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Workshops

Upcoming workshops

Browse all upcoming workshops and register by visiting our Events and Workshops Calendar. All library workshops are currently being offered online. 

Writing, learning, and research workshops

Academic Writing Style

This two-part workshop is designed to help participants at all levels improve their ability to write academically. Attend this workshop if you want to improve the clarity and impact of your writing by learning strategies for cohesive paragraphs, effective sentences, and reduced wordiness. 

  • Audience: undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Brain Food Thesis and Dissertation Workshops

Develop practical knowledge and skills for the thesis research and writing process. This comprehensive workshop series will introduce you to effective ways to approach research, writing, and data analysis for theses and major research projects. Learn more about Brain Food.

  • Audience: graduate students, undergraduate students working in a major research paper or capstone project 
  • Available: every semester

Citation Management

Learn about the benefits of citation management and discover how you can use citation managers to keep track of your research and speed up the citation process. In this workshop, we focus on using Zotero and Mendeley.

  • Audience: undergraduate students, graduate students
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Control Academic Stress 

Join us for a practical and supportive workshop series on managing academic stress and workload. This workshop series is designed to help you learn skills and strategies to cope with the academic stress that comes from a heavy workload and the pressure of exams and project deadlines. Topics include reducing procrastination, planning and prioritizing, and coping with failure. 

  • Audience: undergraduate students
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Dissertation Boot Camp

Participate in a five-day program that offers focused and supported individual time to write, as well as writing instruction and access to one-on-one support. Attend this workshop if you want to develop effective writing skills and habits to help you finish your thesis or dissertation in a timely manner. Learn more about Dissertation Boot Camp.

  • Audience: graduate students
  • Available: every semester

Faculty Writing Retreat

This week-long retreat is designed for faculty working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles. Learn more about Faculty Writing Retreat.

  • Audience: faculty
  • Available: summer semester

Presentation Boot Camp

Strengthen your confidence and effectiveness in academic presentations and thesis defenses. Attend this workshop to learn strategies to improve your presentation skills in academic settings, such as thesis defenses, conference presentations, and class presentations. 

  • Audience: graduate students
  • Available: every semester

Dissertation Pedagogy

Develop effective research-based approaches to mentoring and supporting graduate students via feedback on their thesis and dissertation projects. This workshop draws on research from writing studies and the scholarship of teaching and learning to discuss effective approaches to mentoring and supporting graduate students via feedback on their thesis and dissertation projects. 

  • Audience: faculty 
  • Available: TBD

Writing in the Sciences

Improve your scientific writing skills with this comprehensive series that addresses the structure and style of scientific writing. This workshop series is designed to help graduate students improve their scientific writing skills. You can attend one or all of the sessions in this series.

  • Audience: graduate students, upper-year undergraduate students
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Writing Tune-up

Build your writing confidence and skills with in-depth grammar instruction and practices in this two-day workshop. This workshop is excellent both for improving your own writing skills and for providing more effective feedback on your students’ writing as TAs or faculty. You can attend one or both days of the workshop.

  • Audience: all levels of writers
  • Available: every semester

Data workshops

Data Skills Workshop Series

The data skills workshop series is designed to supports all levels of researchers at every stage of the research data lifecycleEach semester, we offer workshops on introductory data skills, getting and creating data, managing data, cleaning and preparing data, data analysis, and data visualization. Learn more about data workshops.

  • Audience: undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, faculty 
  • Available: every semester

Scholarship workshops

Open Scholarship Series

Chances are you have seen the word “open” attached to several research and scholarship issues such as journal publishers or funding agencies. What does that mean for you? Join us for a series of workshops related to open scholarship and learn how it applies to your work as a researcher. If you have questions about open access, we have answers. We can help with open-related requirements by the Tri-Agency, creating new open course material, and more.

