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Winter 2017

Fall session runs from January to April 2017.

Advanced Interview Skills for Graduate Students (UTSC)

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning 

GPS Credit: 1 
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Date: Offered in winter 2017

For graduate students, preparing for job interviews is a multi-stage process that requires research, networking, and significant planning. A thorough understanding of differences between academic and non-academic job interviews is also essential. Through lectures, interactive exercises, and mock interviews, this session will guide participants through the interview process twice -- first for a job outside academe and second for an academic position. Activities will include case study exercises that will engage participants in determining how to research, network, plan and execute their strategy for both types of interviews. 

Graduate students affiliated with UTSC should register for this workshop on the Intranet. Students from UTSG and UTM can register here; you will be provided with a campus map and directions to the room by return mail.

Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate

Program Partner: Teaching Assistants' Training Program
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Dates: Multiple dates and times

Participants attend a minimum of 10 two-hour workshops, totalling 20 hours of instruction. Participants must also complete a teaching dossier and participate in a teaching practicum. For the practicum, participants can choose between microteaching, in-class observations or a scholarly paper. Click for Info!

Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict, Communications & Negotiation

Program Partner: Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students 
GPS Credits: 2 GPS credits for 3, 2-hour workshops
Skill Areas: Communication Skills; Personal Effectiveness
Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord St, lower level

A series of workshops that will help graduate students understand what conflict is, various approaches to conflict, triggers for conflict escalation and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflict.

Conflict Resolution Advanced Practice

Program Partner: Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students
GPS Credits: 1 (for 3-hour workshop) 
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Date: Winter 2017
Time: TBD
Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord St, lower level

This session will build upon the skills developed in the Conflict Resolution Fundamentals series.  For graduate students who are looking for a more in-depth and practice-based understanding of conflict resolution techniques such as negotiation and active listening.

Enhancing Your Soft Skills for Networking

Program Partner: Academic Advising and Career Centre UTSC
GPS Credits: 1 
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Soft skills are a critical requirement for success in any career. This workshop offers graduate students the chance to assess and hone their soft skills under the guidance of a highly experienced human resources consultant. Part 1 of the workshop will begin with an activity that allows students to experience the exercise of soft skills in the context of networking and follow with a framework that inventories the major categories of soft skills. This part will also review associated micro behaviours that demonstrate the use of soft skills. In Part 2 of the workshop, students will assess their soft skills and their readiness for networking. In Part 3 of the workshop, students will deepen their understanding of networking and work in small groups to practice specific soft skills in four different networking situations.

Presenter: Ruth Louden, Career Counsellor, Academic Advising and Career Centre

Ruth Louden (MEd, MES) has delivered workshops for students and mid-career professionals on all aspects of the job search process. Prior to joining the university in 2001, Ruth worked for 15 years in human resources consulting with an emphasis on recruitment.

Note: pizza will be provided, compliments of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Please bring your own water or beverage.

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Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students

Program Partner: Grad Room, School of Graduate Studies
GPS Credits: 2 GPS credits
Skill Areas: Communication Skills; Teaching Competency
Dates: Winter 2017
Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord St.

This three-part facilitation skills workshop series will give you both the fundamentals and the nuances involved in trainings, education, and workshop facilitation. Covering topics as diverse as conflict resolution in trainings, multiple intelligences, and group reflection processes, this series will give participants interactive exposure to the different steps involved in training diverse material. Students will have the chance to bring their specific work and goals to the workshops, and practice the different techniques as they might be applied to their specific contexts. 

Foundations of Project Management 1

Program Partner: Mitacs
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-Related Skills

This two-day workshop provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics, and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits first hand.  Click for ​Info!

Foundations of Project Management 2

Program Partner: Mitacs
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-Related Skills

This two-day workshop provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics, and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits first hand. Click for Mitacs registration calendar.

Fundamentals of Effective Research Grant Writing (UTSC)

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning
GPS Credits: 1
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-Related Skills
Dates: Sept 16, 2016
Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Graduate students will learn key components of successful research grants. In the first half, lecture and discussion will break down the grant writing and evaluation process from the point of view of a successful research grant holder and an evaluation committee member. Factors that strengthen or impede a proposal's chances to be funded will be the focus.

