Online Sessions

Researchers Zoom Session May 29

Report from Tom Culham, Representative at Large and Chair of MSR Research Team.

I chaired a Zoom session where 4 presenters discussed their research ideas and 5 people listened and participated.  The feedback from the session was that it was very helpful as people appreciated receiving positive and collegial feedback as well as hearing about the difficulties and struggles others are experiencing in the field. In addition, research ideas and references were exchanged. I think overall there is a need to provide a casual low stakes arena and supportive community for people conducting MSR research. It was proposed that these events should be held more often and we should use them to build on the work done during the August 9th MSR Research and Publishing Consortium in Chicago. 

Tom sent out the following to MSR members – to advertise this online session held on Zoom:

The process and agenda for the session is described below:

The session was designed to enable researchers to explore and develop their research ideas. Speakers can present an idea that is the early stages of development or they may have something that is well developed and would like to bounce it off like minded folks in the MSR community.

Or a participant may want to listen in to learn about research in the MSR field.

Submissions were submitted with a title and a one or two paragraph description of research ideas to Tom Culham by May 21st. Those wishing to listen and learn can let me know at my email  by May 28th.


During the zoom session presenter’s role is described below:

  1. Presenter Situation and Intention Statement 10 minutes
  • SITUATION: what is the situation/ problem /opportunity you want to address?
  • INTENTION: what do you want to create?
  • EDGE: what do you need to learn, develop, embrace to move this idea forward?
  • HELP: where do you need input and help?

Other participants in the session as listeners and presenters interact as follows:

  1. Listeners ask clarifying questions to understand presenter’s communication.
  • Presenter paraphrases questions and then responds.
  1. Listeners ask questions on any of the situation, intention, edge and help.
  • Presenter paraphrases questions and then responds.
  1. Listeners propose ideas for moving the project forward.
  • Presenter responds