Upcoming webinars offer Brock researchers a range of learning opportunities

Harvesting social media data, writing proposals and establishing research teams are the focus of upcoming workshops available to Brock researchers as part of the University’s Building Better Research series.

Offered jointly by the Brock University Library and the Office of Research Services, the Building Better Research professional development workshop series is dedicated to enhancing research efforts at the University.

All three sessions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.

Harvesting Social Media Data will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 23 by Digital Scholarship Librarian Tim Ribaric. The session will introduce basic tools and techniques to construct a dataset from social media. Participants will use the Google Colab environment to examine and interact with a typical dataset. No knowledge of programming is required.

Introduction to Proposal Writing will be presented Friday, Feb. 25 by Research Officers Vincent Annibale, Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Karen Espiritu, Danusha Kalinga, Suramya Mihindukulasuriya, Monika Ovsonka and Laura Smithson. The session will review the basics of proposal writing.

Establishing and Maintaining Your Research Team will be presented Tuesday, March 1 by Michelle McGinn, Associate Vice-President, Research. The session will provide evidence-based guidance for leading, managing and contributing to effective research teams. Communication strategies, goal setting and researcher roles and responsibilities will also be discussed. Research agreement templates will be provided.

In addition to prepared presentations, each session will offer time for questions and informal discussion.

Faculty members and student researchers interested in attending the Building Better Research workshops can register via ExperienceBU.

Those unable to attend the live events can watch a video recording that will be posted on the Research Enterprise SharePoint site shortly after each session.

A full listing of Building Better Research sessions is listed on the Building Better Research web page.

To suggest topics for the series, or for more information, contact Sharlee Cranston-Reimer at scranstonreimer@brocku.ca or Nicole Nolan, Associate University Librarian, at nnolan@brocku.ca

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