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Open Education Week – Voices of OER (webinar)

Next week is Open Education Week!

We invite you to join members of the Open Access Working Group for a short, casual webinar on Open Educational Resources (OER) provided by the Ontario Council of University of Libraries (OCUL).

This showing is open to all students, faculty and staff interested in hearing more about the Open Educational Resources movement.

The rise of the open education movement in Ontario is creating new opportunities as educators and trainers exploit open educational resources (OER), ranging from simple digital teaching assets to full courses, and related practices to secure the effective utilization of these resources. Among these opportunities are: greater autonomy brought by the ability to select from more diverse resources; fostering a culture of critiquing, and thereby improving, pedagogical practice; and increasing overall engagement with educational materials by both learners and educators.

In Canada, an increasing number of student groups have been promoting the cost-saving value of open access textbooks as part of #TextbookBroke campaigns that draw attention to the impact of high-priced textbooks. Inspired by the B.C. Open Textbook Project, the Canadian social media campaign was started by students at the University of Victoria. In Ontario, the Brock University Student Union has been active in the advocacy for OER on campus and the Western University Student Council has developed a Standing Policy on OER.

This webinar will offer a number of perspectives on this emerging movement capturing voices of teaching faculty, students and instructional developers. Offered as a collaborative session with support from Ontario Council of University Libraries as well as eCampus Ontario funded project "Open Textbook Toolkit", this 1.5 hr webinar will explore a number of practical issues around this movement in Ontario.

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Jessica O’Reilly, Instructional Developer (Faculty), Cambrian College
  • Helen DeWaard, Sessional Instructor, Lakehead University
  • Dr. Aaron Langille, Permanent Sessional, Laurentian University
  • Landon Tulk, Student, University of Windsor

Registration is not required.

Held on:

  • Monday, March 5, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Dana Porter FlexLab (LIB 329)

Systematic Reviews for Social Science Researchers

Take your literature review one step further. This workshop is geared towards graduate students and researchers who wish to conduct a systematic review for either a thesis, coursework or journal publication.  A ‘systematic review’, as opposed to a traditional literature review, uses a structured methodology to answer a focused research question.  It is transparent, reproducible, and involves an exhaustive search of the literature using explicit criteria for study selection.  By the end of this workshop you will have gained an understanding of systematic review methods in the social sciences and the components of a systematic search.  Both Jackie Stapleton and Sarah Brown have extensive experience as collaborators on systematic review research teams and will be drawing directly from their experiences for this presentation.

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Techniques for Managing Theses using Microsoft Word and Refworks

Theses and other long documents (e.g., books, manuals, reports) can present challenges that shorter documents don't. It is more difficult to maintain a standard "look and feel" throughout a long document like a thesis. This course will demonstrate features in Word that will make formatting your thesis easier and less time consuming, such as:

  • Styles
  • Numbering headings
  • Page numbering
  • Captioning tables and figures
  • Footnotes
  • Cross references
  • Table of contents
  • Lists of tables and figures.

This session will also include integrating RefWorks into your thesis writing. RefWorks is an online citation management system that allows you to manage your references and insert them into the body of your document in whatever citation style you need. With a click of a button it also creates your bibliography based on the items cited within your paper. The RefWorks component will include setting up an account, importing citations from various databases, managing your citations, and using the Write-n-Cite plugin to add your citations to Word.

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Turbo Charge Your Term Paper: Revise

Getting the most out of your time when researching and writing undergraduate essays

The last of three sessions this term offered by the Library and Writing and Communication Centre starts with a 30-minute lesson on the researching and writing process. It is followed by time to work through your own assignment and receive one-on-one help, regardless of where you are in the researching/writing process. Attend the lesson, or consultation section, or both! Register ahead of time or when you arrive. Please note that it is not necessary to have attended the first or second sessions.

Lesson includes: advanced database searching, citations, integration of sources, paraphrase and summary, and revision.

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The Tri-agency Open Access policy - from author's rights to depositing in UWSpace

This workshop will review the Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Open Access policy on publications, which applies to all NSERC or SSHRC grants awarded on or after May 1, 2015, and CIHR grants awarded on or after January 1, 2008.

The session will cover:

  • outline the policy and its requirements
  • present an introduction to author’s rights and responsibilities
  • demonstrate how to use UWSpace and its copyright review and deposit service to easily comply with the policy

Waterloo researchers who have received grant funding or have an interest in making their research Open Access are encouraged to attend.

Note: Due to time constraints, this presentation is focused on assisting researchers to broadly understand their rights and to promote the locally provided services that will assist them to achieve compliance.

Held on:

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Davis Centre Library conference room (DC 1568)

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