Wikipedia Lounge – Monday 24 October

John Rylands University Library is hosting a ‘Wikipedia Lounge’ on Monday 24 October, 10.00am – 6.00pm, in the Seminar Room of the Main Library, Burlington Street.

This is a drop-in event where experienced Wikipedians will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The event is open to all members of the University and is free to attend. You are welcome to attend. Please also promote to our students and academic colleagues.

Students
Looking for help with online research? Want to learn how to use Wikipedia as an academic resource? Found a mistake but don’t know how to fix it? Then the Wikipedia lounge is for you! We have experienced Wikipedians available all day on the 24th October to answer your questions and assist you with your needs. So pop along or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Curators
Found a mistake on Wikipedia? Want to fix it but don’t know how? Frustrated with the lack of coverage in your field? Well come along to the Wikipedia Lounge on the 24th October and learn how to solve your Wikipedia problems. Experienced Wikipedians will be on hand to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Come along on the day or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Academics
Want to learn how Wikipedia is relevant to your field? Found a mistake and want to know how to fix it? Want to learn more about how Wikipedia can be used in academia? Well come along to the Wikipedia Lounge on the 24th October and find the answers to all of your questions! Experienced Wikipedians will be on hand all day to assist, so pop along or book your slot at http://manclounge.eventbrite.com.

Invite to upcoming workshops – enhancing the student experience and participatory data gathering with Ketso

The Beacons for Public Engagement and Methods@manchester are hosting a series of free events in Cardiff, Norwich and Manchester.

Please see details below:

Enhancing the student experience – a cross-university dialogue
Monday 17 October (morning only), 2011, University of Cardiff

Participatory approaches to data gathering
Monday 17 October, 2011 (all day), University of Cardiff

Creative engagement with groups – Planning a Workshop and Introduction to Ketso
Monday 7 November, 2011, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Hands-on approaches to data gathering – an introduction to Ketso
Nov. 16, 2011, University of Manchester

If you want to know more or to register, please go to:
http://www.ketso.com/news-events/upcoming-events

If you can’t make any of these events, you may wish to have a look at our range of free videos at:
http://www.ketso.com/trainingvideos

Upcoming NVivo 9 training event – Limited number of places available

NVivo 9 training event

3-4 October 11

No 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP

Course Overview
This two-day workshop will provide you with a thorough introduction of the main features of NVivo 9 using a sample data. You will learn how to: efficiently and effectively manage, code and analyse structured, semi-structured, unstructured interview data including multimedia data sources, Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, IBM SPSS statistics and Endnote.

You will structure your thematic node system, supported by your chosen methodology; setup demographic attributes about the respondents to assist profiling themes; use queries to seek answers to research questions as well as formulate new questions and explore new ideas. You will use the modeling facility to capture the big picture of your project or display different views or show relationships. You will export models to use in PowerPoint presentations.  You will explore the graphing facility to visualize two or three dimensional charts of results. You will also use the new ‘connection maps’ to easily explore connections between project items.

You will be shown how to use NVivo 9’s new ‘extract’ feature to extract and export specific reports or results into other applications.  You will be shown how to setup a team project involving many researchers in different geographical locations.

Who is the Course Aimed At?
This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as those who have used previous versions of the software: NVivo 8, NVivo 7, N6, and NVivo 2.

You are encouraged to bring your own data, if you have any, at least a transcript of one interview in Word format. We will provide data if you have no data. We provide laptops for all participants so you need not bring your own, however if you prefer to work on your own laptop, then you are welcome to bring your own with NVivo pre-installed. If you have not yet acquired your own NVivo 9 license, you could download a FREE 30day trial copy from http://www.qsrinternational.com/#tab_you.

Each participant is given a tutor time to receive feedback on their node structure, coding, attributes and queries.  Other areas will be directed by the needs of participants. The maximum class size is 9.

Cost
The two days course cost for academic delegate is £323.26 and £371.75 for commercial delegate. Participants receive a comprehensive training guide, after training support, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the 2 days.

