Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Who are you at the University? (Clare McCausland)

Photo by Tseen Khoo
I enjoy recalling the blissful years of my undergraduate studies, when I went to “UNI” each day and I was a “STUDENT” (not a customer, as my pin proudly declared).

I was delighted to have a real student email address – my first email address (this was the mid-1990s!) – and login to all that new technology.

Sometime after I graduated, I got a nice office job at a university. I went to “WORK”. I was a “STAFF” member and my ID card said so. I had a nicer-looking staff email address and login.

Then I enrolled in a graduate research degree at the same institution. I was then going to UNI two days a week and WORK three days a week – catching the very same bus each day and effortlessly maintaining two email accounts for their different purposes. I never, ever checked my work email on my days off.

Then I got another job as a Research Assistant. Suddenly, I was a “RESEARCHER” – and also a “GRADUATE RESEARCHER”. I remember thinking to myself, ‘But isn’t that the same thing?’

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Dealing with your fear of speaking in public (Science Is My Favourite Colour)

Photo by David Laws | unsplash.com
When giving a talk, the worst thing a person is afraid of is making mistakes that will consequently lead to embarrassment.

Different people do have different skills on managing public audiences.

There are people who love giving talks, and those who feel that speaking in public is their worst nightmare.

However, when it comes to talking in front of an audience, everyone can experience fears.

In this post, we offer ideas that can help you make an astounding presentation!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Opening space for creative research methods (Sarah Houseman)

Figure 1: Creative exploration of NGO governance dynamics.
Photo: Houseman 2017
I am preparing for the forthcoming Creative Research Methodologies Practicum (hosted by La Trobe University), and I am excited.

There are a decent bunch of us from La Trobe, Melbourne University, the MIECAT Institute and RMIT University who are coming together to share our creative methodologies in scholarship.

I laugh to myself when someone outside Australia tweets: “Maybe something similar will be held in Europe or North America!”

It enlivened this tweeter, too. Yet such explorations are not ordinary occurrences in academia. If we consider that our methods of engagement in/with the world reflect how we make knowledge, and also what is deemed knowable, this is a worthwhile inquiry.