learning commons workshops

Schedule of Workshops

Spring 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: Working with Data in Spreadsheets
Spreadsheets can be a powerful tool for entering, analyzing, and managing data, but it’s crucial to ensure that they are well-formatted from the outset, before you even start entering data. This 1.5 hour hands-on workshop will teach you how to think about data organization to increase your efficiency and help ensure that your data are re-usable. We will discuss good data entry practices, how to avoid common formatting mistakes, basic quality control and data manipulation, and exporting data.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
March 3, 3-4pm
PCL Data Lab
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.

Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates
The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.
March 7, 1-2:30pm (also held on April 11, see below)
PCL Learning Lab 1A
Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School

Data and Donuts: Big Data Basics/Intro to HPC
This one-hour workshop will provide a brief overview to the ubiquitous concept of “Big Data” and introduce attendees to the vast array of high performance computing, visualization, and storage resources available at TACC. The class is intended for high performance computing "novices.” No advanced computing skills are required.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
March 10, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
Taught by Siva Kulesekaran, Research Associate at Texas Advanced Computing Center
*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.

Omeka
Collections management software Omeka is becoming an increasingly important tool for a wide variety of institutions and groups interested in presenting collections online and in the creation of digital exhibitions. The tool's ease of use and accessibility makes it a particularly useful tool for pedagogical implementations and small-scale projects. This workshop will offer a hands-on introduction to using Omeka and discuss several relevant examples to explore.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
March 22, 2:30-3:30
PCL Data Lab
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Faculty Innovation Center

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.
March 24, 3-4pm
PCL Data Lab
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.

Inclusive Teaching Workshop
Participants will engage in discussions about diversity and identity at UT and beyond, and integrate strategies into their teaching practice that promote equal access to learning experiences in the classroom.
March 27, 5-6:30pm
PCL Learning Lab 3
Taught by Molly Hatcher of the Faculty Innovation Center

Data and Donuts: Introduction to Data Visualization
Do 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.
This workshop counts as a research communications workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
March 31, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
Taught by Sarah Morris, Learning and Assessment librarian and Allyssa Guzman, Digital Scholarship librarian, 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.

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.
April 7, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
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 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.
Please fill out this pre-survey so we can gauge attendees' levels and interests.
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.
Taught by Spencer Fox, PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at UT

Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates
The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.
April 11, 1-2:30pm (also held on March 7, see above)
PCL Learning Lab 1A
Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School

Time Management for Scholars
The University Writing Center presents this presentation and interactive workshop for graduate students, postdocs and faculty members in all disciplines.
From 2:00-3:00, Professor Clay Spinuzzi will lead a presentation and discussion on strategies for time management, including: starting and maintaining a work schedule, protecting your writing time, setting specific goals, and breaking large projects down into smaller components.
From 3:00-4:00, participants will work in groups to draft schedules, set goals, and revise their writing plans with help from the UWC's Graduate Writing Coordinators and Peer Graduate Consultants.
This event is free, and no preparation is necessary! To RSVP, please click "Register," then enter your name and email address.
Visit our web site to learn more about free graduate writing support at the UWC, including consultations and Saturday retreats.
April 14, 2-4pm
Learning Lab 1

Data and Donuts: Sharing and Publishing Research Data
Sharing well-managed, reusable, and citable data with others--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 discuss the importance of data documentation, share practical advice and resources for ensuring the long-term future of your data, and help you find a ‘forever home’ for your work.
This workshop counts as a research communications workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
April 14, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
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.

Web and Social Media Data Analysis
Websites and Social Media Platforms are veritable treasure troves of textual data that can tell us so much about language and society. This workshop will provide you with an overview of a select range of tools you might use for scraping webpages and social media sites to collect and use that data. This workshop is intended for people new to web scraping and looking for how to get started. In the second half of the workshop, you will be collecting data from Twitter.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
April 19, 2:30-3:30
PCL Data Lab
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Faculty Innovation Center

Data and Donuts: Web Mapping with Carto
Learn to create maps on the web and visualize geospatial data using Carto Builder. This workshop will start with an introduction to Carto and an overview of the types of maps you can create with it. Then attendees will get some hands-on experience creating maps. Bring data to pertinent to your research or use data provided.
This workshop counts as a research communications workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
April 21, 3-4pm
PCL Data Lab
Taught by Katherine Strickland, Maps 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.

