Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Open workshops

Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

Cancelling: 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 MyEd and then the 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.

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

Description

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.

 

Pre-course Work

I'd like each student to bring in a Dissertation/Research topic

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(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

Description

More than a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This session will not cover: Referencing and formatting, subject or discipline specifics, proof-reading or editing.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 02-May-2017, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

Description

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. 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 22-May-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

Description

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Friday 26-May-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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(PGT) Mini Writing Bootcamp

Description

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on an assignment?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them.

The aim of a Writing Bootcamp is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2.5 hours of writing split over 3 sessions. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets. 

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the session in full.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 12-Jun-2017, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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(PGT) Proof Reading

Description

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session. 

Pre-course Work

In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 26-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.5, 14 Buccleuch Place Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Revisiting your structure

Description

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

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations. 

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

What does this workshop not include: Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice. English Language advice.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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, which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 31-May-2017, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue 01M.469, Teaching Room 12, Doorway 3, Medical School Central Area
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EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 06-Jul-2017, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.17, Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
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(PGT) Speed Reading

Description

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

Course Objectives

The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading.  The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.

We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:

  • Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
  • Speed  - Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
  • Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
  • Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.

Pre- coursework

There will a small amount of pre- coursework sent to you around two weeks before the course.  This will not take long and is nothing that you should not naturally be doing anyway.

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 11-May-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

Description

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 17-May-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue

Room 2.05, Ogilvie Room, Institute of Geography Drummond Street

Central Area

Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

Description

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue. Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.

Pre-course work:

Please bring  printed copy of an article (by an author other than yourself) that you are familiar with and are planning to incorporate into your literature review.

 

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.