Practicing Collaborative Research

Course Overview

The second 4-week TESS course focuses on the practical aspects of collaborative research. The course starts with an overview of the process involved in collaborative research. It then turns to the importance of the formation and characteristics of the collaborative research team. Research objectives, and how these are translated to a research plan are covered next. The course ends with tuning a plan to address desired project outcomes. Through this course, students will also develop their own research plan based on an environmental problem that is interesting to them.

Week 1: The Collaborative Research Process

Collaborative research is useful for complex problems requiring diverse knowledge and expertise. The goal of this week is to understand the process of collaborative research and identify an environmental problem that would benefit from a collaborative approach.

Week 2: Building and Working with a Collaborative Team

Collaborative research teams bring different knowledge, expertise, experience, and motivations to a project; all of these must be managed. In this week, the focus is on recognizing and incorporating different skills and knowledge in a collaborative research team.

Week 3: Planning a Collaborative Research Project

Many problems can be addressed by collaborative research: the frameworks for engagement will depend on the nature of the problem, the collaborators involved, and the outcome desired. The goal this week is to understand different frameworks for engagement, and critical components for successful collaboration.

Week 4: Critically Assess a Collaborative Project

In the final week, you will be evaluating your own collaborative research plan using a logic model, demonstrating the ability to collaboratively frame a problem and design a plan to successfully address a complex problem.