Teaching Research Methods in the Era of Covid-19: 3. An experiential approach - Online

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Organised by

NCRM, University of Southampton


Professor Melanie Nind, Ms Debbie Collins and Dr Sarah Lewthwaite


13/07/2021 - 20/07/2021


Online run by University of Southampton


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Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Co-Ordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton
Email: jmh6@soton.ac.uk


This course is part of the NCRM Train the Trainer series in which the Centre supports teachers and trainers of research methods with their teaching. The course is designed to support their practical application of pedagogic theory and evidence for the benefit of learners.

Experiential learning is valued in research methods education, particularly in qualitative methods where an authentic experience generating/analysing data is often regarded as critical. Trainers in social research methods regularly incorporate inquiry-based projects, learning in the field, or otherwise embodied learning experiences. An experiential learning approach includes memorable and meaningful engagement with methods and data in which learners build knowledge actively and collaboratively. Experiential learning practices are theoretically influenced by cognitivism (avoiding cognitive overload), social constructivism, social and situated learning, and humanism. The course will provide participants with theoretical insights, pedagogic concepts and research evidence to work with in enhancing experiential learning in their own courses. In particular it will address the challenge of embedding experiential learning in online learning contexts.

The course covers:

  • Why learning through doing is popular as an approach in research methods education and training
  • How adopting an active approach translates into teaching strategies, tactics and tasks
  • What this approach means for how learning is structured
  • Active learning in online (synchronous and asynchronous) contexts
  • The impact of Covid-19 the methods we teach and the way active learning of those methods remains possible

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have critically reflected on their personal teaching approach
  • Appreciate the core tenets of an experiential learning approach
  • Have knowledge of the ways in which an experiential learning approach is compatible with student-centred, reflective and active learning
  • Have examined how the strategies, tactics and tasks they adopt in research methods teaching might be enhanced
  • Shared learning with peers about how experiential learning can be maintained in light of the Covid-19 context.

Participants are expected to be teaching research methods already and have an interest in enhancing experiential learning dimensions of their pedagogy amidst current Covid-19 related challenges. They might be providing short courses for NCRM or other organizations or working in higher education, including towards HEA fellow status.  Participants should bring experience of teaching social research methods. This can be qualitative, quantitative, mixed or other methods and can include teaching in person or online. Reading material will be provided in the asynchronous parts of the course. Course materials will be on the NCRM Moodle platform.


Programme TBC

  1. Asynchronous preparation (including choice of pre-reading, sharing information about your teaching with the group, reflection exercise)
  2. Synchronous - First half-day together (including getting to know the group, group work on our pedagogic values, priorities and routines, individual tasks, discussion and lecture on the typological framework of approach, strategy, tactics and tasks)
  3. Mid-course asynchronous activity during the week (including applying the typological framework to our individual contexts and an additional reading)
  4. Synchronous-Second half-day together a week later (including discussion of the pros and cons of using the typology, moving between in person and online teaching, lecture on embedding an learning approach in online teaching, and group work on the challenges and possible solutions)
  5. Asynchronous long-term project (option to join the NCRM pedagogic network and develop a close-to-practice/ action research project to enhance your practice culminating in producing a one slide 3-minute thesis style video of what you did and found and posting it online as a resource for your peers)
  6. Final synchronous event (when we can meet again in person, to share the learning from the close-to-practice projects and engage further with pedagogic research)






Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day – for students registered at UK/EU University. • £60 per day – for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day – for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

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Teaching and Supervising Research Methods, Blended learning, Training research methods teachers, Research Methods Education , Pedagogy , Experiential Learning , Online Teaching

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