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.

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Online Workshop: Dissertation for Publications – 06th March 2019

 Dissertation for Publications (Online Session)

  • Wednesday 06th March 2019 @  12:10 – 13:00

bookWant more from your dissertation? Think about a publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get the most out of it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. And it doesn’t have to be just journal articles!

This 1 hour, online interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation. It is open to online and on-campus students.

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. Please check the UK time of the session and use the Blackboard collaborate TimeZoneConverter to check the time in your country.

You can check the UK time zone here: https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

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.

Workshop: Developing Your Research Question – 11th February 2019

(PGT) Developing Your Research Question

  • Monday 11th February 2019 @ 10:00-13:00book

Research is about answering questions. These may arise in our day-to-day work, our studies or unexpectedly, apparently out of the blue. But, there is a difference between an idle thought and a meaningful research question. This workshop is about this difference and takes participants through those important first steps in the research process, helping them develop their own research questions and to begin thinking like a researcher.

After the workshop each participant will:

  •  be familiar with the history of the research process
  • understand the range of different types of questions and be able to identify those that may be defined as research questions
  • be familiar with examples of good and bad research questions
  • understand the importance of an hypothesis
  • have a working strategy for developing their own research question.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019 at the IAD!

Happy New Year and welcome for those returning to their programmes and those starting to study their new programmes!

UNIVERSITYThe Taught team at the Institute for Academic Development offers a varied programme of support for MSc students across the University of Edinburgh for 2019.

  • Workshops

We run a range of courses and workshops on-campus and online tailored specifically for Masters Student’s throughout the year. More details about our upcoming workshops for 2019 can be found at the IAD postgraduate workshops website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

  • Study Skills Consultations

We offer face to face and online study skills consultations for Masters students, these are with one of our Study Development Advisor’s. More details about Study Skills Consultations can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/study

  • Learning Resources

There are a series of Learning Resources designed for Masters students on the IAD website, these cover a range of topics including advice on preparing for exams and writing dissertations.

  • Blogs, Tweets and Newsletter

We regularly post to the iad4 masters blog, advertising upcoming workshops and highlighting advice. We have an twitter account, from which we promote workshops and events that may be of interest. Every month we also send out a Newsletter (via email) which you can receive through your school. You can also find the newsletter online.

Maintenance Scheduled: 03/12/18 – 05/12/18

Students working on a demonstration car in the School of Engineering.There is scheduled maintenance on our Events Booking System between Monday 3rd and Wednesday 5th December. If you would like to book on to any upcoming workshops during this time please email iad.students@ed.ac.uk.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Online Workshop: Getting started with writing your dissertation – 10th December 2018

Getting Started with Your Dissertation (online session)

  • Monday 10th December 2018 @ 12:00-13:00 (GMT Time)

A Woman and laptopdissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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.

Online Workshop: Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar & Punctuation – 6th November 2018

(PGT – Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving your Grammar and Punctuation UNI 11

  • Tuesday 6th November 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

Grammar should be like the background music in a film.  If it’s good you hardly notice it.  If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important.  We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries.  If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach.  Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing.   However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed.  Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

 

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 – 30th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • 30th October 2018 @ 13:00-16:00Top 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: Proof Reading – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Proof Reading

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00student with laptop

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth spending time polishing it through proof-reading and editing.

This interactive online session will introduce useful tips and strategies to help you incorporate proof-reading and editing into your writing process.

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.