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There are no workshops this summer. Fall Workshops will begin to be scheduled in August and then throughout the semester.

Spring 2016

Presented in date order

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.

Questions? Email us!

Past Workshops

Drop-in Workshop on Revising & Editing
From 4-5pm on Wednesdays, UWC staff will teach techniques for revision and editing. Workshops are open to the public and will be tailored to attendees’ needs. If time permits, UWC staff will address individual writing assignments.
Every Wednesday from 4-5pm until 5/4 (no workshop during spring break, 3/16)
Held in the University Writing Center in the PCL Learning Commons

Study Smarter Not Harder
Developing good study skills early is crucial to your success on the Forty Acres. Join us as we explore the steps of the study cycle and discover how to engage in meaningful, active learning so you can achieve the results you want in class. Be the student who studies smart, not hard! 
Taught by the Sanger Learning Center
RSVP here 
January 28, 1-2pm
PCL Learning Lab 2

SimplyMap
SimplyMap enables non-technical and advanced users to quickly create professional maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Steven Swartz of SimplyMap
February 3, 3-4:30pm
PCL Learning Lab 2 

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.
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
February 4, 10-11:30am
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

Time and Procrastination
We all have the same amount of time in a day, but how we allocate it can make the difference between success and stress. In this workshop, we'll show you how to better use your time to make the most out of every minute of your day and find a balance between work and play.
Taught by the Sanger Learning Center
RSVP here
February 4, 1-2pm
Learning Lab 2

Podcasting with Audacity
Get on the air with Audacity, a simple recording and editing program favored by a global community of podcasters. In this workshop you will learn how to record directly from an external device, import audio files, edit recordings and export your podcast as a broadcast-ready MP3. You’ll also learn a few other tricks of the trade, such as how to combine audio samples, improve sound quality and apply effects.
Participants are not required to bring their own materials but may bring their own audio files or recording devices.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries
Feb 10, 10-11am
PCL Media Lab

 
Lights… Camera… Longhorns! Getting started with iMovie
Get your videos on the web with iMovie! This workshop  will teach you to import and edit video footage, add a soundtrack and titles, and upload to the web. Even if you have no experience of working with video, iMovie will help you produce professional-looking content with speed and ease.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries
Feb 11, 10-11am

Read Between the Lines
Lost in mountains of reading material? Come “Read Between the Lines” to learn a three-step strategy to be an effective and efficient reader at the college level. Learn skills to minimize reading burn out and maximize your productivity!|
Taught by Sanger Learning Center
RSVP here
February 11, 1-2pm
Learning Lab 2

Copyright and Academic Work
Curious about what exactly fair use is? Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? Not sure about the copyright restrictions on performing a piece of music? UT Librarian Colleen Lyon will give a presentation about copyright and will answer questions.
This workshop counts as a research communication workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Colleen Lyon of UT Libraries
February 17, 1-2pm
PCL Learning Lab 2

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.
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
February 16, 2-3:30pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab

LinkedIn for Career Exploration
Learn how to connect your major to careers and network with alumni. 
Taught by Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling.
March 2, 12-1pm
PCL Learning Lab 3

Read Between the Lines
Lost in mountains of reading material? Come “Read Between the Lines” to learn a three-step strategy to be an effective and efficient reader at the college level. Learn skills to minimize reading burn out and maximize your productivity!|
Taught by Sanger Learning Center
RSVP here
March 3, 1-2pm
PCL Learning Lab 2

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.
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
March 3, 2-3:30pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

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.
Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School
March 8, 10-11:30am
PCL Learning Lab 1A
April 7, 10-11:30am
Learning Lab 3 

Creative Commons Licenses
Did you know almost everything you create is copyrighted and can’t be used without your permission? In this workshop we will discuss how you can use Creative Commons (CC) licenses to allow others to use your work while still getting the credit you deserve as the creator. They will also discuss strategies for finding CC licensed work for you to use in your own research and teaching.
This workshop counts as a research communication workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Colleen Lyon of UT Libraries & 
Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
March 10, 2-3pm
Learning Lab 2

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.
Taught by Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
March 22, 10-11:30am
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

Introduction to R
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 for individuals with little to no previous experience with coding. The goal is to provide enough experience so that attendees are comfortable enough to continue learning independently after the workshop. We will cover: Coding in R with RStudio, basic programming concepts, interacting with data, and visualizing data with ggplot2. There will be time for questions and answers. 
Please fill out this pre-survey so we can gauge attendees' levels and interests.
Taught by Spencer Fox, PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at UT
March 31, 3-5 pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

Data Visualization and Network Analysis with Palladio for Humanists
Simple Data visualization and Network visualization can reveal relationships and connections in your research data that you had not noticed before. In this introductory workshop, using Palladio, a free web-based tool, we'll show you how you can rediscover your data and generate new research questions!
Taught by Ece Turnatour of the UT Libraries
March 31, 12:30-2pm
Learning Lab 3

Time Management for Scholars
Open to all students and faculty, as well as visiting scholars.
Please register if you plan to attend.
Taught by the University Writing Center
March 31, 11-1pm
Learning Lab 3

CartoDB
In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to use raw data to create engaging, interactive, and sharable maps for the web. While this session does not require any technical skills, participants will guided through the fundamentals of making maps in the CartoDB editor. Focusing on working with different kinds of spatial data, participants will be equipped to use CartoDB's editor and introduced to advanced functionality for future projects after completion.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by Katherine Strickland of UT Libraries and Matthew Russell, PhD, Learning Sciences
April 7, 2-3:30pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

LinkedIn for Career Exploration
Learn how to connect your major to careers and network with alumni. 
Taught by Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling.
April 14, 12-1pm
PCL Learning Lab 2 

Managing Your Online Research Identity
Learn how to showcase the research you’ve done at UT to impress prospective employers and graduate schools. We’ll discuss the best ways to use both popular and scholarly social media platforms, explain UT Austin’s online archive and how you can submit your work, show you how to collect usage statistics on your work, and provide examples of how to incorporate your online research identity into your resume, CV, or online profile.
This workshop counts as a research communications workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by UT librarian, Colleen Lyon
April 19, 3-4pm
PCL Learning Lab 2

Creating and Managing a Writing Group
Open to all students and faculty, as well as visiting scholars.
Please register if you plan to attend.
Taught by the University Writing Center
April 27, 1-3pm
Learning Lab 4

Caring for your Personal Collections: Preserving Media and Digital Content
In celebration of Preservation Week 2016, join UT Libraries staff members to learn how to preserve your media-based collections and digital files. Many of us have items of personal significance such as photographs, research, correspondence, home video, and more saved on media formats or as digital files.  These formats and files can deteriorate or become obsolete over time, rendering the content inaccessible. In this session learn how to mitigate the problems of deterioration and obsolescence and how to plan for the long term safekeeping of your content.      
We will cover:

  • basic preservation recommendations for physical media formats such as VHS tapes, floppy disks, and CDs.
  • tips for preparing and organizing your personal media collection for ongoing and future use, including transfer to digital format guidelines for managing personal digital files and preserving them for posterity
This workshop counts as a research communications workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Taught by:
Ashley Adair, Digital Archivist, Anna Lamphear, Audiovisual Digitization Librarian, Wendy Martin, Manager of Digitization and Conservator, Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator
April 28th, 1-2:30pm
Learning Lab 3

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