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Research Essentials

Prezi for a one-day workshop for Research Staff and PGRs at LJMU, May 2013.
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Nathan Ryder

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Transcript of Research Essentials

Morning Afternoon Next Steps Research Essentials Random Research Lunch Hello! We will be starting at 9:30. Research Essentials Dr Nathan Ryder nathan@nathanryder.co.uk
Twitter: @DrRyder Today is an opportunity to take a step back... ...to ask questions, find and contribute answers... ...to discuss things with colleagues and network... ...to find something of value to take away. What are "Research Essentials"? Researcher
Development
Framework www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf What skills do you have? What do you excel at? What is your evidence? Today is an opportunity for you to explore: your strengths and preferences
creativity and collaboration
research management techniques
setting clear goals for future development Time to make some notes. Preferences,
Priorities, Projects
and Productivity Structured Logical approach
Diary system
Sets deadlines and sticks to them
Plans ahead
Flustered by 'spontaneous' people
Feels most comfortable when they know
what they are going to do Unstructured Creative approach
Sometimes uses a diary system
Sets deadlines but only as potential timeline
Lives in the moment
Flustered by people trying to constrain them
Feels most comfortable when they have some
creative space to define and deliver their project versus Detail Comfortable collecting and managing lots
of detailed data, building conclusions
Research is grounded in proven facts
Good record keeping critical to refer
back to
Needs good, specific feedback
Written communication is mainly very specific, largely relates to data Big Picture Comfortable with hunches, creating hypotheses
from small amounts of data
Research based on ideas, potential hypotheses and
future opportunities
Capturing ideas for future work is essential
Needs feedback that says the work is "on the
right track"
Written communication is sometimes vague, largely relates to ideas versus Preferences for Information Preferences for Time and Project Management Another useful framework is
Myers-Briggs Type Indicators How do you manage your research? Who does this matter to?
When did I start this?
How much work is involved?
Is there a deadline?
Do I need something in order to do this?
What will happen if I don't do this? How do you get things done? David Allen "Getting Things Done" Time to make some notes. What next? Research Collaboration Innovation Creativity: "the process of having original ideas that have value" This Afternoon Creativity and Collaboration
Making connections
Thinking about what comes next Innovation is applied creativity; creativity is applied imagination. Sir Ken Robinson Before we collaborate, it is
a good idea to warm up our
imagination. "The Benefits of massage for hedgehogs" "Designing and building cruise ships made from cardboard" "Fitting false teeth to ladybirds" A research project to benefit researchers. Must be interdisciplinary, have a clear
aim and objective or output. Must use the skills or expertise of everyone in your group. RCI Part 1 Form teams. What do people research? What skills do they have? Brainstorm ideas! RCI Part 2 Choose a project, and develop the idea. Prepare a short (3 min) presentation, with one or two flipcharts. This must demonstrate research value, brief timeline and give insights into your team's strengths as collaborators. RCI Part 3 Give your attention! Don't keep working on your presentation. Focus on the ideas and the potential strengths as collaborators. RCI Debrief What was good about the proposed projects/presentations? What helps and hinders collaboration? What prevents you from doing research? Time to make some notes. Today is an opportunity for you to explore: your strengths and preferences
creativity and collaboration
research management techniques
setting clear goals for future development What comes next? Before you leave
and work gets in
the way... ...time to focus on
where you go from here... Setting SMART Objectives Specific
Measurable
Advantage
Realistic
Time-bound Specific
Measurable
Advantage
Realistic
Time-bound www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf Dr Nathan Ryder nathan@nathanryder.co.uk Collaboration is Coordinated
Cooperative
Cocreative Jane McGonigal Collaboration is "a recursive process...
where two or more people
work to realise a shared goal" Wikipedia
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