Past workshops:

University Writing Center Graduate Writing Group
Writing is easier when we face it together! In this workshop, Graduate Writing Coordinators from the UWC (University Writing Center) 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 of goal-setting and accountability. We'll also help you connect with other students to set up groups and partnerships. All graduate students are welcome!
Friday, Jan 20, 2-4 pm
PCL Learning Lab 1

Best Practices for Resumes
Non-academic employers will typically spend about 15-30 seconds reviewing your resume before deciding whether you make the first cut. Learn about the key differences between resumes and CVs and how to clearly and quickly convey your fit for the position.
February 2, 6-7pm
PCL Learning Lab 3
Brought to you by GSA and Liberal Arts Career Services

Data and Donuts: Managing Research Data
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. 
February 3, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
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.

Data and Donuts: Finding and Accessing Data Sources
Want to use data or statistics in your research? This workshop will introduce attendees to free and subscribed data sources that are available to UT students and researchers. There will be time to discuss your potential projects and answer questions about related services and resources.
This workshop counts as a research preparation workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
February 10, 3-4pm
PCL Data Lab
Taught by Carolyn Cunningham, Social Sciences Liaison Librarian for Psychology and Sociology 
*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.

Job Search for Masters Students
Need a job but don’t know where to start?
We’ll introduce you to the resources and information you need to get started!
If you are graduating soon, be sure to attend this workshop that will help you:

  • Identify and understand the unique skills you bring to the job market
  • Present your academic and professional interests and strengths to recruiters
  • Target your application materials
  • Improve your interviewing and networking skills
  • Explore various career research and job posting sites

February 7, 6-7pm
PCL Learning Lab 3
Brought to you by GSA and Liberal Arts Career Services

Data and Donuts: Data and Copyright
Copyright issues surrounding data can seem confusing. Facts can't be copyrighted, but the compilation of facts might be. It can be hard to know what you can and can't use. We'll use real life examples to help demonstrate the complexity of intellectual property data issues. Participants should come away with a better understanding of when data can and can't be copyrighted.
This workshop counts as a research preparation workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
February 17, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
Taught by Colleen Lyon, Scholarly Communications Librarian
*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.

How to Write a Teaching Statement
In this session, students will consider their identities as instructors, and learn how to articulate their ideas about teaching and learning, how they teach, and why they teach the way you do in a Teaching Statement.
February 21, 5-6:30
Learning Lab 3
Brought to you by GSA and UT's Faculty Innovation Center

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use
Are you curious about what exactly fair use is? Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? Are you unsure of whether free videos on YouTube are copyrighted? Join us to hear about these issues and get answers to your own questions.
This workshop counts as a research communication workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Colleen Lyon, Scholarly Communications Librarian, UT Libraries
February 22 1-2pm
PCL Learning Lab 2 

Job Search for PhD students
Are you considering a career outside the academy? Curious about how the alt-ac job search differs from the academic job search? If so, this workshop is for you. We’ll give you the knowledge, skills and information you need to move forward with your non-academic career plans.
Learn what industry employers look for in employees and how to market your graduate degree in pursuit of these opportunities, explore job search tools, sites and resources, including LinkedIn and learn interview techniques that help translate your academic experience for recruiters 
February 23, 6-7pm
PCL Learning Lab 3
Brought to you by GSA and Liberal Arts Career Services

Data and Donuts: Data Storage and Backups
Do you currently have all your data in one place? Do you have a backup plan in the event that you lose the device or can no longer access it? If these questions left you wondering how to minimize the risk of losing your data, this is the session for you! This workshop will provide principles and best practices for storing and backing up research data and will help you identify the appropriate campus resources.
This workshop counts as a research preparation workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
February 24, 3-4pm
Life Sciences, Main 220E
Taught by Porcia Vaughn, Life Sciences Librarian with 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.