Workshops

While GCAC’s workshops are designed with graduate students in mind, all members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish. We offer two types of workshops: live online (synchronous) workshops and pre-recorded, on-demand (asynchronous) workshops. Registration for both types of workshops is required.

Please click the title of each workshop to read the workshop description and registration details. Once you register, you will receive details on how to join each synchronous or asynchronous workshop you have chosen. If you are are not able to register online, please contact sgs.gcac@utoronto.ca to be registered manually.

GCAC’s weekly Listserv messages provide an easy way to keep track of what upcoming synchronous workshops we are offering each week.


Winter 2024 Workshops

Click the workshop’s title for details and to register

Getting Through Graduate Work: Tuesday Series 4pm to 5.30pm Online
Jan 16 – Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Jan 23 – Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for your Research by Dr. Jane Freeman
Jan 30 – AI and the Modern Scholar: An Intro to ChatGPT for Academic Writing by Dr. Jane Freeman and Noah Khan
Feb 6 – Beyond the Basics: Prompt Engineering and Plugins in ChatGPT for Academic Writing by Dr. Jane Freeman and Noah Khan
Feb 13 – Reflective Writing by Abir Hammoudi
Feb 27 – Telling a Clear Research Story in Academic Writing: Targeting Different Audiences by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka
Mar 5 – Choosing a Journal and Making a Submission by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka
Mar 12 – Preparing for Your Dissertation Defense by Dr. Jordana Lobo-Pires

Preparing Your 3MT Presentation
Thurs, Jan 18, 5.30pm to 7pm – Preparing Your 3MT Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico – ONLINE
Fri, Jan 26, 5pm to 6.30pm – Preparing Your 3MT Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico – IN-PERSON

Getting Through Graduate Work: Monday Series – 4pm to 5.30pm Online
Jan 22 – Writing an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Proposal by Dr. Katie Fry
Jan 29 – Finding Additional Granting Sources by Dr. Jay Olson
Feb 5 – Framing your Research Conceptually and Theoretically by Dr. Jordana Lobo-Pires
Feb 12 – Using Punctuation to Improve Sense and Style by Dr. Jordana Lobo-Pires
Feb 26 – Improving Critical Thinking in Argumentative Writing by Hamid Moeiniasl
Mar 4 – Processing Feedback on Your Writing by Dr. Fiona Coll
Mar 11 – Integrating Visuals into Your Research Writing by Dr. Fiona Coll
Mar 18 – Writing Field Notes for Qualitative Research by Bradley Dunseith
Mar 25 – Conducting Interviews in Social Science Research by Bradley Dunseith

Improving Your Graduate Writing – Thursdays 4pm to 5.30pm Online
Jan 25 – Improving Your Graduate Writing: Establishing Structural Coherence by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Feb 1 – Crafting Effective Sentences by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Feb 8 – Creating Movement by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Feb 15 – Building a Revision Process by Dr. Rachael Cayley

Academic Writing and Speaking in English: Wednesday Series 4pm to 5.30pm Online
Feb 7 – Overcoming Challenges in Academic Conversations by Abir Hammoudi
Feb 14 – Using Online Language Tools for Academic Writing by Elena Danilina
Feb 28 – Improving Listening Comprehension in English by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka
Mar 6 – Strategies for Clarifying English Pronunciation by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka

Effective Classroom Facilitation and Improving Presentation Skills Thursdays 5.30pm to 7pm Online
Feb 29 – Understanding Effective Classroom Facilitation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Mar 7 – Building Accessible Presentation Skills by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Mar 14 – Enhancing Your In-Person Presentation Skills by Dr. Cristina D’Amico


Asynchronous Workshops

WORKSHOPS ON-DEMAND (Pre-Recorded Videos)

Click the title of each on-demand workshop to be taken directly to its registration page, where descriptions are also available.
Please note: some workshops are relevant to more than one category and are therefore listed more than once.

NEWLY ADDED OR UPDATED ASYNCHRONOUS WORKSHOPS
Strategies for Developing Your 3MT Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Building Community in the Online Environment by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Strategies for Organizing Your Oral Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Managing the Increased Attentional Demands of Graduate School by Will Staples
Science Dissemination by Will Staples

CULTIVATING GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Communicating Effectively via Email by Dr. Tristan Loria
Enhancing Knowledge Uptake by Dr. Tristan Loria
Becoming Familiar with the American Granting System by Dr. Tristan Loria
Writing for Stakeholders in more than one Discipline by Dr. Tristan Loria
Community Engagement: How to Effectively Communicate Research to the Public by Dr. Giulia Rossi
Writing a Personal Statement for PhD Applications by Stephanie Redekop
Giving Feedback on Student Writing (for TAs) by Stephanie Redekop

IMPROVING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS
Connecting with your Audience Online by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Focus and Listening in Online Meetings by Dr. Matt Jones
Four PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal

IMPROVING ACADEMIC READING, WRITING AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH
Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo
Improving Your Graduate-Level Reading Skills by Dr. Katherine Fry

IMPROVING ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING IN THE SCIENCES
Creating and Designing Poster Presentations for Scientific Conferences by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav

WRITING IMRD (INTRODUCTION – METHODS – RESULTS DISCUSSION) RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav