Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 2nd May 2019

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

Jonas Salk, the scientist whose team discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines, once said: “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” We ask questions constantly to learn about the people and the world around us. We also ask questions in the initial stages of our research. Yet where do we learn our questioning skills?

This highly engaging session will focus on deconstructing and reconstructing the way you think about asking questions with the ultimate aim of being able to approach your research in a whole new way including revisiting your question.

The format of this session includes video clips, tutor input, pairs and group exercises, and an infographic to help you take your research topic and hypothesis and craft your research question using principles of design thinking, urban design, investigative reporting, and academic research.

By the end of the session, you will

  • Understand the optimum questioning mindset
  • Have learned the Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Discovered the secret to creating compelling question sequences
  • Thought about your research question in a whole new way

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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PGT Newsletter (April 2019)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (April 2019) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • Exam Bootcamp
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Featured Online Workshop: Managing your Exams: Strategies and Tips
  • Exam Resources
  • Respect at Edinburgh

 

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Workshop: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 2nd April 2019

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 2nd April 2019 @ 10:00-13:00iStock_000003160236XSmall_leaves

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Creative Problem Solving – 2nd April 2019

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  • Tuesday 2nd April 2019 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Despite what you might believe, there is no great secret to creativity. All it requires is a brain and some techniques. You bring your brain, and I’ll provide the techniques. I don’t promise you’ll be composing sonnets by the end of the session, but you will leave with some clear approaches to being more creative in your work.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

PGT Newsletter (March 2019)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (March 2019) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • Preparing for your Dissertation
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Featured Workshop: The Art and Craft of Editing
  • Dissertation Planners
  • Mental Wellbeing – 5 Ways to Wellbeing

 

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Online Workshop: Being Critical for Your Dissertation – 21st March 2019

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Your Dissertation

  • Thursday 21st March 2019 @ 09:00 – 09:50 (UK Time)

As a masters student, you will need to demonstrate your critical thinking skills throughout your dissertation.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

This interactive online workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to plan for, practice and communicate critical thinking in your dissertation.

Students should have their dissertation title (it does not need to final) and the dissertation marking criteria if possible (this maybe in the programme guide or online).

Students are encouraged to comment and ask questions during the workshop.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 14th March 2019

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 14th March 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning

at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.

This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Being Critical for Your Dissertation – 07th March 2019

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Your Dissertation

  • Thursday 07th March 2019 @ 19:00 – 20:00 (UK Time)

As a masters student, you will need to demonstrate your critical thinking skills throughout your dissertation.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

This interactive online workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to plan for, practice and communicate critical thinking in your dissertation.

Students should have their dissertation title (it does not need to final) and the dissertation marking criteria if possible (this maybe in the programme guide or online).

Students are encouraged to comment and ask questions during the workshop.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 28th February 2019

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 28th February 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

Jonas Salk, the scientist whose team discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines, once said: “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.”

This advanced questioning skills masterclass will teach students a new approach to enquiry and critical thinking.

The method emphasises humility, finely tuned listening, empathy, and Eastern and Western perspectives on mindfulness. The format features short video clips of interviews conducted by today’s top TV reporters and hosts in the US, UK and Canada to reinforce principles and techniques.

Throughout the session, students will work in small groups on a short exercise and a case study designed to apply what they’ve learned to research pursuits. Students will learn the Seven Deadly Sins of Asking Questions, the principles of great questions, the fundamentals of developing a research/dissertation question, and the techniques to develop a compelling question path, including leading someone into the moment of the topic and discovering and exploring “change points”.

Students will emerge from the workshop with enhanced questioning skills and a new level of critical thinking.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

PGT Newsletter (February 2019)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (February 2019) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • The Festival of Creative Learning
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Featured Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions
  • U21/PwC Innovation Challenge
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing

 

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