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Research Commons - Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops. Register for upcoming workshops. Search by date in our workshops calendar.

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you believe you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

All in a Day - Research Lifecycle

This is a suite of workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows taking place at SFU Surrey on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements

The purpose of this session is to engage students in considering and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A number of topics will be covered, including a brief overview of the ethics review process.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own fully charged laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Research Data Management with DMP Assistant

Draft a plan to manage your research data and ensure its openness over time. The focus of this workshop will be working with DMP Assistant, an online data management plan utility. A sample case will be provided or build a plan using your research.
 
Please bring your own fully charged laptop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Digital Humanities

Teaching With Transmedia Storytelling

The Educational Media Program (EMP) at the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) has undergone many changes since its conception in 2014. The EMP teaches instructional staff at SFU how to design and implement media as a teaching tool. It began as a series of separate workshops in various media disciplines such as graphics, video, audio and interactivity. This approach functioned well to teach media skills, but we want to encourage more connectivity among the forms of media when designing courses. By experimenting with a narrative throughline, engagement could be improved and, possibly, greater retention as they see the complimentary and fluid nature of connected media. We hope that this approach will encourage participants to apply a transmedia approach in their own pedagogy. The program helped restructure the workshops so that faculty is participating and engaged in a rich hands-on creative lab environment. We will discuss our design process, from conception, initial design, production, hurdles, and reflections and how it could be used in future courses.

Presented by: John Born, Shantala Singh, Duane Woods, Gabe Wong, Jason Toal (SFU Teaching & Learning Centre)

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Open Publishing as Open Pedagogy: Creating a Course Journal using Open Journal Systems

In this session, you will be introduced to SFU's free, open source Open Journal Systems publishing application and discuss how it has been used to facilitate open pedagogical practices in the classroom. Participants will come away with practical ideas to get your students writing, peer-reviewing, and publishing in the open.

Presented by: Ali Moore & Kevin Stranack (SFU Library - Digital Publishing)

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

EAL/ESL

Pronunciation for Academic & Professional Settings

This non-credit course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language. The workshop provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse.  Students will also practice giving presentations and receive on-going feedback from peers and the instructor. There is no fee for the workshop, but the required textbook costs $40.  Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed the first day of class.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 2520

Learning

Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements

The purpose of this session is to engage students in considering and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A number of topics will be covered, including a brief overview of the ethics review process.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Research data management

Introduction to Assessing Disclosure Risk

Disclosure refers to the unauthorized release of information about an individual or organization. Researchers who work with human participants, proprietary or other sensitive information need to be aware of disclosure risk--especially when preparing data for sharing and re-use. 

 

This webinar, prepared by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), will describe concepts in disclosure including sensitivity (health information, drug use, criminal activity, business intelligence); how data can be re-mediated to reduce disclosure risk; and, how to provide safe access to data which has disclosure risk.

 

John E Marcotte, PhD is the Data Security Officer for ICPSR where he trains ICPSR staff on disclosure risk and is responsible for vetting output for disclosure issues.   In addition, Dr. Marcotte reviews security plans for restricted-use data.  He has presented on providing secure access to restricted-use data at conferences such as the International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) and EDUCAUSE.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm Webinar

Version data

Git is a version control system that enables reproducible research and collaboration in teams. In this workshop, novice users will be introduced to Git on the command line. Topics include: creating a repository, tracking changes, exploring history, using GitHub, and handling conflicts.

The lesson is produced by Software Carpentry.

Registrants will be contacted prior to the event with installation instructions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research Data Management with DMP Assistant

Draft a plan to manage your research data and ensure its openness over time. The focus of this workshop will be working with DMP Assistant, an online data management plan utility. A sample case will be provided or build a plan using your research.
 
Please bring your own fully charged laptop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

Clean data

Do you work with research data in spreadsheets? If so, this workshop is designed for you! We’ll be covering the best practices for Data Organization in Spreadsheets, according to Data Carpentry. Then we’ll look at formatting values, fixing dates, merging/splitting columns, and more. By the end, you’ll be prepared to take your spreadsheets to the next level.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Plan Data

Collect. Describe. Store. Backup. Preserve. Share.