Recognition for Learning
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Booking
Request booking by sending email to training@datasolutionservices.co.uk or download booking form from the website http://www.datasolutionservices.co.uk/uploads/files/booking_request_for_nvivo_public_event.doc

NEW course! Communicate with Confidence – 09.09.2011

When: Friday 9 September 2011 at 2pm-5pm
Where: G306A/B, Jean McFarlane Building

How can you make more of an impact at interviews, meetings and one to ones? During this course you’ll learn what makes personal communication memorable, and how to apply these principles to engage people and hold attention.

This course equips you with practical techniques for enhancing your personal impact. VOX Coaching will help you achieve more, by developing your confidence, clarity and influence – while always remaining true
to yourself.

This practical and enabling course looks at:
• Speaking about what you do in formal and informal situations
• Reading others’ behaviours
• Understanding body language, vocal tone and other signals
• Communicating assertively under pressure
• Developing confidence
• Contributing to meetings
• Presence at interviews
• Influencing others
• Recognising and expanding your communication style
• Personae: vulnerability, openness, curiosity and disclosure
• Developing confidence

Facilitator: VOX Coaching

To book  a place on this course:

Research Staff visit: http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/TRAININGTEAM/Book.aspx?CourseInstance=472

Postgraduate Research Students visit: https://www.eprog.manchester.ac.uk/skillstraining/profile.aspx?unitid=2900&parentId=4

 

Vitae National GRADschools – places available

GRADschools are designed to help you reflect upon and develop the skills you have as a postgraduate researcher. The course will encourage you to consider how you can apply your skills now and in the future and aim to help you gain honest insights into a range of career pathways and approaches.
Vitae GRADschools are designed to take an ‘experiential’ or ‘learning by doing’ approach. Whilst there is some element of presentations and information giving, for the most part, you will be actively participating in the sessions and activities.

This interactive residential event will enable you to:

  • meet a whole host of postgraduate researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and ages
  • work with a range of experienced, inspirational people from all over the country, or sometimes further afield, who are willing to openly share their career experiences
  • take a few days out from your research both physically and mentally, and have some space in which to consider yourself and your next steps
  • assess your career and professional progress with the use of different tools, including the new Researcher Development Framework.

Course dates:

  • 14-17 June 2011, Bournemouth
  • 11-14 October 2011, Windermere

Places are limited so book now! http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/15749/National-GRADschools-2011.html

Information literacy course for researchers – 23 March

When: Wednesday 23 March at 09:30-12:30
Where: John Rylands University Library, Manchester
How to book: Please click on the following link http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/courses/course/?id=317

Information literacy is a key factor in the development of your skills as a researcher. The national Researcher Development Framework (RDF) makes extensive reference to the handling of research information and highlights the skills exhibited by researchers who are effective in this area. This framework, endorsed by Research Councils UK and many other professional bodies, describes the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of successful researchers and encourages you to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

This highly interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the RDF and how you might use the framework to:
– identify your strengths in information management
– identify areas for future development of your information literacy
– provide a language to evidence your information literacy skills to current and future employers
– prepare for one-on-one reviews with your supervisor or principal investigator about your development as a researcher

Comments from researchers who have used the RDF include:
“I’ve always thought of myself as being quite ambitious, driven and focussed on what I want, but the framework made me realise I can have a much larger visions than I currently have.”

The RDF “…identified areas for me that I needed to hone and really made me think about my career development.  I’ve highlighted things now that I know I need to do. ”

“It was very good for me to reflect.  I realised that nothing is stopping me but myself.  The sky is the limit.”

Working to the strengths of your personality (17 Feb) – Places Available!

When: Thursday 17 February 2011 at 9.30am-5pm
Where: Room 3.9, Roscoe Building
How to book: Please click on the following link to the MHS Training Team website http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/TRAININGTEAM/Book.aspx?CourseInstance=401

Summary of course content
This session will provide an insight into your personality type using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and how this affects your approach to dealing with different people, situations and issues. By considering your personal preferences and understanding how others are different you will gain an insight into working most effectively with a range of people and situations.

Facilitators
Skyward Coaching and Development Ltd