Enhancing eResearch and PLEDs at KU

The morning of the third day of our study visit at KU was dedicated to share the incipient and recent experiences that different Catalan researchers have with eResearch and Personal Learning Environments. Ismael Peña-López, lecturer at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university explained, using his personal experience as example, how he improved his visibility of his research and build a specialized network through the use of social media and other web 2.0 tools.

Ismael Peña networking during the coffee break

Ismael Peña networking during the coffee break

Taking notes on conferences directly on a publicly accessible blog allows you to extend the discussions beyond the conference itself. Uploading your presentations on sites like Slideshare, for instance, gives access to a larger public to these contents, and facilitates the building of networks around this presentation. Ismael is convinced that you have to speak out, telling the people what you are working on and that the more you give and share, the more you will get back. Through the fact of sharing your research throughout the whole research process – from having an idea over reading to publishing a research paper – you can benefit from the work others do.

Regarding e-supervision, the simple fact of sharing, for example, what you are reading on your personal blog on through other web tools, can reduce office hours with your students as you can send them directly to this list.

A large number of masters and PhD students as well as supervirsors from KU followed the presentations with big interest, raising many questions, especially about the frontier between formal and informal research as well as where to start from.

Image of Group of the audience at the presentation

Group photo of the audience at the presentation