Special Presentation | Startup Community: A Film Documentary
Startup Community is a film about what makes Kitchener-Waterloo different. We’re talking to local entrepreneurs and finding out how our region made them succeed in a way that no other place could have.
Tech businesses in Waterloo Region are different. It’s a place where business isn’t a competition; it’s a compilation of ideas. We collaborate and inspire each other – and we all get excited to watch each other succeed. This short documentary goes behind the scenes of the local tech community and shows the world why we’re different.
This film documentary will be followed by a conversation with a representative of uWaterloo's own Velocity program.
University of Waterloo academic advisors are a diverse group of faculty and staff members who share the need for opportunities to further develop their advising skill set. This workshop is designed for academic advisors and other staff with academic advising components to their role. While working in small groups through different scenarios, you will have the chance during this workshop to share your successful strategies and enrich your toolbox with colleagues’ tips. Alternatively, you can bring your own scenarios for a different perspective on how to address complicated cases. Participants will also have the chance to create a useful checklist to be followed when having difficult conversations with students. This activity will be based on resources used by the Science Undergraduate Office. This workshop does not intend to address specific faculty and/or department needs, as its purpose is to build and/or strengthen connections while discussing different approaches to doing our jobs.
Priscila Carrara, Student Success Officer, Office of the Dean of Science/Science Undergraduate office
Katie Schulz, Faculty Relations and Academic Support Specialist, Student Success Office
All I Needed to Know About Work, I Learned on a Habitat Build
In August of 2014, a group of University of Waterloo Faculty, Staff and Alumni came together for a Habitat for Humanity Build in Whitehorse, Yukon. Through blood (only a little), sweat and tears, the team was able to make a difference in the lives of families in the Yukon, one brick at a time.
In this session, you’ll hear about the adventures of our Waterloo Habitat Team and see how team members brought back what they learned and incorporated it into their work lives. Through stories, photos and a group activity, you’ll see how you really get more than you give by participating in community service.
And who knows, you might even want to join us on our next University of Waterloo Annual Habitat for Humanity Build!
Check out our blog at http://hfhuwaterloo.blogspot.ca/
Angela Googh - Information Systems and Technology
Olivia Roth - Cooperative Education and Career Action
Michelle Burlock – Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment
Behind the Curtain: A Look at How the Centre for Extended Learning Creates Multimedia Magic ... And How You Can Too!
Note: This is an exact repeat of last year's presentation.
For those who missed it last year! The Centre for Extended Learning’s (CEL) team of Instructional Digital Media Developers and Production Assistants work with the latest multimedia production tools to produce rich and engaging experiences for uWaterloo online students. Or as some people might think, we get to play with the latest technological toys and gadgets to build cool stuff for the web!
The truth of it is multimedia development is fun! And these days there are lots of things you can do yourself for free (or minimal cost) with little or no training.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the CEL course development process and along the way be introduced to free/low cost tools that you can use at work or at home to produce your own multimedia magic! Learn about how we work with audio, video, graphical presentations and more.
Warning! Audience participation will be required.
Matt Justice, Production Manager, Centre for Extended Learning
Laura Zikovic, Instructional Digital Media Developer, Centre for Extended Learning
Danielle Vander Wekken and Jana Roberts, Digital Media Production Assistants, Centre for Extended Learning
Career Advancement or Personal Growth: Why Every Staff Can Benefit From Enrolling in a Course
- why staff should enroll in a course
- how participation in pursuing courses will enhance personal growth
- how to anticipate and address challenges (for example, intergenerational issues, group work)
- how their participation in a class supports the strategic plan; we each have a vital role to play
This presentation aims to address the new strategic plan to:
- Ensure students have an engaging, purposeful and relevant experience (by fostering a spirit of community and connection)
- Be an exemplary employer (Robust Employer-Employee relationship)
- Enhance the well-being of staff and faculty and promote integrity as a core value of the campus community (Promote a sound value system)
- Sustain a high level of outstanding performance in your organization.
- Engage and retain the best customers and employees.
- Build strong teams of motivated employees.
- Improve the physical and mental health of your employees.
Decision Making and Values: How to Apply Your Values to Create the Life that You Want!
The workshop begins with an introduction to the Sumptu perspective on Decision Making. Then, through several interactive activities, you will discover and/or reaffirm your personal values. Next, we discuss how to apply your values in Decision Making and what to do when you feel conflicted when making a decision. By the end of the workshop, you will learn how to apply your personal values to improve your life and the lives of others.
By attending this workshop you will learn about yourself, what is important to you and how to make decisions that you love!
Does My Program Make A Difference? Developing A Real World Program Evaluation
Note: Due to the nature of this workshop, attendees must be either providing a current program or have one in development. This workshop will run 90 minutes in length.
