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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


Engaging with journal article reviewers and journal editors 

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.


The journal article submission and review process 

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.


Establishing a writing practice in 10 days

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. 


Get the most out of your research reading

The Reading in the Discipline (RiD) is the University of Johannesburg's academic support structure within the Academic Development Centre that aims at developing students' academic reading competencies. The aim is to enhance understanding of reading as a process and to encourage a thinking-through-reading approach. Students receive RiD assistance through the facilitation of various workshops such as Reading Strategies, Critical Reading, paraphrasing, annotation, summarising, note making and note taking strategies, Reading with Understanding, Encoding and Decoding strategies and with Critiquing academic texts.

Date: 4 August 2020

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Facilitator: Mr Freedom Makhathini


Mindfulness for engaging meaningfully in the new era

As human beings we share a tendency to scramble for certainty whenever we realize that everything around us is in flux. In difficult times the stress of trying to find solid ground—something predictable to stand on—seems to intensify. But in truth, the very nature of our existence is forever in flux. Everything keeps changing, whether we're aware of it or not.   Pema Chödrön (2012)

Mindfulness means bringing intelligence into the present. Mindfulness is used in formal education programmes at universities around the world. It is a powerful tool to reduce stress and improve focus. This series of introductory sessions will offer guidance in exploring and practicing mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is cultivated through a series of exercises that aim at training attention to stay focused on a particular object: bodily sensations, breath, sounds, etc. By keeping attention focused in the present moment, mindfulness practitioners are more able to self-regulate the distracting tendencies of the mind. This results include increased focus and well-being.  We will draw on the seminal works of Kabat-Zinn (1994) who defines three components in the practice of mindfulness: intention, moment-to-moment awareness and acceptance or openness. 

There are 8 weekly sessions of 1 hour on Zoom. Participants are encouraged to practice at home for 20 minutes a day. There will be opportunities to discuss, practice, and learn about various aspects of mindfulness.

Access to the course will close after the first session on 4 August as the weekly sessions are presented sequentially.

This workshop will be offered on Zoom. If you wish to join then please follow the link above and complete the Google Booking Form. A Zoom meeting request will be sent on Monday 3 August. Kindly accept this meeting request by 15H00.

Date of 1st session: Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Zoom Meeting:  will be shared on Monday 3 August, on email 

Facilitator: Professor Moyra Keane


Drafting a Research Article (Writing for Publication)

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.


Getting Started as a Scholarly Writer (Writing for Publication) 

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.


Crafting an article (Writing for Publication)

'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.


Research Proposal Writing 

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