What are your unique information needs? Learning to navigate the hidden curriculum as an early career researcher

Dr David Brazier and I are pleased to announce that we are now taking registrations for a set of three participative design workshops designed to enhance the informal learning of early career researchers in the hidden university curriculum.

These online workshops build on previous work completed by David that proposed new methods for eliciting, recording, and acting on information needs, and will also implement insights from some of my personal essays on the topic of participatory research ethics. The workshops will be of interest to both PhD students and early career researchers who wish to enhance their informal learning at university.

By attending all three workshops, colleagues will develop an understanding of the full extent of the information needs journey. As these are participative design workshops, they will be highly interactive and inclusive, and there will be flexibility in how they will be deployed. Participants will be encouraged to choose the personal development areas that they would most like to work on. In doing so, they will be able to extract personal value from their attendance in addition to learning about information needs more broadly.

The dates and themes for the workshops are as follows:

Workshop 1 – Introduction to information needs and participative design: Learning to formulate information needs – 22 April 2021

Workshop 2 Recording and addressing information needs through independent thinking and collaboration – 29 April 2021

Workshop 3Reflecting on progress: Identifying courses of action and information sources to consult 6 May 2021

They will run between 9 am and 1 pm on three consecutive Thursdays.

To register and read the full event description, please visit our Eventbrite page, or simply use the form below to register. Your ticket guarantees you a place on all three workshops.

These workshops are funded through Edinburgh Napier’s Researcher Development Fund, and are administered in partnership with the University’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise office.

We invite registrations from Edinburgh Napier colleagues, as well as from colleagues working at other Scottish universities.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please get in touch with David at d.brazier@napier.ac.uk or myself at M.Milosheva@napier.ac.uk.

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