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Three Pre -Conference Workshops: 21st June 2017

Facilitating academic research with Digital Scholarship & Social Media

Mind the Gap: Developing the Roles, Expectations and Boundaries in the Doctoral, Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship

Mixing it Up: Identifying the elements of a Research Methods course and identifying a good mix of those elements

10:00 - 12:00

Facilitating academic research with Digital Scholarship & Social Media

Presented by Professor Dan Remenyi

The Internet and the Web contain a treasure trove of tools which can facilitate academic research and accelerate the completion of research degrees. There are tools which are helpful in virtually all aspects of the research degree process. However few academics have the time to research the Web to discover how they can be assisted with their research. This workshop/seminar will demonstrate how these tools fit into the different aspects of the academic research process and how they can best be used.

Workshop content

  • What is meant by digital scholarship and social media
  • Key strengths and weaknesses in digital technology for academic research
  • Some of the most important tool sets
  • Starting at the beginning by incorporating social media into a research design
  • Using social media to establish a research question through extensive discussions and readings
  • Using the Internet to identify and work with knowledgeable informants
  • Data capture using social media including online interviewing, focus groups and questionnaires as well as blogs, wikis, conferencing, etc
  • Tools for data analysis; both quantitative and qualitative
  • The implications of social media on research ethics protocols

After this seminar/workshop participants will be able to move their research interest forwards in a much more active way and these tools will facilitate the achieving of better results in shorter times. This seminar is relevant to academics from most Faculties, Departments and Schools. This is a practical hands-on seminar/workshop and participants will need to bring a web-accessible mobile device of some kind.

14:30 - 16:30

Mind the Gap: Developing the Roles, Expectations and Boundaries in the Doctoral, Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship

Presented by  Professor Marie Parker-Jenkins

Do we really need boundaries between doctoral supervisor and supervisees when we are talking about mature learners? Drawing on reflection from my extensive experience, I believe it is critical to maintain this divide. There is an increase in doctoral students, proliferation of doctoral programmes globally and practices which vary from context to context. A shared concern, however, is the engagement between the supervisor and the supervisee which can often be mutually unsatisfactory. Why is this relationship often so problematic for both parties? What kind of relationship is most appropriate and beneficial? To what extent does this academic engagement need rethinking? These questions are explored with reference to roles, expectations and boundaries and the underlying principles of good practice. .

14:30 - 16:30

Mixing it Up: Identifying the elements of a Research Methods course and identifying a good mix of those elements

Presented by Damian Gordon

Where does the emphasis go in Research Methods, how much time goes to exploring the Scientific Method? How much on writing the dissertation? How much on creating a proposal? In this workshop, we invite participants to address these questions through a series of activities which will lead to the creation of ten tips (or perhaps even commandments) for good Research Methods design. We will consider what clues tag clouds and how we can ensure that a module has a good balance of materials. Leading on from these activities we will construct a framework for research methods for programme designers. The workshop will be practical! Be ready to get involved in some design and practice.


Workshop Application details:

The workshops will be held on 21st June 2017 at Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.
The attendance fee for each conference is £30 for those attending ECRM and £60 for those not attending the conference.
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