career researchers and PhD students are faced with multiple formal and informal
learning opportunities throughout their academic careers. While learning
progress in formal learning is clearly signposted, and information to support
learning is provided in a structured manner, informal learning is different.
learning is self-directed, and information is not readily delivered, but is
instead actively sought out by the learner in line with personal learning goals
and desired personal development outcomes. It is therefore crucial that the
learner is able to articulate their unique information needs, outline the
success conditions for their informal learning, and fulfil their information
needs via the identification and application of relevant information.
three participative design workshops will provide researchers with the know-how
to formulate, record, and act on their unique information needs in a supportive,
collaborative, and flexible environment. Participants will be encouraged to
focus on the personal development topics that they deem most important to them,
and will work together to deploy creative learning strategies across the three
title of the workshops is "What are your unique information needs?
Learning to navigate the hidden curriculum as an early career researcher".
They’ll run on three consecutive Thursdays – 22 April, 29 April, and 6 May –
and will be conducted online over Microsoft Teams between 9am and 1pm.
is strongly recommended that participants attend all three workshops in order
to receive a comprehensive overview of participative design and the information
the workshops, there will be an opportunity to participate in research
exploring the effectiveness of participative design workshops in the context of
information needs. Participants will be invited to provide feedback on the
workshops and participate in this research by completing two brief
questionnaires administered during the workshops. Please get in touch with us
if you’d like to learn more about this research.
the workshops, researchers will have an enhanced understanding of information
needs and participative design, and will be able to record and address their
unique information needs (both individually and collaboratively). They will
have developed an increased confidence in managing their informal learning and
self-directed personal development.
workshops have been funded through Edinburgh Napier’s Researcher Development
Fund and map onto the personal development domains in the Vitae Researcher
Development Framework (RDF). Please contact us if you require more information
about the learning outcomes of these workshops and the Vitae RDF domains they
workshops are free and open to all PhD students and early career researchers at
Edinburgh Napier University. We have capacity to take up to 10 PhD students and
early career researchers studying at other Scottish universities as well.
book your slot at these workshops, click here.
For further details, email David
Brazier or Marina Milosheva. More
information about the workshops can also be found via Marina's