  • Audience: graduate students, researchers, faculty
  • Available: every semester

English as an additional language (EAL) workshops

EAL Write like an Academic

Build your English academic writing skills and confidence while you practice interacting in six different academic communication situations. In this six-week program, you’ll have the opportunity to improve your writing in common academic and professional scenarios including writing emails to professors and/or advisors, providing written feedback to students, avoiding plagiarism, writing abstracts for academic audiences, writing cover letters to potential employers, and organizing and writing slides for a presentation. Learn more about EAL Write like an Academic

  • Audience: EAL graduate students
  • Available: fall semester

EAL Talk like an Academic 

Build your English academic speaking skills and confidence while you practice interacting in six different academic communication situations. In this seven-week program, you'll have the opportunity to improve your speaking and presentation skills in common academic and professional scenarios including summarizing research, interacting with professors, interacting as TAs with students, participating in class discussions, communicating in job interviews, and conducting presentations and thesis defenses. Learn more about EAL Talk like an Academic.

  • Audience: EAL graduate students
  • Available: fall semester

EAL Pronunciation Group

Learn and practice important features of English pronunciation to improve both listening and speaking skills. Learn more about EAL Pronunciation Group

  • Audience: all English language learners, including students, faculty, and staff
  • Available: every semester

EAL Graduate Writing Camp

This intensive four-day program is designed to help EAL graduate students develop writing and grammar skills. This program includes eight workshops, independent writing time in a quiet workspace, writing consultations with writing and EAL specialists, and practice with self-editing your written work. Learn more about EAL Graduate Writing Camp.

  • Audience: EAL graduate students
  • Available: summer semester

Media workshops

Editing and Creating Video with WeVideo

WeVideo is a web-based video editing and creation tool. Join staff from the library's media studio to learn about this tool and practice editing and creating video. By the end of the workshop, participants will:
  • Know what WeVideo is and what it can do
  • Discuss the process for creating a video
  • Identify tools for recording and editing audio
  • Create a WeVideo account
  • Practice editing skills in WeVideo

Creating Videos with PowToon

PowToon is a web-based tool to create professional videos. It has a library of animated characters, objects and text that you can combine with your own media to create a video. Join staff from the library's media studio to learn about this tool and practice creating videos. By the end of the workshop, participants will:
  • Discuss best practices for creating PowToon videos 
  • Identify tools for recording and editing audio 
  • Create a PowToon account
  • Practice creating videos in PowToon

Create Posters with Canva

Canva is a web-based design tool to create posters, infographics, social media posts and more. Use templates or create from scratch. Join staff from the library's media studio to learn about this tool and practice creating a poster. By the end of the workshop, participants will:
  • Discuss strengths and limitations of Canva
  • Identify strategies for designing your project
  • Create a Canva account
  • Practice creating with Canva

An Introduction to Podcasting

This workshop teaches you the steps of creating a podcast, including planning, scripting, gathering music and sound effects. This session will provide instruction on a free, open-source software called Audacity for recording and editing your podcast.

  • Audience: undergraduate students 
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

The Beginner’s Guide to Animated Videos

Animated videos are a compelling way to engage your audience and share information. This workshop provides instruction on free animation software, as well as tips and tools to plan and storyboard your video, write your script and make your video accessible. 

  • Audience: undergraduate students 
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Pitch Yourself: How to Develop and Film a Pitch Video

Film a pitch video to document your employability skills and stand out to employers! This two-hour workshop will provide you with the necessary skills in scripting and filming a pitch video. You’ll have the chance to watch and assess examples, while also scripting your own. You will also be provided with tips on filming with professional equipment versus your smart phone. 

  • Audience: undergraduate students
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Tell a Story with Digital Media

Digital storytelling can be used for explaining concepts, reflecting, retelling an event, or making an argument. At this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to try both the planning and the technical aspects of digital storytelling. 

  • Audience: undergraduate students
  • Available: fall and winter semesters

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Visit our appointment booking page to learn about the different types of consultations and appointments offered. 

Questions?

Email us at library@uoguelph.ca.