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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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Upcoming instructor-directed workshops

Upcoming Instructor-Directed Workshops - Winter 2023

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, however all workshops are currently only offered online via Google Meet.

Please note that the scheduled workshop dates and times are based on facilitator availability. If you are a faculty member and are interested in arranging a specific Grad Pro Skill workshop for your class after standard office hours, please contact

January 2023 (online) *Registration opens Monday, December 12

  • Starting Off Strong: Library Resources 101 - Wednesday, January 11 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary, Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet:

    Do you think the Library is just about print books and study carrels? Think again! The Library offers robust online and digital services that can help you succeed in your graduate studies. In this workshop you will learn all about accessing academic journal articles and books online with ease, the benefits of an online research consultation with your subject librarian, and how to access specialized digital resources like datasets, cases, patents, and standards. We will also discuss how the Library can help with other areas of research such as citation management and research data management.  

    Learning outcomes:
    • Gain an applied understanding of the Library's digital collections including accessing eBooks, electronic journal articles, and specialized collections such as data, standards, and cases.
    • Identify library services, including the subject librarian, related to your study
    • Adopt online library resources as key component to research strategy
  • Presentation Skills - Tuesday, January 17 from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Darren Grant, Career Advisor, Career Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    A clear and concise presenter, a visual presentation and engaging content are some of the keys to keeping your audience’s attention in a presentation. In this workshop, you will learn what makes a great presentation and what you can work on to develop your skills.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter
    • Describe your research to a layperson audience
    • Learn techniques to engage audiences
    • Develop active listening skills

    *This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate

  • Writing a Review of Literature - Thursday, January 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Tessa Troughton, Writing and Study Skills Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    A literature review is a summary and evaluation of significant documents and developments on a topic. Completing a literature review will ensure a good understanding of a topic. In this workshop you will learn how to properly construct a literature review and how to organize your research.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Learn about the importance of critical and selective reading
    • Identify any strengths, weaknesses, contradictions and gaps in the research
    • Integrate and synthesize writing material to develop the literature review
  • (NEW) Diversity and Discrimination in the Recruitment Process - Wednesday, January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.

    Amanda Miller, Internship and Co-op Advisor, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet: 

    Workshop description and learning outcomes TBD. 

February 2023 (online) *Registration opens Monday, January 16

  • Organizing your Literature Search with EndNote - Thursday, February 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Kate Gibbings, Librarian, Engineering and Applied Science, Campus Libraries 
    Online via Google Meet:

    In this workshop you will use a citation manager to save references and create accurate in-text references and bibliographies in Word. Please come to the session with EndNote installed. EndNote is available from Software Support. You will learn the benefits of using a citation manager to organize articles and other research sources for your literature review. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Identify the easiest ways to add references to your citation manager 
    • Create in-text references and bibliographies in Word in different citation styles
    • Keep your references organized using advanced features such as folders and deduplication
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Tuesday, February 7 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Mark Neville, ESL Writing Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    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
  • Intercultural Communication - Thursday, February 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Tharsy Selvanantham, International Student Advisor, International Office
    Online via Google Meet:

    As the world becomes more diverse, it will become inevitable that we will be working with people from other cultures. It’s important that we understand how to effectively communicate across cultures. Evoking global thinking and empathy in your communication style will make you a better team member, communicator, collaborator and global citizen.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Appreciate the value of intercultural communication
    • Recognize the influence our own cultural values and biases have on our perspectives
    • Analyze a case of an intercultural communication difference
    • Apply a strategy learned to avoid and/or repair differences in intercultural communication

    *This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Wednesday, February 15 from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Amanda Miller, Internship and Co-op Advisor, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet:

    This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of a resume. Increase your understanding of how a resume and cover letter are used in the job search process and learn how to target them towards your career goals. Discover how to compose a resume that focuses on your strengths, experience and skills that relate to the position. Finally, you will gain further awareness of the formatting and structure of a resume and cover letter.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Determine how your unique skills, knowledge and experience best fit the needs of a particular position
    • Identify important components, structure and formatting of an effective resume
    • Distinguish the key components, structure and formatting of an effective cover letter

March 2023 (online) *Registration opens Monday, February 13

  • Writing your Research into a Thesis - Thursday, March 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Tessa Troughton, Writing and Study Skills Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet 

    In this workshop, we will provide a very brief overview of the characteristics of a research thesis at the graduate level, people who support the writing process and their roles, how to proofread your thesis, and good books to help guide you. Academic integrity in the writing and research process will be addressed throughout. This presentation is designed for a general audience of master’s and doctoral students at Ontario Tech and is not focused on any particular faculty. It is noted that each faculty has its own norms for graduate student writing and students are responsible for understanding those norms. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • List chapters in a research thesis and contents of each chapter
    • List different university professionals who support graduate research and writing
    • Learn about what to look for when proofreading a thesis
    • Learn about the Ontario Tech Library resources on thesis writing and research
    • Understand academic integrity issues
  • Public Speaking - Tuesday, March 7 from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Laura Thursby, Sessional Instructor/Special Projects Coordinator, FSSH/FEAS
    Online via Google Meet 

    It is difficult to avoid public speaking during your graduate studies and once you enter the work world. This workshop will cover some of the challenges, best practices and tips to building your confidence and conveying your messages more effectively.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Gain a basic understanding of public speaking fundamentals
    • Acquire some public speaking techniques
    • Manage public speaking anxiety
    • Develop your public speaking confidence

    *This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate.

  • Introduction to Research Data Management - Wednesday, March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary, Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet 

    Not sure where to start with research data management? Know you have to make a research data management plan but feeling daunted? You have come to the right place! In this workshop you will learn about current best practice for research data management, how effective research data management relates to grants and funding, and how to get started on creating a research data management plan.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Define research data management
    • Understand research data management best practices, context, and benefit
    • Learn the basics of creating a research data management plan