On April 29, 2015, the Toolbox Project joined forces with Holly Falk-Krzesinski (Elsevier, Northwestern University) to deliver a workshop, “Collaborative Communication for Team Science”, at the 2015 National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Annual Research Development Conference in Bethesda, MD (). The 4-hour workshop involved 35 participants from the NORDP community, who received a “train-the-trainer” exposure to the Toolbox dialogue method. After an opening introduction to the approach, the participants divided into three groups and participated in introductory Toolbox dialogue sessions facilitated by Steve Crowley (Toolbox Project, Boise State), Michael O’Rourke (Toolbox Project, MSU), and Dr. Falk-Krzesinski. The workshop concluded with activities and discussions designed to identify ways in which this approach could prove useful for trainees and investigators at their home institutions.
Following up from our presentation and mini-workshop last fall at the Kellogg Biological Station, Brian Robinson (Toolbox Project, MSU) and Michael O’Rourke (Toolbox Project, MSU) returned to KBS for their annual K-12 Partnership Workshop. This event was attended by regional K-12 teachers. Robinson and O’Rourke delivered a mini-workshop, “Science Lost in Translation” with these teachers, in order to present the Toolbox approach and discuss with them how it might be implemented in K-12 classrooms. Approximately 26 teachers attended two sessions of the workshop, and they gave enthusiastic reviews of their experience.
The Toolbox Project continued its ongoing collaboration with Dr. Paul Kjellberg and the Whittier Scholars Program at Whittier College, Whittier, CA. Dr. Kjellberg has worked with the Toolbox Project since 2012 to develop a version of the Toolbox instrument that is applicable at the undergraduate level across a wide range of disciplines, including business and creative writing. The key innovation in the design of this instrument is the focus on the process of scholarship, which is common ground for all Whittier Scholars. The undergraduates in the Whittier Scholars Program design their own majors, and as juniors participate in WSP 301: Nature, Theory, and Bases of Knowledge, a course in interdisciplinary epistemology. Dr. Kjellberg and Michael O’Rourke (Toolbox Project, MSU) conducted one Toolbox workshop with each of two sections of WSP 301 on April 1 and 2, 2015.