Improving supervisory skills

This week Dr John Dallat, the Head of Learning and Teaching at DKIT facilitated a workshop on “Supervising Students at Master’s Level”. The workshop explored common issues that arise when supervising students. We discussed ‘what good research is’, ‘what makes an appropriate literature review’ and ‘30 common weakness found in research theses’. I found the workshop beneficial in thinking about the support we provide to students during the 2nd year of the MSc in Applied eLearning. Traditionally supervisor-student time is one-to-one, but increasingly the same issues arise with many students, so we are going to try one of John’s suggestions for group supervisory sessions with ‘sets’ of students. This should also keep up the peer-learning and communication among the students about their projects on the MSc. His 30 common weaknesses discussion investigated faults that regularly occur in areas of the introduction, main body and conclusion. To help potential pitfalls we should encourage: Simple and clear language to express the intention of the thesis, explanation of how theses or project is structured. Clear connections between sections of a thesis/project write –up. Critically analysing literature (not describing), use of up-to-date resources. Clear explanation of a methodology used. In the conclusion the research needs to be restated, limitations of the research stated (time due to deadline of the project seem obvious) , needs for recommendations. These are just some of the workshop recommendations, and Roisin and I will be embedding these into our sessions with the 2nd year students of the MSC

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About Muireann O'Keeffe

I am an educational developer currently working at DCU. I have a passion for researching and evaluating technology that can support and enhance learning. In the past I have taught on Masters programmes (Msc Applied elearning & Postgraduate Diploma in Third level Learning and Teaching) as well as Leadership development programmes.
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