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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Research is fundamental to understanding how the world works and at the core of doing well-founded and evidence based work. You can make change if you don't understand why and how things work first! We look at multiply research strategies that support your ability to explore, dissect, and uncover unique aspects of the world around us. Far from any traditional more boring approaches like clipboard-based surveys, this course will help you develop exceptional and rigorous approaches for designing, enacting, and interpreting research approaches to support your change making.
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WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Develop a robust and dynamic research mindset by exploring terminology and capabilities in research approaches.

  • Determine how to interpret research findings and develop your own ethical research approaches.

  • Learn how to frame a good research question and design a research process along with personalized approaches to researching and experimentation.

  • Discover how to apply specific research methods such as observational, experiential and participatory action research and then develop your research design

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
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    • Welcome Message from Leyla
    • Welcome to the Research Strategies Course
    • Brain warm-up
    • A quick note...before you start
  • 02
    Part 1: What is Research?
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    • Introduction and Core Concepts
    • Video: What is Research?
    • Knowledge Check: What is Research?
    • Learning Action: Constraints
    • Reflection
    • Feedback: Research Strategies
  • 03
    Part 2: Types of Research Approaches
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    • About Research Approaches
    • Video: Types of Research Approaches
    • Knowledge Check: Approaches to Research
    • Observational Research
    • Learning Action: Observational Research
    • Reflection
    • Feedback: Research
  • 04
    Part 3: Ethics in a Research Practice
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    • About Ethics in Research
    • Video: Ethics in a Research Practice
    • Knowledge Check: Ethics in Research
    • Learning Action: Research Questions
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 05
    Part 4: Planning and Implementing Research Strategies
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    • About Planning & Implementing
    • Video: Planning and Implementing Research Strategies
    • Knowledge Check: Planning & Implementing
    • Learning Action: Research Plan
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 06
    Part 5: Change Based Research Practices
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    • About Change Based Research
    • Video: Change Based Research Practices
    • Knowledge Check: Change Based Research Practices
    • Learning Action: NEED SOMETHING BETTER?
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 07
    Course Synthesis - Tying It All Together!
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    • Tying It All Together
    • Research Strategies Final Knowledge Check
    • Research Strategies Course Final Reflections
    • Research Strategies Course Final Feedback
    • Additional Resources

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ETHICAL AND EFFECTIVE RESEARCH

LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE CHANGE MAKING TRADE IN

In this course, we will examine how to apply actionable research and responsive feedback loops to develop creative solutions to complex problems (which become way less complex once you get your head around good research approaches!). 

When you finish, you'll be able to define, understand, and design research methods and techniques, gather observational and ethnographic data, critically investigate responses, and collect information that sheds greater insight into your problem arena. 

Most importantly, you will discover that research is curiosity and experimentation in action, and through this course you will be equipped to develop your own approach to an investigative lifestyle. 

When you begin to take on the role of a positive creative change-maker, you discover the need for thorough understanding of the problem arenas you want to change. You will then appreciate even more the power of dynamic, experiential and ethical research, the foundation for any good practice.

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