LITE Getting Started in Pedagogic Research

18 Beech grove Terrace, the home of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) at the University of Leeds.

The LITE Getting Started in Pedagogic Research workshops have been designed to support pedagogic researchers from the very beginnings of a project idea to the final stages of dissemination and impact and are open to all staff across the university.

Colleagues can choose to attend all workshops or attend the appropriate workshop for them.

The Institute has created the series in response to the popularity of the two Getting Started in PedR workshops and the PedR Retreat delivered by LITE.

The 2019-20 programme sessions are being offered by LITE to support pedagogic research and examples and application will be within the context of the higher education environment.

GSPR Workshop 1: Introducing the basics COMPLETED

This workshop will give an overview of the complete research process.

It is aimed at colleagues completely new to research or those with limited experience needing some direction and structure to their planning.

It will provide a lightening look at all stages of a research project with a focus on some of the key considerations that are essential in the early stages of research project planning.

By the end of the workshop attendees will be able to start exploring their proposed area of research building a picture of current literature and activity prior to formulating their research question and identifying their aims and objectives.

The focus will be on pedagogic research exploring approaches and themes within learning and teaching and the higher education environment.

GSPR Workshop 2: Research methodologies - December 3, 14:00 – 15:30, Business School Maurice Keyworth SR G.31

Prepared with aims, objectives and a research question, this workshop will enable colleagues to refine their research approach and help them focus on the best data collection methods for their project.

It is aimed at colleagues who have attended workshop 1 and/or those moving from disciplinary research in to pedagogic research.

The workshop will provide an overview of both quantitative and qualitative research and the suitability of both for gathering data.

It will look at some of the important considerations in choosing different methods and will explore validity and reliability in research methodologies.

The focus will be on pedagogic research exploring approaches and themes within learning and teaching and the higher education environment.

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GSPR Workshop 3: Designing Questionnaires and Surveys January 21, 10:00 – 11:30 EC Stoner SR (7.83)

This workshop will give an overview of the different ways of delivering questionnaires and surveys and will look at the different types of questions that can be asked.

It is aimed at colleagues who have a clear outline of what they want to explore through research and those who may already have completed the first draft of a questionnaire or survey.

This will be a hands-on workshop where colleagues will get the chance to critique examples and consider the questions for their own research.

The focus will be on pedagogic research exploring approaches and themes within learning and teaching and the higher education environment.

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GSPR Workshop 4: Conducting interviews and focus groups Feb 18, 14:00 – 15.30, Charles Thackrah SR 4 (1.03)

This workshop will look at all aspects of gathering data through conducting interviews and focus groups in the context of the University environment. It will also look at how qualitative data can be analysed.

It is aimed at colleagues who have little or no experience of this type of research.

The workshop will involve looking at examples of transcripts, experiencing the coding of data as well as having the chance to devise and deliver practice focus group questions.

There will also be the opportunity to hear from colleagues who have delivered focus groups in the delivery of LITE projects.

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GSPR Workshop 5: Statistical Analysis Mar 4, 14:00 – 15:30pm Rm Business School Maurice Keyworth SR 1.15

This workshop will look at the various types of quantitative data and the approaches to analysing these.

When is it necessary to apply a statistical test to quantitative data?

What tests are appropriate for different types of data?

How can statistics help us to understand the validity of our finding?

The workshop will attempt to answer these questions without turning participants into expert statisticians.

This workshop is aimed at colleagues who have gathered, or are about to gather, quantitative data and who want to better understand how to handle it beyond the most basic levels of analysis.

The focus will be on pedagogic research exploring approaches and themes within learning and teaching and the higher education environment.

Register here.

LITE Masterclass/ GSPR workshop 6: Getting Published: Going Public with your SoTL work – delivered by Prof Mick Healey, Mar 31, Electrical Engineering SR (3.52)

This interactive workshop aims to unpack some of the mysteries of publishing in a variety of genres.

Colleagues will be assisted in developing their voices through valuing the variety of writing genres, including

  • empirical research articles,
  • conceptual research articles,
  • literature reviews,
  • opinion pieces,
  • case studies, and reflective essays ,
  • publication outlets – including subscription and open access.
  • disciplinary and transdisciplinary;
  • refereed and non-refereed, and,
  • journals and blogs.

In short, we argue that there is no single way of going about writing for publication in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

The workshop should benefit both staff and students who have limited experience of writing and publishing about their SoTL work, and support and guide more experienced colleagues to rethink some of their writing practices.