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<h3>Course outline: Scientific collaboration in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science</h3> <p><strong>Course Description</strong> This course puts into practice recent research on effective team science, teaching skills to optimize collaboration, including: cross-discipline communication, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, team workflow, digital collaboration, authorships and IP, and working group organization. Particular attention will be paid to participant diversity and acknowledging power imbalances, negotiating roles, and cross-cultural communication.</p> <p><strong>Meeting Times:</strong> <br> 9:00-10:30am PST (11:00am-12:30pm CST, noon-1:30pm EST)<br> Week 1: Tues Nov 2, Thurs Nov 4<br> Break for Remembrance Day/ Fall break<br> Week 2: Tues Nov 17, Thurs Nov 19<br> Week 3: Tues Nov 24, Thurs Nov 26<br> Week 4: Tues Dec 1, Thurs Dec 3 </p> <p><strong>Instructors:</strong><br> Kerri Finlay<br> Associate Professor<br> Department of Biology, University of Regina<br> Email: kerri.finlay@uregina.ca</p> <p>Eric Harvey<br> Assistant Professor<br> Département de Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal<br> Email: eric.harvey@umontreal.ca </p> <p><strong>Online Resources:</strong><br> All materials for this course will be available through the OSF site for the Living Data Project <a href="https://osf.io/ghwua/" rel="nofollow">https://osf.io/ghwua/</a>. Here you can find pre-read materials, additional resources, and details on how to coordinate and communicate with your groups. </p> <p><strong>Assessment:</strong><br> Students will be assigned to groups with members from across all participating universities, and assigned the task to develop and submit a full CIEE working group proposal (<a href="http://www.ciee-icee.ca/uploads/1/1/7/7/117709268/ciee_2019_call_for_proposals.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.ciee-icee.ca/uploads/1/1/7/7/117709268/ciee_2019_call_for_proposals.pdf</a>). This assignment will require the application of lessons learned throughout the CREATE courses - if you have not taken all four courses, contribute based on your strengths! One grade will be awarded to the entire group.</p> <p>Individual students will additionally submit a personal reflection on the process of developing the working group proposal. In this, students will address what worked, and what didn’t work in their collaborative effort, how they felt their personal strengths and weaknesses contributed to the final product, and what they would do differently when participating in the next iteration of collaborative science. </p> <p>CIEE working group proposal 75%<br> Personal reflection on group proposal 25%</p> <p><strong>Workload for Living Data Project 1-credit modules</strong> In general, students in each module should anticipate approximately 30-45 work hours, in line with the normal expectations for one credit of coursework. This will comprise the following activities: 12 hours formal instruction in a class setting 4 hours of individual/small group menotoring, 5 hours of preparatory reading approximately 15 hours on required assignments. These are completed progressively as the course proceeds to allow instructor feedback on drafts, with a final version of major projects due within a week of course completion</p> <p><strong>Logistics</strong></p> <p>For help on course material, students are encouraged to contact the instructional team member assigned to their group (but if they are not available, feel free to talk with other members of the team): </p> <ul> <li>Ellen Bledsoe (ellen [dot] bledsoe [at] weecology [dot] org)</li> <li>Joey Burant (jburant[at] uoguelph [dot] ca) </li> <li>Mauro Sugawara (sugawara [at] zoology [dot] ubc [dot] ca))</li> <li>Bruno Carturan (bruno [dot] carturan [at] ubc [dot] ca)</li> </ul> <p>Participation in this course requires adherence to the Living Data Project <a href="https://osf.io/u2abx/wiki/home/" rel="nofollow">Code of Conduct</a></p> <p>We have set-up a <strong>course chat forum</strong> and an <strong>assignment submission portal</strong> on OSF. This is the preferred platform, but the instructional team can also accommodate students who prefer not to use OSF. Instructions on how to set-up and use OSF for these purposes is found <a href="https://osf.io/ghwua/wiki/Instructions%20for%20Students/" rel="nofollow">here</a> and we are happy to help you with any questions. </p> <p><strong>International students at UBC</strong> are directed to read <a href="https://osf.io/k4x2f/wiki/home/" rel="nofollow">this</a> statement</p> <p><strong>Meeting Topics:</strong> </p> <p>Week 1 - Why not just do it yourself ? In this first meeting we will ask the question of why we should collaborate. What are the pros and cons of academic collaboration, are there times when we should be working alone? We will do a little historical overview of different successful collaborative models that emerged over the past 2 decades and reflect on their main contributions and whether we can extract any generalities among them. </p> <p>Week 2 - Working group organization For the second week we will dive deeper into the different steps involved in organizing and managing a working group. We will address issues related to discussion moderation, skills development, emotional quotient, maintaining momentum and conflict resolution.</p> <p>Week 3 - Diversity, inequality and power imbalance Being part of a working group is often a tremendous career opportunity, thus we need to ensure equality of chances and not base participation uniquely on association to the right people. We will reflect on those issues as well as on proposing tools to solve them. </p> <p>Week 4 - Working groups in practice By week 4 you will have your groups assembled, and ideas generated for your working group proposal. During this week, you will spend your time with your groups applying what you’ve learned to date, and finalizing your working group proposal. Post-doc assistants and instructors will be on hand to work with groups to fine-tune the details for the final submission.</p>
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