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Due to the Corona virus outbreak we will be offering the following workshops online. Please click on the respective links to book your space if you wish to be part of these sessions. The workshops and mini courses will be offered in our Postgraduate Research Capacity Development Blackboard Community CM0283

Should you not be enrolled in our Blackboard community, please follow the steps on the PDF to register - Click here


Academic Writing: building coherence and cogency step by step

https://forms.gle/4eCuR8zhHRTKYt7BA

 

Successful academic writing is effective in a number of ways. This session will illustrate how clarity can be achieved in your writing at word, sentence and text level. Using examples from post-graduate writing consultations, the session will address the most common challenges research writers at UJ face and offer some practical solutions.

This workshop will be offered on Blackboard Collaborate POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT (CM0283). If you wish to join the session, then please complete the Google Form by clicking on the link above.

 

You will receive a BB guest link to the workshop on 12 October. Please note that only participants who have registered by this date will receive the guest link. 

 

The workshop details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Facilitator: Mr Patrick Healy

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How to finish your PhD – Marissa Rollnick

https://forms.gle/Vq5rH69wrKEkcPc37

PhD students often spend more time worrying about how they can finish their thesis than actually trying to finish it. It is an affliction which is particularly severe at the onset of the write up phase. There is even an internet support group for “dissertation anxiety”. This light-hearted workshop/presentation attempts to help PhD students deal with the problem.

You will receive a BB guest link to the workshop on 14 October. Please note that only participants who have registered by this date will receive the guest link.

The workshop details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Facilitator: Professor Marissa Rollnick

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Qualitative Research Methodologies Part 1 & 2

These two workshops aim to introduce a few qualitative research designs, focusing on the appropriate choices, particularly in light of online research practices.

Each design type will be explored in terms of the purpose, the research question, data source, participant selection, data collection, data analysis and the outcomes. The underlying epistemological assumptions will also be discussed.

Both workshops will be offered on Zoom. 

Part 1: 

https://forms.gle/NuYz2EiCSruoftZ58

  • Case studies
  • Phenomenology
  • Ethnography

Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Platform: Zoom (the link will be sent on 5 October)

Facilitator: Dr Brigitte Smit


Part 2: 

https://forms.gle/pBHWggmAp9TpVJM69

  • Grounded theory
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Appreciative Inquiry

Date: Thursday, 8 October 2020

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Platform: Zoom (the link will be sent on 7 October)

Facilitator: Dr Brigitte Smit

If you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops, then please click on the respective link to register. Please note that you have to register separately for each workshop.



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Engaging with journal article reviewers and journal editors

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The mini course, 'Engaging with journal article reviewers and journal editors' is available now on Blackboard in the Postgraduate Research Capacity Development Community (CM0283). It is aimed at those who have submitted an article to a journal. It will help you to engage productively with the reviewers' responses and, to prepare a well-crafted letter to accompany a revised article if you have been invited to make revisions and to resubmit.

As this is a self-access mini course, it can be started it at any time and completed over a number of days, or weeks.

If you wish to join, then please click on the link above to complete the Google form.


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The journal article submission and review process 

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The mini course, 'The journal article submission and review process' is available now on Blackboard. It is aimed at those who have a completed journal article ready to send to a journal. It will inform you about the processes of submitting and reviewing journal articles, the kinds of questions reviewers are likely to ask about the article when deciding if it is worth publishing, and how to give yourself the best possible chance of having your article accepted.


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Establishing a writing practice in 10 days

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Writing is learned by writing. For many of us getting down to writing is one of the hardest things to do. This 10-day course is designed to have you writing, actually getting words on paper, developing a practice, and enjoying your identity as a writer. This course is offered via WhatsApp and facilitated by Professor Moyra Keane of the UJ Postgraduate School. 

This course is designed to promote productivity as well as self-reflection and creativity. It also emphasises accountability and focus. The theoretical basis draws from mindfulness, coaching and research into academic writing. The course is asynchronous – except that we will all ideally complete each day in time to check in on the following day at any time convenient.

Each day will have a short voice recording of instructions and a task to complete. You will also need to keep a journal, and check in with the facilitator at the end of each day with simply: 'Day 1 complete…'; 'Day 2 complete…'. Some tasks may surprise you or seem unrelated to your research; give all tasks a try and see how your writing may grow. Daily tasks should take about 45 min – 1 hour. The course begins on 30 July 2020.

To sign up please click on the link and complete the Google form.  Once submitted a WhatsApp link will be sent to your mobile number allowing you to join the course. 


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Drafting a Research Article (Writing for Publication)

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This self-access mini course is the second part of the five-part series focused on writing for publication, aimed at those in the final stages of their research. It will guide participants to: write an authoritative introduction; choose appropriate literature and use it effectively; write a succinct, but sufficiently detailed methods section; and structure an article coherently. It also introduces strategies for managing writer's block. It is recommended that you do course 1 (Getting started as a scholarly writer) before booking for this course. 

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.


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Getting Started as a Scholarly Writer (Writing for Publication) 

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This self-access mini course is the first of a five-part course series focused on writing for publication for postgraduate researchers who are new to the process of planning and writing articles for publication in academic journals. It is most suitable for those who are in the final stages of their research. It aims to provide an enhanced understanding of scholarly identity and guides participants in the identification of appropriate journals and the development of the article title and draft abstract.

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.


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Crafting an article (Writing for Publication)

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'Crafting an article' is available now on Blackboard. This Mini course is most suitable for those who have already written a draft of a research article, or who have completed the previous two mini courses in the writing for publication series. It provides guidance on refining the argument, ensuring overall coherence, incorporating visual elements, strengthening the conclusion, and editing and proofreading.

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.



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Research Proposal Writing 

https://forms.gle/emcb3cY2ecfXnNQ17 

This mini course is aimed at master's students and doctoral candidates who are working on research proposals. 

Spread over a seven-week period, the course aims to support participants to write a first draft of the proposal, which can then be submitted to the supervisor/s for further input and refinement. It offers a structured approach with feedback on writing submitted from both peers and a supportive critical reader.

  • Next intake starts 01 June 2020

Facilitator: Mrs Loren Townshend