Theodore Maria School of Arts
Knowledge Management Report 2016
Asst. Prof. Dr. Sureepong's knowledge sharing for research and academic paper publication
In the academic year 2016, Theodore Maria School of Arts started conduction a KM research session every Wednesday from 14.00-15.00 hrs at CL1103. All the sessions were moderated by Dr. Sureepong Phothongsunan. Overall, the KM session received positive feedback from Arts faculty members as evidenced by a number of Atrs lecturers from different departments who participated and actively involved in the sessions. A few lecturers who had class during the sessions also contacted Dr. Sureepong to discuss their keen research interests and topics at their convenient time. The concept of the KM research session is that every Arts faculty member is welcome to join and no appointment is needed. The session is very casual in nature and is for sharing, discussing, and learning from each other on any research related topics (e.g.writing proposals, writing and publishing papers, presenting papers, including getting inspired to write). From organizing these sessions, Theodore Maria School of Arts has got more AU research grant and some of the grant applications are now in the approval process from the AU Research Support Committee. Also, it is expected that more academic publication will be out especially from the program faculty members in which case KM research session have played a part in driving the lecturers' interest and supporting them in doing research and academic work.
As a tradition, Theodore Maria School of Arts organized research training on the topic, 'Researching Teaching and Learning' on Mon 15 May 2017 at John XXIII Conference Center, Suvarnabhumi Campus from 9.00-16.00 hrs. Its aim was to support and enhance lecturers to conduct research and publish more academic works. This research training was required for all Arts lecturers. The guest speaker invited to impart and share knowledge was Assoc. Prof. Dr.Pornapit Darasawang from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi.
On the whole, the training was well-received as Arts lecturers reported gaining practical idea on new research methods that can be used in the field of language teaching, including inspiration to do research in the classroom. The guest speaker having long, worthwhile experience in conducting many forms of research clearly demonstrated how research methods could be applied to fit certain classroom situations. Several Arts lecturers got a chance to propose their research topics and thery received useful comments and constructive. Theodore Maria School of Arts will continue to organize this kind of research training as it indeed serves as a useful forum for Arts lecturers to strengthen their research skills.