learning commons workshops

Description Materials

Fall 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.

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Short Video Production
Learn about the basics of iMovie video editing software and hear tips for making your project accessible to a general audience within the constraints of a short video. Students are encouraged to bring 2-3 minutes of video footage for workshopping and feedback.
This workshop will help you prepare for the Texas Research Showdown.
This workshop counts as a research methods workshop for the Research Training Certificate offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. 
Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many seats to reserve in the lab
Taught by Amber Welch, Digital Pedagogy Librarian, UT Libraries and Robert Reichle, Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research
Sept. 27, 1-2:30pm
 
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
October 3, 2-4pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.
 
Managing Research Data (Part 1): 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
October 4 at 2-3pm
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, Faculty Innovation Center
Thursday October 6, 10-11:30am
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.
 
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
Oct. 6, 2-3pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
 
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
October 17, 1-2:30pm
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
October 18, 1-2:30pm
PCL Learning Lab 2
NOvember 15th, 1-2:30pm
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, Faculty Innovation Center
Tuesday October 25, 2-3:30pm
Scholars Commons @PCL Data Lab Note: There are 15 workstations in the Data Lab. Arrive early for a seat.

Creative Commons Licensing
Did you know almost everything you create is copyrighted and can’t be used without your permission? Join us as we 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. Participants will also learn strategies for finding CC licensed work to use in their own research, coursework, and teaching.
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
Oct. 27, 12-1pm
PCL Learning Lab 2

Writing a Data Management Plan
The rising tide of data sharing requirements from funding agencies, publishers, and institutions has created a new set of pressures for researchers who are already stretched for time and funds. While navigating these requirements can feel like yet another set of painful hurdles, in reality, the process can be a hugely useful exercise that can add value to your research data and increase the impact of your work.This workshop will present an overview of the current landscape of funder mandates, introduce you to the custom templates in the DMPTool, and give you some useful tips for writing a successful plan.
Jessica Trelogan, Data Management Coordinator, UT Libraries
November 2, 12-1pm
PCL Learning Lab 2