Draft a plan to manage your research data and ensure its openness over time. The focus of this workshop will be working with DMP Assistant, an online data management plan utility. A sample case will be provided or build a plan using your research.

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop to this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to GitHub

GitHub is a website and hosting service that is celebrated in tech circles. Did you know that it's useful for non-programmers? In this hands-on workshop, we'll be covering the fundamentals of GitHub including repositories, version control, project management, wikis, and Gist. The content is designed for novice users; all learners are welcome. Come to discover how this digital tool can improve collaboration in your research projects.  To participate in this workshop, you must bring a laptop (preferred) or a tablet. You may be contacted with software installation instructions prior to the event.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Share Data / Find Data

Are you interested in increasing the visibility of your research? This workshop will help you describe your data for long term access and findability.   As a bonus, we'll also show  you how to find data relevant to your research.

Some of the tools we'll be looking at are DataCite, Abacus, ICPSR and Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Cryptoparty: Full disk encryption

Ain’t no party like a Cryptoparty! The theme of this event will be “full disk encryption”. Bring your own device (BYOD) and ideas to share with the group. IT Services will be present to advance the discussion and provide guidance to prospective encrypters. Users of all operating systems and external storage devices will be welcome.

Full disk encryption is one of the most powerful tools for users to protect their digital information.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Data Cleaning Using R

It is said that cleaning/cleansing data takes 80% of data analysis process. Data cleaning must be repeated for every new data in every project. Typically, data sets obtained from a real world problems violate the standards of clean data in different ways and analyzing data without cleaning is impossible. In the process of cleaning data, we try to remove every possible problem in data and organize the values in a standard manner.

In this workshop, we aim to focus on small but main aspects of data cleaning including:

  • Importing and exporting data without having problems like:
  • Column headers are values, not variable names
  • Changing type of data
  • Multiple variables are stored in one column
  • Detection and localization of errors like:
  • Missing values and imputation
  • Special values
  • Outliers
  • Duplicates

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Secure data

Protect your research data by following strong security practices. This workshop will cover topics including: cloud storage, full disk encryption, threat modelling, communication and file sharing, account security, two-factor authentication (2FA), and digital preservation.

Learn how to keep data secure with SFU resources.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

De-identify data

De-identification enables sharing of data for secondary purposes. Changes may be made to the data and controls can be put in place to manage risk.

This workshop will introduce a risk-based methodology for de-identification that is appropriate for various academic disciplines. Topics include: in/direct identifiers, risk thresholds and measurement, plausible attacks, techniques (generalization, suppression, and subsampling), documentation, equivalence classes, and k-anonymity.

The workshop uses content from an eBook available through SFU Library:

Emam, K. E., & Arbuckle, L. (2013). Anonymizing Health Data: Case Studies and Methods to Get You Started. Sebastopol, CA, USA: O’Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved from http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/9781449363062

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research programming

Random Forests in scikit-learn: Classifying Cancer Types

Machine learning classifiers are a powerful tool for determining to which category novel data belongs given some training data. This workshop explores the basics of using the scikit-learn Python library with some toy cancer datasets.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to emacs

Come to this introductory level workshop to discover what emacs is and what it can do. Even if you do not plan on learning emacs, being exposed to its world could be inspiring and make you reconsider your workflow and work tools.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to Bash: Learn to Use the Command Line

Scared of the command line? Overcome your feat and attend this introductory workshop on the Bash shell! You will learn how to navigate your file system and automate tasks to make your life easier.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research software

Citation Management

Up and Running with Zotero

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This workshop is for you! We will introduce Zotero, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style -- in seconds.

Bring your laptop: this interactive workshop will cover registration, installation, and everything that you need to know to get up and running with Zotero.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Up and Running with Mendeley

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This workshop is for you! We will introduce Mendeley, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style -- in seconds.

Bring your laptop: this interactive workshop will cover registration, installation, and everything that you need to know to get up and running with Mendeley.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

GIS

Getting Started With QGIS for Mac Users

QGIS is Open Source GIS software for creating maps and viewing, editing, and managing spatial data in a wide variety of commonly used vector and raster formats. Free to download, QGIS can be installed on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. This workshop will provide and introduction to the basic features of QGIS using geospatial data from the Lower Mainland.

