Workshop – Practical Proofreading and Editing – 14 June 2017

(PGT) Practical Proofreading and Editing

  • Wednesday 14th June 2017 @ 19:00 – 12:30

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

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 presenting it well.

This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process.  It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.

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

Workshop – Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 26th May 2017

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Friday 26th May 2017 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

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

Workshop – Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 26 April 2017

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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 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

Workshop – (PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)- 4th April 2017

(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 4th April 2017 @ 09:30-12:30

‘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 workshoistock_000006051647xsmallp 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 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

Workshop -(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – 16 February 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 13:30 – 16:30

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. r22eading 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.

This workshop does not include

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice

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

Online Workshop-Endnote Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 15 February 2017

(PGT- Online) Endnote Web (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • Wednesday 15th February 2017 @ 12:00-13:00

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get helpend-note-logo or advice for using the web-based version of Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. Please note that this session is focussed on the web-based version of EndNote and will not cover the desktop version.

*Before* the workshop, you should:

1. register for the web version of EndNote using your UoE identity, so you get additional server space and referencing styles: http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/EndNote_Web_registration.pdf

2. follow this online tutorial for getting started with the web-based version of Endnote:
https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/HowTowiki/Using+EndNote+Online+to+Manage+your+References

3. Try to use EndNote web before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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

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

 

Online Workshop – Getting Started with Your Studies- 17th January 2017

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Studies

  • Tuesday 17th January 2017 @ 19:00-20:00

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Starting a Masters programme can be an exciting but stressful time. You will have to fit a lot of challenging work around your other commitments. This online, interactive workshop will be based on participant responses to the question:

What’s the one thing do you want to know about starting your studies but were too afraid to ask?

Depending on responses, the workshop may cover:

  • Differences between undergraduate and postgraduate learning environment
  • Academic expectations
  • Getting the most out of your course

Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues they would like to discuss during the workshop.

This online workshop will duplicate some topics discussed in the on-campus workshop ‘Getting Started at Masters level’, please click here for further details. Students are advised to attend either one, or the other.

What does this workshop include?

This is a general workshop designed to clue participants into starting their masters studies. It will not be an in-depth workshop on any particular topic(s). The IAD (and some programmes) provide detailed workshops on study-related topics later in the semester.

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

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

Study Tips – Preparing for the Next Semester

Before the start of a new semester, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources which can support Masters students.wordle2

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying and Learning
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Academic writing
  • Writing at postgraduate level
  • Critical thinking
  • Proof reading skills
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources

Workshop – Mini Writing Bootcamp – 17 November 2016

(PGT) Mini Writing Bootcamp

  • Thursday 17th November 2016 @ 09:00-13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on an assignment?students studying  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them.

The aim of a Writing Bootcamp is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2.5 hours of writing split over 3 sessions. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the session in full.

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

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

Workshop -Effective Writing: Grammar – 15 November 2016

(PGT)  Effective Writing: Grammar

  • Tuesday 15th November 2016 @ 09:30-12:30

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts.

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

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