Events for Graduate Students

SFU IN-PERSON EVENTS AND MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED

To comply with the Provincial Health Authority requirements all SFU in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. We know that there is disappointment that planned events cannot proceed but everyone understands the importance of these measures for health reasons.

April 2021

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION - FREE, SAMPLER SERIES

INTERACTIVE, EXPERIENTIAL ONLINE SESSIONS
We invite you to join us for one hour interactive and experiential ‘Snap Shot’ sessions that introduce principles and practical strategies explored in the following Advanced Professional Studies, Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) specialized theme program areas currently being promoted for Fall 2021.

These sessions, which will be led by the Faculty of Education’s experienced GDE instructional team, are an opportunity to engage in introductory practical, pedagogical, and theoretical principles included in our Fall 2021 GDE programs. Each session will be participatory and include dialogue and reflection.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Apr 22, 3:30 – 4:30 PM PT - Inclusive Education (Delivered Online) - developed in partnership with the Sea-to-Sky School District
  • May 18, 3:30 – 4:30 PM PT - Social Emotional Well-being and Wholistic Trauma-sensitive Practices (Province-Wide, Delivered Online)
  • May 25, 4:00 - 5:00 PM PT - Inclusion, interaction et connexion en classe de français (en ligne)
  • May 27, 4:00 – 5:15 PM PT - Language, Literacy and Learning in the Early Years- developed in partnership with Surrey School District

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EARTH DAY 2021: THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING

Celebrating 50 years of Environmental Education. The Institute for Environmental Learning would like you to join them on Thursday April 22nd at 4:30 - 6:00 PM for a Panel Discussion and on Friday April 23rd at 4:30 - 6:00 PM for a Social.

Dates: Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM PT
Location: Zoom Live Stream

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CASCADIA - OPEN EDUCATION SUMMIT

Offered by BCcampus; California State University, Office of the Chancellor; Open Oregon Educational Resources; and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

This free digital conference explores innovation, research, and best practices in open education around the theme of “Regional influence. Global impact.” We are featuring a keynote speaker from each of our four represented regions to celebrate the achievements in open education made here on the West Coast. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect virtually with new and old colleagues, watch live and pre-recorded presentations, and learn about homegrown open education projects that could go on to change the world. #CascadiaOpenEd

Dates: April 27–29, 2021
Location: Online

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RESEARCH HUB VIRTUAL WRITING RETREAT WEDNESDAYS

Bored of writing alone at home? Missing a collaborative writing environment? The Research Hub’s Signature Writing Retreat Wednesdays are back to help you get back on track with your writing in a virtual format- be it a paper for class, a journal article or your thesis! We are offering virtual writing retreats where you will be able to connect with your peers and will not have to write alone! At each retreat, you'll learn a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements on your own work.

Dates: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Research Chats: Getting Started on Literature Review
Facilitator: Melissa Smith
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT
Location: Zoom

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COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP SHOWCASE

SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is pleased to invite you to our annual Fellowship Research Showcase. This online event will highlight the research projects of the 2020/2021 cohort and explore CER from the perspective of current graduate students. Every year CERi offers $3,000 fellowships to grad students pursuing community-engaged research. The Fellowship Research Showcase events are an opportunity for interested grad students to learn about the experience of the program from current fellows and key issues in the field.

Session 1 - Building connections and innovating methods in CER
Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM -12:30 PM PT
Location: Zoom

Session 2 - Navigating complexity and confronting challenges in CER
Date:
 Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 Pm PT
Location: Zoom

You can learn about the research interests of the fellows here.

12TH ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE

Offered by BCcampus; California State University, Office of the Chancellor; Open Oregon Educational Resources; and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The 12th Annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference will be exploring the theme of Assessment through Learning – assessment that is learner-centered, encourages interaction and participatory learning, and provides opportunities for meaningful feedback and self-evaluation.

Learn with instructors as they share their research, teaching strategies, and much more in interactive workshops, panel discussions, presentations, posters, and an assessment showcase. 

