On 22 October the Media Zoo hosted a research day for our PhD students. The intended learning outcomes for the day were:
1. to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methodologies and methods
2. to make informed choices of methodologies and methods to suit each student’s research project
3. to gain practice in presenting work-in-progress to others for critical comments, and
4. to provide critical and constructive feedback on peers’ work in so far.
In the morning, there was input from Palitha Edirisingha, David Hawkridge and myself. In the afternoon, there were presentations by each student, while the audience (comprising the other students and a number of Beyond Distance colleagues) used a protocol to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
We all benefited from this research day and students have since indicated how useful the experience was for them – not just because of the day itself, but the preparation that had to go into it. We are planning another research day in February-March.
Dr A Armellini
4 November 2010