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  • Advanced Teaching Program

    The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a 20-hour short course designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop practical teaching skills for current and future teaching roles. Topics include course design strategies, active learning, authentic assessment of student learning, and maintaining a culture of respect and community in the classroom. Participants gain hands-on experience by practicing instructional techniques in microteaching sessions where they receive constructive feedback from peers and an experienced team of instructors. Participants also design a workshop on teaching in their discipline. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to submit their capstone projects for publication in the Teaching Innovation Projects Journal.

  • Business Concepts for Life Scientists

    The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists online course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

  • Communicating Your Research

    Good communication skills are essential to a successful research career. This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis: presentation skills, writing skills, and poster creation.

  • Communication in the Canadian Classroom

    Communication in the Canadian Classroom is a 12-hour short course designed for international graduate students who would like to develop their English language skills for teaching. Workshop activities include discussions of cultural differences in the classroom, role plays involving giving feedback to students, and opportunities to practice expressing ideas concisely. Participants will develop their English communication skills in a supportive atmosphere among graduate students from a variety of disciplines and cultures.

  • Cross-Cultural Team Communications

    Navigating, contributing and building effective teams may be the single most important skill that spans disciplines and industries in our current and diverse workplaces. In this online module, learn tools and techniques to build your awareness of multicultural team performance, navigate workplace cultural communication, and use effective conversations to deal with conflict in international and multicultural team settings.

  • Editing and Proofreading

    This session examines the different stages of the writing process with a specific focus on the revision stage. Strategies for identifying structural or mechanical problems in the writing are presented along with advice on such concerns as enhancing the flow of ideas in a document and avoiding the use of stilted or imprecise language.

  • ENGSCI 9701: Business Acumen for Research Students

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic business fundamentals in a variety of areas and to lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Targeted at research students in the PhD program, this course is designed to develop literacy in business language and basic concepts. While the course will not make a student an expert in business, it provides a foundation to a broad range of business subjects. Attendance to all classes is mandatory.

  • ENGSCI 9702 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiential - Technology Commercialization

    The purpose of this course is to develop the business skills that are required to be a successful Technology Entrepreneur on the world stage. Students will learn the requisite skills to do a proper worldwide “market map”, determine their unique and sustainable technology advantage, how to value their innovation, how to protect their innovation, how to approach strategic partners for mutual success, and how to capitalize these activities when you have no money.

  • Financial Literacy in Graduate School

    Stay educated about your personal finances to minimize stress and gain confidence in your financial literacy as a graduate student. This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions and to create short-term and long-term budgets. Learn tips and tricks to improve your spending habits, understand savings options, and plan the sensible use of credit.

  • Future Prof Series

    These interactive seminars for future professors and professionals provide valuable insight into teaching and career-strategies across the disciplines. The workshops in this series are constantly evolving to meet the current interests of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

  • Getting Published

    This seminar begins by unpacking the peer review process. We’ll address how to write to your target publication, how to incorporate citations in a manuscript, the “so what?” question, and the merits of writing for audiences beyond your discipline.

  • Library Research Skills

    Please join us for a hands-on session to improve your research skills. During this workshop, you will learn about advanced search strategies and specialized databases, learn about Tri-Agency Open Access requirements, discover and evaluate different means for disseminating your research and discover online tools that can save you time.

  • Making the Most of the Writing Process

    Graduate students must adapt to the expectations of multiple audiences such as supervisors, committee members, publishers, grant review committees, and conference organizers. In this seminar we’ll address how to integrate writing as a practice that accompanies the ongoing development of your intellectual identity, and learn strategies such as diagramming and storyboarding to better communicate your ideas. 

  • Managing Project Timelines

    In this online module, you will learn strategies to reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. Using a customized project planning tool, you'll be reaching your project deadlines with energy and time to spare.

  • Planning Your Scientific Journey

    Being successful as a scientist requires more than acquiring knowledge and developing experimental skills. It also requires: (1) asking a good scientific question, (2) establishing a clear plan of action, and (3) seeking advice along the way. Whether you have yet to decide on a research question or are well-immersed in a project, this online course will help to crystallize your research ideas and goals.

  • Practical Tips for Growing Your Network

    Get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school will be filled with opportunities to make connections in and outside of your field. This short online workshop will give you the information you'll need to make the most of each opportunity. Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

  • Punctuation

    This session details the functions of different punctuation marks in academic writing, including the colon and semicolon, the apostrophe, and a special emphasis on the varied uses of commas. The session also provides guidelines on how to incorporate references to numbers in written form.

  • Reading Strategies for Graduate Students

    In this session we will discuss and practice various efficient and effective approaches to reading academic material at the graduate level, including skimming, scanning, and careful/analytical reading. We will also address how to deal with a large volume of reading, and with difficult parts of text.

