Thursday, November 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tools for Effective Collaboration: The Collaboration Tool Box—Part Two: A Deep Dive into the Collaborative Toolbox for Interdisciplinary Researchers
Michael O’Rourke, Michigan State University
This webinar will focus on presenting the Toolbox dialogue approach as a way of addressing communication challenges in interdisciplinary research. O’Rourke will describe this approach, discuss its history and implementation, illustrate it with examples, and address the evidence that exists for its impact, focusing on a range of tools that can be used to enhance the prospects of success in complex, cross-disciplinary research environments, including general approaches such as concept mapping and argument mapping and more specific tools such as Mental Modeler, CoNavigator, and the Toolbox dialogue method. He will conclude with suggestions about how you can us these resources in your own, with pointers to the relevant resources.
- Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. He is Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (http://c4i.msu.edu/) and Director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research (http://tdi.msu.edu/). His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents.