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Facilitating sustainable, long-term enhancement of learning and teaching in WA universities.

Framework for explicit and coherent Research Skill Development (RSD)

An OLT Senior Teaching Fellowship

In this workshop participants will produce a version of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework that suits their own context. The idea comes from academics, tutors and librarians who have collaborated and adapted the six facets of the RSD to suit a range of contexts and in ways we didn’t expect. The RSD framework was developed during an OLT National Teaching Fellowship by Dr John Willison, University of Adelaide.

This workshop is for staff wishing to develop the following learning and teaching practices in their units:

  • Enabling graduates to have developed deep understandings of subject matter and a research or problem solving mindset.
  • Foreground critical thinking and use technology to support its development, not have technology drive the agenda.
  • Help students to connect together the skills associated with problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and researching in ways that enable these skills to mutually reinforce across multiple semesters of a degree.

Multiple uses of the RSD facets with context-appropriate terminology provides various opportunities for these facets to become student thinking routines that develop researching, critical thinking and problem solving mindsets by graduation. This workshop provides you with collaborative time to learn about others’ models and adapt these so that you can mold your course or learning context:

  • learning sessions in lecture theatres, tutorials, labs, library, field, & online
  • formative and summative assessment for feedback within & between subjects
  • individual subjects or across degrees, face to face, fully online & blended
  • undergraduate, coursework Masters, research degrees & foundations.

Facilitator: Dr John Willison, University of Adelaide, OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow. 

Part A: 10.30-12.30. Learn about or retune your understanding of the six facets of thinking in the RSD and collaboratively adapt these to your teaching context.

Lunch: 12.30- 1.00pm

Part B: 1.30- 3.30. Use your adapted version of RSD to plan specific learning and assessment activities.


You may register for the whole day, or just Part A or B.

Please email Denyse MacNish, Murdoch University, mailto:[email protected]

Arrive 10.00am for registration and coffee. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is supported by the Department of Education and Training, Australian Government.