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with QGIS installed. You can download QGIS here: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/. If you need access to a laptop, please email Julie Jones, GIS & Map Librarian at jsj7[at]sfu.ca.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Getting Started With QGIS

QGIS is Open Source GIS software for viewing, editing, and managing spatial data in a wide variety of commonly used vector and raster formats. Free to download, QGIS can be installed on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. This workshop will provide and introduction to the basic features of QGIS using data from the Lower Mainland.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Advanced GIS I: Tips and Tricks for Handling Spatial and Tabular Data

This workshop will deepen your knowledge of attribute tables. You will learn to add new data in an existing table, import data from an Excel worksheet, join two tables together, convert a list of XY coordinates to a shapefile, and create simple SQL-queries.

Covered in this workshop:

  • Editing an attribute table
  • Importing Excel tables and XY coordinates into ArcMap
  • Formulating queries
  • Table join
  • Formulating queries
  • Generating statistics from an attribute table and summarizing a field
  • Use of the field calculator

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Advanced GIS II: Vector Analysis in ArcMap

This workshop will provide an introduction to vector analysis, attribute handling, and the formulation of spatial queries.

This workshop will cover:

  • Searching by attribute
  • Making spatial queries
  • Exporting query results to shapefiles

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Georeferencing with ArcMap: Bringing Images and Historical Maps into GIS

Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g. aerial photographs, scanned historical maps, satellite images) with their geographic locations in a coordinate system so that the images can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. This workshop will teach you the skills needed to georeference images in ArcGIS so that you can view, make queries, and analyze your image-based data with other geographic data.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Introduction to Web GIS

Designed for researchers who are new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this 2-hour workshop will introduce the basics of web-mapping technology using Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables.

Web GIS enables users to create rich, interactive maps and provides insight via the spatial representation of data.

Topics will include:

  • finding coordinates
  • adding GIS layers
  • working with Google Maps
  • understanding map mashups, and
  • analyzing your map

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Python

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Qualitative Data Analysis

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Windows

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Doing More with NVivo for Mac

Need help moving forward with your qualitative data analysis? If you've had some experience with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through the visualizations and queries that are available in NVivo for Mac and may be able to address other topics depending on the needs of the group.
 
This workshop is suitable for those who have some experience with NVivo or who have already taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop.
 
This is a BYOL workshop: Bring Your Own Laptop, with the latest version of NVivo for Mac installed on it.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Doing More with NVivo for Windows

Need help moving forward with your qualitative data analysis? If you've had some experience with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through visualizations and queries using sample data and may be able to address other topics depending on the needs of the group.

This workshop is suitable for those who have some experience with NVivo or who have already taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Mac

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Note: You will need to bring your own fully charged Mac laptop, loaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Mac - for Faculty

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:
1. This workshop is open only to SFU faculty.
2. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
3. Please bring your own Mac laptop preloaded with the latest version of Nvivo installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Windows - for Faculty

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Different Approaches to Coding in NVivo

'Coding' is a way of organizing all the references to a specific concept, theme, person, place, or other idea into one 'node'. The way you approach coding may vary, depending on methodology and data. Come find out about the tools that NVivo offers for different approaches. This workshop is suited to both PC and Mac users (although it will be held in a PC lab and not all coding functions are available in Mac).

Participants should have some familiarity with NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

What Comes After Coding in Nvivo?

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for reviewing your coding (e.g., merging nodes to create broader themes or ‘coding on’ from larger nodes to create more specific categories), analyzing your data (e.g., moving beyond codes to develop themes), and using various queries/ visualizations to identify patterns and investigate hunches. Unfortunately, there is not magic button in NVivo that will complete your write-up for you; however, there are several tools that NVivo offers to facilitate the writing process. Come and learn what these are.