Participants will then develop their understanding of these factors during the workshop's second half, when they will take the role of proposal evaluators. In this role, they will rate and discuss sample grant proposals, with feedback from the co-presenters. The session will thus enhance participants' grasp of features that determine a grant proposal's success. Click for Info!

Graduate Service-Learning Program

Program Partner: Centre for Community Partnerships
GPS Credits: 4 GPS
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Dates: February 2017 

The Graduate Service-Learning Program is an intensive project-based community service event for students to explore the concepts of learning through service, leadership for social change, and community development. This co-curricular service- learning program gives students the chance to learn more about the local region and various social issues, and to learn and practice leadership skills by leading and contributing to community-defined group projects. Projects take place mid-February and consist of a pre-service leadership training and orientation, 2.5 days completing a community service project, and critical reflections.

Summary of Training: "Walk the Talk: Preparing for Service in Diverse Communities" will give you some insights into why awareness of culture and development of intercultural communication skills can help you build constructive relationships despite differences. Through reflective and participatory practice you'll get the skills needed to interact in a variety of group community service settings. This workshop will link an understanding of cultural identity concepts with communication and conflict resolution skills to provide tools for cultivating a respectful environment and supporting the development of constructive community relations.

Community Projects: Graduate students will be assigned a community project which can range from direct service activities to higher level projects which will draw on their academic knowledge and technical skills.
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Improving Your 3 Minute Thesis (UTSC)

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning
GPS Credit: 1*
Skill Areas: Research-related Skills, Communication Skills
Dates: Winter 2017

This workshop is the second in a series for graduate students at the master's or PhD level who want to learn and practice strategies for presenting their research in a 3-minute format, using one well-designed slide, as stipulated by the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition rules. This second workshop enables participants to practice their presentations and to receive constructive feedback from the workshop's co-facilitators and other participants. Though many graduate students can benefit from sharpening these presentation skills, PhD students in particular may use this workshop to prepare for 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competitions within and beyond the University of Toronto.

*Please note: Students receive 1 GPS Credit for completing The 3 Minute Thesis: An Interactive Guide for Graduate Students and Improving Your 3 Minute Thesis.
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Introduction to Science Journalism

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 3
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-Related Skills
Dates: Winter 2017

Science journalists play a key role in the public understanding of science by reporting on the results and implications of scientific research. Learn how science journalists do their w​ork, including developing story ideas, interviewing researchers and working with editors and producers. This course is designed to provide a practical introduction to the techniques and practice of science journalism for graduate students interested in applying a scientific background to a career in science media, or for those who would like to augment an academic career with popular science writing or broadcasting.  
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Leadership Fundamentals

Program Partner: Office of Student Life
GPS Credit: 1 GPS credit for 2 workshops, 2 GPS Credits for 4 workshops
Skill Areas: Personal Effectiveness, Communication Skills
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Collaborative Leadership: From Theory to Practice

Leadership used to be thought about as a relatively simple construct; however, it is a very complex phenomenon. In this session, you will learn about different leadership theories and how they have evolved over time. You will gain an understanding of an emerging leadership paradigm for the 21st century and of how the six practices of collaborative leadership may impact you in a pe​rsonal and professional context.

StrengthsQuest: Leadership Identity Development

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? In this workshop, you will learn about your natural talents (strengths) and how you can further develop and apply them to your everyday life, academics, careers, and relationships. You will receive a code to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder which will provide you with a unique report along with online tools and resources (including online PDF of StrengthsQuest book). You will leave understanding your talents and how they can assist you in developing both personally and professionally.

Prioritization: Tools & Techniques

Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, states: "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." This workshop will identify strategies to improve prioritization through discussion of effective tools and techniques. You will begin to understand the importance of long- and short-term goal setting and ideas around simplicity and balance to increase success both personally and professionally.

Making Meaning: Values & Reflective Practice

Transformational learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and permanently alters one's way of being in the world. Critical reflection is the distinguishing characteristic of adult learning and is the vehicle by which one questions the validity of their world-view. This workshop will provide a model for critical reflection that you will apply in conjunction with speaking about values; we will examine the ideas of reflection and value, and how they relate to your experiences in both a personal and professional sense.

