How is the Covid 19 Pandemic influencing doctoral education and academic careers?

This Online Event is organized by the Researcher Education and Careers Special Interest Group  as Part of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). The Group was launched in response to the need for a European forum for researchers who are studying Researcher Development. The theme of the seminar is the Impact of the of the Pandemic on Researcher Experience. The aim is to explore this topic together with you through the perspectives of how the pandemic has influenced and is influencing researcher activity and what kind of affective impact it has had on researchers’ emotions, motives and interest, and wellbeing.

The event starts on January 14 and continues on January 22.

Please read careful how to prepare for this event.

The following Tracks and workshop are planned:

Track 1. Empirical data explaining Covid-19 impact on researcher activity and development

Lead by: Inge van der Weijden,Irina Lokhtina & Montserrat Castelló

More than ever, researchers are called to solve the societal challenges posed by the pandemic in all disciplines and research areas. Therefore, it is crucial to know what kind of research doctorate holders at different stages of their careers are doing, where this research is located, how the pandemic impacted their research activity and lives and how researchers are coping with the challenge. Several initiatives have been developed to address these challenges. In this session, we will explore, collect and analyse those initiatives to synthetise what we can learn from them. We will provide empirical evidence regarding the Covid-19 impact on scientific activity, education and communication, and policy recommendations for the development of a researcher profile capable of managing future outbreaks or other similar scientifically challenging situations.

Track 2. Remote supervision: experiences, challenges and affordances

Lead by: Gina Wisker

The sessions and beyond are based in reading, experience, research. They involve us in development activities which aim to engage us all in considering how supervision has developed now that it is mostly remote/at a distance, from the points of view of supervisor and of candidates, considering what the challenges are, and what are the affordances and effective practices which are adapted from previously successful good practice, or developed now in the new circumstances. You will be expected to read and think in advance, share your reading, ideas, experiences, issues in the sessions, co-build the work and possible outcomes/ products so we all contribute and own what we produce and share with others.

Track 3. How can the research on face-face communication help us refine our online conversations? A collective search and share

Lead by: Lynn McAlpine

Over the past 8 months, we have all accumulated a lot of personal experience of being online so have a sense of how it is different from face-face interaction. I realized recently that I hadn’t explored how the studies on effective face-face communication might help me modify the way I engage online. When I looked, I found some results that I could turn into online strategies. If you too are intrigued by what there is to learn and implement from this literature, please prepare for this session by finding one study that suggests a specific online strategy you can implement. During the session, we will collect these ideas and each have a richer set of strategies to take away.

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Jan 14 2021


11:00 AM - 6:15 PM



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