This workshop is suited to both PC and Mac users (although it will be held in a PC lab and not all features are available in Mac). Participants should have some familiarity with NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

R (Software)

Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors

This workshop is designed for non-science students interested in the statistical computing program R. No prior knowledge of R is required. Often data outside of the sciences includes textual data, such as a corpus or series of surveys. In this workshop we’ll learn how to process textual data in R, as well as the basic skills to start analyzing it. Specific topics covered include the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages), data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists), and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, elementary statistics, etc.).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 2020

Develop narratives with your R code using R Markdown

You may have heard of the term literate programming. It's actually been around since 1984 when it was coined by Donald Knuth. Essentially, the idea of literate programming is the interweaving of code and documentation. R Markdown goes one step further and incorporates the output of your code such as figures and tables, allowing you to develop a narrative for your analysis. You can now generate fully reproducible high-quality reports of your analyses and easily share them with others. This workshop will introduce how to get started with incorporating R Markdown into your workflow.

For a quick demo of what you can achieve in R Markdown, check out this quick 1-minute video: http://rmarkdown.rstudio.com/lesson-1.html

Time and Place

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Data Cleaning Using R

It is said that cleaning/cleansing data takes 80% of data analysis process. Data cleaning must be repeated for every new data in every project. Typically, data sets obtained from a real world problems violate the standards of clean data in different ways and analyzing data without cleaning is impossible. In the process of cleaning data, we try to remove every possible problem in data and organize the values in a standard manner.

In this workshop, we aim to focus on small but main aspects of data cleaning including:

  • Importing and exporting data without having problems like:
  • Column headers are values, not variable names
  • Changing type of data
  • Multiple variables are stored in one column
  • Detection and localization of errors like:
  • Missing values and imputation
  • Special values
  • Outliers
  • Duplicates

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Generalized Linear Mixed-Effects Modeling in R

This two-day workshop will focus on generalized linear mixed-effects models (GLMMs) using the R programming language.

We will begin with a quick refresher on linear mixed-effects models and GLMs (generalized linear models), but will concentrate mostly on GLMMs. Advanced topics will include dealing with overdispersion, zero-inflation, and delta-GLMMs for modelling positive continuous data with zeros. We will fit models with lme4, glmmTMB, and rstanarm. We will concentrate on practical elements such as choosing a modeling approach, the process of building and understanding a model, model checking, and plotting and interpreting model output.

Prior to taking this workshop, you should be comfortable with linear mixed-effects modeling and GLMs in R. Some background with dplyr and ggplot2 would be helpful, but participants can also complete some short tutorials before arriving to learn these packages.

Note: You will need to bring your own laptop with the appropriate software loaded. Closer to the workshop date, you will receive an email with final details/instructions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own fully charged laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1520

Scholarly communication

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Building an Online Academic Presence


This workshop will look at the big picture and context for developing your online academic narrative: why do you want an academic presence? How do you get your work out there? The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio. You will learn about ORCID, ImpactStory, ResearchGate, Academia.edu and other networking and academic profile websites. We will help you evaluate and successfully use the appropriate tools to promote your research and professional experience.

Note: Bring your own fully charged laptop.
 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Writing

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)

The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions.

Registration not required - please drop in!

Fall Semester 2017 [September 11 to December 1]

Note: Open Writing Lab will resume in the Fall semester starting September 11

Burnaby Campus
Graduate Open Writing Lab (Facilitated) - Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no sessions on October 9 or November  13)

Vancouver Campus

Graduate Open Writing Space - Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 (note: no Facilitator present)

Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm HC 7400 (Facilitated)

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Write Right: Expectations and the Writing Process for Graduate Students

Writing in graduate school can be a challenging and confusing prospect. This one day workshop has been developed for graduate students to learn more about the expectations of graduate writing at SFU as well as the writing process.

The workshop will include discussions on:

  • making time for writing,
  • the writing process,
  • strategies for writing, and
  • the revision process.

Participants will also learn how to write ‘cohesively’ and ‘critically’.

Other topics include:

  • transitions,
  • outlining,
  • synthesizing,
  • audience,
  • complex sentences, and
  • various grammatical aspects.

Participants will be expected to bring an example of a future writing assignment and a completed paper, in order to workshop the various topics within their own writing. If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then this workshop is for you!!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Managing Writing Anxiety

Being anxious about academic writing can lead to unhelpful writing habits like avoidance and procrastination. Join us for a discussion on how to make more progress by alleviating writing anxiety!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Extend your reach: Writing and publishing across disciplines

In this day long workshop, you will learn more effective ways to convey and communicate your research to multiple audiences and colleagues across disciplines. The day begins with a workshop on plain-language writing, including an overview of contexts that promote or strongly encourage plain language. After lunch (included), the emphasis shifts to the publishing process, strategies for assessing potential publication venues, and reaching wider audiences. Approaches to developing your research narrative will also be discussed, with a focus on tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio. You’ll have opportunities to write and share your work with peers, and will take away practical strategies for conveying knowledge to a variety of readerships. 

