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

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PGT Newsletter (February 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in February 2018
  • Festival Creative Learning 2018
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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

Online Workshop – Working Effectively Around Your Life- 6 February 2018

(PGT – Online) Working Effectively Around Your Life

  • Tuesday 6th February 2018 @ 19:00-20:00student 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 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 (January 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in January 2018
  • Festival Creative Learning 2018
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Study Tips – Preparing for the Next Semester

Before the start of a new semester, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources which can support Masters students.wordle2

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying and Learning
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Academic writing
  • Writing at postgraduate level
  • Critical thinking
  • Proof reading skills
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources

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

Postgrad Launchpad on campus- What it’s like to be a PhD student – 30 November 2017

(Postgrad Launchpad) – What it’s like to be a PhD student

  • Thursday 30th November 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

This interactive session will give you more insight into what PhD study is really like. Put your questions to current PhD students during our panel discussion, and find out more about studying at the doctoral level through our Institute for Academic Development session.

Postgrad Launchpad Events:-Basic CMYK

Thinking about further study? You may have just started your Masters but if you are thinking of applying for a PhD now is the time to get started!

Postgrad Launchpad runs events throughout the year to help students find out more about what it is like to study for a PhD, how to find a PhD, applying for PhDs and information around the types of funding available.

For more information about these events and to book: http://www.ed.ac.uk/students/careers/postgrad-launchpad

Workshop – Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – 25th October 2017

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017 @ 09:00 – 12:30

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 practice in literature searching.UNI 11

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 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

Run your own event as part of the Festival of Creative Learning! 19 – 23 February 2018

FCL 2018

The Festival of Creative Learning is a year-long series of events exploring creative learning and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, culminating in a curated week of events each February. All staff and students are now invited to apply for up to £500 to run an event during the second Festival of Creative Learning next 19-23 February. The deadline for submissions is Monday 23 October. Successful applicants will have access to ongoing support from the Festival team and Event Organiser community to help realise your ideas – no prior event management experience required.

Find more information on our aims and values, the history of the Festival and how to apply or get involved in other ways on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UoE_FCL and Facebook @FCLUoE. You can also join our mailing list for updates http://edin.ac/2us2Rqc (EASE log in required) or email us at creative.learning@ed.ac.uk.