Designing a culture of co-learning: Mobilizing knowledge about KTT-KMb amongst graduate students

  • Andrea LaMarre PhD Student, Family Relations and Human Development University of Guelph Office: MINS 117B (519)993-6435
  • Kate Bishop-Williams Kate Bishop-Williams, MSc PhD Student, IHACC Department of Population Medicine University of Guelph
  • Megan Racey Megan Racey, MSc PhD Candidate Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences University of Guelph
  • Lindsay Day Lindsay Day MSc Student Department of Population Medicine University of Guelph
  • Tylar Meeks
Keywords: Knowledge mobilization, Knowledge translation, Graduate students, Training, Community of practice

Abstract

The goal of this Field Note is to outline our experiences developing and maintaining a Knowledge Translation and Transfer-Knowledge Mobilization (KTT-KMb) Learning Circle for graduate students at the University of Guelph. Since the fall of 2013, we have planned and held events and training opportunities for graduate students across the university’s colleges and maintained an online presence for our membership of 107 students. In this article, we reflect on the successes of the Learning Circle, including a sustained presence across an interdisciplinary group, securing funding, and engaging in successful collaborations. We also highlight our challenges, including attendance at events, staying relevant in a quickly evolving field, and striving toward sustainability. Our hope is that this article provides a non-prescriptive guideline for students wishing to develop similar “by student, for student” initiatives to scaffold graduate student learning and engagement in KTT-KMb.

Résumé : Dans ce field note, nous visons a surligner nos experiences en développant et maintenir un cercle d’apprentissage pour la mobilization des connaissances pour les étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycle à Université de Guelph. Depuis 2013, nous avons organise de nombreuses événements et formations pour les étudiants de toutes les collèges à l’Université; nous avons aussi maintenu un présence web pour nos 107 membres. Dans cet article, nous réfléchissons au sujet des succès du cercle, ci inclus une présence soutenu au coeur d’un nombre de membres interdisciplinaires, du succès a obtenir les fonds, et les collaborations conçus pour réaliser nos buts. Nous surlignons aussi nos defis, en tant que les difficultés attirer les étudiants aux événements, rester au courant dans une domaine en evolution, et viser à la durabilité. Nous espèrons que l’article fournira une guide non-préscrit pour les étudiants qui veulent développer des initiatives “par étudiants, pour étudiants” qui visent a soutenir les connaissances et engagement dans la domaine de la mobilisation des connaissances.

Mots clés : Mobilization des conaissances; Partage du savoir; Étudiants; Formation; Communauté de practique


Author Biographies

Andrea LaMarre, PhD Student, Family Relations and Human Development University of Guelph Office: MINS 117B (519)993-6435
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar (CIHR)PhD Student, Family Relations and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Guelph
Kate Bishop-Williams, Kate Bishop-Williams, MSc PhD Student, IHACC Department of Population Medicine University of Guelph
Kate Bishop-Williams, MScPhD Student, IHACC Department of Population MedicineUniversity of Guelph
Megan Racey, Megan Racey, MSc PhD Candidate Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences University of Guelph
Megan Racey, MScPhD Candidate Department of Human Health and Nutritional SciencesUniversity of Guelph
Lindsay Day, Lindsay Day MSc Student Department of Population Medicine University of Guelph
Lindsay DayMSc StudentDepartment of Population MedicineUniversity of Guelph
Tylar Meeks
MSc., Department of Biology, University of Guelph
Published
2016-05-12
Section
Field Notes