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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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External workshops

External workshops

The following workshops are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through both Mitacs and LinkedIn Learning. Both platforms are free to Ontario Tech students.  We encourage you to explore the below listed workshops as well as other workshops offered online for both your personal and professional development.

To access the LinkedIn resources, visit linkedinlearning.ontariotechu.ca/ and log in with your Banner/student ID (100xxxxxx) and network password. LinkedIn Learning offers workshops spanning all aspects of professional development. This list we have provided here is to help you get started but we encourage you to explore for any other courses that may be of benefit and interest to you. 

To access the Mitacs resources, create a profile at EDGE by Mitacs training page. 

LinkedIn Learning Online Workshops

  • Creating a Career Plan
    The employment landscape can be volatile and scary. But with a solid career plan, you will be prepared and adept at finding work for the rest of your life. An effective career plan includes knowing how to determine, articulate, and sell your personal brand. In this course, Dr. Chaz Austin guides you through the key steps of career planning, from identifying your dream job and your monetizeable passion to branding and networking, so you can be sure to land that next opportunity.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the 21st-century workplace
    • Self-marketing
    • Identifying your monetizable passion
    • Knowing how to interview well
    • Networking
    • Managing your search for work
    • Negotiating salary
    • Becoming a lifelong learner

    Online Course

  • Data Visualization: Story Telling
    We are wired for story. We crave it. Storytelling has played an integral role in our ability to make progress. It should come as no surprise, then, that presenting data and information in story form maximizes the effectiveness of our communication. We can create deeper emotional responses in our audience when we present data in story form.

    Join data visualization expert Bill Shander as he guides you through the process of turning "facts and figures" into "story" to engage and fulfill our human expectation for information. This course is intended for anyone who works with data and has to communicate it to others, whether a researcher, a data analyst, a consultant, a marketer, or a journalist. Bill shows you how to think about, and craft, stories from data by examining many compelling stories in detail.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Creating a narrative structure for data
    • Applying narrative to data
    • Identifying what you want to say with the data
    • Analyzing what your data is saying
    • Determining what your audience needs to hear
    • Leveraging tables, charts, and visuals
    • Ensuring your narrative provides context and direction

    Online Course

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    For many modern professionals, remaining electronically connected at nearly all times is the norm. And dealing with these constant distractions—from email, social media, apps, and so on—can wreak havoc on our ability to focus. In Cal Newport's 2016 book, Deep Work, he shares strategies for regaining your ability to focus on a task without distraction. This audiobook summary distills some of the most poignant lessons from Deep Work into quick, easily digestible tips. Tune in to learn how to enhance your productivity—and get more out of your spare time—though focused, deep work.

    Online Course

  • Developing a Learning Mindset
    A learning mindset means that you see challenges as opportunities and that you are motivated to learn something new every day. eParachute founder Gary Bolles shows you how to develop a learning mindset so that learning becomes a habit and not a chore. Find your motivation to learn, explore how the brain acquires and retains information, and discover how to conduct a self-inventory that reveals what you've learned and how you learn best. Gary also introduces strategies to make learning a fun and rewarding practice that stays with you for life.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify effective motivations for learning.
    • Explain how the brain is designed for learning.
    • List factors that influence the need for lifelong learning.
    • Describe different types of skills.
    • Create inventories of what you have learned.

    Online Course

  • Developing Your Professional Image
    For new graduates transitioning from school to the world of work, creating a professional image isn't always intuitive. In this course, executive coach and organizational psychologist Gemma Leigh Roberts provides tips and guidance that can help you successfully navigate the start of your professional career. Gemma highlights the main differences between campus life and being part of the workforce, and explains how to develop the right mindset for dealing with workplace challenges and getting ahead in your career. Plus, she shares tips for acclimating to a new workplace, and discusses how to create a career strategy that sets you up for success, focusing on your vision, mission, goals, and targets.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Transitioning from the campus to the office
    • Differences in the working world
    • Developing a transition success mindset
    • Adapting to a new environment
    • Avoiding cultural mistakes
    • The first 90 days
    • Building a strategy

    Online Course

  • Excel Essentials Office 365
    Get up to speed with Microsoft Excel, the world's most popular spreadsheet program. Follow along with Excel expert Dennis Taylor as he demonstrates how to efficiently manage and analyze data with this powerful program. Learn how to enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, and format the appearance of rows, columns, cells, and data. Other lessons cover how to work with multiple worksheets, build charts and PivotTables, sort and filter data, use the printing capabilities of Excel, and more.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the process for adding a command to the Quick Access toolbar.
    • Cite the shortcuts for Undo and Redo.
    • Name the keys commonly used to move, copy, and insert data.
    • Explain how to create a chart.
    • Summarize the process for freezing and unfreezing panes.
    • Describe methods for sorting data.
    • Explain how to create Pivot Tables.

