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This conference presentation was originally published as:

Northcote, M., & Williams, A. (2014). The researcher's little helper: The design of an enabling online resource for postgraduate students and their supervisors. Paper presented at the 11th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Retrieved from

ISBN: 9780994310309


130103 Higher Education| 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership| 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators


The question of how to support postgraduate students and their supervisors, especially neophyte supervisors, is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions. This paper outlines the early stages of a research study which incorporated a design-based research methodology to inform the planning and development of an online, self-paced resource for postgraduate students and their supervisors. Once the needs of these two groups were identified through regular focus groups, the findings from these collaborations, along with literature review findings, informed the structural framework of an online resource known as The Researcher's Little Helper.


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