Abigail Fowler, a 2016 cohort student of the My Life in Data CDT, is about to complete the first year of her PhD within the Horizon Centre at The University of Nottingham. She was recently invited to lead a Reflective Practice Workshop at the Ergonomics and Human Factors 2017 Conference, which is organised annually by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF).
Abi ran the session on the final day of the event, which took place between 25-27 April in Daventry, Northamptonshire. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with an understanding the principles and benefits of Reflective Practice, and the ability to recognise how related tools could be applied to their own work context.
The session audience included Ergonomists, human factors specialists, researchers and PhD students, who worked in groups to identify projects and activities where the practice could potentially be applied. This was followed by an overall discussion and examination of the different tools, to determine whether a particular method was preferred, or whether different methods would suit different work applications.