A holistic approach to academic competences: Creating an immersive learning experience

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Academic competencies are one of the cornerstones of any academic program. Courses in Research Methodologies provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to read, reflect and discuss existing literature as well as design, execute and share their own research. Despite their importance, these courses do not always resonate with students' interests, motivations, and incentives. Moreover, traditionally these courses focus on specific aspects that are required in developing and conducting research, such as evaluating literature, developing theoretical frameworks or academic writing. The course Academic Competencies for Information Management at Tilburg University has been redesigned to provide a more holistic approach. The course is setup to not only recent relevant knowledge and skills about research methodology itself, but also highlight other key aspects in conducting academic research today. The results of this approach have led to a higher engagement of students and a better grasp of the competences required to conduct academic research. Through the course and assignments, students were able to clearly identify personal shortcomings to these competences and formulate an approach to acquire these competences in their further study. Finally, the course provided students with a platform to take ownership and responsibility of their own research, as they shared their research with researchers from within and partners from outside the university.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards 2020
Subtitle of host publicationAn Anthology of Case Histories
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


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