Group Dynamics

We live in a diverse world. 75% of the population is significantly different from you: they think differently, communicate differently, and handle emotions differen​tly. These differences are often a major source of friction within organizations and small groups. The power of understanding these differences is making them work for and not against you. In this seminar, you will learn to use diversity as an advantage by discovering how to utilize different work styles and the "phases of a team" in order to see how these dynamics influence effective collaboration.

Resolving Conflict

How can you de-escalate conflicts while still creating a space in which legitimate concerns can be raised? How can you confront someone with something they might not want to hear without making them defensive or angry? In this seminar, you will learn how to relieve tension within group settings — i.e., colloquia, committee meetings, or tutorials — without limiting constructive discourse and diverse points of view. You will learn that effective communication is essential to maintaining good relationships within groups, and to managing disagreements as they arise.

Facilitation

Do you have trouble dealing with difficult behaviour within groups? Do your group meetings lack focus and continually go off-track? Good facilitation skills can make the difference between an unsuccessful meeting and one that's effective and productive. Learn how to lead and focus group discussions, to encourage involvement among all participants, and to stay focused on content and group process.

Let's Talk Science

Science Fair Mentorship and Judging

Program Partner: Let's Talk Science
GPS Credits: 1
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: Fall 2016

An expansion to Let's Talk Science: Introduction to Science Outreach, this offering gives you the opportunity to judge elementary and high school science fair projects. You will aid with student learning through assessing science fair projects and providi​ng feedback.

 

More information visit the LTS website

Managing Large Events

Program Partner: Let's Talk Science

GPS Credits: 2
Skill Areas: Communication Skills
Date: ongoing

Let's Talk Science at St. George provides the opportunity to work with a team to plan and deliver large scale science outreach events for elementary and high school students. Students visit the St. George Campus for a day to take part in these events which combine interactive components, hands-on activities, debates, challenges, and competitions. You can take on various roles in planning and delivering these events to develop and practise your skills in volunteer management, fundraising, and logistics. Events include the Let's Talk Science Challenge, StemCellTalks, and Let's Talk Cancer, among others.

For more information and registration email: lts.grad@utoronto.ca.

Mentorship Program

Program Partner: Let's Talk Science
GPS Credits: 2
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: ongoing

An expansion to Let's Talk Science: Introduction to Science Outreach, this offering gives volunteers who have completed Science with Impact and 2 Classroom Visits the opportunity to assist new volunteers in the LTS@StG program and guide them in preparing for and delivering hands-on outreach activities. You share your knowledge and skills as an experienced volunteer, and will be paired with a new volunteer through our Mentorship Program.

For more information and registration, email Its.grad@utoronto.ca.

Science with Impact and 2 Classroom Visits

Program Partner: Let's Talk Science
GPS Credits: 3
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: ongoing

Learn how to share your enthusiasm about science, engineering, or math! The Let's Talk Science outreach site at the St. George Campus (LTS@StG) hosts the Science with Impact training workshop to provide you with effective strategies and information for communicating scientific concepts to a general audience, with a focus on children and teens. This offering starts with a three-hour training workshop to help you learn best practices for developing engaging science presentations and/or hands-on outreach activities for various audiences. You will have the opportunity to practise these skills by completing two in-class activities in a Toronto school. You will be provided with a Science with Impact Workbook and will be paired with educators through LTS@StG.

For more information and registration, email Its.grad@utoronto.ca.

Managing Your Message: The Fundamentals of Media Relations

GPS Credit: 1
Skills Areas: Communication Skills

Managing Your Message: The Fundamentals of Media Relations is an introduction to media engagement for graduate students. Laurie Stephens, professional consultant in news and media relations, will guide graduate students as they discover available and creative forms of media that will help them share their research with a greater audience. This training will encourage students to engage with various media forms to disseminate research. Managing Your Message training will give students a head start on thinking about different and effective ways to get their message out.

Mini-MBA

Program Partner: Graduate Management Consulting Association
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Dates: February 1-23, 2017
Location: St. George Campus
Cost: $40 plus course book Ten Day MBA by Steven Silbiger

Graduate students in non-business disciplines such as Science and Engineering have overwhelmingly expressed interest in learning business fundamentals. Success in many of the careers, which these students will enter, demands some business knowledge for career advancement. Additionally, many students lack an understanding of the range of career options open to them after completing their degree.

