Online Workshop: Getting started with writing your dissertation – 10th December 2018

Getting Started with Your Dissertation (online session)

  • Monday 10th December 2018 @ 12:00-13:00 (GMT Time)

A Woman and laptopdissertation 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.

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. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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.

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Online Workshop: Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar & Punctuation – 6th November 2018

(PGT – Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving your Grammar and Punctuation UNI 11

  • Tuesday 6th November 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

Grammar should be like the background music in a film.  If it’s good you hardly notice it.  If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important.  We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries.  If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach.  Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing.   However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed.  Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

 

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.

PGT Newsletter (November 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (November 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • PTAN Lunch – Student Rep Invitation
  • Exam Bootcamp
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Mini Writing Bootcamp
  • engage networks
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing

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Online Workshop: Proof Reading – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Proof Reading

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00student with laptop

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

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 spending time polishing it through proof-reading and editing.

This interactive online session will introduce useful tips and strategies to help you incorporate proof-reading and editing into your writing process.

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: Zotero Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00zotero

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.

Online Workshop: Being Critical – 19th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • 19th October 2018 @ 13:00-14:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exactly does it mean? Woman and laptopThis 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.

This workshop does not include
Subject or discipline-specific advice
English Language advice

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: Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley – 17th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley – (open to UG, PGT, PGR)

  • 17th October 2018 @  12:00 – 13:007603612464_fee805cd5a_o

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.

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. Please check the UK time of the session and use the Blackboard collaborate TimeZoneConverter to check the time in your country.

You can check the UK time zone here: https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

 

PGT Newsletter (October 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (October 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • The Festival of Creative Learning 2019
  • The Consent Collective
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • FindAPhD LIVE! Edinburgh
  • MyDevelopmentHub
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing

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Online Workshop: Working Effectively Around Your Life – 16th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Working Effectively Around Your Life

  • Tuesday 16th October 2018 @ 12:00-13:00student with laptop

This course is aimed at part-time and online Post Graduate Taught students.

This course is aimed at part-time, online and other PGT students who have substantial commitments in addition to their academic workload.

A masters course is an intensive and demanding period. You have to fit a lot of challenging work in around your life, your work, your family etc. and try to keep up the momentum going between semesters. This online, interactive workshop aims to give you practical tips and strategies to working effectively for your masters.

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

Pre-coursework

Participants are asked to think of their biggest challenge when it comes to time management – and be prepared to tackle it!

This session will not cover

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice

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: Get the best from your library – 04th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Get the best from your library

  • Thursday 04th October 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

These sessions are designed for new online 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 https://youtu.be/srqpOtxXgE0 .


Learning outcomes – as a result of this session, you will…

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  • Know how to discover and find the resources available via the Library.  This will include databases and journals recommended for your subject area
  • Know how to get your hands on readings and how to access full text articles or books from references you already know
  • Know techniques for planning your research and finding new publications on a topic

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.