Masterly RSD Symposium, 23 September 2015, Adelaide: A national symposium about developing research skills in coursework Masters

In Australia we have a new requirement that all coursework Masters students:

“Apply knowledge and skills ..with high level personal autonomy and accountability… to plan and execute a substantial research based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship”

Each coursework Masters degree needs to not only provide program structures to satisfy AQF9 requirements, but also the learning, teaching and assessment/feedback tasks that will develop professionally-relevant research capacity for all students, to answer the question:

Are your Masters degrees really at AQF level 9?

Its a big ask!

The Masterly RSD Symposium is designed to provide an action-based forum that enables you, along with other academics and professional staff, to share and develop discipline- appropriate strategies and resources for Masters, based around the Research Skill Development framework (RSD:www.rsd.edu.au) so you can address this question thoroughly.

Since November 2014, academics and professional staff in different states, territories have been meeting regularly to develop such resources based around the RSD that will enable students to engage in discipline-specific research projects and scholarship. At the Symposium, representatives from each group will be running interactive breakout sessions, with themes including:

RSD as a tool for collaborative conversations
: Victoria/Tasmania Cluster
RSD for assessment in Masters: New South Wales/ACT Cluster
The Work Skill Development framework use in Masters: Queensland Cluster
Whole-of-program conversations using the RSD: South Australia/NT Cluster

In addition, we have colleagues from the University of the South Pacific presenting on:

Culturally appropriate use of the RSD in Masters

The flyer for this event is Flyer_Masterly_RSDNationalSymposium_2015_8June

Some of the Masters-specific resources developed so far are available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/masters/, a newly opened site that will have additional resources over the coming 6 months.

This symposium runs after the HERGA conference 21 & 22 September, which has a theme:

Brave New World: The Future of Teaching and Learning (details soon at www.herga.com.au/herga-15.html

Registration for both events is at http://hergaconferencesept2015.eventbrite.com.au

If you would like further information on the Masterly RSD Symposium, please contact me

Dr. John Willison, National Teaching Fellow (OLT) john.willison@adelaide.edu.au

Hope to see you at the conference and symposium

John

‘Integration of research into the curriculum': Council on Undergraduate Research conference in Florida, 26- 28 June 2016

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) just announced its biennial conference is to be held in Florida, 26- 28 June 2016. Several of us at the University of Adelaide will be heading over. I started attending this conference in 2008 and found it to be much more of a confer-ence and less a talkfest-ence. Really good conversations and time for forming network,s and often hour-long sessions that you can really get your teeth into. CUR usually calls for abstracts about August and they are to be submitted sometime in November.

Of five themes, one is of particular interest to me: ‘integration of research into the curriculum’.

This theme was not evident in 2008 and 2010 conference, as CUR has traditionally had a focus on mentored summer scholarships as the main mechanism for undergraduate research in the past. ‘In the curriculum’ started emerging in 2012.

There has therefore been emerging interest in North America generally and in CUR members particularly on the use of the Research Skill Development framework (RSD: www.rsd.edu.au) to scaffold the development of undergraduate student discipline-specific research skills.

If you have been using the RSD to guide your students’ learning and/ or assessment, and been evaluating this use, you may consider submitting an abstract for the conference.

There are no details on the CUR website yet, but you can see 2014 conference details http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_conference_2014/ I’ll post when the full conference information becomes available.

Maybe I’ll see you in Florida in 2016! I’ve never been to Florida, but interested to see what natural wonders await- see my find when visiting outback New Jersey for the 2012 CUR conference: https://reskidev.wordpress.com/2012/06/

John

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Masters Students and the RSD Pentagon

March 19, 2015 Leave a comment

A colleague, Isabella Slevin, University of Adelaide, writes about her use of the RSD pentagon with Masters students:

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I was tasked to prepare and present a 2 hour workshop on ‘How to Write a Literature Review’ for the 6 new Masters by Research students. The areas I decided to cover were: Purpose of a Literature Review; The Role of a Literature Review in driving your research; Structure and Features of a Literature Review; The Importance of Critical Analysis as opposed to mere summarising and Academic Language and Tone.
When first meeting the students I felt rather hesitant as they were all local students who had recently finished their Undergraduate degrees. They were articulate, independent and confident – I did wonder if I had anything new or of use for them. However, I worked my way through the power point slides, the various activities I had prepared – including a Literature Quiz, Survey of Appropriate Resources and deconstructing some Literature reviews from past students.
Foremost, however, was my emphasis on Research Skills and the Research Process. This is where I used the Facets of the RSD Pentagon and kept referring back to it throughout the workshop. I spoke of research as being a process involving various skills and phases, but, importantly, reinforced that it is not a linear process. One of the main aspects I highlighted was: when in doubt, go back to the middle Facet i.e. ‘Embark and Clarify’…again emphasising the process nature of research.
At the end of the workshop the students commented on how useful it had been. They said that the purpose of, and the format of Literature Reviews had never been explained to them – they had basically produced Annotated Bibliographies in the past. They reiterated that the content was useful and, in particular, the ‘Facets of Research’ was something that had given them a different perspective on research and another strategy to assist them in their own research project.