This 10-lecture program will give graduate students and postdocs:

  • A solid grounding in fundamental business concepts

  • The opportunity to learn from business experts

  • The chance to apply this new knowledge to solving business cases

This year the lectures will be presented by professionals from a diverse set of disciplines, including strategy, operational and financial consulting as well as professionals in investment and risk management.

Course format: Each class will consist of a mini group case practice on a specific topic followed by a group presentation of the solution. There will then be a one hour lecture on the same topic. The course will cover concepts from the popular book Ten Day MBA by Steven Silbiger. At the end of the course, students will participate in a case competition which will be judged by a panel of consultants.

*Please note, this is a very popular offering and our waiting lists are usually full. If you cannot attend all of the lectures, please consider taking the class the next time it is offered.

The application deadline is January 23, 2017. Click for Info!

Oral Presentation Skills (for Native Speakers of English)

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness 

Does the thought of standing in front of an audience to present your work make you nervous? Would you like to present your ideas more clearly and more confidently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this course is for you. In this course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, to design visual aids, to manage nerves, and to handle the question period. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will be able to practice active observing to further improve both your listening and presenting skills. Students will have the opportunity to receive a digital recording of their own presentation. Please note that this course will not address the specific linguistic needs of non-native speakers of English.

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week. Click for Info!

Oral Presentation Skills (for Native and Non-native Speakers of English)

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness ​

Does the thought of standing in front of an audience to present your work make you nervous? Would you like to present your ideas more clearly and more confidently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this course is for you. In this course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, how to design visual aids (such as PowerPoint), and how to use your voice and body language. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practise what you learn in front of an empathetic audience. Students will also have the opportunity to receive a digital recording of their own presentation. Both native and non-native speakers of English are welcome to enrol. Click for Info!

Oral Presentation Skills (for Non-Native Speakers of English)

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness

This course is designed to help graduate students improve their oral presentation skills. Students receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, how to design visual aids, and how to use body language to enhance the clarity and impact of oral presentations. The course offers a valuable opportunity for students to learn from others' presentations and to apply what they learn in front of an empathetic audience. Click for Info!

Practice Your Presentation Skills

Program Partner: Mitacs
GPS Credits: 2
Skill Area: Communication Skills
Location: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street (lower level)

Presenting Your Case Effectively: Advocating for Oneself and One's Family

Program Partner: Family Care Office
GPS Credit: 1
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Date: February 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Graduate students have a lot on their plate. When a problem arises -- be it academic, family related, personal, or professional -- advocating for oneself and one's family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the "art of persuasion", rhetoric is a powerful tool that students can utilize to better communicate through the written​ word. What is the best way to present one's case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter, what should come first: the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter writing. Prerequisite: Students will prepare and bring to the workshop a claim letter/memo requiring adjustment when something has gone wrong. Click for more information on Family Care workshops!

Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT)

Program Partner: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competency
Date: September 2016 to April 2017

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program prepares soon-to-be PhD graduates for the rigors of applying to, and holding, an academic position. Through a series of seminars, students learn how to develop an effective academic CV, teaching dossier, and research statement. Participants also are taught how to prepare for an academic job interview and apply for funding from granting agencies. In addition, students learn how academics can best manage their time and resources between teaching, research, and university administration.

As part of the program students also take the APS1203 Engineering Teaching and Learning course. Basic concepts in curriculum, teaching, learning, and current research in the field of engineering education are introduced and discussed.

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) credit will be applied for attending a minimum of 10 out of the 13 seminars and completing the mock application package. The APS1203 course will not be credited towards the GPS program. The offering is restricted to PhD students in Engineering beyond their first year. Click for Info!

SGS Design Series: Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

Program Partner: Grad Room, School of Graduate Studies
GPS Credits: 4
GPS Skill Areas: Communication Skills

This four-part series over four weeks will introduce graduate students to professional design software. In each of the first three weeks, a software program will be introduced. In the fourth week students will learn how to combine the three programs in a workflow to create a design product. Students will complete multiple exercises using different tools under the guidance of the instructor and the instructor's assistant. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each of the various programs and will develop a design workflow.

