Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Communication workshops

Booking: these courses generally open for booking once we have scheduled a date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back at a later 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.

Digital Capabilities & Skills for Researchers

Description

This workshop will explore the concept of the digital scholar and help participants identify the digital skills they may need to develop in their research role. A number of frameworks will be introduced to help participants identify and prioritise digital skills and capabilities. The use of digital tools and technologies will also be explored using a Visitor & Residents model, and participants will be encouraged to share their experience of using digital tools as part of their research work. Participants will also be asked to consider the collaborative nature of some of these tools and how digital technology could help expand their network and enhance their research profile.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the underlying concept of the digital scholar;
  • Identify a range of digital skills and capabilities relevant to researchers;
  • Consider the potential of digital tools and technologies in their research role.

 This workshop relates to domains A1, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF

 For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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

Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence for research & impact (online session)

Description

Eligbility: Researchers and staff

This session will focus on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence for research and impact. 

The session will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence e.g. in relation to research impact
  • Provide advice on managing social media profiles
  • Highlight the guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council; Law Society etc.
  • Provide an overview of how to create of a social media/online presence strategy
  • Hints and tips on saving time when using social media, for example scheduling tweets and Facebook/blog posts

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and your own hints and tips.

No previous experience or knowledge is needed to attend this session.

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.

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.

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

Gaining Teaching Accreditation for Your PhD Supervision

Description

Doctoral supervision is an important aspect of academic practice, but the contribution of PhD supervisors to high quality learning and teaching in higher education is sometimes overlooked.

This short workshop is designed to help you to identify ways of gaining teaching accreditation for the work you do in doctoral supervision.  You will spend time reflecting on and discussing your supervision, and find out about Higher Education Fellowship and the Edinburgh Teaching Award. You will have the opportunity to reflect on the values, knowledge and activities that inform your supervision practice and do some action planning for gaining HEA accreditation.

In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider:

  • What are the aspects of your supervision that map on to the UKPSF?
  • What kinds of evidence can you present for accreditation?
  • Action Planning.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Articulate your own supervision strengths and areas for development.
  2. Make a plan to gain accreditation for your current contribution and to develop your practice for the future.

This workshop relates to domains B3 and D3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

This workshop relates to all dimensions (A1-5) (K1-6) (V1-4) of the UKPSF.

For further information on the UKPSF visit: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf

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

Managing Difficult Conversations Assertively

Description

When faced with difficult behaviour from your colleagues it can be difficult to know how to respond in an assertive way which helps solve the situation rather than escalate it.  

This workshop explores:

  • The different types of difficult behaviour that you may be faced with and different strategies for responding to these;
  • Communication strategies for dealing with difficult behaviours;
  • What does it mean to be assertive and how to be more assertive in your communication?
  • Providing feedback on difficult behaviours;
  • Managing your self during difficult conversations.

The workshop will provide you with practical tools (and time to practice these approaches) to enable you to be more effective in these situations and will also give you the opportunity to explore research focussed scenarios to ensure you can apply the approaches discussed within your workplace.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1.    Develop an understanding of the different behaviours that you may come across in your role;

2.    Identify strategies to manage difficult conversations;

3.    Understand how to be more assertive in difficult situations.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 and D1 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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

Presenting with Ease (Online Workshop)

Description

Whatever your discipline and whatever stage you are at, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important professional skill. This online course, aims to teach you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals from any subject area who either have little or no previous lecturing experience, or those who wish to improve their presentation skills. 

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the importance of preparation;
  • Know how to design a presentation;
  • Be aware of the effective use of PowerPoint - less is more;
  • Know how to deal with questions;
  • Be able to apply the seven Es to present with ease.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Prepare an effective, well-sign-posted presentation;
  2. Deal effectively with questions posed after a presentation;
  3. Put into practice the seven principles of effective presenting.

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.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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

Professional Networking, Engaging & Strategy

Description

Building a network and using it effectively is a key requirement for all professionals, whether it is in an academic research setting, industry engagement or a conference. This workshop will focus on how to establish a network and build it to support your career and aims.

We will cover networking strategies, engagement methods and how to “pitch” yourself and/or your ideas. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use in a variety of situations with a range of different audiences. How can we turn conversations to our advantage? How do we approach and engage with senior academics? When and how should we follow up with people?

Each individual will be encouraged create a personal strategy that they can use after the workshop and build on in future. The workshop will comprise a mixture of group work, class discussion and individual exercises.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of networking strategy and be incentivised to develop a personal networking strategy;
  2. Draw on the networking experience gained at the workshop to spot opportunities and “pitch” themselves;
  3. Apply the knowledge from the workshop to the development of their own personal networking plan.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and B3 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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

Social Media: Sharing, Connecting and Building an Audience

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for staff who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media.

There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

We will explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with. What engages people? How can you attract attention? What should you post and what should you avoid? How should you manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement?

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify social media tools that can be used to build your online brand.
  • Understand the different type of content that you can work with to engage people.
  • Develop your online presence to boost your research and promote yourself to employers.

This workshop relates to domains B2, B3, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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