About Platonic Academy of PhDs

What is it to do a PhD? You want to explore the part of yourself that is keen to investigate and seek truth. You want to contribute to topics that you are passionate about. You want to make the world better. But PhD students are suffering, not only from overworking but also from insufficient guidance and sometimes trespassing authorship from seniors. But in some corner of the PhDs, we remain curious about the ideal science and ideal way to practice the science in the community. Not about reputation, not about how much funding, not about contract or visa, but about learning what it is, how to do it, and where can we contribute to make it better. 


This Platonic Academy of PhDs is dedicated to peer-support of the PhD students. We provide the space to allow PhD students to help each other, guide each other, let senior PhDs help junior PhDs, let peer teach each other. We are a family and we need to help each other to be a better union of scientists in the future. 


In this school, you will find courses that will contains resources, experiences, network, and peers, to help you grow as a young researcher, regardless the support or pressure you have at your home insitute. At least that is what this school is setup for. 


Hope you will contribute and hope you will enjoy the research life better with peer support. 

Often you forget what you read and the time you wasted on that reading just happened to be gone. You could have done better if you knew how to read in a more organized scientific way with a little bit purpose that you set in advance. Through this course, you can know how to read papers, books, and other scientific publications in a way that you do not hate yourself. 

This course teaches you how to use the internal referencing tool inside microsoft word software to organize your citation and references.

Well, if you are a newbie, you can barely feel the pressure from publish or perish yet, because you are not stepping in the door yet. This course teaches newbies about academic publishing. What journals they should choose, how to choose, what usually needs to pay attention when submitting your manuscripts, etc. I promise, after this course, you will step your feet inside the door. But sorry, then welcome to publish or perish world!

Listen, research ethics are not just blah blah blah. It occurs frequently to researchers on purpose or without being awared. If your professor claims authorship over your work even though he or she did not do a thing, is it violating the research ethics? Surely it is! What other cases can be considered as violating the research ethics. Well, join to know. At least you need to know what are happenings and what may possibly happen in this topic, just in case unfortunately one day you need to deal with. Better be prepared to be a healthy researcher with healthy research ethics from the very beginning. Get trained now.

When you are a non native speaker of English but have to publish in English, you need to know how to make it as polished as possible to be qualified for academic publishing. This course introduces you to the world of academic writing and listen to your peers about their experiences and take away some best practices.

This course introduces the scientific citation, its styles, useful tools, teach you how to use proper tools to organize references and citations smoothly in your research writing.

Are you coming to USI for a Doctoral degree in Communication Sciences? Or are you already in? Here is a very important course contributed together by different PhD students and graduates at USI. You will absolutely get an idea about what it is like and what needs to be done. Learning from peers is important besides learning from your professors. Give a try. You will be surprised!

Students are grouped in this space. The grouping rule is based on the exam or the class name. Only students of the same exam/class can see and interact with each other. Each section of this space is one group, giving space to an independent group of students. It contains the following activities and resources:

  • StudentQuiz: a tool for students to contribute questions and answers, to comment on questions, to rate questions, to run for ranking competition with other students, to get social thanks to exams.
  • Forum: a tool for students to ask further questions, discuss about topics, free conversation, etc.
  • Glossary: a tool to contribute definition of concepts, which can form as a dictionary or reference for the whole group.

Students like questions to help them prepare for exams. However, it’s hard to provide enough questions for many self-assessments and exams. That’s one reason why the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil developed the Moodle plugin StudentQuiz. StudentQuiz enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. Even if an individual student contributes a few questions only, a large cohort could easily build up an extensive question pool. With this course, you will get to know StudentQuiz as a plugin of Moodle.