  • Refining Your Grammar Skills

    This session addresses the more prominent differences between the casual tone and syntax of spoken English and the conventions of formal academic writing. Topics covered include the role and placement of modifying words and phrases in writing, the distinction between “the” and “a/an”, as well as the correct usage of the word “which”.

  • safeTALK

    safeTALK is a half-day alertness training workshop that prepares participants to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST [Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training]. This training is especially recommended for graduate students who TA or mentor younger students and might find themselves in a situation where they need to support someone feeling suicidal. See more at https://www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk/

  • SGPS 9101: Design-Driven Innovation

    The Design-Driven Innovation course will develop graduate students skills in design thinking, innovation and team-work. Students will participate in seminars and two group projects that will highlight and enhance their research capabilities to address practical and current real-world problems. The course is open to all disciplines. Indeed, you will work in teams with people from different programs. By the end of the course, you will have two practical examples of how your academic, research and life experience can be applied to the solution of challenging, multidisciplinary problems.

  • SGPS 9102 - New Venture Creation

    Enhance your entrepreneurial skills in SGPS 9102 and learn what it takes to launch a successful new venture.

  • SGPS 9105: Collaborate for Community Impact

    The Collaborate for Community Impact course is designed to provide graduate students with the foundational knowledge to effectively collaborate with peers and community agencies to address community identified needs. Seminar topics will include foundations of community engagement, examining social inequalities and power relations, knowledge translation and mobilization, and principles of effective partnership among others. This course will also give graduate students the opportunity to experience Community Engaged Learning as a teaching pedagogy and reflect on how they can incorporate it within their professional careers. Specifically, students will be challenged to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and a community partner to complete a community-based project.

  • SGPS 9201 - Developing Leader Character

    Build effective Leadership skills in your current studies and future career.

  • SGPS 9500: The Theory and Practice of University Teaching

    SGPS 9500 is a graduate level credit course on teaching and learning in higher education. The goals of the course are to deepen your understanding of foundational theory and research relevant to university teaching, and to provide an opportunity for engaging in course design and facilitating student engagement. The course begins by exploring how to devise and align learning outcomes, assessments, and active learning activities. Then, over the semester, students have the chance to develop and revise a teaching philosophy statement, receive feedback on short teaching presentations, and create a comprehensive course syllabus. In small groups, students will also develop a webpage and seminar presentation on a pedagogical topic of their choice. SGPS 9500 is an interdisciplinary course, meaning that students will engage deeply with educational theory and practice alongside instructors and peers from across academic disciplines.

  • Sleep Hygiene

    This workshop will be led by a professor who will focus on the importance of sleep (and what happens when you don’t get enough of it). The second half of the workshop involves a graduate student providing tips for practising good sleep hygiene.

  • Staying Motivated in Graduate School

    Staying motivated in graduate school can be challenging, particularly when it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In this presentation, we will discuss factors that affect motivation, challenges to staying motivated in graduate school, and motivational strategies for graduate students.

  • Summarizing Your Research into an Abstract

    They’re short. We all have to write them. In this seminar we’ll examine what it takes to represent your research, manuscript, thesis, dissertation, or conference paper, and your academic identity, in just a few hundred words.

  • TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching

    This one-day conference introduces graduate students to teaching at Western and helps prepare them for their roles as Teaching Assistants. Conference highlights include a keynote presentation by an award-winning faculty member and a panel of experienced Teaching Assistants from across the disciplines. Participants choose from a variety concurrent workshops that focus on different teaching topics including: facilitating discussions, managing difficult situations, communication strategies, and more. Graduate students also have the opportunity to hear from key campus partners including Western Libraries, the Writing Support Centre, Learning Skills Services, the Wellness Education Centre, the TA Union (PSAC Local 610), and the Society of Graduate Students.

  • Take Care: Mental Health and Wellness in Graduate School

    This interactive online module is created specifically for Western graduate students to learn about taking care of their mental health, stress management, and achieving a balance in key aspects of well-being during graduate school.

  • Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Active Learning

    Use active learning to spark the interests of your students by creating a more engaging learning experience. This online module explains the benefits of active learning, provides a number of active learning strategies and shares ways to evaluate the effectiveness of various active learning activities.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Assessment Strategies

    This online module addresses how to create effective assessments that help students grasp meaningful and complex ideas, challenge them, and help them learn important concepts and skills.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching

    This online module focuses on ethical principles guiding teaching practice and what it means to act professionally in the role.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Globalization of Learning

    This online module touches on topics such as inclusive education, student diversity, interculturalizing the curriculum and teaching across cultures in various academic settings.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: How Students Learn

    Understanding your students as learners – with their unique goals, motivations, beliefs and learning practices – will help you be a better teacher. This online module shares research on the topic of how students learn and suggests ways to create an optimal learning environment.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Principles of Course Design

    This online module briefly introduces the course design process and provides several best practices for creating and redesigning your course.

