Digital Soft Skills to manage your PhD work: Science 2.0 and ePortfolio

Conducting a research thesis is a long-term undertaking for graduate students. In order to complete their research, PhD students often have to develop a bunch of informal skills on their own. Acquisition and practice of those skills can advantageously be translated into timesavings and efficiency in their everyday tasks.

The objective of this seminar is to combine theoretical and practical guidelines to help graduate students take appropriate praxis to explore digital resources, get more pertinent information, and optimize their informational awareness so as 1) to better deal with the ever-evolving Web technologies and 2) to develop their Personal Learning-Research Environment (PLE).

The seminar will mainly focus on three poles:

  1. Acquiring skills in the fields of documentary, bibliographical and scientific information search on the Web;
  2. Developing and/or improving efficiency in personal organization and collaborative work through fresh methodologies and better awareness and uses of Web 2.0;
  3.  Sensitizing and/or improving knowledge in digital copyright issues in teaching and research.

This CUSO seminar is an opportunity for each participant to share their own experiences. It will enable participants to work with the proposed methods and tools so as to better transfer them into current practices. It will further be extended in the form of an online forum inviting discussion to enforce a community of interest and contribute to a shared resource center.

The seminar is scheduled on two separate days:

  • Day 1 (September 30th , 2014): Formal presentations followed by 3 workshops
  • Day 2 (November 27th, 2014): Formal presentation followed by 3 workshops and synthesis of the seminar.



Omar Benkacem, University of Geneva

Pierre-Yves Burgi, University of Geneva

Denis Gillet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne

Dominique-Alain Jan, Teachers Training School of Canton de Vaud / The Open University (UK)

Laurent Moccozet, University of Geneva

Bineta Ndiaye, University of Geneva

Hervé Platteaux, University of Fribourg

Patrick Roth, University of Geneva

Program and activities progress

1/ Tuesday 30 september 2014

9h30 - 10h00 : Reception

10h00 - 10h15 : Welcome and introduction

10h15 -11h15 : Science 2.0. How to succeed your thesis in the era of social networks and distributed information / Denis Gillet

11h15 -12h15 : Use of ePortfolio by PhD Students / Patrick Roth & Dominique-Alain Jan

12h30 - 13h30 : Lunch

13h30 - 15h30 : Workshops

  • Use of ePortfolio / Patrick Roth & Dominique-Alain Jan
  • Organize, manage your Personal Research Environment / Denis Gillet

15h30- 15h45 : Coffee break

15h45 - 16h00: Synthesis and experience sharing of the seminar.

2/Thursday 27 november

8h30 - 8h45 : Reception

8h45 - 9h00 : Welcome and introduction

9h00 -10h00 : Digital Copyright for Education and Research (copyright as creator and consume ) /  Pierre-Yves Burgi

10h00 -10h15 : Coffee break

10h15 -11h15 : Digital Copyright for Education (Case studies) / Pierre-Yves Burgi

11h15 -12h15: Investigate your own PLE to let it evolve / Hervé Platteaux

12h15 - 13h15: Lunch

13h15 - 14h00 : Use and practice of Web 2.0 for researchers / Laurent Moccozet & Omar  Benkacem

14h00 -15h00 :Use and practice of Web 2.0 for researchers ( Workshop) / Laurent Moccozet & Omar Benkacem  

15h00 -15h15: Coffee break

15h15 - 16h00:  Synthesis and experience sharing of the seminar & MYPLE Description and presentation / Hervé Platteaux


Useful information

Audience: PhDs in all research fields

Dates: 2 days: Tuesday 30 september and Thursday 27 november , 2014

Schedule: 9:00 AM to 16:00 PM, welcome at 8:30 until 9:00 AM

Location : University of Geneva :

  • Tuesday September 30th 2014 Room : 3389
  • Thursday November 27th 2014 Room : 3020

Take tram 15 at the central railway station and get off at “Uni-Mail”

Content and resources of the two day seminar are partially based on the DICE and PLE projects, developed within the AAA-SWITCH program and financed by Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) under the federal program of education, research and innovation 2008-2011.

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