Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 3rd May 2018

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 3rd May 2018 @ 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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

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Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 5th April 2018

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 5th April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30Top 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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop -(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time – 6th March 2018

(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Tuesday 6th March 2018 @ 14:00-17:00

This workshop will help you to:book

• Reflect on your current actions and priorities
• Behave efficiently as well as effectively and so manage your time more productively.
• Prioritize and place your focus in appropriate areas

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 – 1 March 2018

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 1st March 2018 @ 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 – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 15 February 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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 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

Good Luck with Your Exams and Assignments!

Many PGT students will be taking their first exams or handing in their course assignments this month. The IAD would like to wish you all the best with your exams and assignments.Cropped_PGTStudents

For guides and tips for exams:-

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/exams

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/writing

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/standards

Workshops – Being Critical – October/November 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Tuesday 31st October 2017 @13:30 – 16:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 @19:00 -20:00

Being critical is a crucial element for Masters level study and it is essential for assignments!

These two interactive workshops offer an opportunity to develop your critical thinking for your assignments and try out practical tips and strategies.

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

 

PGT Newsletter (October 2017)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (October 2017) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_2_Oct_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in October 2017
  • Festival of Creative Learning 2018 – Run an event
  • Postgrad Launchpad Events – Thinking about a PhD?
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Workshop – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 12 October 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 12th October 2017 @ 14:00-17:00Top 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 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

EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 2nd December 2016

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The Peer Proofreading Scheme is currently OPEN for submissions.

Please note, the final date for submissions in Semester 1 is Friday 2nd December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2017.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

If you have any questions, feel free to email EUSA at proofreading@eusa.ed.ac.uk

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Eligibility

Please be aware that some courses, especially from the English Language Teaching Centre, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.

  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the scheme is for academic coursework only.

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/peerproofreading/

Other Useful Links

Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning.
Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct.
Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English.
International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland.
EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV!
EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association.