  • Teaching Assistant Training Program

    The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, two-and-a-half- day session taught by current Teaching Assistants (TAs) and designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers. Learn about fair grading practices, diversity in the classroom, lecturing, and giving students feedback on written work. Choose from concurrent sessions designed to meet your specific discipline-related teaching needs such as vocal health for lecturers or using small group discussion methods in the classroom for tutorial leaders. Get real-time, hands-on teaching experience in our unique micro-teaching sessions, where you can try out your teaching skills and techniques with a small group of your peers and receive helpful, constructive feedback. At the end of the session, you’ll receive a certificate as evidence of your commitment to the development of your knowledge and skill as a teacher.

  • Teaching in the Canadian Classroom

    Teaching in the Canadian Classroom is a 16-hour short course designed for international graduate students who would like to explore cultural differences in the classroom and gain confidence as a teaching assistant in the Canadian academic setting. We will discuss common teaching topics, such as lesson planning, active learning, feedback, and classroom management, through a cross-cultural lens. Participants will gain hands-on experience by practicing instructional techniques in microteaching sessions where they receive constructive feedback from peers and the instructor.

  • Teaching Master Classes

    Step into the classrooms of Western’s most innovative instructors and observe how they engage their undergraduate students with the course material in creative ways. Following the in-class observation, meet the instructor for a post-class conversation about their teaching strategies. Teaching Master Classes are offered across disciplines in varied classroom settings – large, small, upper year, survey, practical, and theoretical. This is an excellent opportunity to benefit from the experience and insight of our most successful teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get a behind the scenes perspective into class preparation, course design, assessment, lecturing, student engagement and classroom management, among others.

  • Teaching Mentor Program

    The Teaching Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to receive feedback on their teaching and classroom management approaches from peers in their own teaching environment. Four to five participants will work together and visit each other’s classes, tutorials or labs* over the course of the semester.

  • The Blanket Exercise

    The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we're rarely taught. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous people in Canada. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. See more at https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/

  • The Language of Academic Job Interviews

    This 6-hour workshop is designed to help international graduate students and new residents prepare for teaching and research-focused job interviews in North America. The workshop highlights cultural differences in the recruitment and interview process and introduces specific strategies to respond to common interview questions. Participants will have an opportunity to practice responding to interview questions during their mock-interview and will receive feedback from peers and the instructor.

  • The Language of Advanced Discussions

    Much of the discussion that takes place in classrooms, during meetings with supervisors, and in social interactions involves being able to justify why you think what you think. Articulating your opinion successfully requires a familiarity with patterns of reasoning and persuasion in English. In this program, you will learn the language for debating, managing a class discussion, and articulating your opinion. Participants will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned by facilitating a 15-minute discussion on a topic of their choice

  • The Language of Conference/Research Presentations

    In this 6-hour program, participants learn to communicate their research and its implications to diverse audiences both in academia and industry. Participants have an opportunity to practice techniques, to organize presentations, respond to questions from peers during Q&A sessions, and emphasize the key contributions of their research.

  • The Language of Difficult Conversations

    This 8-hour program introduces international graduate students to the interpersonal and linguistic skills required to engage in difficult discussions. Participants will explore cultural differences in conflict resolution and practice strategies to engage in difficult conversations in ways that achieve positive outcomes and enhance relationships.

  • Time Management

    If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this workshop is here to help. In this online module, you’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

  • Time Management for Graduate Students

    Good time management skills are often crucial to your success as a graduate student. This Learning Skills presentation offers planning and organizational strategies and explores ways to increase motivation and productivity.

  • Wellness Forum and Candid Conversations

    The Wellness Forum features keynote speaker Jennie Massey, Associate Vice-President, Student Experience, Western University. The keynote presentation will be followed by a lunch and graduate stakeholder fair. After lunch, graduate students will break-out into groups for "Candid Conversations", an opportunity to engage in discussion about the graduate student experience.

  • Writing Clearly and Concisely

    "I'm not sure what you're trying to say." No one wants to find those comments on a chapter submission, so let us help you learn practical strategies essential to being better understood.  A must if you're a student who enjoys securing funds, getting published, or finishing grad school.

  • Writing Effective Emails

    In this online module, learn how to communicate effectively and finesse your email etiquette.

  • Writing Effective Research Proposals

    A research proposal can determine your path through graduate studies, your potential funding, and your academic and professional future. In this seminar we’ll look at the components that make up successful research proposals.

  • Writing Strategic Business Reports

    In this online module, learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.

  • Writing Your Literature Review

    Together, these two seemingly harmless words terrify many graduate students. In this seminar, we'll demystify lit reviews by discussing the why(s) and how to(s) and make them far less scary.    

  • Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation

    In this seminar we’ll learn how to set writing goals, find out where to find resources to demystify the process, and gain insights into the expectations of supervisors and committees.  This seminar also addresses how to be active (instead of reactive) and take ownership of your work.