Included: morning and afternoon coffee/tea with light snacks and lunch; if you have any severe dietary restrictions, please bring your own snacks and lunch

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Write Conversations: Writing More Concisely

Get to the point. Say more in fewer words. Bring your own strategies for writing concisely and learn some new ones, too. As Dante reminds us: “Let thy words be counted.”

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Critical Research, Reading, and Writing

This workshop will begin with a discussion of strategies for critical reading and note-taking and then explore how these skills contribute to critical writing for a literature review. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Proposal Writing

Participants will learn how proposal writing differs from other types of graduate writing. Megan Robertson will review some of the basic elements of proposal writing and how to make a persuasive argument to your readers. She will help you think about:

  • your audience and the needs of your audience,
  • the critical messages that you want to convey,
  • and finding an engaging hook.

This workshop is focused on proposal writing and will not cover granting award guidelines. Participants should  bring their in-progress proposals and any other supporting material they would like to work on.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

SSHRC-shop I: Proposal Writing

This workshop (or SSHRC-shop) is designed to help graduate students applying for SSHRC scholarships review elements of persuasive writing to enhance proposals and applications. We’ll start the session by training to ‘tweet’ our proposals - how can you express your message in 140 characters? Please bring your work in progress.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Dressing Up (or Down) Your Writing: Audience, Purpose, and Style

This workshop will begin with a discussion about the need to consider audience, purpose, and style in writing. We will then explore “style,” including word choice, sentence structure, tone, and voice, and how these aspects impact your writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

SSHRC-shop II: Review and Revision

Designed for graduate students working on revising their proposals and applications, this workshop (or SSHRC-shop) builds on the SSHRC-shop I: Proposal Writing workshop, but attendance at the earlier session is not required. In this session, students will focus on strategies for soliciting feedback from peers and faculty members and be able to apply feedback to their developing proposals. Please bring your work in progress.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Using and Applying Feedback

Our professors’ feedback can be one of the most valuable tools we receive as graduate students, leading to deeply meaningful change in our thinking and writing – if we can figure out what to do with it! Don’t let those teachable moments go to waste. Let’s talk about how we can improve incorporating (and accepting) others’ feedback into our writing process.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Going with the Flow: Cohesion and Coherence

This workshop will begin with a discussion focused on how we can communicate the logical progression of our ideas. We will explore a number of ways to develop a clear, compelling, and logical argument from the beginning, through the middle, to the end of a piece of scholarly writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Finding Your Voice

Academic writing can be more than boring readers and emulating stuffy styles. In fact, expressing complex ideas in your own voice can be one of the best ways to make your work stand out. Join us for a conversation on conformity, creativity, and originality and begin your journey toward discovering your academic voice.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

This workshop will begin with a discussion on the differences between revising, editing, and proofreading as well as their importance in the writing process. We will explore a number of revising, editing, and proofreading techniques employed by successful writers. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Time management for writing

Do you seem to be rushing to finish your dissertation or term paper? Do you find that you are writing at the very last minute and the deadline is just around the corner?  This workshop is focused on strategies and techniques to build an effective timetable to help you write in a timely manner.  If you have a deadline approaching to submit your dissertation or term paper, this is the workshop for you!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Disseminating your Research: Graduate Student Publication

This workshop is focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with graduate student publication. We will begin with a discussion on audience, the peer review process and responding to criticism. We will then explore techniques and strategies for writing and revising papers for publication. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Thesis

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Thesis Template and Resources

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU, followed by a review of the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). Additionally, SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to preserve and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses.

The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the resources on the website and the functionality of the thesis template.

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions
  • write in the MS Word template-based file
  • format your text using styles
  • bring text in from other documents
  • insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
  • generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.

If you’ve begun writing, send your document to theses@sfu.ca in advance of the workshop; one might be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1500
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2200
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3260
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons