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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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

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

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

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
PCL Learning Lab 1A
Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School

Managing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice
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. 
Taught by Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
Introduction to 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 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.
Taught by Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
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, Faculty Innovation Center
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
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, Faculty Innovation Center
Sharing and Publishing Research Data (Intro to Dataverse)
Introduction to GIS
Data and Copyright
Spreadsheet Best Practices
Infographics
Introduction to R