Articles tagged with: Workshops

  • New workshop for students: Mindful Research

    Feeling overwhelmed with research?  Are final papers stressing you out?   

    Join Chelsea and Justine, liaison librarians and yoga instructors, for “Mindful Research” to learn how you can incorporate elements of mindfulness into the research process.  We will discuss the unique challenges of library research, outline the benefits of mindfulness, and offer strategies for building easy mindful practices into your day.   

    The workshop will be offered on Thursday, April 1 from 12:00-12:45 and repeated on Thursday, April 8 from 12:00-12:45 live on Teams.  If you have questions, please contact Chelsea or Justine.  Hope to see you there! 

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  • Makerspace News – End of Year

    What a year it’s been. 2020 is certainly going to be remembered in the Brock Makerspace as the year we made the Makerspace virtual! We have some new exciting events coming up in the new semester, so lets take a look.

    New ways to Learn and Collaborate in 2021

    New Workshops:  Intro to Soundcloud will be a new workshop added in 2021. This workshop is a great way for your students to build digital literacy and gain new skills in audio editing and production.

    New collaborative events:  Maker Hour events will give learners the opportunity to create alongside Makerspace staff and your fellow makers a project in 3D Modelling or Digital Audio Creation.

    ‘Ask a Maker’ on Instagram: You can join our live conversations with experts in the maker community and post your questions.  Follow us @brockmakerspace

    All Makerspace events will be hosted online through Lifesize or Instagram and continue to be an excellent resource for individual students and classes alike.

     

    Using our Website

    The ‘Learning in the Makerspace‘ page is an excellent resource for faculty & students to explore all our synchronous and asynchronous learning tools.  If you want to coordinate an in-class presentation using one of our workshops, email us at makerspace@brocku.ca 

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  • GIS Week is November 16-20

    Celebrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day looks a little different this year. Universities across Ontario and Québec have joined forces to present workshops, and lectures, open to all, online.

    Events include: the Geography of Pokémon Go, QGIS, the mapping of conservation, of history and of COVID-19, as well as networking events and a trivia night.

    Organizers note that technical experience is not required. “Maps and mapping technology are more accessible now than ever before [and] no prior GIS experience [is] required.”

    The Brock University Map, Data & GIS Library will present a hands-on workshop as part of the week’s events.

    Western University’s Map and Data Centre is the hub for all events. View the full event listing and prepare to broaden your horizons.

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  • Introduction to the Canadian Common CV (CCV)

    The Office of Research Services will present a timely workshop for Brock researchers on the Canadian Common CV (CCV). This session is part of the Building Better Research series, a joint effort by the ORS and Brock University Library

    The Canadian Common CV Workshop, held Friday, November 6 from 12 to 1 p.m., will include an overview of CCV basics with lots of time for questions. It will be led by retired research officer Josie Reed.

    Register for this online workshop via ExperienceBU.

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  • Research Data Management Presentation

    In collaboration with the Office of Research Services, Brock University Library begins the Building Better Research series with an online workshop focusing on research data management.

    Professionals and researchers alike increasingly rely on accurate and comprehensive information describing the data they create and use, as well as secure and reliable storage options where data may be safely stored and readily discovered.

    Data management principles enable the best means to document, protect, preserve, and reuse all kinds of data, whether that be before, during or after the completion of a project.

    This workshop will give you the foundation to understand the value of data management expertise in a wide range of contexts, including academia, business, government, and industry.

    Register for this online workshop via ExperienceBU.

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  • Research basics for upcoming course assignments

    Final papers coming up? Unsure how to start your research, or feeling stuck in a sea of information? Attend one of our brand-new Library Research 101 workshops for expert advice on: 

    • Ways you can break your topic down so you can develop an effective search strategy 
    • How to evaluate sources and find what you need 
    • Places for searching, from Omni to Google Scholar and beyond! 

    These sessions are intended for undergraduate students in all disciplines of study, with librarians from both the Humanities and Sciences present. It will include 45 minutes of interactive lecture + 15 minutes of live Q & A. 

    The workshops will be hosted on Thursday, November 5, 11:00-12:00 PM and Monday, November 9, 3:00-4:00 PMYou can register for the sessions on ExperienceBU. 

    For more information, contact: Chelsea Humphries, Liaison Librarian chumphries@brocku.ca, or Evelyn Feldman, Collections/Liaison Librarian efeldman@brocku.ca 

     

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  • Library Yoga returns!

    Library Yoga is back for midterm season! Whether you’re winding down after your exams or preparing for your next big assignment, librarian and yoga instructor Chelsea Humphries is here to help you find space to pause, process, and prepare for your academic experiences, right in the middle of the (virtual) library!

    These two Library Yoga sessions will be livestreamed on LifeSize on Wednesday, October 28th and Wednesday, November 4th from 12:15-12:45 PM. You can register and find the links to the events on ExperienceBU. Recordings of the events will be saved for later viewing on the Library’s YouTube channel.

    These simple mindful movement sequences will pull you into the present moment, providing an opportunity for you to check-in with yourself, notice how you’re feeling, and take a few deep breaths before returning to your studies with refreshed energy and awareness. They are designed to be incorporated into the middle of a busy day, and they can be done in regular clothing and in any open space. Absolute beginners are welcome! After all, we all feel the midterm crunch and have likely had some of the following experiences:

    • You’re doing research and getting frustrated because you aren’t finding what you’re looking for. It’s getting hard to focus because you are feeling overwhelmed.
    • You have been working for hours and can hardly focus your eyes on the computer screen. You wonder how you’re going to manage to write the rest of your paper.
    • After a long virtual class, you’re surprised to find that your back is sore.

