Workshops for Graduate Students

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Winter 2024 Workshops

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.


 

Effective and Equitable Teaching and Communications

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 10th from 12  – 1:30 pm ET

Location: Hybrid (Zoom and in-person in DV 3129)

Presenters: Teaching Assistants’ Training Program

Description: With increasing diversity in the classroom, it is critical that we engage with and reflect on a range of considerations that shape how we communicate. In this workshop, we will explore a range of key ingredients that can help you strengthen your communication with students and colleagues: how we can adopt an intercultural and trauma-sensitive approach that engages with our identities and vulnerabilities as educators; the language we can use to promote equity; strategies for responding to microaggressions and conflicts; and practices that promote care/kindness. Through self-reflection and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to practice expressing and articulating these concepts with other educators so that they can enhance their communication skills. 

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Machine Learning in Python 

Date and Time: Thursday, February 1 from 4 - 6 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: U of T Coders 

Description: This workshop will cover some machine learning methods in Python, including regression, classification, clustering, and dimensionality reduction.

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Introduction to Git 

Date and Time: Thursday, February 15 from 4 - 6 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: U of T Coders 

Description: Version control is a system that manages changes to a file or files. These changes are kept as logs in a history, with detailed information on what file(s) was changed, what was changed within the file, who changed it, and a message on why the change was made. This is extremely useful, especially when working in teams or for yourself 6 months in the future (because you will forget things)! In this workshop, we will go through a typical version control workflow using Git.

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Understanding Your Researcher Identity

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET

Location: In-person - UTM Library HM 448

Presenters: UTM Library

Description: Everyone who publishes their research develops an researcher identity. Do you know how your researcher identity is described online? Have you ever wondered how you can control aspects of your researcher identity?

Join us March 6 at noon for a discussion on how researcher identity can be understood within the scholarly publishing landscape and what that might mean for you as a graduate student looking to expand the visibility of your research.

This in-person conversation will occur concurrently across the St. George, UTM, and UTSC campuses. U of T graduate students from any discipline interested in chatting about this topic are invited to attend. Pizza available at each location!

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Interactive Plots with Shiny 

Date and Time: Thursday, March 7 from 4 - 6pm 

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: U of T Coders 

Description: Shiny is an R package that makes it easy to straightly build interactive web apps from R. This workshop will introduce how to build interactive plots to visualize.

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Managing Emotional and Structural Pressures while Writing

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14 from 12pm – 1pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: Mark Blaauw-Hara, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Description: Writing is hard, and it’s not just a matter of putting words on a page. Successful writing also involves dealing with emotional pressures (imposter syndrome, self-doubt, anxiety) and structural pressures (writer’s block, time management, developing an effective process). This workshop will normalize these experiences and share research and techniques to manage the pressure.

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Rhetorical Genre Analysis: How to Use Dissertations/Theses as Models for Your Writing

Date and Time: Thursday, March 21 from 12pm – 1pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: Mark Blaauw-Hara, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Description: While it is relatively easy to find models of successful dissertations/theses, it can be challenging to know how to apply them to your own work. This workshop introduces the concept of rhetorical genre analysis: a method for systematically analyzing models to craft a guide for your own writing.

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Bash 

Date and Time: Thursday, March 21 from 4-6pm - 

Location: In-person in the Collaborative Digital Research Space MN 3230 and online via Zoom

Presenters: U of T Coders                                 

Description: TBD

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Tips and Processes for Revision and Editing

Date and Time: Thursday, March 28 from 12pm – 1pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Presenters: Mark Blaauw-Hara, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Description: Revising and editing your work isn’t just checking spelling and grammar. Good revision involves thinking about your message and your readers and making decisions to clarify your meaning. It also involves using language and structures that fit your academic community. This workshop will share tips and processes to help you improve your revision and editing methods.

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