Below is a brief description of each of the program sessions:

InDesign is the software that professional designers use for promotional materials, posters, brochures, and postcards. In this introductory level class, students will learn how to make double-sided postcards. They will discover how to bring in graphics, format text, and export a PDF file that's ready to send to the printer.

Illustrator is used to create scalable graphics for print and web. Students can use Illustrator to build graphics ranging from simple icons, logos and business cards to complete illustrations and packaging industry artwork. Students will learn how to make basic shapes, select and edit objects, perform transformations, work with type, and draw with the Pencil and Pen tools.

Photoshop: students will learn how to touch up photos, integrate text, make a photo collage, add effects, and optimize images for online use. Students will also learn techniques for creating background images from scratch that can be used in a variety of ways (including your Facebook and Twitter home pages).

Students must bring their own laptops with the Adobe software downloaded on their computer. Free trial versions can be downloaded: https://creative.adobe.com/products/creative-cloud.

Skills of Communication

Program Partner: Mitacs
GPS Credit: 2
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness

Skills of Communication is a full-day session featuring tools and tips for better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be the first time you learn about the Ladder of Inference, the Johari Window, and more. The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal lives. The mastery of these skills is a long-term process, but by simply becoming more conscious of the vario​us communication styles, including your own, you can approach conversations differently and change conversational direction to achieve better outcomes.  Click for more information on Mitacs workshops

Soft Skills for Networking (UTSC)

Program Partners: UTSC Centre for Teaching & Learning and the Academic Advising & Career Centre
GPS Credit: 1
Skill Areas: Communication ​Skills, Personal Effectiveness
Date: Winter 2016

For graduate students, soft skills are a critical requirement for success in their career, whether they pursue roles in academia, business, government, or non-government agencies.

Part 1 of this workshop will begin with an activity that allows students to experience the exercise of soft skills in the context of networking and follow with a framework that inventories the major categories of soft skills. This part will also review associated micro behaviours that demonstrate the use of soft skills. In Part 2 of the workshop, students will assess their soft skills and their readiness for networking. In Part 3 of the workshop, students will deepen their understanding of networking and work in small groups to practice specific soft skills in four different networking situations.


Sweet Tweet

Program Partner: News and Media Relations
GPS Credit: 1
Skill Area: Communication Skills

Sweet Tweet will provide graduate students with the tools and information they need to use social media, particularly Twitter, to disseminate their research and build their academic reputation. This training invites graduate students to think about Twitter in a new way: to benefit their academics.

The workshop will address methods to strategically share research. It will include best practices for developing a target audience and effective ways to nurture relationships with valuable stakeholders. It will address common as well as unexpected issues that can arise while using Twitter.​ 

10 Days of Twitter

Program Partner: University of Toronto Libraries
GPS Credit: 1
Skill Areas: Communication Skills; Research-Related Skills
Dates: February 6-17

Twitter is a platform for scholarly communication: it's used for sharing and discuss​ing research at all stages of the process (even peer review via Tweet!); for current awareness; for networking; for conference participation; and for teaching. Consider the uses of Twitter in higher education together with a community of learners, through hands-on practice, class discussion via Twitter, and guided engagement with the public scholarly conversation on Twitter. Day 1 involves a 50-minute in-person class; Days 2 to 9 involve Twitter exercises taking minutes a day. Day 10 involves a live chat on Twitter.  Register


Teaching Fundamentals Certificate

Program Partner: Teaching Assistants' Training Program

GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: Ongoing

Within one academic year, participants attend a minimum of six two-hour workshops, totalling 12 hours of instruction. Participants will interact with faculty members and fellow graduate students to discuss a range of issues related to teaching and learning in higher education. Click for ​​​Info!

The 3 Minute Thesis: An Interactive Guide for Graduate Students UTSC

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning
GPS Credit: 1*
Skill Areas: Research-related Skills, Communication Skills
Date: Winter 2017

This workshop aims to help graduate students develop highly effective brief research presentations. This one-hour session, open to graduate students at the master's or PhD level, will cover strategies for presenting research in a 3-minute format, using one well-designed slide, as stipulated by the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition rules. Examples of effective 3 Minute Thesis presentations will be discussed. The follow-up two-hour session, "Improving Your 3 Minute Thesis," will enable graduate students to apply what they learn in the first workshop in order to create, and then practice, their brief research presentation.

