Workshop: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 28th May 2019

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 28th May 2019 @ 10:00 – 13:00 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Online Workshop: Zotero Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 23rd May 2019

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • 23rd May 2019 @ 10:00-10:50zotero

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. This workshop is also open to PGR and UG students.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

4. Try to use Zotero 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Effective Writing: Grammar – 20th May 2019

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • 20th May 2019 @ 10:00 – 13:0022

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

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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.

Workshop: Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – Dissertations – 25th April 2019

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – Dissertations

  • Thursday 25th April 2019 @ 09:00-12:00

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and develop good bookpractice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop  an understanding of how information resources provided by the Library and beyond, both printed and electronic, are organised and their major features
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as by using Boolean search operators
  • Develop the ability to manage search results and citation styles with the help of a bibliographic management software such as EndNote.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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.

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.

Online Workshop: Zotero Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 27th February 2019

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • 27th February 2019 @ 10:00-10:50zotero

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. This workshop is also open to PGR and UG students.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

4. Try to use Zotero 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

2 Part Online Workshop: Decision Making in Practice – 25th and 28th February 2019

(PGT – Online) Decision Making in Practice – Part 1 and Part 2

  • (Part 1) Monday 25th February 2019 @ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)
  • (Part 2) Thursday 28th February 2019 @ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)

This is a two-part workshop with sessions. Please only book a place if you are able to attend both sessions. You can only book Part 1, Part 2 will be booked for you automatically based on attendance for Part 1.

We all make decisions every day. However, that doesn’t mean we all find it easy.  Indeed, the ability to make good decisions may make the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.  What influences our decision making?  What is a good decision?

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

How can we arrive at the best possible decision?   How do we think about risk? During these two online sessions we will address these questions, using a mixture of short interactive lectures interspersed with activities, including one that you will do offline between the sessions, that will allow you to discover what kind of decision-maker you are, and to put your decision making into practice.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the factors—economic, psychological and social—that influence your own decision making and that of others
  • be able to define an important decision and an effective decision
  • be able to use these insights to make more effective personal decisions
  • be able to understand the decisions of others and how you may influence them
  • appreciate how individuals think and decide about risk.

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 on Part 1, please click here. You will automatically be booked on to Part 2 once you have attended Part 1.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.