Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow: Meet the Panel

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Register now for a MethodSpace Live webinar: Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow.
Date: September 12
Time: Find the time in your zone here.

At an excellent conference hosted by The Qualitative Report, I attended a session led by group of lively, creative, collaborative students. I needed to meet the instructor who was able to energize these students about learning research methods. That is how I became acquainted with Dr. Trena Paulus. I was delighted when she agreed to share some of her instructional genius in the Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow webinar.

Over the years I have collaborated with a fascinating organization based at the University of Cape Town, e/merge Africa. I’ve had the chance to present and participate in their online conferences, which include faculty members and doctoral students from across the continent and across the globe. I’ve been impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of the presentations and workshops. I’ve also been impressed by professional development opportunities e/merge Africa offers on topics related to instruction, facilitation, and research. Through these activities I met Dr. Nicola Pallitt and Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla. I am thrilled to have both of them on our panel. Dr. Pallitt will share her insights into research supervision. Dr. Barlow-Zambodla will discuss her work to develop the skills of academic and professional social researchers, including her work in the environmental field.

Thanks to the miracle of web conferencing technology, we can bring together these experienced educators. Register now for the webinar, and be a part of this global event!

Panelist Bios

Dr. Trena Paulus 
Trena M. Paulus is currently a Professor in the Research Division of the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. She was a Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Georgia from 2014-2019 and an Assistant and Associate Professor of instructional design and qualitative research at the University of Tennessee from 2003-2011.

Trena is the co-author of Looking for Insight, Transformation and Learning in Online Talk (Routledge, 2019) and Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (SAGE, 2014), with a new edition on the way. She is also a recognized expert in on using ATLAS.ti for qualitative data analysis. 

Trena’s research and consulting interests include the use of digital tools for qualitative research, computer-mediated communication and social media, language-based analysis methods ( including conversation, discourse, and narrative analysis) and online/blended learning environments.

Dr. Paulus holds a Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University and an M.A. in applied linguistics from Ohio University.  Her areas of research include the impact of new technologies on qualitative inquiry and the adaption and development of language-based methods for investigating online conversations.

Dr. Nicola Pallitt
Dr. Pallitt is the Academic Staff Development Practitioner: Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Specialist, CHERTL, Rhodes University.
Nicola coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit at Rhodes and offers professional development opportunities for academics to use technologies effectively in their roles as educators and researchers. She supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches courses in higher education.

Broadly, her research interests pertain to expanding critical perspectives on educational technologies in higher education. In particular, Nicola’s research focuses on online facilitation and networking, learning design, online professional development, teaching portfolios, student video projects, networked scholarship and digital storytelling. Her curiosity driven research area related to her Ph.D .research is digital games and she is one of the few Game Studies scholars in Africa.

Nicola is also a visiting lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town and co-convenes the fully online course, Facilitating Online, as part of e/merge Africa’s online offerings. Facilitating Online attracts lecturers and e-learning professionals from across the African continent and is facilitated by a diverse group from across the continent. Nicola regularly represents the network at national and international conferences and events. Nicola has a strong interest in promoting inclusivity, diversity and recognising marginalised voices in the the Educational Technology field.

Dr. Pallitt received a Ph.D. in Media Studies (2013) and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies (2014) from the University of Cape Town. 

Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla
Alice comes from a multi-disciplinary background and has more than 24 years of research and lecturing experience in Higher Education (Agriculture, Biology, Botany, Science Education with a focus on eLearning) and more recently 12 years of Research and Development experience in the Non-profit sector (project management, academic programme development and implementation).

She works with Conservation South Africa (CSA) as Landscape Director in the uMzimvubu River Catchment situated in the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot. Conservation South Africa, a local affiliate of Conservation International, is committed to helping rural communities adopt a more sustainable approach to development. Her role involves strategic planning and multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement, as well as management and oversight of CSA staff implementing community interventions.

Alice also works part-time as Research Support Convenor and Network Development Consultant for the e/merge Africa Network which is involved in the professional development of African educational technologists in Higher Education. One of her roles involves leading the pilot implementation of an international collaborative research support initiative that targets emerging researchers associated with AECT and e/merge Africa networks.

Dr. Barlow-Zambodla has a Ph.D. (Botany Education) and a BSc Honours (Agriculture) specialising in Crop Science.

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