional Development Programme – an initiative to bring high quality, evidence-based and affordable professional development to educators and managers across New Zealand’s diverse tertiary education sector.
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