Dates: April 28–29, 2021
Location: Online

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OVERCOMING DIGITAL DIVIDES WORKSHOP SERIES

These workshops will highlight digital divides across Canada, in hopes that by recognizing the interrelated issues of internet access, adoption and quality and workshopping solutions, we can work together to shape our technology governance and digital policies.  Part of the Towards Equity2021 Community Summit Series

Past Workshops

  • Part 1, Indigenous, Rural, and Remote Communities
  • Part 2, Low-Income Communities

Upcoming Workshops (All Workshops are held on Wednesdays and start at : 9:00 AM PT):

  • Part 3, April 28, 2021, Older Adult and Digital Literacy
  • Part 4, May 19, 2021, People with Disability and Accessibility
  • Part 5, June 9, 2021, Public Internet Access
  • Part 6, June 23, 2021, Youth and Digital Skills

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CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR CANDIDATE PRESENTATIONS

You are invited to attend the following online presentations of the shortlisted candidates for the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Governance in Education.

Dr. Amy Parent
Moving Mountains: Reconciling Self-Determination in the Cultural Interface of Indigenous Governance and Educational Research Priorities in British Columbia
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM ­– 10:30 AM PT
Location: Zoom

Dr. Alanaise Goodwill
Taking Back our Education: The Role of Indigenous Research Approaches and our Ways of Knowing
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM ­– 10:30 AM PT
Location: Zoom

Dr. Sereana Naepi
Vinaka Vaka Niu: Research as Service
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM ­­– 3:30 PM PT
Location: Zoom

Zoom Information for All Presentations
https://sfu.zoom.us/j/63971133091
Meeting ID: 639 7113 3091
Password: 625150

2021 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CONFERENCE ON POSTSECONDARY LEARNING AND TEACHING - EXPLORE MENTORSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION

A great mentor often sees more potential within us than we see in ourselves. An engaged mentee can reinvigorate our practice with new questions and perspectives.

Discover how mentorship in higher education can foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships that support development and growth through self-exploration, reflection, intellectual intrigue and identity formation

General Registartion Deadline: April 29, 2021

Date: May 3–5
Location: Online

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TEACHER EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE 2021

The Teacher Education Roundtable Committee is excited to offer a virtual opportunity for professionals working in Teacher Education programs across BC to connect, engage, and discuss the current and future state of teacher education.

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM PST
Location: Online

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May, 2021

2021 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY CONFERENCE ON POSTSECONDARY LEARNING AND TEACHING - EXPLORE MENTORSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION

A great mentor often sees more potential within us than we see in ourselves. An engaged mentee can reinvigorate our practice with new questions and perspectives.

Discover how mentorship in higher education can foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships that support development and growth through self-exploration, reflection, intellectual intrigue and identity formation

Date: May 3–5
Location: Online

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Ma thèse en 180 secondes : Western Finale

Are you a master’s or doctoral student who can express yourself in French? This competition is for you! The first edition of the Western final of Ma thèse en 180 secondes competition (MT180) presented by the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs in collaboration with the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia.

Showcase your research on a national level and get the chance to win prizes. The French MT180 is running in parallel to the English 3MT competition. Students are eligible to compete in both competitions, and even if their program and thesis are in English.

Western Final Event Date: May 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM PT

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GSS COUNCIL MEETING

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) Council is the main decision-making body of the GSS. Every active Caucus is entitled to one representative who needs to be elected to their position; alternates may also be elected to help fill in when the regular Councillor is unable to attend. GSS Council normally meets once a month.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PT (Zoom doors open at 3:30 PM)
Location: Zoom

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2021 SUMMER AND FALL SEMESTER TA/TM DAYS: THE TEACHING ORIENTATION PROGRAM

The Centre for Educational Excellence invites experienced teaching assistants and tutor-markers at SFU to apply to lead virtual workshops at one or both of the 2021 Summer and Fall Semester TA/TM Days. This program is intended for new and veteran teaching assistants and tutor-markers (and graduate students interested in being a TA or TM).

Date: Friday, May 14 (Summer) and Thursday–Friday, September 9–10 (Fall) 
Time: All Day 
Location: Virtual Workshop

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iLRN 2021: 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IMMERSIVE LEARNING RESEARCH NETWORK

The 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2021) will be an innovative and interactive virtual gathering for a strengthening global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. It is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners across the full span of learning—from K-12 through higher education to work-based, informal, and lifelong learning contexts.

Dates: May 17 - June 10, 2021
Location: Online, iLRN Virtual Campus

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TEACHING & LEARNING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Teaching in Practice-based Professions: Reflections & Innovations in Challenging Times
The challenges in teaching and learning in practice-based professions have been magnified during recent experiences such as the pandemic and budget cuts. The focus of this conference is to bring educators and/or students together to reflect on these challenges within their practice-based teaching and share discoveries or innovations to move forward. This conference is for educators in post-secondary institutions or clinical/practicum settings who work with practice-based professions.

