Winter School 2017 Here is a short summary of the participants´ ideas and thoughts after the winter school.

Academic community building by prof Margus Pedaste (University of Tartu)

The participation in doctoral school was valuable, because:

• I got a sense of self efficacy and confidence;

• I realised what I had done well;

• I was able to build a community;

• I gained lots of motivation – the students who have advanced very far in their research, encourage me to do the same; I see, that people have similar problems as myself

• it brings together doctoral students and tutors – peer support;

• the presentations are enjoyable and the feedback is very valuable – it helps to keep focus;

• I learned how to choose appropriate literature and how to work with it;

• I gained future perspectives for my career;

• I was able to get some useful tips (terminology, Researchgate)

• I had the chance to socialize and take part in informal activities.

Ideas for the future:

• more practical workshops;

• more time for discussions and debates in groups;

• there is a need for an opening session;

• the socializing part is very important – it should be at the beginning;

• more diversity;

• participants should be familiar with the texts beforehand;

• what if there was a key note speaker?

• time to sit down and write.

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