What is your field of research?
I am taking part in a postgraduate course in Research and Public policy.
What field of research are you involved in?
Molecular Biology with specialization in Plant Virology.
How effective was the course in achieving your learning objectives?
This course has excellently empowered me with soft skills that will enable me navigation the frontiers of knowledge to get literature that I will use in my research.It has enhanced my writing skills that will greatly improve the quality of my research proposal, research thesis and publications that will result from and beyond my PhD studies. Presentation skills that will be used to present my research proposal, defend my final research thesis and any communication I will make.
The training has also broadened my knowledge on data analytical tools and how important quality of data is crucial. It has made it easier for me to continue learning the appropriate tools e.g. R, which is a very powerful tool of analysis. Additional software I encountered that will improve my publication quality include Mendely, plagiarism software, Ginger and grammarly, Harzings’s tool among others.
What did you like most about the training?
The facilitators were very informative having a wide knowledge base and they had interactive methods of training that kept most participants alert and involved. Focusing on the learning itself, the presentations and materials availed were very crucial in gaining hands on skills as well as acquiring variety of academic knowledge.
Outline 3 things that you will take with you/have learnt in this session
Conceptualization of research
Literature review and its relevance
Good presentation and writing skills
R-data analysis skills
How do you hope to change your practice as a result of this training? I have leant the importance of publication and will therefore ensure that any data I generated will be of quality and published since I have been guided through the process of producing quality research right from proposal development to generation a quality of publication.
Please share other comments on the training session?
The training was extremely informative and very helpful in the whole session, and for that I applaud the organizers for delivering a good training.
‘I wish to be mentored in improving my skills in Data Analysis and I am willing to come for every training in the TCC calendar so I may be mentored by your trainers.’ Four ago months, we got a message in our inbox on a request from Kevin Oduor Onyango.
As he was conducting his research, he came across our activities and noted how we would be able to support him in improving how to analyse and present data. Kevin is a former student from Technical University of Mombasa, where he studied Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Option) and simultaneous took a professional Certified Public Accountant course and reached level 5. Kevin, lives about 450 kilometers from Nairobi, where the TCC Office is located.
One week to the Scientific Communication and Publishing course http://www.tcc-africa.org/courses/ that we concluded last month, we got a frantic message from one of our trainees. “ I want to know where I can publish my manuscripts!” I am so worried about #predatorypublishing and I do not know where to start,” he lamented.
Meet, Meshack Mulongo an early career researcher in Education Administration from Karatina University, whose research focus is on the Mitigation of Examination Malpractices in Universities in Kenya. He drove 150kms to come and attend our course and further understand how he could protect himself from predatory publishers as he went through his Journal Selection Process.
TCC: How effective was the course in achieving your learning objectives?
Meshack : The course was very effective and timely in my research work, that it has equipped me to be an effective researcher and plan to share what I have learnt.
TCC: What did you like most about the training?
Meshack : The diversity of presenters who are knowledgeable of their respective fields and also the communication and concern of the entire TCC team.
TCC: Outline 3 things that you will take with you/have learnt in this session
Meshack:The hands on approach in supporting us was valuable and it was done in such a way that we can further train others. I loved the units on data analysis and I was able to identify about 5 high impact journals where I could publish my manuscripts .
My name is Halkano Molu Guracha a Kenyan researcher in the Malaria Programme at the Institute of Primate Research. The training offered by the Training Centre in Communication was relevant and very helpful and the expectations I had before the training were met and exceeded. I was captivated by the Introduction Materials Results Acknowledgements and Discussion (IMRaD)structure in producing academic manuscripts . This was new to me, and I intend to use this knowledge in changing the quality of my future scientific papers.
The workshop is very informative and eye-opening and the delivery and breakdown of hard concepts was superb and the approach was very sound and tailor-made to the dynamics we face in research as early career scientists .
In line with the new knowledge I have acquired, I intend to approach my abstract and academic paper differently and pay close attention to the manuscript guidelines outlined and utilize the IMRaD structure process’s to produce a paper that is meaningful.
I would recommend the Scientific Writing workshop to my colleagues without any objection as it was indeed of high quality and very relevant.