Enhancing skills of academic researchers: The development of a participatory threefold peer learning model

Sarah Barnard, Becky Mallaband, Kerstin Leder Mackley

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In this article, we introduce a threefold peer learning model developed during the design and implementation of an innovative researcher-led digital skills training programme for early career researchers. The programme brought together researchers from three UK universities and facilitated the personal and professional development of: (1) the researchers who organised the programme; (2) the researchers who designed and delivered content; (3) the researchers who attended and participated in the digital skills workshops. This article outlines and reflects on its participatory approach to collaborative learning, which responded to the changing needs of UK higher education researchers who increasingly find themselves in interdisciplinary and digitally mediated research contexts. Finally, we propose the transferability of the approach to other fields of knowledge, student/staff learning and professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number2
Early online date24 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Innovations in Education and Teaching International on 24 Aug 2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14703297.2018.1505538

Funding: This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AH/L010844/1].


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