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.

July 2021

VOICE AND PRESENTATION SKILLS - WORKSHOPS AND COACHING

If your work involves lecturing or making presentations, the workshops and personalized coaching sessions offered by teaching enhancement specialist Sanders Whiting can give you the skills to communicate effectively, connect with your audience, and reduce vocal strain—whether you are presenting in person or online.
These workshops and private sessions are an opportunity for you to work on your public speaking confidence and skills. Sessions are available to individuals or small groups.

Summer Sessions Available: Now to August 26, 2021

  • Wednesday Time Slots: 9:30 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Time Slots: 9:00 a.m. | 10:00 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 2:30 p.m.

Location: Online
To request a session, contact Sanders Whiting at swhiting@sfu.ca.

FACULTY OF EDUCATION RESEARCH HUB - VIRTUAL WRITING RETREAT

The Research Hub is expanding beyond the Virtual Writing Retreat Wednesdays afternoon sessions, in order to accommodate different work and life schedules. At each virtual writing retreat, you will be able to connect with your peers and write together in a supportive space. You will learn a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and have an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements within your own work.

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (PT)

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EXPRESSIVE SPEECH: YOUR VOCAL DYNAMISM MATTERS

Are you ready to trade your sleep-inducing monotone for a richer and more exciting sound? In this two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles you will learn to apply the musician’s tools of melody and rhythm to become a more confident, colourful and dynamic speaker. The session will be facilitated by CEE voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education.
2 hour participatory workshop. Limit 12 participants

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM PT
Location: Online Event

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August 2021

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SEMINARS

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (IRS) is a new initiative in the Faculty of Education which aims to support graduate students and faculty research and communication across cognate areas. It will be a safe, informal, collaborative space for graduate students and faculty to share their work in progress and get feedback from peers and colleagues. To situate discussions and provide everyone with the opportunity to share their work and get feedback, students and faculty will be encouraged to sign up for a time slot to present throughout a semester. Each participant will have five minutes to present their work and then a group will have about 25 minutes to discuss and provide feedback. Each seminar will have two presenters and will last for one hour.

Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM (PT)
Location: Online Event

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BETTER PRESENTATIONS: BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND CONNECTIONS

Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for online learning. The session will be facilitated by CEE voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education.
2 hour participatory workshop. Limit 12 participants

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM (PT)
Location: Online Event

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ONLINE PROFESSIONAL GRANT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals

The Professional Grant Development live online workshop, which is normally held at the University of British Columbia, has been moved online for health and safety concerns. It will include: the same length of instruction, interactive discussions, and one-on-ones with the instructor.

Date: Thursday & Friday, August 12 & 13, 2021
Time: 10:30AM - 6:30 PM (PT)
Location: Online Event

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INTRODUCTION TO CANVAS

This introductory Canvas workshop will address basic functionality, integration of course materials and assignments, communication with students, and grading and evaluation.

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

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INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

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

Dates: August 23-24 & 26-27, 2021 
Time:
 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT

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INTRODUCTION TO ZOOM

This virtual workshop will focus on how to use Zoom as a tool for effective online instruction. We will demonstrate features in Zoom that can be leveraged for teaching and learning, as well as highlight best practices for online synchronous instruction. We will demonstrate how to use breakout rooms, whiteboards, the chat feature, and facilitate conversations. We will also address how you can improve the security of your sessions in light of current issues some instructors have had while using Zoom.

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

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GRADING IN CANVAS

In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Canvas Gradebook and learn how to use Canvas to grade online submissions using various methods.

Pre-requisite: Participants should be familiar with Canvas and know how to use the assignment tool.
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

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September 2021

GRADING IN CANVAS

In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Canvas Gradebook and learn how to use Canvas to grade online submissions using various methods.

Pre-requisite: Participants should be familiar with Canvas and know how to use the assignment tool.
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

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2021 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: Thursday–Friday, September 9–10 (Fall) 
Time: All Day 
Location: Virtual Workshop

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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.

Program dates: Fridays, September 10–December 3, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

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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.

CEE events, workshops and programs
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Remote Teaching Support
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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.

THESIS WRITING GROUPS

Join a Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis! The Thesis Writing Group is modeled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. The Research Commons remains devoted to supporting SFU graduate student researchers, even though we are now working from a distance!

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