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Academic and Professional Communication for New ResearchersThis module on academic and professional communication includes five units that reflect scenarios you will frequently encounter as a graduate student and, later, as a professor.

The topics covered include:

  • Tips for networking at academic conferences,
  • Techniques for mastering the academic introduction and introducing your research to scholars,
  • Strategies for establishing appropriate online boundaries with students in the age of social media,
  • Examples of successful research poster designs, and
  • Approaches for successfully communicating your research to a non-specialist academic audience.

Completion of this module will give you increased confidence in your interpersonal and public speaking skills.

Academic and Research IntegrityThis module will explore integrity issues in the graduate student setting. Academic integrity, research integrity, academic dishonesty and research misconduct will all be discussed. The module features many examples and animated case studies where you can test your knowledge. You will find the last unit particularly helpful as it explores ethics approval, data retention, record keeping and negotiating authorship.

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Define academic integrity and research integrity and apply these definitions to your own academic context;
  • Analyze examples of academic and research misconduct to identify the causes and effects of these offences; and
  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility for promoting integrity in academic and research work on campus.

Converting a CV to a résuméThis online module will help you to create a résumé -- a very important tool for the non-academic job search. After first reviewing the differences between an academic CV and a résumé for the non-academic job market, the module units will equip you to conquer the challenges of the conversion process with confidence.

Recent graduates will share their experiences and provide an inside scoop on how to get comfortable with new ways of showcasing your strengths and interests. You will review different résumé formats and samples, learn helpful writing tips, and think through challenging editing questions as you consider what to keep or delete from your CV.

Worksheets and reflection exercises will help you to generate lots of material for your own résumé draft and a convenient checklist will make sure your résumé meets an employer's expectations.

Entrepreneurship and New Venture CreationThe Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation Module will provide an overview of the critical elements of starting a business, including the following components.

  • The fundamental elements of starting new venture;
  • Important start-up considerations;
  • Critical opportunity assessment and validation techniques;
  • Business modeling as a starting tool;
  • Key components of the business plan; and,
  • Assessing opportunities; building teams; funding options.

Each Unit will provide enough information for the learner to understand key concepts and provide them with an understanding of what further learning is required along with links to additional resources and learnings.

Academic and Professional Communication for New Researchers

This module covers key definitions and principles that underlie community engagement, such as the importance of addressing assumptions. Through real-world examples and interviews with actual community partners and campus representatives, this module also highlights the many complexities involved in partnerships between community and campus, some of which can lead to negative interactions.

If you will be engaging with a community during your graduate studies, it is critical that you understand the foundations of community engagement.

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Foundations of Community Engaged ScholarshipFoundations of Community Engaged Scholarship is the second module in a two-part series on community engagement. It is highly recommended that you complete part one, Foundations of Community Engagement first, which covers key concepts and principles of community engagement.

By the end of this module, you will be able to critically examine the role of the researcher in different community engaged scholarship projects through the lens of shared power and control, as well as hear from actual community partners and campus representatives who discuss their experiences with community engaged scholarship projects. Moreover, you will be able to identify research designs and methods that are most appropriate for your own community engaged project in order to promote respectful, professional, and productive community-campus partnerships, which have the potential to contribute to positive social change.

Entrepreneurship and New Venture CreationThis web-based module provides an introduction to intellectual property. The module will introduce students to the basic definitions and types of intellectual property, such as trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights. These topics will allow students, entrepreneurs and/or inventors to use this knowledge to make strategic decisions regarding the application for intellectual property protection. Some topics we will touch on include: How do you file for various types of intellectual property? How do you know if you have intellectual property? What rights do intellectual properties give a society, company and inventor? An expert in the Intellectual Property area will present an engaging mini-lecture for each unit, followed by student assessments.

Intercultural CompetencyThis module will introduce you to several key concepts and strategies that will help you navigate this diverse world. The module provides an introduction to the key concepts of identity, bias, privilege, and intercultural competence. Five sequential units will include case scenarios and activities that provide you with an opportunity to test your new knowledge and to apply it to your own experience. Videos of graduate students reflecting on their own experiences are also featured. Those students who have already developed a more sophisticated intercultural awareness may wish review the readings provided at the end of the module.