Are you about to implement a new program or a strategic initiative? Would you like to learn how to understand, measure, and describe your progress in reaching the program goals? Using basic program evaluation language and tools, this session will help you set up or validate expectations for your program and learn how to gather data and information to monitor your progress. The session will also help you make the link between the everyday tasks involved in running a program or initiative and the overall goal that the initiative is meant to accomplish.
Using a workshop format, the participants will be asked to develop their own program logic model and create a simple evaluation design. In preparation for the session, the participants will be asked to respond to the following questions:
1. What is the initiative or program?
2. What is the program trying to achieve?
3. Who does it serve? Who else is involved and how do they contribute?
4. How does the program or initiative work (logic model)?
a. What are the tasks or activities involved in running the program or initiative?
b. What are the anticipated results of the program’s activities?
c. How will you know whether you were successful?
5. What data may be useful to help you understand whether you are succeeding or what needs to be improved? Create a plan to collect and analyze your data regularly.
Daniela Seskar-Hencic, Associate Director, Institutional Analysis & Planning
Jana Carson; Manager, Evaluation & Accountability, Institutional Analysis & Planning
Emerging Technologies: Digital Documents Beyond 2015
As digital documents become widely adopted, faculty and students need to keep up with ways to better manage their documents. Cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and other solutions have enabled us to access our documents from anywhere. However, these advancements still lack the ability to manage and share knowledge within these documents effectively.
This session will explore several workflows which affect our daily interactions with digital documents and demonstrate how these workflows can be improved. Specifically, the session will focus on the following:
a) Digital documents provided by academic journals can be accessed by researchers via the library portal. This session will explore the challenges of managing these documents and demonstrate an emerging technology which provides a better workflow and thereby richer user experience.
b) Sharing, reviewing and annotating digital documents can be burdensome using existing technologies and workflows. This session will also explore the challenges of document collaboration and exhibit new ways of sharing using the same technology platform. Case studies will be presented and attendees will be asked to share challenges that they have experiences in their work that could be applied to the use of this new technology solution. Attendees will be able to set up a free account and will leave with a new tool for their digital documents that will enhance collaboration and document sharing.
The Excellence Canada Pilot Project
The University of Waterloo has committed to campus-wide implementation of Excellence Canada's "Excellence, Innovation and Wellness" (EIW) programme, a national external framework which promotes organizational excellence, innovation and wellness. The overarching goal of the initiative is to help further the University’s Strategic Plan and eight strategic themes, particularly a “robust employer/employee relationship.” The Library was asked in early 2014 to pilot this initiative for the campus and achieved Bronze certification in October. Excellence Canada prepared a final report outlining the Library's strengths and opportunities in six categories.
In this presentation you will hear about the "Excellence, Innovation and Wellness" standard, be provided with an overview of the EIW bronze certification process, discuss lessons learned in the pilot, and hear how the Library went… From “OMG!” To celebration in less than 8 months!
Nancy Collins, Liaison Librarian
Mark Haslett, University Librarian
GROOVE Class – It’ll Get You Moving!!
NEWSFLASH: TheGROOVE has been voted #5 top fitness trend in 2014 by SHAPE magazine!! But we are so much more than just a great way to make the body healthy … we are a global movement that is raising awareness through DANCE! theGROOVE is a super fun, simple, unified and creative group DANCE experience.
Dancing is a great way to get active, release stress and have fun! However, the fitness and dance industries have become complicated and intimidating for most of us. So it’s time to simplify and make dancing, movement and physical activity accessible to everyBODY!
TheGROOVE by Misty Tripoli™ is a revolutionary new approach to fitness and dance that gives everyBODY the opportunity to learn simple dance moves and DANCE them in their own UNIQUE way! In this GROOVE class, you will learn SIMPLE and EASY movements from a variety of different dance styles: African, Bollywood, Swing, Disco, Hip Hop, House, Jazz and many more! The movements are simple so you can dance them your own way! When you get a chance to move in a way that feels good for your body, you get a great workout that’s perfect for you! And the best part …. it’s fun!!!!!
GROOVE classes inspire individuals to get active, move confidently, foster vibrant health and live a ridiculously fun, happy life with less stress!
Please wear comfortable clothing, bring some water (for rehydrating), and a yoga mat or towel for the cool down at the end of class. Shoes are optional. No dance experience required. See you on the dance floor!
Cindy Howe, Faculty of Engineering Exchange Programs
Making the Most of Your Mind
The mind is the engine underlying all of human experience and the ability to remember, pay attention, make decisions, reason and be creative are all crucially important at both work and home. In this workshop session, you will learn about how your mind works to make better use of your most important tool. Through understanding the basic mechanisms of the mind, you can more optimally engage your environment to reduce errors of attention and reasoning, and enhance your memory, problem solving, and creativity. The session will primarily consist of an engaging presentation on the nature of your mind and how it works, featuring many interesting examples and questions. At several points, you will have an opportunity to consider areas for improvement in your life relating to these lessons. The objective of the workshop is to teach you about psychology in the context of challenges you typically face help you make the most of your mind.
Nathaniel Barr, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vision and Attention Lab/Laboratory for Research in Reasoning and Decision Making, Psychology Department
This session is about online tools that can help increase your productivity and efficiency. It’s intended for anyone at Waterloo whose job includes any of the following tasks:
- Managing or sharing information
- Coordinating people
- Delegating tasks
- Making presentations
The categories of online tools that will be covered include the following: to-do lists, diagramming, polling, bookmarking, outlining, sign-up sheets, online searching, locating copyright-free photos, social media, Google apps, iPad apps, and more. The session will encourage questions from the audience, but it will not be hands-on – that is, it will be a demonstration of the tools only. By the end of the session, participants will know (1) the names of various useful productivity tools; (2) how to access them; (3) how to use them in a way that will increase productivity and efficiency.
Note: that this session will cover some of the same tools as were covered in the 2013 session of the same name; other tools will be new to this session.
Mark Morton, Senior Instructional Developer, New Educational Technologies, Centre for Teaching Excellence
QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer
What is QPR?
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:
- recognize the warning signs of suicide
- know how to offer hope
- know how to get help and save a life
David Logan, Counselling Services
Jennifer Yuen, Counselling Services
Reframing Conflict: Living and Learning Through Conflict
The University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan highlights our recognized culture of innovation and connection – a culture often characterized by change and stakeholders with many different backgrounds and interests. Surprisingly, while Waterloo faculty, staff and students embrace this culture, many hesitate when encountering conflict - one of the natural consequences of environments in which change and differences in individual interests collide.
Through sharing personal experiences working in conflict, the facilitator will work with participants to reframe conflict as a valuable opportunity for learning more about themselves and others. The workshop will cover tips and tricks to help develop the skills required to both become more comfortable in navigating conflict and capitalize on the opportunities for personal and professional development that conflicts present.
Jeremy Steffler (MASc., PEng), Faculty Relations Manager, Co-operative Education and Career Action
Susan Baker, Manager of the Certificate Program in Conflict Management at Conrad Grebel
Sick of Running Surveys? Start Assessing!
- The first part of the session will break down why only using surveys is flawed and dangerous, and why assessment matters drawing on Housing’s story of implementing KPIs. Participants will then formulate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for their area of work.
- Second, participants will construct their own methods for analyzing their KPIs to make them more usable. Regression analysis will be introduced to participants.
- Third, formative assessment methods will be explored and categorized. Participants will be asked to individually brainstorm performance indicators and share those with the group. An emphasis will be placed on practicality and implement-ability, which is often missing in assessment plans.
- Fourth, the importance of culture will be explained through explaining the assessment committee and assessment champion approach within Housing and Residences. Participants will discuss with one-another what barriers exist in their own area in moving assessment forward.
- Finally, the high-level concept of an assessment program will be explained in practical language. Participants will be given suggested resources for assessing their assessment practice in their area in order to determine next steps.
Student-Run Services: The Benefits of Involvement and How You Can Help
Did you know that the Campus Life Department within the Federation of Students has 8 student-run services (with more on the way!)? Do you know what they do? Do you know why students get involved and what the outcomes are for them after graduation? Please join me and some representatives from the Feds student-run services in providing answers to those questions and more! We will also share with you and discuss why it’s important to consider including these services in your event planning and office culture. The Feds services consist of: The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, The Women’s Centre, The Food Bank, The Campus Response Team, the Sustainable Campus Initiative, The International and Canadian Student Network, Co-op Connection and the Off Campus Community. Each has a unique purpose on campus and you just might find a connection or two with your area of expertise! Let us discuss with you how we can work better together and help create a more involved and supportive atmosphere on campus. We’re here to help! This session will be half presentation and half discussion with some topics in small groups with representatives from the services in attendance.
Brendan Lowther, Federation of Students
There and Back Again: The Staff International Experience Fund
The University of Waterloo aspires to be one of Canada’s most internationalized universities. In Waterloo International, we are committed to making that aspiration a reality- but we need your help! We have created a strategic initiative to provide staff with an opportunity to spend time overseas immersed in learning about new cultures, traditions, languages and people. We recently launched the Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF). The SIEF supports international engagement of Waterloo staff to take part in experiential international learning. Funds will be provided for staff projects aimed at:
- Providing international experiential opportunities with the goal of deepening Waterloo’s international partnerships and
- Growing Waterloo’s internationalization knowledge base and activities
Come and learn about what this new initiative entails and hear first-hand from staff who took part in the experience earlier this year (more details to follow). We hope you will be inspired to consider taking advantage of this opportunity and grow in your personal knowledge - returning to Waterloo to share your experience!
Plan to attend and in the meantime check out the SIEF website to learn more!
Julie Hummel, Director, Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Waterloo International
Our Voice - Our UWSA
Stephen Markan, UWSA Past President
Michael Herz, UWSA President-elect
Gail Spencer, UWSA Executive Manager