    Online Course

  • Excel Managing Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks
    In this short, task-focused course, learn how to grapple with a common Excel problem: managing large amounts of data contained in multiple worksheets and workbooks. Follow Dennis Taylor as he takes you through how to move, copy, and link data across multiple worksheets. Dennis shares tips for adding, moving, and navigating worksheets and workbooks efficiently. He covers how to implement global changes, create formulas to connect worksheets and calculate data from multiple worksheets, and use PivotTables to summarize data from multiple workbooks.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Working with different worksheets together
    • Copying and moving worksheets within a workbook
    • Linking formulas across multiple workbooks
    • Changing tab colors and renaming sheets
    • Copying, moving, and inserting data on different sheets
    • Working with multiple workbooks
    • Navigating workbooks
    • Getting data from other sheets with 3D formulas

    Online Course

  • Google Hangouts Essential Training

     Hangouts—the popular app from Google—gives you the ability to get in touch with other Google users via messaging, video calls, and phone calls. In this course, learn how to make full use of Hangouts. David Rivers begins with the basics, including a tour of the interface. Next, he covers how to initiate one-on-one or group text chats. Then, David walks through the various options for making phone and video calls through Hangouts, including how to facilitate group video meetings and share your screen during a call. He covers how to use Hangouts on a variety of devices, including desktop computers, mobile phones, and tablets. Finally, David explains how to customize preferences and he shares some handy keyboard shortcuts.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the various components of the Hangouts interface.
    • Describe how to archive a text chat.
    • Explain the process of joining a video call.
    • Summarize how to change video call settings.
    • Identify the process of starting a Hangout chat on a tablet.
    • Recall how to determine whether someone is available to have a conversation in Hangouts.
    • Cite the steps you go through to change your profile picture

    Online Course

  • How to Create a Perfect Elevator Pitch
    Elevator pitches are not just for people who work in sales. You can use an elevator pitch in so many ways: at a networking event, when talking to customers, or to get buy-in from your colleagues. But how do you craft a pitch that generates interest in your idea, product, or project in just 30 seconds or less? Take this course to learn how to create an engaging elevator pitch for your idea, your company, or the brand of you. Instructor Aimee Bateman shares her proven strategy for developing pitches that make a great first impression—in as little time as it takes to get to the first floor. This course was created by Careercake, the careers content platform. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Recall how to create a relatable elevator pitch question.
    • Explain how to present an elevator pitch.
    • Recognize the importance of practicing an elevator pitch.
    • Identify the proper length of an elevator pitch.
    • Name what a personal elevator pitch should include.

    Online Course

  • Learning to Teach Online
    Technology has changed the nature of education—and the jobs of educators. Online instruction requires different methods to help students learn. This course is designed to help corporate trainers and teachers update their skill sets to teach effectively online. Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Plus, Oliver shows how to make sure your lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Benefits of online education
    • Incorporating technology in the classroom
    • Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
    • Writing learning outcomes
    • Sharing and curating files and resources
    • Tracking student progress
    • Engaging students
    • Fostering communication
    • Providing feedback
    • Making learning accessible to students with disabilities

    Online Course

  • The Mindful Workday

    Bring your best self to work. Join Dr. Britt Andreatta in The Mindful Workday, a series of mindfulness exercises to keep you connected, grounded, and focused at work. Learn how to maximize your commute—whether it’s a two-hour drive or a short walk to your home office—so you show up prepared. Discover how to create a healthy working environment and communicate better with your boss. Find out how to use your downtime in a positive way, stop watching the clock so you can live in the present, and turn meetings into successful, collaborative experiences. Finally, learn how to mindfully leave work and arrive home fully present. Note: This course was created and produced by Desk Yogi.

    Online Course

  • Working Remotely
    When you unlock the power of remote work, you can ditch your commute, work where you focus best, and spend more time doing things you love, all while advancing your career. Coach Mike Gutman from FlexJobs shows how to use today's cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere, while remaining connected to your organization. He reveals how you can create a productive work environment at home or around town by structuring your day correctly and avoiding distractions. He also explains how to build rapport with remote colleagues so you feel like you're part of the team and succeed in your remote career. Watch this course to learn how to work productively, when and where you want, and achieve the freedom and flexibility you need for a more balanced life.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the ideal home setup for working remotely.
    • Summarize the process of onboarding a remote worker.
    • Explain the importance of work-life balance and how to maintain it while working remotely.
    • Cite the tools remote workers can use to stay connected to the home office.
    • Describe how to manage conflict with teammates while working remotely.
    • Explain how to build culture in a remote team.

    Online Course


Mitacs Online workshops

  • Communicating Your Research

    Grad Pro Skills area: Professional Communication
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Good communication skills are essential to a successful research career. This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis: presentation skills, writing skills and poster creation.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to construct a clear and concise narrative that audiences will remember.
    • Understand how to use text, visuals, and interactivity to communicate your message effectively.
    • Take a clear and cohesive approach to your written communication.
    • Have been exposed to a variety of poster presentation layout styles and tips to communicating your research effectively.

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  • Managing Project Timelines