Professional Development Opportunities
The Faculty of Graduate Studies presents a series of Professional Development Workshops to help prepare graduate students for workplace entry and workplace success.
Brock’s Graduate Student Vitae Essential Skills initiative brings together services from across the campus to support graduate students. The Vitae Essential Skills Partners are a group of campus-based student service professionals who closely follow the national dialogues and track current reports on competency-based learning and skill development areas that are most predictive of employment success.
The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI)
The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) offers 3 levels of graduate student programming and support in teaching. In addition to their annual TA Orientation; workshops on a variety of issues are offered on Saturdays from Sept to April. Basic and advanced certificates in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education are awarded for participation in the workshop program. Three-day Instructional Skills Workshops focusing on presentation and feedback skills are available to graduate students 3 times a year. The third level of professional development, the GTA Practicum, allows graduate students to document their developing skills in teaching through classroom observations and a teaching dossier.
Learning Skills Services
Learning Skills Services will design and tailor workshops for small and large groups to address specific needs of graduate students. This support is available in a variety of formats, including:
- Group workshops led by professional Learning Skills Instructors
- One-on-one consultations with a professional Learning Skills Instructor
- Essay Zone, Online Academic Writing Workshop
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE’s)
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) can help you turn your idea into income. You can access expert talent in Ontario’s research institutions to solve your innovation challenge. You can gain real-world skills and experience in research and development.
The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is an advanced technology, “ultra-fast” fibre optic network, owned and operated by a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing research, learning and innovation. ORION connects all of Ontario’s universities, most colleges, several teaching hospitals, other public research facilities and a growing number of school boards to one another and to the global grid of research and education (R&E) networks.
As Ontario’s advanced R&E network, ORION is a critical tool that supports and facilitates research, education, collaboration and innovation benefitting Ontario’s researchers, educators and learners. Stretching 5,800 kilometres, it is one of the largest R&E networks in the world.