Special Issue on the RSD: Critiques, Curriculum and Connections

The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice has just launched Volume 15, Issue 4, a special issue on the Research Skill Development framework, and its various uses, formulations and evaluations:

Research Skill Development spanning Higher Education: Curricula, critiques and connections
https://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol15/iss4/ (If this link does not work on campus, due to your local browser configuration try http://www.library.uow.edu.au/services/UOW026590.html
The 8 articles are:

Research skill development spanning higher education: Critiques, curriculum and connections

Frameworks and freedoms: Supervising research learning and the undergraduate dissertation

Research skills in the first-year biology practical – Are they there?

Graduate students’ research-based learning experiences in an online Master of Education program

Evaluating the effectiveness of postgraduate research skills training and its alignment with the Research Skill Development framework

Integrated academic literacy development: Learner-teacher autonomy for MELTing the barriers

From Research Skill Development to Work Skill Development

RSD Online Community of Practice Begins Today!

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Online Community of Practice Starts Tuesday, September 11, 2018!

An online CoP facilitated by Sylvia Tiala and Jessy Polzer from University of Wisconsin-Stout begins today at noon Central Time (U. S.).  Our goal is to connect with university educators to investigate and apply the Research Skills Development (RSD) Framework and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (FIL) to your learning context.  We will be using websites, Zoom and othe technologies to attend meetings, engage in discussion and submit feedback and materials.  Reflective learning and application will be facilitated though activities, discussion, coaching and a SoTL research project.  Take a look at the website for more information.

You are welcome to join us.  Please feel free to  register  at https://jessypolzer.com/rsd/register/

Please email Jessy Polzer (polzerj@uwstout.edu) or Sylvia Tiala  (tialas@uwstout.edu) with questions.


Laurentian University uses the WSD to survey career paths

I recently heard that Sue Bandaranaike was at the WACE International Research Symposium in Stuttgart, to discuss upcoming research underpinned by the WSD framework. Sue has been a keen advocate for WSD-based research since co-developing the framework in 2009.

Her upcoming study, (a collaboration with Nicole Tardif and Patricia Orozco from Laurentian University) will aim to discover the skills, behaviours and competencies that constitute expertise in mining. The study will involve surveys with mining and exploration professionals, as well as HR representatives from mining, exploration and consulting. With 40% of employees in the mining and metals industries expected to retire in the next few years, this will be a timely piece of research, and a good example of putting the RSD into practice.

MELT the SEA-DR conference

If you are reading this on 28 June 2018, it’s a good chance you are attending the second day of the SE Asia Design Research conference, hosted by Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This is John from University of Adelaide writing. Welcome to the second keynote of the day, which is designed to MELT your mind and help you empower students for learning in Science, Maths and Technology. If you are not attending, feel free to read on, and you might want to visit the conference website http://seadr.unsyiah.ac.id/. The conference focus is research into the design of learning environments for science, mathematics & technology as disciplines and STEM as a whole.

This blog post provides a multiple choice question below. Please be ready to choose one of the six options when I give the signal. I suggest you wait till I deal with the ‘six facets’ of MELT before you choose, as I will explain each option in detail. If you missed the presentation (or want to review ideas) visit www.melt.edu.au and www.i-melt.edu.au

Discuss the question below with one or two others, but answer the question from your own perspective.

If you are a student currently, answer from your perspective. If you are teaching, consider a specific group of students.

Question: Of the six facets of MELT, which one is the most difficult for students (or you) when engaging in complex learning?

Facets for voting

When everyone has answered, we will look at the results together (but you can preview them too).

Thanks for your participation


MELT @ Singapore Institute of Technology

For our MELT session Monday 28 May 2018 with colleagues at SIT, there are certain questions for your consideration:


Facets for voting

Q2 What proportion of students, in a cohort of interest to you, have shown evidence up to this point of being able to work at Initiate level of MELT autonomy?


Q3 What questions or comments do you have about MELT or its application? (add to ‘comments’)


Connecting with your librarian is critical!

I have been reflecting on takeaways from the 2017 I-MELT conference.  Thank you John for a job well done!

At the conference I was able to reflect back on the journey that brought me to the conference.  I recall that John Willison encouraged faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout to engage their librarians early in the process of implementing the RSD.  This was a sound piece of advice.  Our librarian, Jessy Polzer, was critical to the success of implementing the RSD at Stout.  During the I-MELT conference I was able to connect with Lyn Torres of Monash University.  I was struck by how similar her comments were to those of my library colleagues at UW-Stout. The RSD has strong ties and overlaps information literacy skills.  Librarians are able to articulate this overlap and to guide instructors as they work to incorporate undergraduate research into the classroom.   I am posting this comment to encourage you to connect with your librarian as you implement the RSD at your institution.  They are an invaluable resource that will help in your efforts to integrate research and critical thinking skills into your courses.

With this being said, I invite you to review an online module Undergraduate Student Research: Creative and Critical Thinking at UW-Stout  that was developed to help faculty learn about undergraduate research at Stout’s campus.  This was a collaborative project made possible through our Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center and members involved in UW-Stout’s RSD Community of Practice.  Please be sure to watch for our librarian, Jessy Polzer, as she speaks to ties between the RSD and information literacy.  Feel free to take a peek at:


MELT for scaffolding competency: 4th Webinar in advance of I-MELT

Join presenters from Victorian Institutions for a webinar on using the MELT (Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching) for Scaffolding Competency in contexts as varied as the Nursing Handover and learning in mathematics. This is the fourth webinar on the series on the various uses of the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching www.melt.edu.au

Short papers from the I-MELT conference website on this topic are available:

In a mathematics context   https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/#Vervoorst

In a nursing handover context   https://reskidev.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/clinical-handover4oct17.pdf

In a Curriculum Renewal context: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/TorresIMELT2017paper.pdf

Reading the abstracts of these in advance will be a great warm-up for the webinar.

Twenty plus short papers for I-MELT www.i-melt/papers/ on themes including Evidenced Based Decision Making, and Work Integrated Learning are also available.

Date: Thursday 16 November, 1 hour
12.30 pm Central Daylight time (+10.30 GMT/Universal time)
1.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
12.00 pm Eastern Standard time
10.00 am WA

URL: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/311161539

The Zoom platform is web-based and user friendly
Equipment: A headset is good for speaking quality, but not essential- you may just want to text chat or observe.

Please run a sound-check within Zoom before commencement time. Click on the arrow next to the mic icon, bottom left, choose ‘Audio options’ and click ‘Test computer mic and speakers’.

I hope to see you online

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au