Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The fourth #LTUacwrimo is done!

Our first all-campus 'Shut up and write' session!
Photo by Tseen Khoo
What a November that was!

You may have seen us spruiking our listing of possibilities and opportunities for researchers and their writing during November.

The RED team put this fabulous program together for La Trobe's Academic Writing Month (#LTUacwrimo).

How did it actually go in the ground? Well, I'm glad you asked!

If you missed the action, here's what went down:
  • The month had two #LTUacwrimo tweetchats that top and tailed activities, and they are Storify'd so that you can benefit from the wisdom of your peers: Opening chat / Closing chat. The chats are full of tips and strategies on how to prepare and clear time for Academic Writing Month, realistic goal-setting, the necessity of self-care in the midst of intensive writing, and much more. Many thanks to all the lovely tweetchatters, whose insights now live on!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The power of social media to improve knowledge translation and research accessibility #LTUacwrimo (Dr Christian Barton, SEMRC)

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Researchers who seek to deliver accessible writing and research must embrace social and multimedia innovations. The consumer demands it. There will be no ‘one size fits all’, with resource needs likely to vary depending on the individual, type of knowledge, and the context it is to be consumed. New innovations to facilitate knowledge translation are also inevitable. Academic journal publishers must watch for their emergence and embrace them. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Making research accessible: Is academic journal writing the way forward? (Dr Christian Barton, SEMRC) #LTUacwrimo

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On March 6 1665, in the first academic journal ever published, Henry Oldenburg wrote that academic journals were established so that researchers could "impart their knowledge to one another, and contribute what they can to the Grand design of improving natural knowledge, and perfecting all Philosophical Arts, and Sciences."

An enormous profitable industry has grown on the back of Henry Oldenburg and his colleague’s innovation in the past 350 years. As a result, researchers continue to be ineffective at translating knowledge based on their evidence because this profitable model is not effective. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Writing groups and the art of the Pomodoro #LTUacwrimo (Priscilla Ennals, Carmel Hobbs and Ingrid Wilson)

Writing in progress!
Photo by Carmel Hobbs, Priscilla Ennals and Ingrid Wilson.
Academic writing and doing a PhD can often feel like a hard and solitary experience, but it doesn't have to.

As part of La Trobe's 2016 Academic Writing Month, this week's post is by Priscilla Ennals, Carmel Hobbs, and Ingrid Wilson, who share their experiences of being part of writing group, and the techniques that got them through the PhD process together.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Writing a publishable literature review - #LTUacwrimo (Erika Duan, LIMS)

Doodle of the academic writing and submission process (Erika Duan)
Writing and publishing a literature review often seems like the work of established researchers who are leaders in their field, yet this is not always the case.

In this week's blog, Erika Duan from LIMS advocates for PhD students and early career researchers to seek review writing opportunities.

This piece is featured as part of La Trobe's Academic Writing Month, and we'll be featuring articles on the processes and experiences of writing and publishing.

Remember to check out the other activities we have organised, and follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #LTUacwrimo!

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

#LTUacwrimo photo competition - "Reflect"

Photo by Allef Vinicius  |  unsplash.com
La Trobe's 2016 Academic Writing Month is officially here! For the full program and registration details, visit this year's introductory post. 

For 2016, the RED team is again running an #LTUawrimo photo competition. This year's theme is "Reflect".

The theme can mean different things, and we hope you'll translate it creatively and insightfully! Will the image reflect how you think through your writing, envision your research self, or visualise your project workload for that day? Is it an aspect of your research that is reflected or bounced back? Can you capture the understanding or progress you might gain from reflection?

This competition, with a fabulous book voucher prize, is open to all La Trobe University researchers (graduate researchers and staff) who have signed up for the #LTUacwrimo challenge.

To enter, take a photo that aligns with the theme, and submit it via Twitter (full guidelines below). 

It's as simple as that!

The photo competition's judging criteria are:
  • the quality, composition, and aesthetics of the photo; and 
  • the photo's interpretation of the chosen theme 
The fresher your interpretation of the theme, the better!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

2016 #LTUacwrimo tweetchats - are you in?

