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Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

 

During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

Not finding what you're looking for? Please get in touch with us at research-commons@sfu.ca so we can discuss your research support needs. 

 

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops, developed in the context of SFU Library's Instruction Strategy. You can register for upcoming workshops and search by workshop date in our workshops calendar.  

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, please send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability-related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. All communication will be kept confidential. Please contact us as early as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Unaffiliated with SFU but interested in attending a workshop? See Who can register for SFU Library Research Commons workshops.

Digital Humanities workshops

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Using Palladio for Social Network Visualization [Online]

 

Network gets to the heart of our fascination with the complex "connectedness" of modern society.  By definition, a network is a pattern of interconnections among a set of things. In a social network setting, you can think of it as a diagram that illustrates interconnections among people, groups, and organizatins. Palladio, developed by Stanford’s Humanities + Design Lab, is a web-based visualization tool for complex humanities data.  A super easy-to-use tool, it can be particularly good for beginners to network analysis.  This workshop will contextualize the exploration of Palladio within an intellectual inquiry–what drove the inquiry and what emerged from the data as a result of deep engagement of the visualization.  Specifically, the workshop will cover: 
  1. Network basic concepts 
  2. Introduction to Palladio 
  3. Example: using the Chinese Headtax data to visualize historical migration patterns 
  4. The caveats behind Palladio's ease of use 

If you are curious about what exactly "network" is, you may read this blog post Demystifying Networks by Scott B. Weingart. 

Technical requirements: Computer with access to the internet via an up-to-date browser.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) workshops

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Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Problem-Solution Texts

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

Problem-solution movement is an important underlying structure in academic writing. Learn how to organize an academic argument by following problem-solution organization.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Old to New Information Flow

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

Learn how to organize words, clauses, and information in ways that are coherent and cohesive.

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Dates Location
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Paragraph Patterns - Linking Pattern

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

Learn how to gradually develop a topic in a paragraph using the linking pattern based on the principles of theme and information flow.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Paragraph Patterns - Repeated Theme

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

Learn how to organize information in a paragraph using the repeated theme pattern—useful for defining, explaining, or analyzing a complex concept.

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Paragraph Patterns - Super Theme

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, proficient users with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

Learn how to organize information in a paragraph using the super theme pattern—especially useful for describing complex system and ideas.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Review

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar

Knowledge Mobilization workshops

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Unlock your research impact: Getting Media Attention [Online]

Do you want to share your research and expertise with the media? This introductory session with SFU’s Tiffany Akins, Director of media relations and public affairs and Valorie Crooks, Professor, Geography will set you on the path to engage with the media.

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Akins
  • Valorie Crooks

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Dates Location
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Unlock your research impact: Twitter for researchers [Online]

Thinking about using Twitter to mobilize your research? Join SFU’s Ian Young, Assistant Director, Digital Communications, and Scott Lear, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, to learn about using Twitter to advance your research communications.

Presenters:

  • Ian Young
  • Scott Lear

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Dates Location
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Unlock your research impact: The new data visualization basics [Online]

There’s a revolution in chart design and data visualization these days that is sweeping the research and business communities alike. In this session Kylie Hutchinson, evaluation consultant, shares simple tricks and techniques for enhancing the potential of your quantitative and qualitative data to inform and inspire people to action.

Presenter:

  • Kylie Hutchinson

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Research impact evaluation 101 [Online]

Evaluations often inform decision-making. Evaluating your research impact can inform funders’, promotion committees’, and your community partners’ decisions about supporting your research. Research impact reaches well beyond journal impact factors, it includes all your research activities and outputs to engage or inform your community. Knowledge gained from evaluation can also help you to optimize the efficient use of resources invested in knowledge mobilization activities and thereby reduce waste. In this two hour, interactive workshop facilitated by experts in evaluation and knowledge mobilization you will be introduced to evaluating the impact of your knowledge mobilization efforts (engagement, communication, dissemination, etc.). Participants will leave with a preliminary draft of their logic model and evaluation plan with feedback and support from facilitators.

This two hour interactive workshop is facilitated by Susan Chunick and Lupin Battersby, experts in evaluation and knowledge mobilization. They will introduce you to evaluating the impact of your knowledge mobilization efforts (engagement, communication, dissemination, etc.) and guide you through drafting a logic model and evaluation plan.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the basics of evaluation (terminology, types, cycle)
  2. Understand what a logic model is and why it is useful
  3. Able to formulate evaluation questions
  4. Understand how to draft a logic model and evaluation plan

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Unlock your research impact: Research Sharing & IP, what you need to know [Online]

A brief overview of Intellectual Property, things to look out for, and tips for researchers for navigating IP.

Presenters:

  • Kamaldeep Sembi
  • Donald Taylor

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Dates Location
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Learning workshops

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Research Data Management workshops

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For assistance with research data management, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

Clean data [Online]

Do you work with research data in spreadsheets? If so, this workshop is designed for you! Good data organization is the foundation of your research project, and so we will be covering the best practices for Data Organization in Spreadsheets, according to Data Carpentry. Then we’ll look at formatting values, fixing dates, dealing with missing data, merging/splitting columns, variable names, and more. By the end, you’ll be prepared to take your spreadsheets to the next level. Note that this workshop will not teach you how to use macros or code inside spreadsheets; this is mainly because such approaches are not efficient for data analysis, and are not easily reproducible.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Find Data / Share Data [Online]

Wondering where to find datasets that will be most suitable for your research project or thesis? The data ecosystem is scattered across multiple providers and subject areas, which makes finding what you need both challenging and time-consuming. This workshop will introduce you to several tools and strategies to find relevant datasets, including open data portals (both governmental and otherwise), Statistics Canada, CHASS, the Abacus Dataverse Network, Nesstar, ICPSR, and Statista.
 

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Dates Location
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to Git and Version Control [Online]

 
Note: This is a multi-day workshop. In order to attend the 2nd day, you are required to attend the 1st day.
 
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In this beginner's introduction to Git you will learn the basics of working with Git version control. We will start with an overview of Git and version controlling concepts. Making our own repository, we will practice creating a remote repository, cloning, branching and resolving conflicts on a Git project.
 
Requirements:
  • You need to have Git bash installed on your computer. We will not be using GitHub, so no need for a GitHub account.
  • You need a remote secure shell (SSH) client installed:
    • If you are on a Mac or Linux laptop, you already have it installed.
    • If you are on Windows and don't have SSH installed (or don't know what it is), we recommend you install Ubuntu on your windows OS before the workshop. We will guide you through installing SSH before the class. 
  • We assume no previous knowledge of the Linux command line or version control.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Research Programming workshops

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Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors [Online]

This multi-day workshop is designed for non-science students interested in the statistical computing program R. No prior knowledge of R is required. Often data outside of the sciences includes textual data, such as a corpus or series of surveys. In this workshop we’ll learn how to process textual data in R, as well as the basic skills to start analyzing it. Specific topics covered include the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages), data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists), and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, elementary statistics, etc.).

Note: Workshop participants will need have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to joining the workshop.

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Dates Location
Monday, January 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to Python [Online]

Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including data structures, and popular data science libraries such as pandas and numpy. This workshop uses curricula from Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help researchers get more work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.

Setup & Software Installation

Participants will need to install Python on their device.

We will be using Python 3.7 and Jupyter notebooks throughout the workshop. The easiest way to install is via Anaconda https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/. We will also explore incorporating an IDE such as PyCharm https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/, please ensure you install this. 

In addition to this, please make sure you install the following Python dependencies:

Matplotlib (Instructions https://matplotlib.org/3.1.1/users/installing.html  )
Numpy (Instructions https://scipy.org/install.html  )
Pandas (Instructions https://pandas.pydata.org/pandas-docs/stable/install.html)
Plotly  (Instructions https://pypi.org/project/plotly/)
 

Prerequisite:

This workshop is designed for people with no background in Python.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Text Mining in R [Online]

Text mining techniques can be applied to various data sources (e.g., newspaper articles, emails, online discussion posts, etc.) to efficiently extract useful data for different research purposes. For example, health science researchers may be interested in investigating a frequency of a particular disease name mentioned in a large set of newspaper articles. Educational researchers, on the other side, may wish to extract and categorize students' opinions from discussion forum in a high enrollment course. R offers a comprehensive set of functionalities for text mining. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement basic methods for preprocessing textual data, metadata management, a creation of term-document matrices over the collection of textual documents, sentiment analysis, text tokenization, word relationship extraction and text visualization.

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to R [Online]

This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

Requirements:

  • Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

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Dates Location
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Manipulating and Handling Text Data in R [Online]

Although R is known for its statistical computing and graphical capabilities, it also provides many powerful tools for handling, processing, and analyzing strings and text data. This workshop gives an introduction to handling strings using both Base R and the stringr package, and an introduction to regular expressions in R.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • use common operations and functions to manipulate strings
  • learn what regular expressions are and how to use them in R
  • apply these concepts to perform text analysis in R

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 
  • Install the latest version of the stringr package by running install.packages("stringr") in R

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to Git and Version Control [Online]

 
Note: This is a multi-day workshop. In order to attend the 2nd day, you are required to attend the 1st day.
 
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In this beginner's introduction to Git you will learn the basics of working with Git version control. We will start with an overview of Git and version controlling concepts. Making our own repository, we will practice creating a remote repository, cloning, branching and resolving conflicts on a Git project.
 
Requirements:
  • You need to have Git bash installed on your computer. We will not be using GitHub, so no need for a GitHub account.
  • You need a remote secure shell (SSH) client installed:
    • If you are on a Mac or Linux laptop, you already have it installed.
    • If you are on Windows and don't have SSH installed (or don't know what it is), we recommend you install Ubuntu on your windows OS before the workshop. We will guide you through installing SSH before the class. 
  • We assume no previous knowledge of the Linux command line or version control.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Research Software workshops

Citation Management

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Cite your sources easier and faster with Zotero [Online]

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This workshop is for you! We will introduce Zotero, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style -- in seconds.

Note: In advance of the workshop, participants should: register for a Zotero account and download and install Zotero 5.0.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

GIS

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Introduction to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS Online [Online]

  • What is the travel route of the Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)? Does it pass close to areas where predators are present, specifically those which prey on eggs?

  • Are neighbourhoods with low socioeconomic status spatially correlated to high morbidity rates?

  • Or, a more pressing question, to what extent has mobility changed due to social distancing interventions against COVID-19?

Many of these questions ask about the spatial relationship between two or more phenomena. This workshop is an introduction to spatial thinking and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

Software

ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software but need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • think spatially about their research;
  • understand the elements of GIS;
  • use a web-based GIS environment (ArcGIS Online)
  • create simple maps using geospatial data;
  • look for and find geospatial data and resources.  

Core competencies
finding and using spatial data, projections, spatial thinking, map essentials

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Dates Location
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Intro to Web Mapping [Online]

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

The workshop will begin with a basic overview of technologies, principles, and terminology related to web mapping, such as map tiles and web services. The remainder of the workshop will introduce you to using ArcGIS Online to create a web map.

Software

ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software but need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account at least one day ahead of the workshop if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to QGIS [Online]

GIS software doesn’t have to be expensive! QGIS is a free, open source GIS platform with powerful tools and wide variety of plugins. Learn how to use the basic tools in QGIS for your spatial projects. 

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Import data to and export data from QGIS
  • Edit data within QGIS
  • Do basic vector analysis in QGIS
  • Do basic raster analysis in QGIS
  • Export simple maps using the layout manager

Software: Please install QGIS on your computer beforehand. QGIS is available on Windows, macOS, Linux and Android.

Core Competencies: vector analysis, raster analysis, data management

 

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Storytelling with ArcGIS StoryMaps [Online]

Maps are great tools for enhancing how you communicate your research to diverse audiences, and when combined with compelling storytelling empowered by web technology, the communication will be even more impactful!  ArcGIS StoryMaps is an online storytelling tool that enables you to integrate interactive maps from ArcGIS Online with multimedia content (audio, video, graphs, charts, apps, and more) to create an immersive storytelling experience.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the story maps gallery to see the ways that story maps have been used across disciplines.

This workshop will cover:

  • Create a story on ArcGIS StoryMaps: add texts and multimedia content
  • Create a web map on ArcGIS online and embed it in StoryMaps.

Software

You need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Satellite image analysis with Google Earth Engine [Online]

Why use Google Earth Engine?

Want to enhance your research with satellite imagery? Google Earth Engine (not to be confused with Google Earth) allows anyone to access and process satellite imagery quickly and easily. Using a few lines of simple code, you can access images for a region, display a map, look for temporal or spatial trends, export data and statistics, and much more. Previously, remote sensing required downloading huge datasets and high computing power to process the data, but Google Earth Engine takes care of that by storing and processing 50+ years of earth observation data on Google’s servers. 

Topics covered

In this introductory workshop we will use Google Earth Engine Javascript API to make maps using satellite images, perform calculations, and plot results. This workshop will loosly follow the material at https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/tutorials/ttt. Tentative schedule:

Part 1

  • GEE overview
  • JavaScript in 5 minutes
  • Client vs Server operations
  • Accessing and viewing satellite images
  • Image computation
  • Reductions
  • Image collections

Part 2

  • Map functions
  • Compositing and mosaicing
  • Classifying
  • Charting
  • Exporting data

Prerequisites

No previous experience with Earth Engine or JavaScript is necessary, but some basic programming experience and basic knowledge of remote sensing and/or GIS are highly desirable. Willingness to learn programming is required.

Software

Participants should have Chrome installed, and register in advance for a free account at https://earthengine.google.com/signup

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Dates Location
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Field data collection using ArcGIS Collector [Online]

This workshop will introduce you to ArcGIS Collector, an Esri app, which allows you to use your mobile device as a tool for collecting spatial/non-spatial data in the field and seamlessly add it to a web map. This workshop will appeal to a range of disciplines where researchers need to collect field data, such as biology, ecology, geography, natural resource management, archeology, and more.

The workshop will cover:

  • Publish a feature layer on ArcGIS online, change the settings to enable editing, set up attributes
  • Create a web map which will serve as the interface for adding data
  • Use Collector to add data in the field
  • Enable syncing (this is useful for off-line use where connection is low).

Software

  • You need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.
  • iOS or Android Mobile Device (phone and/or tablet), download and install ArcGIS Collector app.

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Dates Location
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Making Great Maps [Online]

Making a map isn’t difficult, but making a visually appealing map is much harder. A bad map is difficult to understand, and makes viewers more likely to ignore it entirely. A beautiful map will not only better communicate your ideas, but can transform an average poster, paper, or presentation into a great one.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Import data into QGIS
  • Find and use custom base maps
  • Understand the elements of good cartographic design
  • Use QGIS map layouts to make maps faster and more consistently
  • Export maps for publication

Software:

Please install QGIS, a free and open source GIS platform, on your computer beforehand. QGIS is available on Windows, macOS, Linux and Android.

Core Competencies: cartography, map layout, basemaps

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web Mapping with R [Online]

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

Leaflet is one of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for interactive maps. Here’s an example of a web map created with Leaflet from The New York Times. This workshop will introduce you to Leaflet for R, an R package, which makes it easy to integrate and control Leaflet maps in R without knowledge of JavaScript. You can create interactive web maps right in R Studio! The topics covered include:

  • Web mapping basics (map titles, web services, etc)
  • Using the Leaflet package for R to add titles, markers, popups, create a theme map, change basemap, etc.
  • Host and publish your web map through Github

Requirements:

Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment. 

Software

Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web GIS Workshop Series

In the past decade, revolutionary internet technologies have driven Geographic Information System (GIS) to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS trainings- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers- have been involved in web cartography work. The empowerment is fueled by geospatially enabled technologies such as Global Positional Systems (GPS), the Internet, and user-friendly cartography tools. This workshop series will give you a taste of this new ecosystem, introducing you to a range of concepts, tools, and skills which include how web map is structured, how to create one, how to collaboratively collect field data and populate to a shared web map, and how to combine maps and digital storytelling to communicate your research.

All workshops in this series are designed for beginners- no previous GIS knowledge is required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

Intro to Web Mapping [Online]

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

The workshop will begin with a basic overview of technologies, principles, and terminology related to web mapping, such as map tiles and web services. The remainder of the workshop will introduce you to using ArcGIS Online to create a web map.

Software

ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software but need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account at least one day ahead of the workshop if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Storytelling with ArcGIS StoryMaps [Online]

Maps are great tools for enhancing how you communicate your research to diverse audiences, and when combined with compelling storytelling empowered by web technology, the communication will be even more impactful!  ArcGIS StoryMaps is an online storytelling tool that enables you to integrate interactive maps from ArcGIS Online with multimedia content (audio, video, graphs, charts, apps, and more) to create an immersive storytelling experience.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the story maps gallery to see the ways that story maps have been used across disciplines.

This workshop will cover:

  • Create a story on ArcGIS StoryMaps: add texts and multimedia content
  • Create a web map on ArcGIS online and embed it in StoryMaps.

Software

You need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Field data collection using ArcGIS Collector [Online]

This workshop will introduce you to ArcGIS Collector, an Esri app, which allows you to use your mobile device as a tool for collecting spatial/non-spatial data in the field and seamlessly add it to a web map. This workshop will appeal to a range of disciplines where researchers need to collect field data, such as biology, ecology, geography, natural resource management, archeology, and more.

The workshop will cover:

  • Publish a feature layer on ArcGIS online, change the settings to enable editing, set up attributes
  • Create a web map which will serve as the interface for adding data
  • Use Collector to add data in the field
  • Enable syncing (this is useful for off-line use where connection is low).

Software

  • You need to send email to gis-software@sfu.ca to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.
  • iOS or Android Mobile Device (phone and/or tablet), download and install ArcGIS Collector app.

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Dates Location
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web Mapping with R [Online]

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

Leaflet is one of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for interactive maps. Here’s an example of a web map created with Leaflet from The New York Times. This workshop will introduce you to Leaflet for R, an R package, which makes it easy to integrate and control Leaflet maps in R without knowledge of JavaScript. You can create interactive web maps right in R Studio! The topics covered include:

  • Web mapping basics (map titles, web services, etc)
  • Using the Leaflet package for R to add titles, markers, popups, create a theme map, change basemap, etc.
  • Host and publish your web map through Github

Requirements:

Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment. 

Software

Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

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Introduction to Python [Online]

Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including data structures, and popular data science libraries such as pandas and numpy. This workshop uses curricula from Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help researchers get more work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.

Setup & Software Installation

Participants will need to install Python on their device.

We will be using Python 3.7 and Jupyter notebooks throughout the workshop. The easiest way to install is via Anaconda https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/. We will also explore incorporating an IDE such as PyCharm https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/, please ensure you install this. 

In addition to this, please make sure you install the following Python dependencies:

Matplotlib (Instructions https://matplotlib.org/3.1.1/users/installing.html  )
Numpy (Instructions https://scipy.org/install.html  )
Pandas (Instructions https://pandas.pydata.org/pandas-docs/stable/install.html)
Plotly  (Instructions https://pypi.org/project/plotly/)
 

Prerequisite:

This workshop is designed for people with no background in Python.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Qualitative Data Analysis

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 Please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca for NVivo support or visit the NVivo: Sortware for Research Analysis webpage.

NVivo Office Hours [Online]

Description

Questions about working with NVivo? Get answers.

Join us for online office hours hosted by Graduate NVivo Peers in BB Collaborate in Canvas. Self-enroll in the Canvas course and drop in with your questions. No experience with NVivo is necessary.

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Dates Location
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
via Blackboard Collaborate in Canvas

Introduction to NVivo for Mac [Online]

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.


Note: Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Windows [Online]

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this session? You will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas. It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Notes:

  • Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
  • Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Mac [Online]

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this session? You will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas. It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Notes:

  • Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
  • Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Doing More with NVivo for Windows [Online]

Need help taking the next step with NVivo? If you’re already comfortable with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through visualizations and queries using sample data.

This workshop will build on the concepts from the "Introduction to NVivo" workshop, and depending on the interest of the group may include:
classifying and categorizing data
  • grouping your data: collections and links
  • exploring your data (coding based queries)
  • models and relationships
  • visualizing your data
  • reporting and presenting your findings
 Requirements:
  • This workshop assumes that you already have some familiarity with NVivo and/or will have taken the "Introduction to NVivo" workshop.
  • Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
  • We will be using the Windows (PC) operating system and the interface is very different from the Mac operating system

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Dates Location
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Doing More with NVivo for Mac [Online]

Need help taking the next step with NVivo? If you’re already comfortable with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through visualizations and queries using sample data.

This workshop will build on the concepts from the "Introduction to NVivo" workshop, and depending on the interest of the group may include:
classifying and categorizing data
  • grouping your data: collections and links
  • exploring your data (coding based queries)
  • models and relationships
  • visualizing your data
  • reporting and presenting your findings
 Requirements:
  • This workshop assumes that you already have some familiarity with NVivo and/or will have taken the "Introduction to NVivo" workshop.
  • Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
  • We will be using the MAC operating system and the interface is very different from the Windows (PC) operating system

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Dates Location
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to NVivo for Windows [Online]

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes: Before the workshop, participants should download and install the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

R (Software)

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Due to current restrictions our consultations in R will all be done remotely (e.g., Skype, Zoom, email, etc.) until further notice. To set up a consultation appointment, please email us at data-services@sfu.ca with some details on your questions about using R. 

Data anonymization: note that any data needs to be suitably anonymized if working with sensitive subjects before meeting with the Research Programming Peer. 

Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors [Online]

This multi-day workshop is designed for non-science students interested in the statistical computing program R. No prior knowledge of R is required. Often data outside of the sciences includes textual data, such as a corpus or series of surveys. In this workshop we’ll learn how to process textual data in R, as well as the basic skills to start analyzing it. Specific topics covered include the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages), data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists), and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, elementary statistics, etc.).

Note: Workshop participants will need have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to joining the workshop.

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Dates Location
Monday, January 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Use dplyr to effectively handle data in R [Online]

This workshop for intermediate R users will show you how to leverage dplyr (a package in tidyverse) to more effectively filter, transform, and aggregate your data. If you've used R before, then you know that getting base R to transform data into a form needed for your analysis is usually a challenge, with complex blocks of code to perform what should be simple operations. Luckily for us, dplyr is designed to help easily express these operations so that what is essentially a simple data transformation only requires simple code.
 
This workshop assumes that you are already comfortable in base R. For example, you should be able to: 
  • Import data from a CSV or text file 
  • Extract and create columns in a data frame, and filter rows according to different conditions 
  • Write an R script that can run on its own without manual user intervention.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to: 

  • Use the primary dplyr functions for selecting, mutating, filtering, summarizing, and re-ordering data 
  • Recognize existing complicated base R code blocks and simplify them down using dplyr 
  • Use tidyr (a tidyverse package) to easily reshape data both to and from long and wide formats. 

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Text Mining in R [Online]

Text mining techniques can be applied to various data sources (e.g., newspaper articles, emails, online discussion posts, etc.) to efficiently extract useful data for different research purposes. For example, health science researchers may be interested in investigating a frequency of a particular disease name mentioned in a large set of newspaper articles. Educational researchers, on the other side, may wish to extract and categorize students' opinions from discussion forum in a high enrollment course. R offers a comprehensive set of functionalities for text mining. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement basic methods for preprocessing textual data, metadata management, a creation of term-document matrices over the collection of textual documents, sentiment analysis, text tokenization, word relationship extraction and text visualization.

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to R [Online]

This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

Requirements:

  • Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

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Dates Location
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web Scraping in R [Online]

A growing amount of data is available over the web. However, this data is usually presented in an unstructured HTML format which poses a challenge to researchers who want to automatically capture the data and convert it into a form appropriate for analysis. Web scraping is a computational method that offers means to meet such challenges. In this workshop you will learn how to scrape unstructured web pages using rvest R package and prepare the captured data for analysis. You will gain some hands-on experience working on a few small projects that underlie common scraping strategies/issues. The last project will include scraping of multiple web pages.

Requirements 

  • Functional knowledge of commonly used base R commands (for an overview see https://www.rstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/base-r.pdf)
  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop

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Dates Location
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Got Data? Use R for Data Visualization [Online]

Data visualization is the process of graphically representing data. Visualizing data allows you to draw insights, find patterns, as well as define and test models which might be difficult to create by observing raw data only. There are a number of R packages which help you with numerous types of visualizations.
 
By the end of this workshop you will be able to use R to create 2D scatter plots, bar charts, and box plots, and use R functions to ease the process of finding linear relationships and models using data provided throughout the workshop. Additionally, you will learn about selecting appropriate colour palettes for your plots. Depending on interest and time, we will explore adding interactivity to your plots. 
 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop, with the latest version of R and Rstudio installed
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

Required libraries

  • ggplot2,
  • patchwork,
  • RColorBrewer,
  • ggiraph (if time permits).
 

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web Mapping with R [Online]

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike.

Leaflet is one of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for interactive maps. Here’s an example of a web map created with Leaflet from The New York Times. This workshop will introduce you to Leaflet for R, an R package, which makes it easy to integrate and control Leaflet maps in R without knowledge of JavaScript. You can create interactive web maps right in R Studio! The topics covered include:

  • Web mapping basics (map titles, web services, etc)
  • Using the Leaflet package for R to add titles, markers, popups, create a theme map, change basemap, etc.
  • Host and publish your web map through Github

Requirements:

Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment. 

Software

Participants need to install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Manipulating and Handling Text Data in R [Online]

Although R is known for its statistical computing and graphical capabilities, it also provides many powerful tools for handling, processing, and analyzing strings and text data. This workshop gives an introduction to handling strings using both Base R and the stringr package, and an introduction to regular expressions in R.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • use common operations and functions to manipulate strings
  • learn what regular expressions are and how to use them in R
  • apply these concepts to perform text analysis in R

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 
  • Install the latest version of the stringr package by running install.packages("stringr") in R

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Visual Analytics

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Get Started with Tableau Public for Data Visualization [Online]

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This online, interactive workshop will introduce researchers and students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

You will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to:

  • connect datasets to your Tableau workbook;
  • create a variety of basic chart types (including bar charts, line graphs, and maps);
  • publish and share interactive charts and graphs.
Requirements:
  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Before the workshop, please download and install the latest version of Tableau Public to your laptop.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Got Data? Use R for Data Visualization [Online]

Data visualization is the process of graphically representing data. Visualizing data allows you to draw insights, find patterns, as well as define and test models which might be difficult to create by observing raw data only. There are a number of R packages which help you with numerous types of visualizations.
 
By the end of this workshop you will be able to use R to create 2D scatter plots, bar charts, and box plots, and use R functions to ease the process of finding linear relationships and models using data provided throughout the workshop. Additionally, you will learn about selecting appropriate colour palettes for your plots. Depending on interest and time, we will explore adding interactivity to your plots. 
 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop, with the latest version of R and Rstudio installed
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

Required libraries

  • ggplot2,
  • patchwork,
  • RColorBrewer,
  • ggiraph (if time permits).
 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Scholarly Communication workshops

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Preparing to Publish [Online]

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

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Dates Location
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis workshops 

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If you are unable to attend one of our thesis template workshops, check out our online tutorials on using the Thesis Word Template.
  For more information, please email the Thesis Office or book an appointment using the online booking system for a one-on-one consultation.

Thesis Writing Group [Online]

Description: Join the Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis! The Thesis Writing Group is modeled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. The Research Commons remains devoted to supporting SFU graduate student researchers, even though we are now working from a distance!

What you can expect

The Thesis Writing Group will be held via Zoom. It will be hosted and moderated by members of the Graduate Writing Facilitator team, who will be available for writing support, along with a Librarian for research support. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, or the thesis submission process. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 8 weeks, starting February 5th, 2021 and concluding March 26th, 2021.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! Like Thesis Boot Camp that some of you may be familiar with, the group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals in small groups before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in a breakout room. The 3-hour sessions will conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

Registration

Registration is available for all 8-weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow, and that those who would like to join but know in advance that they will not be available to attend one or several sessions to please let us know in advance. Similar to Thesis Boot Camp registration, this is to ensure that we offer ample resources to best support students dedicated to making serious progress on their theses during this time period.

Please register by Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with a confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Writing Services Coordinator for graduate students, at robyn_long@sfu.ca.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis Word Template Q & A Session [Online]

We invite you to attend this Q & A session once you have previously attended the Thesis Word Template workshop OR reviewed the following online video tutorials on using the thesis Word template:

  1. Getting started: Download and setup (2min 13s)
  2. Organization of the Thesis (3min 54s)
  3. Styles & Organization Template Styles (8min 33s)
  4. How to Use Styles: Basics (8min 56s)

You may also want to review these additional online video tutorials prior to attending, but it is not required.

Please bring any questions you have about using the thesis Word template. We can also use the screen sharing capability to guide you, provide clarification, examples and demonstrations.

 

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

The Thesis Submission Process [Online]

After you have defended, the final step for graduation eligibility is submitting your thesis, project, or extended essay(s) to the Library. This workshop will walk you through the thesis submission process.

Note: A good time to take this workshop is sometime during the semester that you’ll be defending or sometime after you know when your defence date is.

You will learn:

1. How to log into the Thesis Registration System (TRS)

2. What required documents you need to upload to the TRS

3. What “if applicable” documents you need to upload to the TRS

4. What happens after you have submitted

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis Word Template: The Basics [Online]

The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library.

There are 3 parts to this workshop:

1. SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to store, preserve (archive) and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses. (15 to 20 minutes)

2. SFU Copyright Office will briefly explain copyright law as it relates to reproducing copyright protected material in your thesis and other published works, and explain how to request permission from copyright holders when required. (20 to 30 minutes)

3. For the remainder of the time, the Theses Office will walk through the overall structure of your thesis and demonstrate the functionality of the thesis template. You will learn how to:

  • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
  • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
  • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
  • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
  • bring in text from other documents

 

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing workshops

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Writing for the Public (for Graduate Students)

Join SFU Library's Writer in Residence, Mark Winston, for a full-day, hands-on workshop on writing for public audiences.

Have you thought about raising your profile by publishing opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines, blog posts, or even a trade book, focused on a broad, non-academic audience? Interested in expanding your influence by effectively communicating your research and other activities to wider audiences?

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to communicate their own work through effective, compelling and engaging writing. We’ll work on developing brevity, clarity and impact, gaining confidence and skill in using your unique voice and style to tell your story with greater proficiency.

This all-day workshop will be limited to eight participants, who will work on their own distinctive projects. Format will be hands-on and participatory, focused on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity, storytelling and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. We’ll also discuss audiences, outlets and the nuts and bolts of publishing a non-academic piece. Participants will leave the workshop with writing they could build on for publication.

This workshop will alternate between online sessions focused on nonfiction writing strategies, offline writing exercises, online feedback and editing, and offline breaks.

Learn more about Mark Winston and the SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence Program.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Preparing to Publish [Online]

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

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Dates Location
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Paraphrasing with Purpose and Integrity [Online]

Learning how to skillfully use our own words to accurately describe other scholars’ ideas remains a challenging process for many graduate students, and understandably so. While practicing and improving paraphrasing is guaranteed to level-up your writing, doing so with integrity can and should be an ongoing concern. Come to this workshop to learn more about that foreboding beast "plagiarism," and its lesser known version "patch writing," so that you are better equipped to avoid it in your own work.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis Writing Group [Online]

Description: Join the Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis! The Thesis Writing Group is modeled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. The Research Commons remains devoted to supporting SFU graduate student researchers, even though we are now working from a distance!

What you can expect

The Thesis Writing Group will be held via Zoom. It will be hosted and moderated by members of the Graduate Writing Facilitator team, who will be available for writing support, along with a Librarian for research support. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, or the thesis submission process. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 8 weeks, starting February 5th, 2021 and concluding March 26th, 2021.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! Like Thesis Boot Camp that some of you may be familiar with, the group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals in small groups before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in a breakout room. The 3-hour sessions will conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

Registration

Registration is available for all 8-weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow, and that those who would like to join but know in advance that they will not be available to attend one or several sessions to please let us know in advance. Similar to Thesis Boot Camp registration, this is to ensure that we offer ample resources to best support students dedicated to making serious progress on their theses during this time period.

Please register by Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with a confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Writing Services Coordinator for graduate students, at robyn_long@sfu.ca.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing for the Public (for Faculty)

Join SFU Library's Writer in Residence, Mark Winston, for a full-day, hands-on workshop on writing for public audiences.

Have you thought about raising your profile by publishing opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines, blog posts, or even a trade book, focused on a broad, non-academic audience? Interested in expanding your influence by effectively communicating your research and other activities to wider audiences?

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to communicate their own work through effective, compelling and engaging writing. We’ll work on developing brevity, clarity and impact, gaining confidence and skill in using your unique voice and style to tell your story with greater proficiency.

This all-day workshop will be limited to eight participants, who will work on their own distinctive projects. Format will be hands-on and participatory, focused on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity, storytelling and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. We’ll also discuss audiences, outlets and the nuts and bolts of publishing a non-academic piece. Participants will leave the workshop with writing they could build on for publication.

This workshop will alternate between online sessions focused on nonfiction writing strategies, offline writing exercises, online feedback and editing, and offline breaks.

Learn more about Mark Winston and the SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence Program.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review [Online]

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Write More Concisely [Online]

Get to the point. Say more in fewer words. Attend this workshop to learn key strategies to revise your writing specifically for concision. Most are surprised to learn how drastically these strategies can reduce one’s word count without having to eliminate content!

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Managing Writing Anxiety [Online]

Being anxious about academic writing can lead to unhelpful writing habits like avoidance and procrastination. Join us for a discussion on how to make more progress by alleviating writing anxiety!

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Dates Location
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Using “Free Writing” to Generate Quality Text

You might already be aware of “free writing” as an exercise that can aid the drafting process, but does this task ever seem too free to help you produce quality text that you can use in academic writing? Join this workshop to practice some helpful guidelines for free writing. We’ll provide just enough structure so that your “free” writing doesn’t instead simply feel “lost.”

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Dates Location
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

The AntiThesis Writing Social, or: Let's (Not) Talk about Graduate Writing [Online]

Have you (not) been working hard on your thesis?
Do you (not now, not ever) want to talk about how it’s going?

Then we invite you to join us for an evening of thesis-adjacent conversation, commiserating, and camaraderie! Bring your beverage of choice and any snacks you might find scattered around your computer to this informal online (anti)thesis social, where we make time to indulge in our collective stories of writing wins and woes; bumps, bruises, and band-aids; successes, scandals, and odysseys… all the chats we run out of time for during our writing-focused workshops and thesis group time.

We welcome familiar and new faces alike, as well as both talkers and listeners. Tell the rest of your household that you’re in a meeting, and join the only graduate student gathering in history where we promise that nobody will ask you any variation of that dreaded question: “How’s it going with your thesis?”

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing for the Public (for Postdoctoral Fellows)

Join SFU Library's Writer in Residence, Mark Winston, for a full-day, hands-on workshop on writing for public audiences.

Have you thought about raising your profile by publishing opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines, blog posts, or even a trade book, focused on a broad, non-academic audience? Interested in expanding your influence by effectively communicating your research and other activities to wider audiences?

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to communicate their own work through effective, compelling and engaging writing. We’ll work on developing brevity, clarity and impact, gaining confidence and skill in using your unique voice and style to tell your story with greater proficiency.

This all-day workshop will be limited to eight participants, who will work on their own distinctive projects. Format will be hands-on and participatory, focused on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity, storytelling and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. We’ll also discuss audiences, outlets and the nuts and bolts of publishing a non-academic piece. Participants will leave the workshop with writing they could build on for publication.

This workshop will alternate between online sessions focused on nonfiction writing strategies, offline writing exercises, online feedback and editing, and offline breaks.

Learn more about Mark Winston and the SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence Program.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Creating Effective Arguments [Online]

Creating an effective argument in academic writing is not necessarily an intuitive process. Convincing others of your position requires considering a number of elements like careful use of sources, examining assumptions, and employing clear language that will directly communicate your ideas. Join this workshop to help give your argumentative writing know-how a boost!

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Dates Location
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Creating Flow and Cohesion [Online]

Have you ever received feedback that your writing seems “choppy”? Are you having concerns about how to order your ideas or how to transition from one section to the next? This workshop is focused on developing some strategies for producing cohesive academic writing that “flows.”

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Dates Location
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing for the Public (for Staff)

Join SFU Library's Writer in Residence, Mark Winston, for a full-day, hands-on workshop on writing for public audiences.

Have you thought about raising your profile by publishing opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines, blog posts, or even a trade book, focused on a broad, non-academic audience? Interested in expanding your influence by effectively communicating your research and other activities to wider audiences?

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to communicate their own work through effective, compelling and engaging writing. We’ll work on developing brevity, clarity and impact, gaining confidence and skill in using your unique voice and style to tell your story with greater proficiency.

This all-day workshop will be limited to eight participants, who will work on their own distinctive projects. Format will be hands-on and participatory, focused on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity, storytelling and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. We’ll also discuss audiences, outlets and the nuts and bolts of publishing a non-academic piece. Participants will leave the workshop with writing they could build on for publication.

This workshop will alternate between online sessions focused on nonfiction writing strategies, offline writing exercises, online feedback and editing, and offline breaks.

Learn more about Mark Winston and the SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence Program.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)