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Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module 2 - ‘You will participate!’

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  2. Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module 2 - ‘You will participate!’


Hello and welcome to the registration page for the Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module on participation.

The tutor running this module is Dr. Nick Mahony, an independent researcher. This module will also feature Professor John Clarke, who also has specific expertise on this topic. The module has been developed by Nick Mahony, along with Professor Gillian Rose, from the Open University and Professor Helen Lomax, from the University of Northampton.  The module manager is Sarah Frain.

What will the module cover?

Key to the appeal of image elicitation methods is the idea that these approaches can potentially support more ‘participatory’ forms of research. This module explores this idea of ‘participation’ by situating participatory image elicitation practices amongst a wider set of contemporary developments in the field of participation.

In recent years there has been a widespread ‘turn’ to participatory approaches to research. Beyond higher education, this ‘participatory turn’ has taken place across many domains, including for example in governmental practice, art and design and social movement activism.

You will not be required to have prior specialist knowledge of these domains or developments to take this module. By exploring how ‘participation’ features across a range of settings the module will introduce you to a variety of ways of understanding and analyzing this topic. By helping you situate participatory image elicitation methods in a wider set of contemporary developments and debates the aim is to open out a set of pertinent, thought-provoking and useful ways of considering how participation might feature in your own research.

At the end of the module you will have developed your knowledge and understanding of:

  • an understanding of different contemporary forms of participation and approaches to analyzing them
  • an appreciation of the diversity of contexts in which participatory research can occur, and how these contexts shape the form of participation
  • skills in online, synchronous and asynchronous, collaborative learning.

When will it run?

The module starts on Monday 27 February and closes on Friday 10 March 2017.   Please note all timings will be at UK time, and the module is delivered in English.

How many hours will it take?

The module will take approximately 13 hours of study, and will include on-line synchronous and asynchronous work as well as offline independent study.

How does online training work?

Once you've registered and the module begins, you'll be working via a website and moving through pages which will be asking you to do various tasks.  Some of these tasks will be offline, for example, reading papers that discuss the use of IEMs and preparing to discuss them.  Some will be online and can be done in your own time, for example preparing and uploading a powerpoint.  And some tasks will be online and involve interacting in real time with Gillian and the other students registered on the module; you'll have to be online at specific times for these tasks. 

The real time discussions in these modules will be delivered using Skype. As part of your registration process, you will be asked to send your Skype name to the module tutor.

What do you expect me to know about image elicitation methods already?

As this is an advanced training module, we expect you to have a basic understanding of what image elicitation methods are, and also some experience in having used them.

When do I have to register by?

The deadline for registration is 13 January 2017.  If you want to register, click the button and you'll be taken to the registration page.