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The Wiki as a adaptive tool for developing research communication skills

0202 ALT-C 2009 Shirley G Cooper

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26 August 2009

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  • Shirley Cooper, University of Liverpool
  • Background: part of the Skills Agenda (Roberts, 2002), Joint Skills Statement (RCUK), Students already a compulsory programme, based around 2 three day workshops, also have lots of part-time and distance students who can't attend the workships.
  • Clearly a need for online training to complement workshops
  • Implemented in Blackboard
  • 3 courses so far in last 2 years
  • Most students part-time, had to design the course to be flexible, 10 week course, about 25% non-UK, but some Liverpool-based and part-time, generally been native English speakers, cover all faculties but esp. medicine, arts, social sciences, MPhil, PhD and MD students, average age about 40 but range is 23-77, many not technically confident, been predominantly female
  • Pilot presentation, with major changes after the pilot so going to concentrate on results from 2nd and 3rd courses
  • Number of activities, roughly two weeks for each activity for flexibility. Set of forums to get discussion going, and also skills material externally-produced online materials and research paper exercise.
  • Wiki pages templates asked to edit, start with an icebreaker to get practice using the wiki, occasionally problem but mostly use fine
  • Group sign up sheet as a wiki, trying to get to work in groups of three to share ideas about their research as way to get students keen and involved to get sharing ideas about their research
  • Procedure where students can add informal feedback/comments. Also formal review
  • Currently all restricted, told them how to export
  • Looked at number of words per participant

Juliette Culver
11:32 on 8 September 2009

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