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  • 1. Social media (and more) in the Master thesis project
    • How can social media support students during their master thesis project?
    • Jolien Ubacht, Assistant Professor
    • Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management, section ICT
  • 2. Managing the MSc project
    • Background:
      • Duration of the MSc project
      • Student survey
      • Different character as compared to following regular modules
    • Taking the student as manager of his/her MSc project as a starting point: what does s/he need to be the project leader? And how can peer sharing of knowledge and experiences contribute to that?
  • 3. Current situation (1)
    • Website for formal information (OER, procedures, rules for composition of graduation committee, contact details, “blue guide”, etc)
    • Blackboard for:
      • the module Master thesis preparation (6 EC)
      • the modules Master thesis project (30EC)
    • Sections use own website or Blackboard for posting projects
    • Wiki for TPM Lexicon for Research Methods & Techniques (WO-sprint project)
  • 4. Current situation (2)
    • Osiris for programme information (SVO)
    • No faculty platform for student interaction/support (some self-initiated communities do exist)
    • No links to support environment (such as TUD Career Centre, Study advisors, Smart Study, TU Library support)
    • No links to supporting learning material (such as Presentation Lab, Writing Lab, …..)
    • No central communication channel for graduation related announcements
  • 5. Taking a student perspective
    • What information is required in which phase of the graduation project?
    • How can students provide peer support?
    • How can s/he manage the graduation project taking quality and time requirements into account?
  • 6. Improvements (idea phase)
    • One portal to integrate the diversity of information channels
      • To speed up finding a graduation project
      • To relate project to research themes (multimedia)
      • To support a smooth administrative process
    • Enabling better planning of the 4 plenary meetings of the graduation committee
    • Project Planning Tool /timeline to support awareness of throughput of project (alternative: in Osiris)
  • 7. Improvements (idea phase)
    • File sharing options between graduate student and supervisors(?)
    • Support students to exchange their knowledge & experiences (theme related groups; social software)
    • Community building
    • Interactive map who is where doing what? (DCE example)
  • 8. Next steps
    • Design requirements for graduation portal
      • 3xO, BB-support, students, TPM-ICTO team
      • Flexible set-up for future applications
    • Testing with graduate students
    • Embeddedness in the faculty
    • Parallel: new functions in Osiris for monitoring/process-related issues of MSc project
  • 9. July 7, 2011