Tinker Digital Champions Program

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The Digital Studio, Arts West, The University of Melbourne.
30 October – 1 November 2018

The two-day event brought together a selected group of 12 ‘Champions’ from across Australia and different HASS disciplines to participate in a train-the-trainer style workshop about digital tools and methods, research data management and digital HASS pedagogy.

Each of the Champions were successful candidates of a competitive process run by the HASS DEVL (Tinker) project team. The program was created to better support the delivery of national training as part of the HASS DEVL project. The key purpose of the Champions Program is to upskill researchers to broaden the reach, impact and sustainability of the training and skill-building outputs of the HASS DEVL across relevant communities.

Inspired by the EcoEd Champions program, which aimed to empower researchers who have teaching responsibilities to integrate digital tools into their undergraduate teaching, the Tinker HASS Digital Champions Program aims to incentivise HASS researchers to learn and teach new digital tools and methods by developing their digital skills, providing networking opportunities and enriching their career pathways.

The sessions on the first day included a series of lightning talks by the HASS Champions, a presentation and activity about research data, and expert presentations on the Tinker workbench tools for text transcription with Griffith University librarian Ben McRae and computer-assisted text analysis using Voyant Tools with Dr Tyne Daile Sumner. Day two began with an expert session on georeferencing with Dr Steve MacEachern, a group workshop on how to teach digital tools, short presentations on specific tools from the Champions and a final group session on putting together a workshop related to a specific digital research tool.

The HASS Digital Champions now have a cohort of peers they can share knowledge, networks and experiences with as they work towards implementing some of these new skills into their teaching and research practices in 2019.

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