Researcher Development Initiative (RDI), 2005 - 2010
Training Researchers in Online Research Methods (TRI-ORM)
01/05/07 - 31/07/09
TRI-ORM (www.geog.le.ac.uk/orm) provided training for researchers in online research methods (ORMs). The project was designed to meet the training needs of researchers at all stages of their careers and with a variety of levels of knowledge of online research. The project was very successful and outperformed all original estimates of the number of researchers to be trained.
TRI-ORM was made up of three strands each of which was targeted at different levels of engagement and experience.
- Face-to-face workshops for researchers with very little knowledge or experience of online research methods.
- An advanced course taught at Masters level and delivered online.
- Enhancement of an existing website providing new resources for learners and further support for tutors as well as establishing a blog and online professional networking site.
Key achievements of the project include:
- Enabling researchers from different stages of the career spectrum, a wide range of disciplinary areas and from within and outside higher education to develop their understanding of ORMs and learn from each other.
- Being delivered on time, on budget and training 232 researchers - 72 (45%) more than outlined in the original bid.
- Developing a successful way to teach research methods online that can be utilised by other teachers and trainers.
- Feedback from participants which indicated that they were using the learning from the online course in their professional practice six months after participating in a workshop.
- Statistics that indicate the sustained and international reach of the web-resources.
- The establishment of a virtual community of ORM practitioners in the UK and beyond. Invitations to the project team to contribute to journal articles, book chapters and sit on the steering group of a national online survey of researchers as a result of their involvement in the project.
Principal Investigator: Dr Clare Madge, University of Leicester
Co-Investigators: Dr Jane Wellens, University of Nottingham,
Dr Tristram Hooley, University of Derby
Dr Clare Madge,
University of Leicester
Dr Jane Wellens
Tel: 0115 84 67944