PGT Newsletter – March 2017

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

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • All workshops available in March 2017pgt_newsletter_7_mar_2017_1
  • University Resources – Exams
  • Event: Gearing Up for Your Masters Dissertation Event in association with Edinburgh University Student Association
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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Online Workshop- ODL Only Getting ahead with your dissertation – 28th November 2016

(PGT – ODL) Getting ahead with your dissertation

  • Monday 28th November 2016 @ 13:00-14:00

This workshop is for Online Distance Learning (ODL) students only.

A dissertation 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.student with laptop

And, as an ODL student, you may also have other commitments and priorities alongside your dissertation. So how do you do it? And how do you manage it online and over the timescale?

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.

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 Workshops – Mendeley Bibliographic Tools – 19 October 2016

Mendeley Online (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial for Distance Learners

  • Wednesday 19th October at 12:00 – 13:00

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or ad7603612464_fee805cd5a_ovice for using Mendeley to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

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

 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

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.

Online Workshop: Get the best from your library

(PGT-Online) Get the best from your library

  • Thursday 6 October 2016 @ 19:00 – 20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

These sessions are designed for new online distance learners, but if you’re in your second or third year, you’re still welcome. The sessions will cover accessing and using Library resources. When you register, you’ll be asked to indicate any particular things you’d like covered, so the sessions will be tailored to cover as much as possible of what is requested in advance. Before the session, you might find it useful to watch this induction presentation http://forth.mvm.ed.ac.uk/onlinelibrary.

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.

PGT Newsletter -July 2016

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (July 2016) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_10_July_2016

  • All workshops available in July 2016
  • Dissertation Writing Resources
  • EUSA event: Wrapping up your masters dissertation? Join us for lunch
  • What makes you a successful online learner?
  • Academic career stories at University of Edinburgh
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Online Workshop- Zotero Bibliographic Tools – 3 March 2016

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • Thursday 3rd March at 19:00 – 20:00

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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.

*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.

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

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.

Online Workshops – Mendeley Bibliographic Tools – 25 February 2016

7603612464_fee805cd5a_oMendeley Online (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial for Distance Learners

  • Thursday 25 February 2016 at 19:00 – 20:00

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

 

*Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

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

 

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

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.

Online Workshops – Endnote Web Bibliographic Tools

Endnote Online (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial for Distance Learners

  • Thursday 18 February 2016 at 19:00 – 20:00

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help 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.

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

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.

 

PGT Online Workshops Getting Started With Your Studies and Being Critical

Woman and laptopIn January 2016 the following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. The workshops below are on-line.

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Studies

  • Friday 22 January 2016 at 12:30 – 13:30

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.

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • Monday 25th January 2016 at 12:30- 13:30

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exactly does it mean?  This quick, interactive online workshop will give you some starter ideas on how to take a more critical approach to thinking generally for your masters.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and voice opinions during the workshop.  Students are asked to think about what ‘being critical’ means to them.

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

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

Starting Study with Edinburgh

Many PGT students will be starting their programme of study this January. Before you start your study take some time to prepare. Think about how you work best, what can you maximise on and where can you improve?

For guides and tips around starting study with Edinburgh please view our pages :-

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/succeeding

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