Humanities and Social Sciences research and education are in dire need of strong coordinated interventions to enable the pervasive adoption of digital research methodologies and practices. Over the past few years several capacity development initiatives were implemented within various institutions and communities, but South Africa still lacks a national, integrated active community of practice in this space.In order to ensure large-scale adoption of digital research methodologies and practices within Social Sciences and Humanities, the South African Centre forDigital Language Resources (SADiLaR) established the ESCALATOR programme. ESCALATOR will consist of a national digital champions programme in combination with an orchestrated capacity development and awareness raising initiative.
Ad hoc activities have the tendency to create excitement and interest, but typically leaves participants neglected, disempowered, and disappointed as they often lack the social / research networks and skill to make use of opportunities and resources that were taught or discussed. Additionally, with each new ad hoc intervention, it seems as if communities have to be built from scratch, limiting a wider spread of knowledge and skills.
The proposed ESCALATOR programme will ensure the sustainability of thecommunity by contributing to the development of leaders at the public universities and research centres. Through its activities, both champions and other community members will build skills and confidence in using digital tools and methodologies in their own research and teaching. The programme will align closely with other institutional, regional, national and international digital capacity and community development as well as infrastructure initiatives.
This short presentation will briefly introduce the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources and the ESCALATOR programme with specific focus on plans for developing contextualised training materials and a mentorship programme.
Presentation followed by Q&A
PARTICIPANTS WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN EVENT
Humanities and Social Sciences lecturers and researchers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students at public universities or research organisations in South Africa.
Participation in the event is FREE
Please register before or on 3 March 2021
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