learning commons workshops

Schedule of Workshops

Fall 2017

All workshops are free, open to everyone and located on the main floor of PCL in the Learning Commons. Non-UT affiliated persons cannot get on our network for online access.

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Data and Donuts: Data Management
Dealing with the mountains of digital data that can accumulate in the course of a research project can seem like a daunting process, especially if your work is collaborative or stretches over several years. Adopting a few key good habits early on can save you huge amounts of time, money, and frustration searching for things and recovering lost files. In this one-hour workshop, we will introduce core data management concepts, offer top tips for things like backups and file formats, and share information about useful tools and resources available to UT faculty, staff, and students.
This workshop counts as a research preparation workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 
September 8, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 4
Taught by Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

Introduction to Writing in Graduate School
In this event designed for early-career grad students (but open to all), UWC Peer Graduate Consultants will lead a presentation and discussion on Making the Transition from College to Graduate Writing.
Taught by the University Writing Center
September 13, 2-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 1

Time Management for Scholars
The University Writing Center presents "Time Management for Scholars," a presentation and discussion led by Professor Clay Spinuzzi. We will discuss strategies for starting and maintaining a work schedule, protecting your writing time, setting specific goals, and breaking large projects down into manageable components. This free event is open to graduate students and faculty members in all disciplines.
September 15, 10:30am-12pm
PCL Learning Lab 4

Data and Donuts: Cleaning Data with OpenRefine
OpenRefine is a powerful, free, and easy-to-use tool that’s perfect for sifting through, cleaning up, and transforming datasets--tedious yet crucial tasks for data analysis and sharing. In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage OpenRefine’s point-and-click interface and intuitive scripting language for basic data exploration tasks and bulk transformations. No prior knowledge necessary.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
September 22, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 4
Taught by Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

The Home Stretch: Workshop for Doctoral Candidates
Are you preparing to defend your dissertation this year? Join the University Writing Center for an interactive workshop to map out the final steps of your doctoral degree process. We will focus on planning for Fall 2017 graduation, but all doctoral students are welcome to attend. This workshop serves as a complement to the Graduate School's upcoming events, which address official submission deadlines, copyright embargoes, and formatting templates. At the UWC event, writers will review Graduate School requirements for defense scheduling and project submission; discuss strategies for communicating with your advisor and committee; and learn how the UWC can support and empower you during your final months of writing.
September 27, 2-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 1

Revision and Editing Workshop
This workshop will introduce strategies for revising and editing your own academic prose. University Writing Center consultants will discuss ways to tighten your draft's focus, reorganize sections and paragraphs, and improve sentence-level clarity and concision. All graduate students are welcome to this free event!
October 4, 2-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 1

Beginners Guide to Using Evernote in Academia
Learn how to organize your life and your PhD using Evernote, a free note-taking and clipping application. After this workshop you'll be prepared to organize that stack of research manuscripts on your desk and the countless meeting and research notes you have so they can be quickly referenced, accessed, and synced to all of your devices.
Taught by Matthew Landry, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Nutritional Sciences
October 5, 2pm-3pm
PCL Data Lab

Data & Donuts: Intro to R and the Tidyverse
R is a free programming language designed originally to run statistical analyses and visualize data, but it can do much more. This introductory workshop will provide basic exposure to R using the tidyverse (a suite of R packages that streamline data analysis) for individuals with little to no previous experience with coding. The goal is to provide experience so attendees are comfortable continuing to learn independently after the workshop. We will cover: Coding in R with RStudio, basic coding principles, reading data (readr), interacting with data (dplyr and tidyr), and visualizing data (ggplot2). The workshop will be largely example based with a heavy emphasis on participant coding with plenty of time for questions.
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Taught by Spencer Fox
October 13, 3-5pm
PCL Data Lab
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

Data and Donuts: Intro to Data Viz
Do you have data that you’re not sure how to use? Creating visualizations is a good way to ask questions of your data and to share your data with others. Visualizations can include everything from a simple chart to an interactive map and can be a powerful way to tell a story about your data. In this introductory workshop, we’ll examine what makes a good visualization and then go over best practices for working with your data. This class will introduce you to a number of free tools that you can use to create visualizations of your data. This class is intended for data visualization novices, and coding skills are not required.
Taught by Allyssa Guzman and Sarah Morris
October 20, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 4
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

Data and Donuts: Archiving and Publishing Research Data with the Texas Data Repository
Publishing well-managed, re-usable, and citable data--increasingly required for funded and published research--can go a long way toward increasing the impact of your work. This entails more than just making sure your files are backed up and organized during your research project. In this course we will offer practical advice about data preservation and sharing and will introduce the Texas Data Repository, a new resource for archiving and publishing UT’s research data.
Taught by Jessica Trelogan
October 27, 3pm-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 4
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

Data and Donuts: Working with Geospatial Data
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies are increasingly used in research across all disciplines. Interested in learning more about what GIS can do to help your research and how to get started? This course will introduce core concepts like geospatial data types and coordinate systems, present a variety of open-source and proprietary software platforms, and share some examples of practical applications from a wide range of disciplines.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
November 3, 3pm-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 4
Taught by Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
*Data and Donuts is a special Workshops @ UT Libraries series hosted by Research Data Services and aimed at promoting good data management practice throughout the research lifecycle.

Starting a Writing Group
Writing is easier when we face it together! At this workshop, University Writing Center consultants will teach strategies for starting and maintaining your own writing group. We'll discuss ways to exchange effective feedback on drafts, the nuts and bolts of scheduling, and practices for goal-setting and accountability. We'll also help you connect with other students to set up groups and partnerships. All graduate students are welcome to this free event!
November 8, 2-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 1