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Learning How to Write Better Documentation for your Spatial Research through Pokémon: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop
What do Pokémon and spatial data management have in common? Come to this WAML preconference workshop to find out! The Pokémon franchise encompasses video games, playing card games, manga, television shows, and toys, and revolves around a world where humans become trainers for Pokémon, creatures who battle each other and gain new skills and power as they progress in their training, evolving into new physical forms as they grow. There are over 900 distinct Pokémon, each having their own unique appearance which widely varies, from fantasy-like features (such as Ho-Oh, who resembles a mythical phoenix) to anthropomorphic features (such as Machoke, who resembles a human wrestler/fighter). Describing to others how to draw a certain Pokémon through step-by-step instructions can help learners develop good documentation habits that they can apply to their own research process. Documenting the steps taken to complete a research project is important for ensuring transparency and reproducibility of the research, and is crucial for spatial research which often uses highly complex data and methods.

Using a train-the-trainer technique, this 1.5 hour preconference workshop will employ a lesson plan that outlines a blueprint for librarians to teach proper documentation techniques for spatial research through describing and drawing Pokémon. Participants will not only learn useful documentation techniques to enhance their research process, but will also learn recommended practices for how to facilitate the learning experience in their own teaching environments. Participants should come prepared to actively engage with other workshop participants and the instructor in a virtual setting. No prior knowledge of Pokémon is needed to participate, and advanced artistic skills are not necessary!

NOTE: Attendees should bring paper + drawing utensils to this workshop, or access to an online drawing tool such as MS Paint. Having a camera is helpful for sharing drawings, but not required!

Oct 26, 2021 08:30 AM in Vancouver

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