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Upcoming internal workshops

Upcoming workshops

The workshops below are offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. We offer both in-class and online workshops in collaboration with our university partners and the Academic Skills Club.

External workshops are also made available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through EDGE (Education, Development, Growth and Engagement) by Mitacs Training.

Online workshops

  • Mindsight: Awareness of Mental Health Issues

    Available anytime
    Grad Pro Skills area: Other

    About

    This online workshop will address issues of stigma, facts about common mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders) and myths about mental illness will be addressed. Risk factors, warning signs, how to respond and help strategies for self-harming behaviour, suicidal behaviour or trauma in self or others will be introduced. Available resources (treatment and support, educational) will be outlined.

    Learning outcomes

    • Discuss the potential consequences of stigma.
    • Distinguish between the facts and myths associated with mental illness.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses.
    • Name strategies for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.
    • Identify self-help strategies.
    • Identify available treatment options and mental health resources for individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.

    Register for Mindsight


January 2020 - Registration is open!

  • C/C++ with the Academic Skills Club (Tuesday, January 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.)

    Facilitated by the Academic Skills Club
    *This workshop is offered twice in January.
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Room 1054

    About

    In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of programming using C++ by programming small projects with the group.  You will then get to apply what you learned from C++ by learning to program on C, a simpler version of C++.  Come prepared with Visual Studio already installed on your laptop.

    Register

  • Making Time for Time Management (Thursday, January 30 from 1:10 to 2:40 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Stephanie Karam, Career Counsellor (Student Life – Career Centre) and Lindsay Smith, Academic Skills Coordinator (Student Life - Student Learning Centre)
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    Learn about how to appropriately manage your time during grad school to lessen your stress and increase your free time. Discover useful planning tools to help organize your responsibilities to get the most out of your 168-hour week. This workshop will also introduce you to the process of setting SMART goals, as well as how to prioritize your daily and weekly tasks.

    Learning outcomes

    • Develop self-awareness of your current time management tactics.
    • Learn the dos and don’ts of time management, specifically for graduate students.
    • Identify how to categorize your daily tasks to free up your time.
    • Develop an understanding of how to appropriately set SMART goals.

    Professional development area

    Other

    Register


February 2020 - Registration is open!

  • Navigating Difficult Conversations: Conflict Management (Tuesday, February 4 from 2:10 to 4 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Jeremy Greenberg, Psychotherapist-Counsellor and Student Wellness Advisor, Student Life--Student Mental Health Services
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    This workshop encourages critical thinking, provides problem solving strategies and teaches conflict management skills. Critical and creative thinking, conflict resolution and problem solving skills are crucial for being successful.

    Learning outcomes

    • Develop your problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills
    • Learn about what can block creative problem solving and strategies for engaging your creativity
    • Gain experience in using communication skills to promote win-win conflict outcomes

    Professional development area

    Professional Communication
    *This workshop is part of the Professional Communication Certificate. 

    Register

  • Organizing Your Literature Search with Citation Manager (Wednesday, February 5 from 2:10 to 4 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Kate Gibbings, Engineering and Applied Science Librarian, Campus Library
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    In this workshop you will use the citation manager EndNote to save references and create accurate in-text references and bibliographies in Word. You will also learn the benefits of using EndNote to organize articles and other research sources for your literature review. Please bring a laptop to this workshop and check that EndNote is installed (contact IT Services if it is not). 

    Learning outcomes

    • Identify the easiest ways to add references to your EndNote Library
    • Create in-text references and bibliographies in Word in different citation styles
    • Keep your references organized using EndNote features such as groups and deduplication

    Professional development area

    Research and Knowledge Mobilization

    Register

  • In Your Own Words: Paraphrasing and Summarizing (Tuesday, February 11 from 2:10 to 4 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Mark Neville, Writing, ESL Specialist, Student Life - Student Learning Centre
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    Integrating research in written work is an essential skill, although it is one with which many writers struggle. After considering the characteristics of each, you will have the opportunity to practice writing paraphrases and summaries as well as assess their effectiveness.

