The Informed Researcher

News - 27 February 2017

In January 2016, the Library has introduced the course “The Informed Researcher”, which deals with the  development of skills such as  the ability to search for, organize, and disseminate information and data as listed in the Vitae Researcher Development Framework(1). It further links these steps to the Open Science principles. This course is a new and improved version of “How to Manage your Research Information”, based on comments and feedback of participants.

The most innovative part is the blended course design. The course is divided in two classroom sessions and one e-learning module. While the classroom sessions stimulate the interactive exchange of information and knowledge with group or plenary discussions, the e-learning part gives all participants the opportunity to learn according to their personal needs and level of knowledge. This means that some participants will spend more time on these topics than others. The e-learning assignments are also based on active participation, for example in the form of peer-review. The teacher will be available during the runtime of the course for help and evaluation.

E-learning of course has more advantages, not only for the participants but also for the teachers. As teachers we learn more about the expertise and needs of the group and it becomes easier to assist and respond to the participants. The more in-depth understanding of participants’ needs allows us to improve the course more easily to make it even more relevant.

The course challenges participants to reconsider their knowledge and needs on information and data skills related to the research process.

Nearly 100 PhD candidates have already taken part in the course. While still improving the course, here are some of quotes of the participants:

 “the group sessions were useful to share opinions with colleagues”

“the assignments were very useful”

1 Vitae (2011).  Researcher Development Framework. Cambridge: Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC)