Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Monday, February 4, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one.  Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship.  Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.

Additional Information: Registration Required.

Monday, February 4, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Have you ever had to deal with disruptions in your classroom, like talkative, confrontational and interruptive students, or students who arrive late and leave early? Most instructors face at least occasional classroom disruptions, with new faculty and teaching assistants being primary targets. Such challenges can be unpleasant and disturbing, but you can help to minimize their frequency and impact. In this highly interactive workshop you will learn how to prevent disruptions by establishing your credibility, defining classroom expectations, and developing rapport with your students.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to help dissertation writers get a jump start on meeting their writing goals. It combines dedicated writing time, goal setting and writing strategy sessions, and one-one meetings with our writing specialists.

This sustained (weekly) Dissertation Boot Camp program will take place over eight weeks rather than an intensive four days. The program runs every Monday beginning February 3 and ending March 30 (excluding the Family Day holiday) from 9:00am to 12:30pm. 

Application required: Applications to participate are due by January 10, 2020. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases. Using team simulation exercises, participants work from a clear understanding of personal strengths and an appreciation of the differences in others will be the foundation of success in the future.

Additional information: Registration required through the Mitacs EDGE platform.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

As instructors, we strive to create learning activities that actively engage students and help strengthen their learning. However, many of us have been met with a lack of enthusiasm and participation from the students, which can temper our own enthusiasm. How can we create a positive learning environment that will foster interest and participation from our students? In this workshop, we will briefly introduce different forms of motivation. You will then work in small groups to discuss various elements that affect student motivation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 — 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Do you need some dedicated time to compete your IDP? Would you benefit from feedback on your proposed activities? Attend the Foundations IDP drop-in lab!

Open to all current Professional Skills Foundations participants (those who have completed a Professional Skills Foundations introductory workshop), this drop-in lab offers an opportunity to work on your IDP (Individual Development Plan) and receive feedback or help brainstorming activities and workshops. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Successful teachers make it a priority to critically reflect on their teaching by tapping into the many evaluation tools available to us. In this workshop, we'll explore how teaching assistants can get evaluations of their teaching from supervisors, peers, students, and others. We'll talk about whom to ask for feedback, when to ask, and how. You'll work in groups to analyze both formal and informal feedback tools, discuss how to incorporate them into your teaching, and consider how to interpret and make use of evaluations you receive.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 — 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM EST
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Thursday, January 24, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.

Additional Information: Registration Required.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to prepare an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as how to write a professional and compelling cover letter for professor/lecturer and postdoc positions.

Additional information: Registration required.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to prepare an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as how to write a professional and compelling cover letter for professor/lecturer and postdoc positions.

Additional information: Registration required. 

Monday, January 21, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review.  Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work.

Additional Information: Registration Required.

Monday, January 21, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

Monday, January 21, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Most instructors teach the way they were taught, which may or may not be a good thing. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concept of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which ones are right for your classroom.

Monday, January 21, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Stop stalling. Start writing.

Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to help dissertation writers get a jump start on meeting their writing goals.

This Dissertation Boot Camp takes place over eight weeks in the winter term: Monday mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm beginning January 21st and ending March 4th (excluding the Family Day holiday). 

Our next in-person, intensive Dissertation Boot Camp will take place in April 2019.

Friday, January 18, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

This interactive workshop will provide teaching assistants with the techniques and confidence to effectively deliver an engaging lesson in the classroom. Topics covered in this workshop include: (i) methods for structuring your delivery, (ii) developing visual aids, (ii) strategies for preparation, (iv) dealing with nerves and anxiety and (iv) tips for engaging your students throughout the lesson.

Additional information: Registration is required. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Whether you are considering a career in industry or academia, having a broad skill set and being able to recognize the value of your skills is important for success. Attend this workshop to explore the skills you already have and to create an action plan for skill development during your graduate studies.

Additional information: Registration required.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Do you need some dedicated time to compete your IDP? Would you benefit from feedback on your proposed activities? Attend the Foundations IDP drop-in lab!

Open to all current Professional Skills Foundations participants (those who have completed a Professional Skills Foundations introductory workshop), this drop-in lab offers an opportunity to work on your IDP (Individual Development Plan) and receive feedback or help brainstorming activities and workshops. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Monday, January 14, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Through this interactive workshop, you'll become better prepared for a campus interview. In addition to learning about a typical campus interview schedule, you'll learn to analyze interview questions and evaluate and develop effective responses to these questions.

Additional information: Registration required.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 — 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST
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Attend the GRADflix showcase!

We're rolling out the red carpet for a GRADflix showcase!

Thursday, January 10, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

As a future academic job candidate, you may be required to include a “teaching statement“ or “statement of teaching philosophy“ in your applications. But how do you begin writing a teaching statement, and how do you keep it from becoming cheesy or inauthentic? Attend this hands-on workshop to learn concrete strategies for creating a statement of teaching philosophy that is persuasive and professional. Led by Stephanie White, PhD, Instructional Developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Additional information: Registration required. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. 

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