A shared space for research

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A shared space for research and YOU
Integrating technology into researcher training
A Vitae North West Hub good practice workshop
27 May 2010, University of Manchester

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  • Just a fad... or is there an added value to all this?

  • Voltaire as an example of the statement above. The Philosopher was probably one of the most networked scholars of his time, with more than a thousand European correspondents
    Networks of correspondence was quite useful during the Classic Age as a form of establishing and maintaining connections with the outside world in a rather informal, yet meaningful way. Other thinkers of that time also made use of the Epistolary genre to establish their networks beyond their local whereabouts: Erasmus and more recently Darwin
    Check Republic of Letters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw0oS-AOIPE
    Charles Darwin corresponded with over 2000 individuals worldwide, exchanging his views on scientific matters, his health and family life... in http://great-scientists.suite101.com/article.cfm/charles_darwins_letters

    Read more at Suite101: Charles Darwin's Letters: Darwin Correspondence Project Expands his World Wide Web http://great-scientists.suite101.com/article.cfm/charles_darwins_letters#ixzz0p5hMEPG6

    Darwin corresponded widely, asking for information and opinions, checking facts. He was very scrupulous in giving credit, just look at the footnotes in his books. But actually the flow was not one-way. Yes, Darwin was a phenomenal networker. He would probably have had a blog. in http://agro.biodiver.se/2009/02/blogging-the-big-birthday-darwin-the-seed-networker/
  • How can we complement the experience of research students? That is probably where
    technology can help. Not because it is a new fad we all should be trying to look modern, but
    because it can assist us in our learning. And research, indeed, is about learning and
    understanding the phenomenon we chose to observe. Learning should be a shared process.
    Providing spaces for informal discussions about related themes, and stimulating reflective
    writing about our own research may help

  • People are not deserted islands. We learn better in company. And we have learned in social
    spaces since humankind is humankind. Researchers are no exception. Yet, doing PhD
    research can sometimes resemble as an antithesis of this, as it is, in fact, an individual project.
    Nonetheless, it should not be seen as a lonely one


  • Mentors
    students sharing


  • This case study will report about the benefits, and also the implications and barriers, of creating
    a shared space for research students and their ‘mentors’ to socialise, exchange *their* ideas
    and personal reflections about their own projects.





  • A shared space for research

    1. 1. A shared space for learning about YOUr and others’ research Integrating technology into researcher training A Vitae North West Hub good practice workshop 27 May 2010, University of Manchester
    2. 2. overview...
    3. 3. al Co mm on g rs in ts of un Pe arn en Pra itie Le onm cti s ce ir nv http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishgirl7/3512725168/sizes/l/ E http://www.flickr.com/photos/denverjeffrey/1950406926/sizes/l/ Photo: fishgirl7 a rning n al Le s P erso twork Ne Photo: Jeffrey Beall Another fad.... or is there any value to all this?
    4. 4. None of this is new! o rker s! Ne tw Erasmus Voltaire Darwin (1466 – 1536) (1694 – 1778) (1809 – 1882)
    5. 5. photo by Matt Hamm http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthamm/2945559128/sizes/o/ So what’s new?
    6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/susanvg/3382838948/sizes/l/ Research as a shared journey
    7. 7. http://litscimed.org/
    8. 8. New & old forms of networking
    9. 9. Setting challenges to promote Individual Voices
    10. 10. The barriers
    11. 11. Sometimes it is still overwhelming...
    12. 12. How things are done around here... Changing habits takes time...
    13. 13. ...but the change changes us too! Photo by Helen keegan http://tinyurl.com/4pg7a6
    14. 14. Cristina Costa c.mendesdacosta@salford.ac.uk www.knowmansland.com http://www.pg.salford.ac.uk/blog/

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