Recurring Programmes & Workshops
2020 Skills Centre Programmes
2020 Skills Centre Programmes
We, at the Skills Centre are currently planning our syllabus for semster 2 and we would love to know which courses you are most interested in. Some of the courses we are offering next year are listed below and there are even more are to come!
- Digital Badge in Independant Thinking
- SPEAK: Digital Badge presentations development programme
- Critical Thinking
- Survive & Thrive: The ABC's of first year
- Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life
- Avoiding Errors in Reasoning Digital Badge
Digital Badge in Independent Thinking
This innovative digital badge, offered by the School of Law, carves out space for undergraduate students to reflect on what independent thinking means and its value for society. Through a mix of workshops with an emphasis on group discussion and a deep reading of interdisciplinary texts, this badge seeks to help undergraduate students to transition to university study as well as develop skills and aptitudes that will prepare students for employment and civic engagement. You can find out more about this programme here.
The Skills Centre is delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to students across all disciplines. Please note that there is a limited number of places on the programme.
Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life
In the Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life Digital Badge, you will explore some practical everyday things, based on the latest scientific research, that you can say and do to support yourself to establish healthy habits and routines for your university lifestyle, enhancing your successful transition into and through higher education. This digital badge will explore how you spend your time across study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep and cultivate positive habits of mind including mindful self-compassion, growth mindset and joy & gratitude. Participants will learn about brain and body health, and how to create and maintain daily habits and routines that support physical and emotional wellbeing for learning and life.
The “Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life” digital badge will be delivered over 8 sessions, each one hour duration. You can find out more about this programme here.
Avoiding Errors in Reasoning Digital Badge
This digital badge exposes participants to different approaches to reasoning drawn from philosophy, history and law. Participants will examine common mistakes in reasoning (philosophy), how to reason about events with multiple complex causes (history) and the structural features of arguments that support the reaching of defensible conclusions (law). This course aims to bring together the strengths of our different disciplines to equip students to recognize and apply successful reasoning strategies.
SPEAK: Our digital badge presentations development programme
The SPEAK Programme is designed to be delivered over 6 weeks with the final session being one of peer evaluation. Each session will deliver a specific element of presentation skills that will allow you to become aware of the broad spectrum of performance in everyday life, as well as to develop specific techniques to enhance presentation skills and visual communication. These techniques include the development of an expanded range of physical and vocal expressivity, expanded approaches to audience awareness and enlarged awareness of non-verbal and non-physical communication. Storytelling, improvisation, scripting, messaging and digital skills will all be explored in the sessions allowing for the development of a full set of skills required for successful dissemination, which you can read more about here.
Critical Thinking (4-week course)
As a university student in the Digital Age, you need to be able to think critically about the resources and information that you use as part of your studies and research. It is really important for you to be able to differentiate sources of information. Your writing needs to be able to reflect others ideas and arguments, yet showcase your own opinion, utilising other sources work to bring your ideas to the fore. This cannot be done unless you question what you read, and synthase the thoughts of your sources to underpin your own writing.
Learning to be a critical thinker is one of the most important skills you can gain as a university student, if not the most. The Skills Centre has developed a four-part workshop to help you to develop these skills, which you can read more about here.
Survive & Thrive: The ABC's of first year
Survive and thrive in your 1st year of university. This is a four week programme, delivered by DSS, will introduce you to strategies to enable engagement with life at third level. Drawing on techniques from technology to positive psychology you will find new ways to engage with your work, the campus and those around you. This course will explore topics such as developing & engaging in daily mindfulness meditation practice to help improve your individual study style, aswell as developing your technology skills for learning, which you can learn more about here.
Give us your feedback and have your say!
If you attended any of our skill sessions or would like to attend a particular one this coming term, we would love to have your feedback and input! To help us improve, we'd like to ask you a few questions about your expirience so far. It'll only take 3 minutes, and your anonymous answers will help us make the Skills Centre even better for you and other UCC students.