A workshop Getting started in pedagogical research in Higher Education took place on 28 March 2012 at the RSC Chemistry Centre, London and was a great success with over 60 attending.
This workshop was aimed at academics wishing to move their interest in innovation in teaching and learning to the next level. It explored issues which would help equip them with the research tools they need to move their practice forward and consider how and where to publish their outcomes.
Key speakers included:
- Prof Norman Reid (Glasgow) - explained how to get started in quantitative research. He looked at themes to consider, types of data and methods of gathering data
- Dr Jane Essex (Keele) – gave an introduction to qualitative research and described the extra dimension that this type of research can bring to your project and the validity of its findings
- Prof Tina Overton (Hull) – covered topics including, how to make your work publishable, how to get started and how to avoid failure
Three interesting case studies of recent research projects were contributed by:
- Dr Paul Taylor (Warwick) – involving students in a collaborative approach to pedagogic research
- Dr Natalie Rowley (Birmingham) – shared some of the challenges about getting started in pedagogic research
- Prof Simon Bates (Edinburgh) – told us about an innovative way to engage students in the feedback and learning process
The session concluded with a discussion about where we go from here. There was a great deal of support from all to make this a more regular event and ideas flowed for a possible programme. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.
Presentations from the day will be available on MyRSC soon.