Workshops for Graduate Students

Supplementary Learning for Graduate Students


Winter 2023 Workshops

Many of our workshops can be used towards the MyGPD.

We also offer workshops on demand, so you and your colleagues can request a particular workshop and we'll do our best to arrange it for you.

Hands on Active Learning Training to Increase Participation

Date & Time: Monday, March 20th, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Location: MN 5128
Presenters: Madeleine Oman, UTM TATP Graduate Educational Developer

Description: Active learning is a student-centered method of teaching that boasts many benefits, including increased information retention, participation, and deeper learning. However actually implementing it in your teaching can be challenging. In this workshop you will get the chance to practice your active learning skills by planning and delivering a micro-lesson, while being supported by TATP Graduate Educational Developers. This workshop focuses on providing you the tools and ideas for how to integrate activities into your lessons, and giving you the hand on experience to be able to successfully implement active learning in your own teaching. Light refreshments will be provided.


Intro to Python 

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 22nd 2023, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET (Part 1) AND Wednesday March 29th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET (Part 2)
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Madeleine Oman, PhD Student, Biology, Yeshoda Harry-Paul, MSc Student, Biology

Description: In the first part of this introductory python lesson we start from the basics and walk you through for-loops and if statements.  We will teach you relevant packages (numpy and pandas), and do an intro on dataframes and plotting. No prior coding experience required


Research Poster-Making in Canva for Fun & (Professional) Profit

Date & Time: Monday, April 17, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom (details to be emailed one day before the workshop)

Presenter: Rob Makinson, Interim Head, Public Services & Outreach at the UTM Library

Description: If you are presenting your research at a conference, chances are you will need to summarize your work in a research poster. In this workshop, you'll learn how to make a great-looking poster that will inform and engage your audience using the Canva graphic design platform. We'll explore some of the free features of this tool, including templates to get you started, and cover some best practices to put your best foot forward in communicating your research.


Preparing and Designing Effective Presentations

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 18 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom (details to be emailed one day before the workshop)

Presenter: Jordana Garbati, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Director of the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Cenre

Description: In this 1-hour session, we’ll discuss considerations for preparing and designing effective slidedecks to effectively communicate your research. We’ll better understand elements of delivering your message clearly and confidently. Students may find this session helpful as they prepare for oral presentations for school, work, conferences, and competitions.

Students are encouraged to bring a previously presented slidedeck to use within the session.