Please note: Students receive 1 GPS Credit for completing The 3 Minute Thesis: An Interactive Guide for Graduate Students and Improving Your 3 Minute Thesis. Graduate students affiliated with UTSC should register for this workshop on the Intranet.

Translating Research into Practice: Creating a Poster Presentation Plan (UTSC)

Program Partner: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning
GPS Credit: 1
Skill Areas: Research-Related Skills, Communication Skills
Date: Winter 2017

This is a seminar that guides graduate students through hands-on activities that are designed to enable them to better articulate their research aims and to design a poster presentation plan that effectively communicates their research. Participants must be prepared to discuss and write about a current research project for which they would like to design a poster. With guidelines, instruction, and individual feedback from the co-presenters, participants will create a poster presentation plan that they may use to organize their research project for communication at conferences or in conversation with their peers. 


THE500: Teaching in Higher Education

Program Partner: Woodsworth College
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Teaching Competence
Date: September and January sessions available

THE500 is a course for senior PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows that aims to improve their teaching practice by helping them become more knowledgeable about the ways in which students learn as well as about different teaching theories and styles. Course participants will experience and take part in a variety of teaching situations, from small group work to more formal lecture sessions. Ample opportunity will be given to participants to reflect on theory, their own teaching and learning experiences, as well as those of others involved in the course. Applications for the next academic year open in May 2017. Click for Info!

Understanding the Research Article: Reading Towards Writing

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-related Skills

What are the typical "moves" made in the Introduction section of a Research Article? Should you integrate your discussion with your results? How do you get readers to see the importance of your work? How much explaining should you do in your methodology section? These are typical questions for those involved in experimental research who wish to publish their findings. Graduate students spend a great deal of time reading research articles; however, when it comes to writing them, they often have difficulty following the example of what they have read.

This course is designed to help graduate students engaged in experimental work write research articles by increasing their familiarity with the established forms of such articles. To do so, we will analyze the discourse strategies of articles that follow the basic pattern for reporting empirical research: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD). The course will involve class discussion and close readings of articles drawn from representative fields of study. The course will also consider technical writing issues, such as what verb tense works for each section and strategic use of the passive or active voice. Students will also receive feedback on the research papers that they themselves are writing. Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week. Click for Info!

Writing CIHR Proposals

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-Related Skills

This three-week course is open to students who are applying for CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Master's and Doctoral Research Awards. In three two-hour classes, we will examine the specific features of successful grant proposals and bring to light common errors that lead to bad proposals. As well, we will be looking at examples of winning proposals. Students are expected to work on their own draft proposals, and individualized feedback will be available to course participants. While several of the concepts examined will also be of relevance to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the focus of the course is on writing an effective CIHR proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through CIHR and/or OGS.) Course duration: 3 weeks.
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Writing NSERC Proposals

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4 
Skill Areas: Communication Skills, Research-related Skills

This three-week course is open to students who are applying for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Postgraduate scholarships (PGS M and PGS D). While several of the concepts examined will also be of relevance to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the focus of the course is on writing an effective NSERC proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through NSERC and/or OGS.) Each week during the two-hour lecture, the instructor will examine the specific features of good and bad proposals. Students are expected to work on their own proposals and to submit them in class for feedback. Feedback is available to course participants through written comments on students' draft proposals and through individual consultations. Course duration: 3 weeks. Click for Info!

Writing SSHRC Proposals

Program Partner: ELWS
GPS Credits: 4
Skill Areas: Communication, Research-Related Skills

This three-week course is designed for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are applying for SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Master's Scholarships or Doctoral Awards. While several of the concepts examined will also be relevant to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and OGS applicants are welcome to register, the focus of the course is on writing an effective SSHRC proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through SSHRC and/or OGS.) The course will examine specific features of good and bad proposals and provide students the opportunity to see sections of winning SSHRC proposals and to submit their own draft proposals for feedback. Feedback will be available to course participants through written comments on students' draft proposals and through individual consultations. Course duration: 3 weeks. Click for Info!