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WHO IS AN EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER?

At Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), an Early Career Researcher (ECR) is a student or staff member who is either enrolled into a postgraduate/doctoral program, or who has completed their Postgraduate studies, but whose interest in research is at an early non-expert stage. This definition also covers academics, students or staff, who completed their doctoral studies within the last ten years but have only recently developed an interest in active research. As a young university, we are committed to providing equal opportunities to our diverse pool of early career researchers so that each of them is empowered with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve their research capacity and output.

WHO IS THE TRAINER?

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DR. George Raburu
Dr George Raburu will train ECRs on Time Management. Dr. Raburu is a Senior Lecturer of computer forensics and a researcher at the school of Informatics and Innovative systems at JOOUST. He has a wide experience in Time Management obtained from the numerous Research Activities he has participated in that he will bring to this training.  Outside JOOUST, Dr. Raburu has served in various teaching, administrative and training capacities at Great Lakes University of Kisumu-Kenya, Buraimi University-Oman, King Fahd University of Petroleum-Saudi Arabia and University of Essex-UK among others. He coordinates a research team (JOOUST Research Consultancy in Science and Innovative Technology (JRCSIT)).  Dr Raburu will bring to the training his local and international experience on how ICT can be utilized to enhance Time Management in Research. His expertise and wide experience, locally and internationally, in training computer literacy and computer forensics will be shared by the trainers. The last training, conducted by Dr. Raburu was a face-to-face training for Principals of High Schools on time management and computer literacy in Kenya in December 2019.
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Dr. John Obiero Ogone

Dr. John Obiero Ogone will be trainer for presentation skills, public engagement and communication with non-academic audiences. Dr. Ogone who is Senior Lecturer of Linguistics and Communication in the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at JOOUST has nearly two decades experience in multimodal presentation skills training and in communication skills including public engagement with various audiences. Ogone has been Lecturer, communicator and researcher at Maseno University (Kenya), Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (Kenya) and Assistant Professor at Al Jouf University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). He has been organizer, facilitator, presenter and convener at international conferences held in various regions of this world including at the VTC Conference held in 2020 at Kigali Conference Center – (Kigali, Rwanda); at the South Asian-Sub Saharan Africa Dialogue held in 2019 in Hyderabad (India); at the Cybersecurity Conference held in 2019 in Tel Aviv (Israel); at TVETA Conference held in Cape Town in 2019 (South Africa), at GANAA Alumni and Alumnus Workshop in Hatfield, Pretoria in 2013 (South Africa); at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011 (USA); at the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) Conference in Amsterdam in 2009 (The Netherlands); at the 6th World Congress on African Languages (WOCAL) Conference held in Cologne in 2009 (Germany); and at the GANAA Alumni and Alumnus Workshop in Oran at Oran University in 2008 (Algeria) among others. Outside academia, Ogone has been Minister of Education and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of the County Government of Kisumu for a period during which he was in active engagement with the public and non-academic audiences.

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Dr. Paul Abuonji
Dr. Paul Abuonji will be trainer for Networking. He brings to this training his practical and skill-based training approach ideal for academic research, industry and community collaborations. He is a lecturer in Computer Security and the Associate Director of Information Communication and Technology at JOOUST. With a seamless blend ofexcellent ICT technical skills, management and considerable research experience, Dr. Abuonji will share with theparticipants, the importance of developing robust, effective and enduring research and professional networks. He agrees with the common belief that a good researcher needs to develop effective networks linking him/ her to funding agencies, fellow researchers, relevant government/ regulatory agencies, research agencies and communities/industry where the output of his/ her research must find relevance. He shall also discuss with the audience how theuse of Information Communication Technology enabled platforms can facilitate development, expansion and stabilityof collaborative networks beyond geographical boundaries for the mutual benefit of all the parties involved.
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Ms. Damar Osok
Ms. Damar Osok will be trainer for grant writing. Damar is a grant writer in the Division of Research, Innovation and Outreach at JOOUST. She has previous experience in providing internal and external training and mentorship using the blended mode to academic staff as well as research groups on grant writing. She is therefore familiar with both face-to-face and online methods of delivery.

WHAT IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM AND WHEN?

ACU ECR TRAINING


Introduction and Opening

DATE

NAIROBI TIME

COURSE TOPIC

Monday, 1th April 2021

7.00-8.30pm

Opening Remarks and Introduction

 

Networking Skills for Researchers - Dr. Paul Abuonji

DATE

NAIROBI TIME

COURSE TOPIC

WEEK 1

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Introduction to networking and its importance in professional growth

Thursday, 4th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Networking skills and activities- How and where?

WEEK 2

Tuesday, 9th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Building and maintaining research/ professional networks 

Thursday, 11th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Networking and research collaborations.

WEEK 3

Tuesday, 16th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Multiple developmental relationships.

Thursday, 18th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Building and nurturing personal and professional relationships.

WEEK 4

Tuesday, 23st March 2021

 

5.00-6.30pm

Harnessing technology for effective networking and collaborations.

Thursday 25th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

-Barriers to effective networking and collaboration.

-Module assessment.

 

 

Time Management in Research - Dr. George Raburu

DATE

NAIROBI TIME

COURSE TOPIC

WEEK 1

Tuesday, 6th April 2021

7.00-8.30pm

Introduction to Time Management –what?

Friday, 9th April 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Tools and Techniques of Time Management –How?

WEEK 2

Tuesday, 13th April 2021

6.00-7.30pm

Time Management Strategies and Research

Thursday, 15th March 2021

5.00-6.30pm

 Principles of Effective Time Management for balance, well-being, and Success

WEEK 3

Tuesday, 20th April 2021

7.00-8.30pm

Procrastination Tendency in

Individual Research Tasks

WEEK 4

Thursday, 28th April 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Procrastination Tendency in

 Collaborative Research Tasks

 

Presentation Skills, Public Engagement and Communicating with non-academic audiences – Dr. John Ogone

Date

East African Time

Course Topic

WEEK 1

Monday 3rd May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Presentation skills:

Introduction

Planning for presentation

Wednesday 5th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Structure of presentation

 

WEEK 2

Monday 10th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Presentation techniques

Wednesday 12th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Use of audio-visual aids in presentation

WEEK 3

Monday 17th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Public engagement and communicating with non-academic audiences:

Factors that determine medium choice for dissemination

Wednesday 19th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Public engagement media

Dissemination to stakeholders

WEEK 4

Monday 24th May

5.00-6.30pm

The wider political, social and economic context of the non-academic audience

Use of non-scholarly publications – online/offline

Wednesday 26th May 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Partnership with local or central government policy-makers or community groups

 

Grant Writing – Ms. Damar Osok

DATE

NAIROBI TIME

COURSE TOPIC

WEEK 1

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Overview of the proposal development process.

Friday, 4th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Identifying potential sources of research/consultancy funds and identifying agency priorities and guidelines.

WEEK 2

Monday, 7th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Understanding the overall structure of a proposal and its component parts.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Understanding the overall structure of a proposal and its component parts.

Friday, 11th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Understanding the overall structure of a proposal and its component parts.

WEEK 3

Monday, 14th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Logical Frameworks and Work Plans

Wednesday, 16th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Logical Frameworks and Work Plans

Friday, 18th June 2021

5.00-6.30pm

Budget Development

Module Assignment

WEEK 4

Monday, 21st June 2021

5.00-7.00pm

Success factors and common mistakes in proposal development

Communication basics on proposal writing