Workshop program for higher degree research students

Contact person info
Name of contact person: 
Cassily Charles
Email of contact person:
Who are your partners?: 
Faculty staff
Library staff
Some co-facilitated workshops, e.g. with counsellor, associate dean graduate studies, experienced research supervisor, librarian
What is the rationale for this practice?: 
Perceived need by ALL staff
Perceived need by faculty staff
High demand from students
Supports university obligations/initiatives
What support exists for this practice? (Institutional or other): 
University strategic/operational plan
Departmental strategic/operational plan
What restrictions are there on this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Close to 100% online now - multiple regional campuses, no travel budget, one staff member only
If you have evaluated this practice, please select evaluation type(s): 
ALL unit administered student surveys
Usage numbers
What are the strengths of this practice?: 

Very good coverage - between half and two thirds of all research students, plus good participation by (other) staff and students - lots of repeat business - average of about 3 attendances per person. Almost all synchronous online which matches need of the institution - more than 50% of HDR students are not on campus  - and also makes it possible with a single staff member serving many distant regional & metropolitan campuses. Participation open to early career and other researchers and other students - good effect for building community. Evaluated by annual impact survey - close to 90% of participants report noticeable or very substantial impact on their work. Main focus is linguistically informed perspectives on writing higher degree research genres, registers and processes.

What are the weaknesses?: 

Little scope for face to face, due to staffing and budget constraints and wide spread of regional locations, which disproportionately disadvantages students whose first language is not English.

Some separations between programs for research students provided by different parts of the university cause some missed opportunities for more integration and collaboration.

What improvements (if any) would you like to make?: 

More inter-institution collaboration and guest workshops/presentations. Doing things online makes this practicable, easy, quick and cheap!

What approaches/theories of language and/or learning underpin this practice?: 

SFL, genre, academic literacies, social constructivist conceptions of learning

Other publications/products arising from this practice? (Not already included in previous question): 

conference presentations - QPR, AALL HDR Symposium

ALL Publication