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OLDS-MOOC study circle: From Unit 0 to publication

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Lesley Shield
18 January 2013

Several items in the Dreambazaar refer to aspects of ICT, study, information and research skills. These skills range from the prerequisites for participation in an online course to the research and dissemination skills necessary for successful publication and conference participation required by postgraduate students and new(ish) researchers. On the way from the beginning to the exit(?) point are academic writing skills, information skills and presentation skills. There is a degree of overlap between these topics. In this study circle, we would like to offer the opportunity for participants to share their stories, to look for synergies and to work towards shared solutions.

We have created a cloudscape to share our 'dreams' on these topics and to discuss ways forward. If you're interested, in joining us, please click on the link.

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Anne Bradbury
7:48pm 20 January 2013 (Edited 10:41pm 20 January 2013)

Thanks to Lesley for setting up this Study Circle.

I think this is a really interesting concept - to consider what are the skills, attitudes and knowledge that, we believe, are necessary (not just desireable) for students who are about to embark on a totally online (postgraduate) course for the  first time - especially where the focus is on elearning. 

We can then see how these same attributes might help them in their progress towards research and possible publication.

Not quite from 'cradle to grave' but I think you get my drift....!

It would be really interesting to hear about experiences you have had tutoring (or perhaps as a student) in these areas and your views on what might be included in a Unit 0 ...and as part of a toolkit that will help newbie researchers.

What I envisage is putting together a checklist and resources that can be used/adapted to suit different contexts - but you may see things differently! It seems that  Week 2 , (which looks at how different contexts affect learning) could be very relevant here.

Let us know what you think!

We are also aware that other Teams and Study Circles may well have overlapping interests here - we would be delighted to hear relevant ideas from these, too.




Lesley Shield
8:18pm 20 January 2013 (Edited 8:19pm 20 January 2013)

Thanks, Anne. That's more or less what I had in mind, too, though for the publication bit, I had a 'handy hints and tips' as an idea, too. Anyone who peer reviews is probably aware that there are certain, widespread things that new researchers do that 'guarantee' they'll be asked for 'major revision' or receive a rejection. I'd like to think of how to address some of theses things. L.

Anne Bradbury
10:44pm 20 January 2013

So, there you have it, everyone - our basic outline and 'vision'!

Please join in and help us to explore and develop these ideas....Let's see where they take us!


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