Graphic conversation | Photo by Marc Wathieu
Shared via  CC BY-NC 2.0.
As has become the tradition, 2016's #LTUacwrimo will feature two tweetchats to top and tail La Trobe's Academic Writing Month

The first is on FRIDAY 4 Nov, 10-11am. >> REGISTER HERE

Join this first tweetchat to share tips and strategies for finding time to write, writing schedules, what to do about writer's block, and much more! It's the perfect opportunity to meet other participants involved in the #LTUacwrimo challenge!

The second is on WEDNESDAY 30 Nov, 10-11am. >> REGISTER HERE

The final tweetchat gives you the chance to share and celebrate about how you went during the challenge. What have you learned? What were the successes you had, and obstacles you encountered? It will also feature the announcement of the #LTUacwrimo photo competition winner!

If you've done tweetchats before: Drop the 2 tweetchat dates/times in your diary and we'll see you then! We'll be using the #LTUacwrimo hashtag.

If you haven't participated in a tweetchat before: Read on! Don't worry - it's easy!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Interview with Dr Martina Boese (Department of Social Inquiry)

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This week's interview with Dr Martina Boese shows how research opportunities can have surprising outcomes, and demonstrates how essential strong collaborative networks are for a successful research career.

Martina is a Lecturer in Sociology, and her research interests in migration and employment have been shaped not only by her own experiences growing up in Austria, but also through working across disciplines with researchers in other fields, and by building up diverse networks with community organisations and government departments.

In her academic career thus far, which spans Austria, the UK, and Australia, she has had very fruitful collaborative relationships, and has great advice to share about them!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fieldwork interviews, children and other impossibilities (Miranda Francis)

John Tenniel, via Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
In Through the Looking Glass, the White Queen tells Alice, in her youth, she could believe ‘as many as six impossible things before breakfast’.

As a parent, PhD student and worker, I’m sure that I am not alone in sometimes feeling as though I have achieved many more than six impossible things before breakfast!

Research is difficult and fitting fieldwork into a busy life is particularly challenging as it requires conforming to external timetables.

My fieldwork involves long and often emotional interviews with women in their homes. It all takes time: setting up the interviews, finding my way to unknown places, clearing a whole day in my diary and my mind for an interview. On interview days, when I eventually get the children to school and childcare, I relate more to Alice than the White Queen: ‘I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then’.

Yet, I have learnt that parenting and fieldwork can coexist - most days.

So, with apologies to Lewis Carroll, here are six things that have made my PhD fieldwork a little less impossible:

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Academic Writing Month? What's Academic Writing Month?

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November is Academic Writing Month (#acwrimo) all over the world!

At La Trobe, we have our own version of it, known on all our social channels as #LTUacwrimo.

For the whole of November, we'll be focused on academic writing of all kinds, and keen to encourage your writing productivity, development, and progress.

The La Trobe program is based on the month-long, amazing, global AcWriMo activity that's taken place since 2011. The concept was created by Charlotte Frost, founder of @PhD2published.

2015 was a great year for #LTUacwrimo, and we had a great crew of participants who found the month energising, rewarding on a collegial and social level, and - most of all - productive!

So, what's in store for 2016, our fourth #LTUacwrimo?

It'll see the return of the fabulous 3-day RED researcher writing retreat - this will take place at the end of the month (21-23 Nov - save those dates now!). There's also the ever-popular 'Turbocharge your writing' sessions by Thinkwell, 'How to edit your thesis' by Magic Typewriter's professional editor Dr Andrew Macrae, our #LTUacwrimo photo competition, and a whole-of-campus 'Shut up and write' session.

It'll all take off in the first week of November with the first tweetchat, dedicated academic writing (#acwri) posts at the RED Alert blog, 'Shut up and write' sessions across our campuses, and fabulous competition launches.

The 2016 #LTUacwrimo program is now up!

If you’ve taken part in Academic Writing Month before, you know the drill:
  • Get your reading done now, stock up on your favourite productivity incentives, and clear your diary as much as you can! November is for writing, writing, and more writing!
If you’re new to Academic Writing Month, here’s the deal: