Panel Paper: Evidence-Based Research Methods Blended Learning Mid-Career Professional Programme

Thursday, July 13, 2017 : 2:20 PM
Harmony (Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Shivani Achrekar, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University
The Evidence-Based Research Methods programme (EPRM) is a blended learning programme for mid-career professionals with a Master degree. EPRM has been designed with working professionals in mind. By offering a blended course, with online and face-to-face (FTF) modules, the course allows participants to update their research skills with minimal obstruction to existing commitments. The programme is designed for professionals who aim to increase their research skills, but are unable to leave their job for longer periods. The programme assumes participants will be able to spend a significant amount of time on the courses, yet does not expect the participants to stop with their work but rather to combine the training with the job. EPRM targets researchers from academic institutions or policy makers in developing or developed countries seeking to strengthen their research competencies and outputs. This programme can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries and think tanks.

The case presentation summarises the results of the first four rounds of programme implementation, and builds its findings on the learning analytics taken from the online platform (blackboard). With global diversity, gender diversity and discipline diversity among participants,  we can present patterns of learning and interaction.