Skills development & training






Ketso can be used to help particpants in training to review what they already know and where the gaps in their knowledge are, to develop new ideas in the topic area and to explore perceptions and ideas arising from new information in training.

For more insight into how Ketso can be used to create engaging learning and training experiences, take a look at our Ketso in teaching and training video.

Examples of Ketso in use in training and learning development are shown below:

The Future of Learning in the Civil Service

A report entitled 'Learning to Thrive – The Focus Is On You' was developed from ideas gathered from 200 delegates at Civil Service Live, Birmingham on April 15, 2011. Ketso was used in a 20 minute session to gather thoughts from a  wide-range of Civil Servants, with the aims:

  • To explore how people are currently learning in the civil service.
  • To explore individual perceptions of what participants would do differently.
  • To develop ideas for the future of learning in the civil service. 

This 'Speed Ketso' session facilitated by Nigel Ward from the National School of Government. You can download the report here.

Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Researcher Skills Development

Ketso is being used in post-graduate skills training in a growing list of Universities, including: Cambridge, Glasgow, Newcastle, Durham, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sussex, Hull, Southampton, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Surrey and Salford.

At the Universities of Southampton and Manchester, Ketso is being used in skills development in project planning, helping students to plan and consider all aspects of their PhD. To read a blog about this work in STEPS - Skills Training Essentials for PGR students - click here.

At the University of Sussex, Ketso has been used in creative thinking training, where students explore their thinking and possible projects from many different angles. You can find out more about this work on the Business and Enterprise website.

The following quote is a response to the use of Ketso in postgraduate training:
“The Ketso tool was helpful in terms of group work. The fact that it is movable enabled us to ‘mind map’ our ideas and then revise and alter them as a group. It also enabled us to make connections better for the stages and aspects of the project” (Sussex DPhil student).

Ketso was used both as a tool for developing creative ideas about ideal universities of the future, at the same time as developing skills for engaging the community in research in the University of Glasgow's innovative 'Grad School on the Island'.

Ketso has also been used to help PhDs develop skills in engagement and participatory research, and has been used by PhDs in data gathering in the UK, South Africa and Peru. The following quote shows how Ketso helps build confidence in working with different groups:

"I used the Ketso facilitation tool in my research with local government practitioners in a South African local government in the timeframe - November 2006 to December 2007. I found the technique to be very helpful as an aid in facilitating workshops and gathering data, and participants also had a very positive response.

In other words, it made me (and what I represented - namely the research) look good, worked effectively for the purposes of data capturing and for facilitating reflective dialogue amongst participants, which made participants feel good about the effort they put in." Dr. Eben le Roux, Centre for Responsible Leadership, University of Pretoria

There are interesting ideas around how to develop skills in Post Graduate Researchers from a workshop with University of Manchester staff, available here, and from a brief workshop using Ketso at the 2010 Vitae annual conference, which can be downloaded here.

Ketso was used at a the first ESRC Doctoral Training Centre's Conference to explore 'How to make the most of your Studentship'. Click here to find out more.

You can read more about Ketso in enterprise skills training for researchers here.

Staff Training

Feedback from the 2012 Ketso Customer Survey included:

“I would recommend it to all trainers and staff developers and academic staff who teach. I would especially recommend it for novice trainers/developers/teachers as it is an excellent method for running a session whereby the attention is not entirely on the facilitator but focused on the activities.

I have given staff entirely unfamiliar with Ketso a quick hour introduction and a bit of coaching and they have run their own sessions with it.”

Ketso has been used in training for effective group work in careers planning for the West Yorkshire Dyslexia Tutors Forum and the University of Manchester Widening Participation team.

A Ketso workshop entitled 'Creative engagement in group work, group planning & learning' was hosted by The LearnHigher CETL at the London Metropolitan University on 20th July 2010. The following quote from the organiser sums up the value of Ketso in such skills training:

"Thank you so much for running the workshop for us. It was interesting, stimulating and useful. I don't think that I've ever before been to a session where I've heard so many staff immediately working out how to use the information/materials in their work!" (Sandra Sinfield, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator for Learning and Language Development, London Metropolitan University).

At the University of Manchester, Ketso has been used in faculty-wide skills training, covering topics ranging from 'recognising plagiarism' to 'supervisor awareness'.

Recent developments include training in public engagement for research staff. Ketso was used in a workshop around 'engaging researchers' for researchers and support staff at Vitae's research staff conference in 2010: 'Empowering researchers through staff associations'. You can download the ideas developed in the workshop here

Skills Development, Enterprise and Stakeholder Engagement in Research

Planning a Social Enterprise & A Sense of Place

Two skills development workshops were held at the University of Sussex, on June 22 and 23, 2010, hosted by the Business and Enterprise team. The first workshop focused on enterprise development - looking at new ideas for social enterprise in the Brighton area. It was attended by 29 people from a range of businesses and organisations in the area.

32 academics and researchers attended the second workshop developing skills in stakeholder engagement in research using Ketso.