PGT Newsletter – August 2017

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_12_Aug_2017

  • Online Pre-Arrival Summer School
    Workshops—August 2017
    Please note bookings will open from Monday 7th August 2017.
    Due to the popularity of these workshops, bookings may close early.
  • The University of Edinburgh—Student Welcome Events– September 2017
    Please note some of these events may require advance booking.
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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Online Workshop- Getting Started Writing Your Dissertation-17 April 2017

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  • Monday 17th April 2017@ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)

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

Getting started writing your dissertation can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to get started and really easy to put off! But no-one else can write your dissertation but you…

So how do you start, and maintain, writing your dissertation?

This online interactive session will give you practical strategies for thinking about writing,

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

 

Workshop- Influencing Skills and Leading -17th March 2017

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(PGT) Influencing Skills and Leading

  • Friday 17th March 2017 @ 13:30-16:30

As our careers grow and develop we can often find ourselves in positions where we have a great deal of responsibility and perhaps not too much authority.   This is where our ability to Lead and Influence becomes paramount.

These elements come naturally to some, but they are just rules in a game that can be learned and assertively applied.

This session will focus on building an understanding of how to effectively influence people around us.   We’ll also consider a few basic elements of how to lead in an authentic way – and not simply rely on a badge that says ‘in charge’.

This will be achieved through a blend of situation-based discussion, tutor input, paired work and real-life problem solving.

By the end of the session, participants will

  • Have built a toolkit of influence skills and techniques.
  • Understand how to assertively influence with confidence.

Established some rules and tools for leading, influencing and dealing with challenging individuals.

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

Online Workshop – Getting Started with Your Studies- 17th January 2017

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Studies

  • Tuesday 17th January 2017 @ 19:00-20:00

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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.

This online workshop will duplicate some topics discussed in the on-campus workshop ‘Getting Started at Masters level’, please click here for further details. Students are advised to attend either one, or the other.

What does this workshop include?

This is a general workshop designed to clue participants into starting their masters studies. It will not be an in-depth workshop on any particular topic(s). The IAD (and some programmes) provide detailed workshops on study-related topics later in the semester.

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 Workshop – Get the best from your library – 16th January 2017

(PGT-Online) Get the best from your library

  • Monday 16th January 2017 @ 12:00-13:00

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 studentsas 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.

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 Events/Workshops for PGT students

The following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the calendarUniversity of Edinburgh. To find out more and to book a place, visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Please note that some of the workshops will not be open for booking until 1-2 weeks before the event, as demand is high.

Workshops

Cancellation policy:
If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: You can cancel your booking via MyEd Event Booking Channel. Click on “My Bookings” – here you will have the option to cancel your place.
We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

Other information

Resources for Dissertations

Most taught masters programmes include a substantive individual dissertation.Research paper

Dissertations are often based upon independent research but can take other forms (such as consultancy or work placement based). The specific requirements and format varies from programme to programme.

If completing a dissertation, it may help to think about potential topics sooner in your programme rather than later. Ensure the necessary skills you need to succeed are developed throughout the programme.

Knowing what’s expected

The dissertation period can be extremely stressful, therefore it is important you develop the necessary level of scholarly practice throughout your programme of study.

Seek and use feedback as much as possible from earlier written assignments, to ensure academic writing, research, information handling and critical thinking skills are at the right level.

Clarify with your dissertation supervisor the standards expected of you, how the dissertation should be presented, and ensure you understand how your supervision relationship will work, and when your supervisor is available to help you.

We will also be offering a number of workshops in May and June related to dissertation writing.  Booking details can be found:http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Useful Resources

Virtual Open Day, Digital Education – 26 March 2014

field of grass and sunsetFor those who would like to know more, we are hosting a series of “Virtual Open Day” events on Wednesday 26th March 2014.  This date coincides with a series of general open events organised by the University’s Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. Members of the programme team and current students or graduates will attend each of the three online hour-long Open Day sessions, and will be available to answer questions about the programme and about studying online.

Our meetings will take place at three times across the day, to allow a reasonably convenient opportunity for those from any time zone to join in.  The times will be 9:00, 15:00, and 21:00. All these times are UK time on the day.  You can convert to your time zone here.

We look forward to talking with any potential applicants on the day.

For more information: http://online.education.ed.ac.uk/about/virtual-open-day-26-march-2014/

Online Library Sessions (for ODL students) – semester 2

bookBased on the success of our previous sessions, we are holding more online library sessions this semester – these will be of particular interest to new ODL students. Students must register for these sessions using the links below.

Library Induction

These sessions will cover accessing and using Library resources. When you register, you’ll be asked to indicate any particular things you would 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.

The sessions will be held online, using the virtual meeting space Collaborate. Details on how to set up your computer to access the session will be sent to all registrants.

To register to attend, please complete the pre-session questionnaire for the date you would like to attend. Please note that registration will close at 9am UK time on the day of the session.

Events/Workshops for PGT students in October

calendarThe following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more and to book a place, visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Please note that some of the workshops will not be open for booking until 1-2 weeks before the event, as demand is high.

On-campus Workshops in October
1 Oct (13.30-16.30)  Time Management & Goal Setting
8 Oct (13.00-16.00)  Effective Writing: Grammar
10 Oct (09.30-12.30) Study Skills
31 Oct (13.00-16.00) Effective Writing: Grammar
5 Nov (13.30-16.30) Study Skills

Online Workshops in October
15 Oct (18:00-19:00) PGT Info Session: Supporting you with your studies
Cancellation policy:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to the “My Stuff” tab within MyEd and then Event Booking. Click on “My Bookings” – here you will have the option to cancel your place.

Other information