- University of Leeds
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 19 Nov 2009
- Date last modified:
- 19 Nov 2009
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Researcher @ Leeds is an exciting interactive training programme available to research staff and postgraduate research students.
It is important for researchers to understand why they should be getting out there on the web, and the best way to get their research onto the web.
The Researcher @ Leeds programme became part of an extensive range of workshops on the Central and Faculty based IT training programmes in May 2009.
The aim of the programme is to help researchers at the University of Leeds build a professional on-line presence.
By the end of the programme researchers are able to create and maintain a personal website using a set of specially created web page templates, which are easy to use and benefit from the inclusion of the University of Leeds logo.
The programme explores the University's blogging tool Elgg and the use of Flip™ video cameras combined with LUTube (the University of Leeds very own youTube) to host and view video content.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Researchers complete on-line interactive pre-course materials in the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 'Blackboard' to ensure they have an understanding of Dreamweaver and have a few ideas of what they want to put on their website.
Researchers attend a face-to-face workshop, supported by video presentations which cover:
Why blog @ Leeds?
How to use a Flip Camera
Workshops run 9.00am-4.00pm.
The optimum number of delegates on a workshop is 12.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Researchers understand their audience and the tools available to them to effectively promote themselves and their research on the web.
Optimising the use of internal systems after the learning experience.
Overcoming the blogging cultural at Leeds.
Maintaining a web presence once postgraduates leave the University of Leeds.
Keeping up to-date with technological advancements to ensure that the Researcher @ Leeds programme continues to be innovative training.
From early 2010, the Researcher@Leeds programme, including the face to face workshop will available as fully interactive on-line resource in the Virtual Learning Environment. Most importantly, this will ensure that all research staff and postgraduate research students will have access to this valuable learning resource, 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.