University of East Anglia Online Training Series for PGRs
WELCOME TO THE UEA ONLINE TRAINING SERIES FOR PGRS
The ‘University of East Anglia (UEA) Online Training Series’ offers research and professional skills training for postgraduate research students (PGRs) in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Last year, nearly 3500 students attended the series, drawn from more than 30 UK universities and a very wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm. The series is organised and administered by Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, who also teaches the majority of sessions. For your convenience, the training has been organised into five modules, each focused on a specific area/topic. You are nonetheless free to sign up for individual sessions (and not a whole module) if you prefer. Modules 1-4 will run twice across the 2018-19 academic year and Module 5 will run once (in May 2019). Here is a full schedule of the modules, individual sessions, and relevant dates for 2018/19:
MODULE 1 - ACADEMIC WRITING: (1) What Should a Literature Review Do? (9th Oct 2018 & 29th Jan 2019); (2) Writing Effectively (16th Oct 2018 & 5th Feb 2019); (3) Academic Publishing (23rd Oct 2018 & 12th Feb 2019); (4) Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis (30th Oct 2018 & 19th Feb 2019)
MODULE 2 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SKILLS: (1) A Comparison of Qualitative Methods (6th Nov 2018 & 26th Feb 2019); (2) Qualitative Interviewing (13th Nov 2018 & 5th Mar 2019); (3) Analysing Qualitative Data (20th Nov 2018 & 12th Mar 2019)
MODULE 3 - FINISHING YOUR PHD: (1) Preparing for your Viva (27th Nov 2018 & 19th Mar 2019); (2) Securing a First Academic Post (4th Dec 2018 & 26th Mar 2019); (3) Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications (11th Dec 2018 & 2nd Apr 2019)
MODULE 4 - TEACHING SKILLS: (1) Preparing & Delivering Seminars (8th Jan 2019 & 9th Apr 2019); (2) Preparing & Delivering Lectures (15th Jan 2019 & 30th Apr 2019); (3) Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design (22nd Jan 2019 & 7th May 2019)
MODULE 5 - QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH SKILLS: (1) A Beginner’s Guide to Quantitative Research (14th May 2019); (2) An Introduction to Scale Development (21st May 2019); (3) An Introduction to SEM (28th May 2019)
This year's first sitting of Modules 1 & 2 (Academic Writing & Qualitative Research Skills) will be available for booking, via the schedule below, from Tuesday 18th September 2018. Bookings for the first sitting of Modules 3 & 4 (Finishing your PhD & Teaching Skills) will open on Tuesday 30th October 2018. Booking information about the second sittings of these four modules, as well as Module 5 (Quantitative Research Skills) will be provided to your institution, and added to this website, in due course. If you have any problems with any aspect of your booking, please e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] and we will be happy to help.
How to Book
To book a particular session just click on the relevant entry in the schedule below. The sessions will appear in the schedule only when they are open for booking. Go to Book this Session, click Select and then View Selections. You will be asked to provide your full name, university affiliation, and e-mail address (please use an official university e-mail address if you have one). When you confirm your booking you will receive an e-mail confirmation to the address provided. Please read the mail and keep it safe - it includes the hyperlink that will allow you access to the virtual classroom. The e-mail also contains a calendar invitation which can be used to add the date and time to your calendar, and you will receive a further e-mail, five days before the relevant session, reminding you of your booking. If you find you can’t attend for some reason, please cancel your booking in advance. Instructions about how to cancel are provided below.
Waiting Lists & Additional Sessions
If the session you want to book is full, you can still add your name to a waiting list. Having your name on the waiting list opens the possibility that you might subsequently receive an e-mail offering you the chance to book a place. You will need to respond to this mail quickly (within one hour), or the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list, the next, and so on. The first person to respond to their waiting list e-mail will get the place. It is also possible, where there is particularly high demand, that additional sessions will be added to the schedule. These typically run between 2-4pm on weekday afternoons and information will be provided to your institution, and added to this website, if/when a new session(s) is added.
Accessing/Setting Up the Virtual Classroom Software
In order to attend the online training, you will need to download the appropriate virtual classroom software, provided by Electa-Live. This can be accessed direct from the Electa website at: [http://support.e-lecta.com/?topic=plugindownload]. Please do this as soon as possible and do not wait for the evening of the session. The software can be downloaded to a PC, laptop, tablet, or even a smart phone. Remember, however, that downloading to a work computer may require administrative permissions to be granted. For this reason, the use of a personal computer is often the easier option. If you are having problems, or would like to receive a test hyperlink to ensure the software is downloaded and working correctly, please e-mail [email@example.com].
Cancelling Your Booking
Please cancel your booking if you are unable to attend. There is likely to be a waiting list for most sessions and someone else will happily take your place (if you give them the chance!). You can cancel until 12pm on the day of the session by using your booking mail - click on View Booking, then Ticket Options, and finally Cancel Ticket. Alternatively, you can go direct to the website at: [https://bookwhen.com/ueaonlinetraining], login to your account (if you haven't set one up, just enter the e-mail address you used to book and click 'forgotten password'), and follow the same procedure. PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to attend two booked sessions without cancelling in advance (or without mailing [firstname.lastname@example.org] to offer suitable apologies and excuses), any further bookings you have made will automatically be cancelled. Please attend diligently! Thanks for your help with this. #Sign up, Turn up!
About the Sessions
If you have any particular issues/topics you’d like to see covered in the session(s) you've booked, things that are already troubling you or questions you’d like answered, please feel free to get in touch [email@example.com]. All the online training sessions take advantage of the skills and academic experience of the presenter – gathered over too many years in Simon’s case – and offer many useful tips and tricks-of-the-trade, to render potentially complicated and multi-layered academic tasks a little more simple. We hope you enjoy. The session slides, a session recording, and other relevant materials will be forwarded after the session, but it is still a good idea to take some notes as you listen along. It’s a sensible thing to do and too few students do it effectively.
Looking forward to seeing/hearing you all during the sessions…
Dr Simon Watts,
PGR Training Coordinator & Deputy Director of the Graduate School,
Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of East Anglia.