    Yoga can help you to notice experiences like these, when your mind and your body are telling you that you need to take a break. As a mindful practice, it can also help you approach your studies with a greater sense of calm and balance.

    If you’re interested in checking out Library Yoga before the live sessions, we encourage you to get a feel for the practice with this curated playlist of Library Yoga sessions and study breaks on our YouTube channel. You can also learn more about Chelsea as a liaison librarian at Brock University on this page and as a yoga instructor on her website.

     

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  • Library and ORS offer “Building Better Research” workshop series

    Calling all researchers! The Brock University Library and the Office of Research Services are pleased to announce a new workshop series: “Building Better Research”

    The series, developed from the results of a survey of researchers last year, is comprised of 10 online workshops over the course of the year. Sessions will be recorded and shared.

    Research Data Management, Heather Whipple, Nov. 3, 12-1 p.m.
    This workshop lays the foundation to understand the value of data management expertise in a wide range of contexts, including academia, business, government, and industry. Register here.

    Introduction to the Canadian Common CV, Josie Reed, Nov. 6, 12-1 p.m.
    The Canadian Common CV Workshop will include an overview of CCV basics with lots of time for questions. Register here.

    Intellectual Property, Randy Peterson, Nov. 18, 12-1 p.m.
    This overview will present an outline of IP, how to both protect novel ideas and speed their transition from academia to the broader community, and how ORS can assist. Register here.

    Statistics Canada Landscape, Heather Whipple, Dec. 1, 12-1 p.m.
    The workshop will explain Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) and Research Data Centres (RDCs), their differences, and how to access data. Register here.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Leela MadhavaRau, Liette Vasseur and Margot Francis, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    This workshop will cover the EDI activities in which Brock is engaged, how EDI is discussed in grant applications and how EDI can be integrated into research design. Register here.

    Digital Scholarship at Brock: Services You Need to Know About, Tim Ribaric, Jan. 7, 12-1 p.m.
    This session will provide participants an overview of what constitutes digital scholarship and what services Brock’s Digital Scholarship Lab has available. Register here.

    Scholarly Publishing: Finding and Evaluating Journals, Open Access Dissemination, and Predatory Publishers, Evelyn Feldman, Jan. 11, 12-1 p.m.
    If you want to learn more about finding and evaluating journals, what open access publishing is, and how to avoid predatory publishers, then this session is for you. Register here.

    Grant Budgeting 101, Iva Bruhova, Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Agata D’Innocenzo, Danusha Kalinga, Jasmine Little, and Suramya Mihindukulasuriya, Feb. 10, 12-1 p.m.
    Topics include: budgeting tips and considerations; frequent budget mishaps; budgeting for contracts and overhead. Register here.

    Developing Your Scholarly Profile with ORCID, Tim Ribaric, Mar. 25, 12-1 p.m.
    This session will outline the how and why of ORCID, demonstrating how your ORCID profile automatically updates and how it will simplify the process of identifying yourself. Register here.

    Knowledge Mobilization/Translation (KMb), Jayne Morrish, Apr. 14, 12-1 p.m.
    During this workshop you will learn more about what KMb is, why this field exists, some specific strategies for planning and engaging in KMb, and an overview of KMb supports at Brock. Register here.

     

    For more information, contact: Nicole Nolan, AUL nnolan@brocku.ca or Sharlee Cranston-Reimer scranstonreimer@brocku.ca

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  • What’s New in the DSL for Fall 2020

    The Fall 2020 term is set to be a very unique experience. The Digital Scholarship Lab at Brock University is working hard to put together some great new things for you to check out.

    Workshops

    We’ve posted a full schedule of workshops for the term. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about R, Visualizations, how GIS works, or even how to create a bibliography for your paper, we’ve got your covered. Our completed listing can be found on ExperienceBU.

    Contest

    Design a Visualization Banner

    We talk a lot about visualization as a cool way of presenting your findings, and we spend a good amount of time teaching people how to use visualization software, now we want to see what you can cook up. For the first time ever we are holding a design a visualization contest. If you’ve created a visualization in one of our workshops, or for some work you’re doing for a class or project, we want to see it. The winner will get a gift card and their work will be highlighted on the DSL visualization wall (once it’s safe to go back to campus of course)

    Interested? Find the Full details and Submission Form on our website.

    Podcast

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    Did you know that the The Digital Scholarship Lab has a podcast? It’s called “Steering the Digital Scholarship” and it chronicles the work we’ve been doing with the lab. It features interviews with different people on campus doing digital scholarship work and features lots of nautical puns. Find more information on the Podcast Homepage or subscribe directly via RSS. We are also listed on Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

    Be sure to check our website throughout the term.  We keep adding more tutorials and resources there to help you explore and learn about digital scholarship.

    Best of luck with your classes!

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  • Research made easy with Omni

    Just in time for the research crunch, we invite you to learn the tips and tricks of Omni, our new academic search tool. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend one of two hands-on workshops this week. Both sessions will be held in Matheson Learning Commons classroom A on

    • Tuesday, February 4 at 2 p.m., and
    • Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m.

    Learn to:

    • discover collections at Brock and the 13 other partner institutions.
    • refine search results by availability, resource type, focused subjects, library collection, and more.
    • browse a virtual bookshelf using Virtual Browse.
    • follow citations from references within an article, and those that cite it.
    • pin, collate, and tag materials in your ‘favourites’ file for easy retrieval.
    • cite, email, and export to a citation tool to manage your information.

    You are welcome to just drop-in to a session however, students will earn CWC credit if they register first on ExperienceBU

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