Setting up your digital workspace_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

Setting up your digital workspace

Postgraduate students spend hours working on their computers, as most 21st century students type all their documents. Microsoft Word offers students many powerful tools that can save valuable time and improve the quality of their final product. This video focuses on the physical and digital configuration of your workspace. It covers keyboard shortcuts and other application windows that can be used to improve your productivity behind the computer. The presenter also offers students access to tools such as a dissertation template and back-up tools. Video 10.15 minutes.

Developed by Dr Jacques Raubenheimer. Thanks to Dr Henriëtte Van den Berg who collaborated with Dr Raubenheimer on this project.

Who else might find this useful?

Postgraduate students and supervisors may find this video helpful.

Download a back-up tool and a dissertation template from Dr Raubenheimer’s website at: http://insight.trueinsight.za.com/word/word-utilities

Explore these additional resources

Visit the following websites to learn more about the ergonomics of your workspace:

Additional readings:

  • Ford, N. (2012). The essential guide to using the web for research. London: Sage.
  • Raubenheimer, J. (2012). Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word. A comprehensive guide to using Microsoft Word for academic writing.  Bloemfontein: True Insight Publishing
  • Raubenheimer, J. (2014). Crowd-sourced reference and citation management in the information era. Bloemfontein: True Insight Publishing

 

Setting up your digital workspace: part II

Standard functions of MS Word can assist you with the organisation of your chapters and improve the quality of the presentation of your work. Limited computer literacy can waste hours of a postgraduate student’s time and can lead to significant frustration.  In this video, the presenter demonstrates various functions of Microsoft Word and Mendeley, a reference management program.  The use of these programs can improve the productivity of postgraduate students significantly. Follow the instructions in the video and explore further readings to set up your digital workspace. Video 12.31 minutes.

Developed by Dr Jacques Raubenheimer. Thanks to Dr Henriëtte van den Berg who collaborated with Dr Raubenheimer on the project.

Who else might find this useful?

Postgraduate students and supervisors may find this video helpful.

Download useful tools such as a dissertation template and back-up tools from Dr Raubenheimer’s website at: http://insight.trueinsight.za.com/word/word-utilities

Explore these additional resources

  • Ford, N. (2012). The essential guide to using the web for research. London: Sage.
  • Raubenheimer, J. (2012). Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word. A comprehensive guide to using Microsoft Word for academic writing.  Bloemfontein: True Insight Publishing
  • Raubenheimer, J. (2014). Crowd-sourced reference and citation management in the information era. Bloemfontein: True Insight Publishing