    Learning outcomes

    • Learn about how to integrate research into written work.
    • Identify the characteristics of successful paraphrases and summaries.
    • Identify and apply writing strategies to paraphrase and summarize well.

    Professional development area

    Research and Knowledge Mobilization

    Register

  • Inkscape with the Academic Skills Club (Tuesday, February 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.)

    Facilitated by the Academic Skills Club
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Room 1054

    About

    Are you looking for the perfect open source, free program to design amazing figures for your scientific publications and posters? Look no further! InkScape is the perfect tool for you! Join us for a hands-on InkScape tutorial with free coffee.
    https://inkscape.org/en/  

    Register

  • Exploring Alternative Career Opportunities: Non-Academic Job Search (Tuesday, February 25 from 2:10 to 3:40 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Juanita Barton, Employment Advisor, Student Life - Careers and Internships
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    This workshop explores job search strategies and how to effectively create networking opportunities and build relationships that can lead to career opportunities. It will also provide information about online and face-to-face etiquette, as well as job search tools and resources.

    Learning outcomes

    • Identify the purpose of networking and at least three networking strategies.
    • Write an effective networking goal.
    • Understand the key components necessary to develop a personal branding strategy.
    • Identify at least two key resources that will enhance your job search.

    Professional development area

    Career Management

    Register

  • Python with the Academic Skills Club (Tuesday, February 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.)

    Facilitated by the Academic Skills Club
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Room 1054

    About

    Join us for a Python programming hands-on workshop! Python is one of the most widely used and versatile programming languages which makes it a great tool to add to your skillset.

    Register

  • Accessible Instructional Material (Thursday, February 27 from 1:10 to 3 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Caroline Ferguson, Faculty Development Officer, Teaching and Learning Centre
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    Ensuring that your course materials are accessible to all audiences is an important part of the course design process. In this workshop, we will review some accessible instructional design best practices. We will discuss how to create accessible content (Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint files, and videos), and you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge by adapting your content to make it accessible. 

    Learning outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand and apply best practices for accessible instructional design
    • Create accessible Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and/or videos 
    • Review instructional materials and evaluate them according to accessibility best practices

    Professional development area

    Teaching and Learning

    Register


March 2020 - Registration opens February 19!

  • Social Media for Pros (Tuesday, March 3 from 2:10 to 3:40 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Emily Rowsell, Social Media Coordinator, Communications and Marketing
    Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2034

    About

    What is personal branding on social media? In 2020, what does it mean to share your professional work on social media channels and how do you bridge the gap between the personal and the professional in the digital space? In this workshop we will discuss the do’s, the don’ts and the how for sharing your professional research on social media and creating engaging content.

    Learning outcomes

    • How to mix your personal and professional social media presence
    • Identifying Your Story & Expertise
    • Deciding on Which Social Media Platform to use
    • Setting up your Social Media Accounts
      • Optimizing Your Chosen Social Media Accounts
    • Creating Content for Beginners
      • Tools & Apps
      • Best Practices
      • Dos & Do Nots
    • Finding Your Community & Engaging with It

    Professional development area

    Professional Communication
    *This workshop is part of the Professional Communication Certificate. 

  • Shut Up and Write! (Thursday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Mark Neville, Writing, ESL Specialist, Student Life - Student Learning Centre
    Location TBD

    About

    Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. Let's write! It doesn't matter if you are working on a thesis chapter, literature review, conference paper or proposal—the Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! event provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. Spaces are limited

    Professional development area

    Other

  • MATLAB with the Academic Skills Club (Wednesday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.)

    Facilitated by the Academic Skills Club
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Room 1056

    About

    In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to program basic functions and the basic language of MATLAB. Being proficient in MATLAB will help you program a wide variety of analysis and create amazing figures to represent your data. Please come prepared with MATLAB already installed on your computer. You can obtain a free MATLAB license through Ontario Tech’s IT department.

  • From Student to Start-Up: Entrepreneurship for Grad Students (Tuesday, March 17 from 2:10 to 3:40 p.m.)

    Facilitated by Jeff Peng, Program Officer, Brilliant Catalyst
    The Catalyst, Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Room 2100

    Professional development area

    Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

  • Introduction to R with the Academic Skills Club (Tuesday, March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.)