Thanks Isabella for your insights and experiences. A little scary- but maybe not uncommon- that perhaps plenty of domestic students have never had the format of Literature Reviews explained to them, or much experience with researching themselves. What is this like for international students?

The RSD pentagon was modelled on the brilliant work of Mechanical Engineering tutors, who ‘re-enineered’ the RSD framework into the OPS pentagon. If you missed the blog on that, its here

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Undergraduate students engaging in small groups: see how academics have made research skills explicit

February 5, 2015 Leave a comment

See how academics have made the development of the skills associated with research explicit to students. The link is to a new resource that captures student experience of research in small groups.

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/smallgroup/

Especially note the comprehensive work in Engineering (access via ‘examples’). Mechanical Engineering tutors ‘reingineered’ the RSD for Engineering contexts, producing the OPS (Optimising Problem Solving) pentagon. Use of OPS throughout second semester 2014 is featured, with explanations of OPS and lots of student engagement with the pentagon.

Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research: University of Adelaide, 3rd December.

November 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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Are your Coursework Masters students alienated by substantial research requirements of the program because they do not yet have the skills and knowledge required?
Are you facing problems with enabling Masters students to engage rigorously with research experiences?

Then register for Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research (for South Australia and Northern Territory), Wednesday 3 December, where we will use the research Skill Development framework (RSD) as the conceptual launchpad for discussions and for developing resources that fit your context.

Register via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVHD5VP

The program for the day is:
Session 1 (9.30-10.15 am): Research skills relevant for Masters students
Session 2 (10.15-11.00 am): Participants’ experiences, current structures, examples

Morning Tea provided (11.00-11.30 am)
Session 3 (11.30-12.15 pm): Planning an overview of your Masters program with RSD
Session 4 (12.15-1.00 pm): Planning individual courses with RSD

Lunch provided (1.00- 2.00 pm)
Session 5 (2.00-3.15 pm): Giving Masters students the vibe for engaging in research
Session 6 (3.15-4.00 pm): Planning the continuance of the Victorian cluster

See the flyer for the event: Flyer_RSD_Masters_SA-NT_cluster-final

The RSD website has plenty of discipline-specific applications www.rsd.edu.au

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Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research: hosted by the University of New South Wales 27 November

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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Are your Coursework Masters students alienated by substantial research requirements of the program because they do not yet have the skills and knowledge required?
Are you facing problems with enabling Masters students to engage rigorously with research experiences?

Then register for Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research (NSW & ACT), Thursday 27 November, where we will use the research Skill Development framework (RSD) as the conceptual launchpad for discussions and for developing resources that fit your context.

Register via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTJYF9X

The program for the day is:
Session 1 (9.30-10.15 am): Research skills relevant for Masters students
Session 2 (10.15-11.00 am): Participants’ experiences, current structures, examples

Morning Tea provided (11.00-11.30 am)
Session 3 (11.30-12.15 pm): Planning an overview of your Masters program with RSD
Session 4 (12.15-1.00 pm): Planning individual courses with RSD

Lunch provided (1.00- 2.00 pm)
Session 5 (2.00-3.15 pm): Giving Masters students the vibe for engaging in research
Session 6 (3.15-4.00 pm): Planning the continuance of the Victorian cluster

See the flyer for the event: Flyer_RSD_Masters_NSW-ACT_cluster final

The RSD website has plenty of discipline-specific applications www.rsd.edu.au

Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research: An event for Victoria & Tasmania, hosted by Monash University

October 15, 2014 2 comments

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Are your Coursework Masters students alienated by substantial research requirements of the program because they do not yet have the skills and knowledge required?
Do they think that research belongs on another planet?
Are you facing problems with enabling Masters students to engage rigorously with research experiences?

Then register for Engaging Coursework Masters Students in Research (Victoria & Tasmania), Wednesday 26 November, where we will use the research Skill Development framework (RSD) as the conceptual launchpad for discussions and for developing resources that fit your context.

Register via this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YXJXV9

The program for the day is:
Session 1 (9.00-10.00 am): Research skills relevant for Masters students
Session 2 (10.00-10.45 am): Participants’ experiences, current structures, examples
Session 3 (11.15-12.00 am): Planning an overview of your Masters program with RSD
Session 4 (12.00-1.00 pm): Planning individual courses with RSD
Session 5 (2.00-3.15 pm): Giving Masters students the vibe for engaging in research
Session 6 (3.15-4.00 pm): Planning the continuance of the Victorian cluster

See the flyer for the event Flyer_RSD_Masters_Victoria_cluster-final

The RSD website has plenty of discipline-specific applications www.rsd.edu.au

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