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Postgraduate supervision at a distance

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This presentation looks at some of the issues of supervising research students at a distance and the tools that can be used to support students' research and writing process.

This presentation looks at some of the issues of supervising research students at a distance and the tools that can be used to support students' research and writing process.

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  • 1. Postgraduate supervision at a distance Dr Palitha Edirisingha (BDRA) and Dr Ray Randall (Psychology) With contributions from Dr Tracy Simmons (Media & Communication) and Dr Chris Comber (Education) University of Leicester, England. Teaching and Learning Festival, Unisa, 7 Sept 2011 European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning UNIQUe Award Learning Technologist of the Year 2009: Team Award Beyond Distance RESEARCH ALLIANCE
  • 2. Supporting students through the entire process of postgraduate research ...
  • 3. On campus
    • Advisor
    • Budweiser
    • Apartment
    • Department
    At a distance
    • Advisor
    • Budweiser
    • Apartment
    • Department
  • 4. Workshop objectives
    • Understand the milestones in supervising post-graduate research projects
    • Identify the challenges of post-graduate supervision at a distance and approaches to addressing them
    • Identify the key knowledge and skills areas that need to be developed by students
    • Explore the useful resources available on the internet, and consider their usefulness
    • Consider to harness the Internet and the Web for research
    • Consider the need for a coherent package of DL PG tools.
  • 5. Activity 1: A discovery session 1 [10 minutes] My subject areas: I have been supervising PGSs for X number of years! The key challenges I face in supervising PGSs at a distance are: My methodology expertise is in: I am interested in (quantitative / qualitative / both) research I can share the following my own resources and tools with the group: I can share my list of references: I know of the useful resources at: Other?
  • 6. Key points from Activity 1
  • 7. Activity 2: Mapping the postgraduate research journey [15 minutes] START 0 months END Knowledge Attitudes Skills Social Academic Middle Diligent Liking for the topic positive attitude Approaching the end Student competencies Support from institution Start
  • 8. How the essential and desirable KAP elements can be tackled – a summary
  • 9. Supervising at a distance - challenges
    • Taking students through the postgraduate research and writing journey, from beginning to a successful completion…
    Helping students to identify the key stages in their postgraduate research and writing, and help them acquire the knowledge and skills (e.g., developing researchable questions) Providing the right support and information at the right time (temporal nature of support needed) Doing all of these at a distance, possibly by yourself, and within many constraints!
  • 10. Temporal nature
    • Different stages
    • identifying and providing personalised (and group) advice and support according to the needs at different stages
  • 11. Evidence from research: post graduate supervision at a distance
    • Studies carried out at Unisa
    • Studies in Australia
  • 12. Tools and adapting them for Unisa 10.00 – 10.30am 5 Tools Tool 1: Dissertation proposal form Tool 2: Dissertation research planning tool Tool 3: Dissertation research knowledge and skills audit Tool 4: Dissertation writing progress tracking and diagnostic tool Tool 5: Key knowledge areas and stages of postgraduate research study Please download the above tools available as a PDF document entitled: Postgraduate supervision at a distance: Tools to support the research and writing process
  • 13. Tea and coffee break 10.30am - 11.00am
  • 14. Tool 1: dissertation proposal form
    • An aid for the student to write the proposal
    • An aid for the supervisor to identify students’ gaps in key knowledge / conceptual areas
    • Possible intervention points
  • 15. Tool 2: Dissertation research planning tool
    • An aid for the student
    • A tool to get students to treat postgraduate research as a project, to manage as work packages (identify links between stages, phases and activities
    • An organisational tool
    • A communication document
    • A progress monitoring tool
  • 16. Tool 3: Dissertation research knowledge and skills audit
    • An aid for the student
    • A communication document
    • A progress monitoring tool
  • 17. Tool 4: Dissertation writing progress tracking and diagnostic tool
    • An aid for the student
    • A communication document
    • A progress monitoring tool
  • 18. Tool 5: Key knowledge areas and stages of postgraduate research study
    • An activity: getting students to sequence the activities and key stages of postgraduate research study
    • As a diagnostic tool
    • To develop intervention strategies
  • 19. Activity 4: A discovery session on 'must know' and 'must-know-how-to’
    • Ethics - 'risk management'
    • Researchable questions
    • Research design / methodology
    • Literature review - criticality
    • Interaction with academic community
  • 20. Resources available on the Internet (compiled by Dr Tracy Simmons, University of Leicester, UK) Some resources and examples from the field: ESCR guidance on methods research on-line http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/orm/ http://www.restore.ac.uk/orm/site/home.htm http://www.restore.ac.uk/orm/tutorresources/resourcesindex.htm http://www.methodspace.com/
  • 21. Exploiting Web 2.0
    • A context for research (research questions)
    • A source of resources (literature, on-line journals)
    • An aid (for collaboration, for managing literature)
    • Networking with research and practitioner community, feedback
    • Dissemination
  • 22. Some approaches for supporting postgraduates at a distance Duckling project podcasts a sample of podcasts are available at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/oer/oers/psychology/psychology-oers
  • 23. BDRA doctoral research days
    • Three research days and their key features
    • Group tutorials at a distance using Adobe Connect
    • Anything that we can do together?
  • 24. Take away lessons and way forward
    • Developing a package of tools and resources for DL PG students and supervisors
  • 25. Thank you for your participation…
    • Please contact us:
    • Pal: pe27@le.ac.uk
    • Ray: [email_address]