Workshop – Dissertation Planning and Writing – 15 June 2017

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 13:30-16:30istock_000020658968small

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

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, Writing, Thinking) – 24th May 2017

(PGT) Critical (Reading,Writing,Thinking)

  • Wednesday 24th May 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 anEDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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.

You will be required to bring along a printed copy of a short academic article that is relevant to your research interests.

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

Exam Tips – Writing and Thinking Critically

The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.

The eWriting HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08online course (open-access) is specifically developed for postgraduate students, it covers many aspects of writing successfully at University. It is a self-study course, and you can complete it at any time.

Writing at postgraduate level is a step up in your thinking and writing. You are expected to make accurate attribution of ideas from others, written pieces to be logically structured with fluid expression of thought, and with deeper and more critical engagement with the subjects and ideas you are reading and learning about.

Critical thinking can be applied to:

  • Bring together different sources of information to serve an argument or idea you are constructing.
  • Make logical connections between the different sources that help you shape and support your ideas.
  • Comprehend the key points, assumptions, arguments and evidence presented.
  • Transfer the understanding you have gained from your critical evaluation and use in response to questions, assignments and projects.
  • Develop arguments, draw conclusions, make inferences and identify implications. (The Open University, 2009)

For more tips and ideas on critical thinking, please visit:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/critical

Online Workshop – Being Critical for Assignments – 3 November 2016

(PGT- Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Thursday 3rd November 2016 @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

As a masters student, you will have probably been told to demonstrate critical thinking in your assignments. But what does this mean and how do you do it?

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

It would be useful for students to have with them an assignment they have been set, and any marking criteria. Alternatively, students could have a previous assignment and any feedback they have been provided.

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 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

Workshops: Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – 1 November 2016

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 foEDINBURGH UNIVERSITYcus 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

Workshop: Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – October 2016

(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 13th October 2016 @ 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 17th October 2016 @ 09:30 – 12:30

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. 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.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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

 

Upcoming Online Distance Learning Sessions

The Institute for Academic Development is running a number of events specifically for online distance learners (ODL) at the University of Edinburgh.

All online workshops are listed on the Online Events page on this blog, please visit for more information.

Below is a brief list of online workshops we will run in October 2016.

  • Get the best from your library
  • Endnote Web (Reference Manager)
  • Mendeley (Reference Manager)
  • Effective Slide Design
  • Being Critical
  • Zotero (Reference Manager)

For more information and to book http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops