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July 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Teaching and Research

Successfully transitioning into academic or post-academic professions requires a combination of self-reflection and job market awareness, as well the proactive development of strategic career planning and employment preparation skills. ASPIRE offers workshops and events in each of these areas, with the ultimate aim of supporting students' progression into meaningful careers.


Updated: April 23, 2014

 Offering  Description  Host Department
Creating a Research Question
A good research question is the foundation for a succcessful research project. Learn strategies for defining and focusing a research question for your thesis or major research paper, and for making sure your question is grounded in theory.

Get Your Data Here
This session is ideal for students in all disciplines, and no experience working with data is required.  We will introduce you to Statistics Canada socio-economic  and census resources, polling data, American census data, and social surveys stored in ICPSR. You'll learn how to find these resources and then use them in your research.

Voice Development and Use for the Lecturing Professor This hands-on session is designed to explore stategies both in developing a stronger voice for longer periods of time and to communicate effectively. This practical and itnteractive workshop will help you find, use, enjoy, and maintain your voice to its best advantage. Educational Development
Creating and Using Rubrics for Student Assessment This session will focus on the development of analytic and holistic scoring rubrics for assignments of any type at the course level. The first half of the workshop will focus on the principles and mechanics of rubric development while the latter half will provide an overview of how to create rubrics in MyLearningSpace that can be linked to the Dropbox and Gradebook. Educational Development

Research Data Management: Control Your Data, Control Your Research
This session introduces the research data management (RDM) and the Library's repository, Dataverse, to researchers in all disciplines. Dataverse and RDM bring clear benefits to your research project by providing best practices for security and access, version control, archiving, and preservation. We discuss funding agency obligations that will affect how you manage your research project, and how to make your research easier for others to discover and cite after you publish your work. The content in this session applies to graduate students and researchers in all faculties.

Writing a Literature Review
Need to write a literature review? Learn how to plan, research, and organize one successfully, how to decide on a focus and which scholars and works to include.

Jump Starting Your Scholarly Writing (For Faculty Members and Post-Doctoral Fellows) This 4 day workshop (offered during Reading Week) combines the best elements of a writer's retreat with the exercises of a writing course, to support academics writing a journal publication. This course will guide scholars through the process of transforming a draft document into a paper ready for the academic peer review process. Office of Research Services
Google Scholar and Research Impact: Get discovered and get cited
This session shows you the steps you should take today in order to get your research discovered tomorrow. We will introduce scholarly services that improve your research impact and increase your visibility in your field, including Google Scholar, ORCID, and Mendeley. This session is ideal for anyone who wants to increase the awareness of their work in scholarly circles and in society at large.

Bibliometrics: Learn How to Measure Your Research Impact
This session introduces bibliometrics and the tools that measure the impact of your research. It explains how you can take control of your publication record and scholarly profile, why you should consider access and copyright when submitting research for publication, and how to improve the impact of your own work. This session is ideal for both graduate students who are preparing for publication  as well as seasoned researchers.

Foundations in University Teaching (For Doctoral students)
This is a non credit course on teaching graduate students, designed to develop skills recognized as being critical for teaching in high education settings.The course content will draw heavily from research and evidence-based practice as well as from the personal experiences of the course facilitators, guest speakers and students. Doctoral students who successfully complete this course will receive a signed certificate of completion.
Educational Development

Developing a Teaching Dossier and Philosophy Statement  In this session, you will learn about and participate in hands-on activities and discussion opportunities designed to support the development (or refinement) of your dossier and philosophy statement. Extensive materials will be provided for use during and after the workshop. Suggestions and resources for how you can extend your teaching dossier to an academic portfolio encompassing all your professional commitments will also be provided. Educational Development
Communication in the Internationalized Classroom

14 Hour Workshop: Today's teaching assistants and graduate students are guaranteed to work with students, supervisors, or colleagues from other culture. Therefore, developing intercultural communication competence is a core skill for success. By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Manage your experience being in another culture and/or working with individuals from another culture more successfully;
  • Participate more effectively in discussions and meetings with professors, supervisors, and colleagues from other cultures;
  • Give & receive feedback more effectively; and
  • Meet friends from across the globe.
Intercultural Development Office

Teaching in the Canadian Classroom

Today's university classrooms contain students from all over the world. Expectations regarding teacher behaviours vary across cultures, institutions, and disciplines. In this 20-hour workshop, teaching assistants and graduate students learn to present more effectively by developing their teaching and intercultural communication skills. By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • enhance your instructional skills and teaching communication;
  • respond to student questions effectively;
  • feel more confident about your presentation skills; and
  • acquire strategies for delivering and accepting constructive feedback on teaching and presentations.

Workshop activities include teaching for 10 minutes on a topic in your discipline and responding to questions from your audience.

Communication in the Internationalized Classroom is recommended before taking this workshop.

Intercultural Development Office