Dates: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT
Location: Online

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WE HAVE ALWAYS/NEVER BEEN POSTHUMAN: DIGITAL LITERACIES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Live Stream Seminar with Dr. Rodney Jones,The University of Reading

This talk explores the challenges involved in teaching language and literacy at a time of ‘always on’ digitally-mediated communication in which meaning-making is shared between humans and algorithms, and in which the everyday texts people get to read and the everyday social interactions they get to have are to a large degree engineered in order to maximize the profits of corporations. I begin with an overview of the dominant 'dystopian narrative' about the consequences that these new infrastructures of communication have had on our societies, which focuses on issues of truth (and ‘post-truth’), tribalism, linguistic toxicity, ubiquitous surveillance, and the erosion of human agency. As a counter to this narrative, that portrays internet users as passive and powerless, I examine ways in which tools from applied linguistics, especially pragmatics, can be used to help learners examine the practices of inferencing they develop to cope with the complex communicative landscapes in which they now operate (Jones 2019, 2020). I then move to argue that the focus on 'meaning' that pragmatics offers, while useful, is not enough, that a real understanding of how people communicate in algorithmic environments requires attention to affect—specifically the affective triggers and affective routines that make us legible to algorithms, and the background feelings of ‘weirdness’ that predictive algorithms and recommendation systems can sometimes create. I end by proposing a ‘literacy of repair’ when it comes to helping our students understand algorithms and reclaim agency in digital environments, a literacy that focuses on ‘glitches’, and ‘creepiness’ and leverages the everyday literacies that they are already developing when it comes to ‘hacking’ algorithms. True digital literacies, I argue, cannot just focus on how individual learners engage with individual texts, but rather must adopt a systemic perspective in which users, technologies, and the economic systems they support are considered and critiqued together.

Dates: Friday, May 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM (Vancouver Time); May 22 5:00 AM (Hong Kong Time), and May 21, 10:00 PM (London Time)
Location: YouTube Live Stream

CONGRESS 2021 OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 2021

In partnership with the University of Alberta, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences announced that Congress 2021 would be held entirely online. You’ll get to enjoy the full suite of conferencing activities, from academic sessions to creative performances, book launches, networking and social events that you know and look forward to every year, all from the comfort and safety of your home.

Dates: Thursday, May 27, 2021 - Friday, June 4, 2021
Location: Online

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FALL 2021 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND LEARNING

If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, the Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (CPUTL) can help you develop the expertise and confidence you need to thrive in a teaching role. The Fall 2021 program will be delivered online with a mix of synchronous (on Friday mornings) and asynchronous components. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to approach teaching, along with practical skills that you can apply as a TA or instructor. In addition, you will have the opportunity to interact with peers from other disciplines, and you will receive a certificate documenting your commitment to teaching. Apply now for the Fall 2021 program.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021
Program dates:
Fridays, September 10–December 3, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

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RESEARCH COMMONS WORKSHOPS

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a FREE range of workshops, developed in the context of SFU Library's Instruction Strategy. You can register for upcoming workshops and search by workshop date in our workshops calendar.


CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

The Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) offers teaching–related professional development for faculty members, instructors, teaching support staff and graduate students. Upcoming topics include How to Teach with Zoom, Open Educational Resources, Supporting Multilingual Students in a Remote Environment, and more.

INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

Take part in this internationally recognized forum for developing learner-centred teaching skills. Open to faculty members, instructors and grad students.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2021
Workshop dates: August 23-24 & 26-27, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT

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SFU JUNE 2021 CONVOCATION

Exciting news: This June we’re inviting SFU graduates to attend their virtual convocation celebration. Recognize and celebrate your incredible achievements with fellow grads, friends and family. To learn which virtual ceremonies you’ll attend, find creative ways to participate, and keep up-to-date with the latest information, visit www.sfu.ca/convocation.

  • Faculty of Education - Virtual Faculty Celebration - More information will be published as it becomes available.
  • Indigenous Student Centre Honouring Ceremony - More information will be published as it becomes available.

Dates: June 24, 25, 28 and 29, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM (PT), daily
Location: Live broadcast on SFU's YouTube channel

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THE 11TH EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

The Conference brings together teachers, researchers, practitioners and project managers from all over the world to share findings, expertise and experience about innovative teaching and learning methodologies, through oral presentations, poster sessions, and social events.

Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dates: July 1 and 2, 2021
Location: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence (Italy) and Online

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