Lesson PlanningThis six-unit teaching and learning module will provide you with an introduction to effective lesson planning. Whether you’re teaching university students, or colleagues in the workplace, having a good lesson plan is one of the first steps to being an effective instructor. The module will begin by presenting you with a model of lesson planning that’s simple and easy to follow (i.e., BOPPPS). It will then introduce you to key lesson planning terminology (e.g., intended learning outcomes, constructive alignment, active learning) and offer tips for good practices.

The module will be very engaging, providing you with several opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice. In fact, by the time you complete the module you will have created a lesson plan of your very own!

Mental Health and Well-Being: Skills for Graduate StudentsThis module gives you some valuable tools to increase your understanding of health and wellness and to help you manage your well-being in your graduate life and during your transition to a career. It introduces you to some key facts about wellness, mental health and mental illness. You will learn to identify warning signs of problems in mental health and wellness. Stress, anxiety and low mood are considered, alongside pragmatic strategies to manage them. You will also learn about strategies which can help to increase your resilience and mental well-being. Ways of nurturing positive relationships and social support networks which help to buffer stress and build a balanced life are offered.

You will learn about the factors that influence satisfaction in study and work, and learn how to cultivate mental well-being. The purpose of this module is to provide you with information about well-being; it is not intended to replace professional treatment.

Mentoring: Undergraduate StudentsThis module provides resources and learning for graduate students in their roles as mentors for undergraduate students. The following learning objectives are embedded into this program:

  • Identify the significance of mentorship in higher education;
  • Recognize and examine core mentoring competencies and locate them within a learning-centred paradigm;
  • Enhance your skills in providing mentoring support based on adult education principles;
  • Develop strategies to effectively communicate – from a leadership perspective – with a diverse body of undergraduate students;
  • Generate a plan to support undergraduate students in discovering post-graduate academic and professional opportunities; and,
  • Connect mentoring competencies to your own personal and professional development.

Non-Academic Work SearchThe Non-academic Work Search module includes information and activities to help you to conduct a successful work search. You will identify your skills in order to direct your work search efforts, and learn strategies to research and understand industries, companies and positions. You will also learn how to analyze job postings, chart your current networking contacts and examine methods to create even more connections. Upon completion of this module you will have created take-away materials that can be easily adapted to your future work search efforts.

Research ManagementSound research project management is a fundamental element of any research project. Creating a project plan should be seen as an integral, ongoing process initiated at the outset of your research. This plan will provide you with a holistic view of your project, allowing you to make preparations in advance, anticipate potential problems and develop strategies to eliminate risks to your project later on. A well-developed plan will reduce risks, increase efficiency and guide the research process through to completion. It will help ensure that you have met your legal and ethical obligations and that your research outputs will be preserved over time and, where applicable, will be available to others.

Teaching DossiersThis six-unit module guides students through the composition of the teaching dossier, an essential document necessary for graduate students to present their teaching effectiveness to others. The module will introduce both the structure and purpose of the dossier as well as guide students through a reflective process to draft the foundational claims of the teaching philosophy statement. In addition, students will explore the skills they have developed through their teaching that transfer to other sectors of work. Finally, students will complete an assessment that provides them with the opportunity to explore the revision of a working draft of a dossier.

Teaching Online - AdvancedWelcome to Advanced Online Facilitation Skills. In this 5-unit module, you will learn about strategies for facilitating online learning effectively. During the module, you will have a chance to hear short video interviews with online instructors who share how they engage their students; you will see examples of how instructors humanize their course, create instructor presence, and connect with their students by creating a sense of time in their online courses.

Teaching Online - Basic Skills for TAsThis online module has one hour of instructional materials and consists of five separate units that are intended to “stand alone” without a facilitator or instructor. The module will provide introductory preparation for graduate students wishing to be teaching assistants in fully online courses or blended courses with significant online activities. It should be noted that no strategies for in classroom time will be given, although many of the good practices of teaching can be used regardless of the medium of delivery.

The Versatile GraduateThis module focuses on the early stage of career exploration by inviting you to imagine a landscape of many career options, spanning the academic to the non-academic. The "versatility" of your graduate experience in preparing you both for careers in academia and beyond is emphasized. The challenges and opportunities of transitioning from doctoral study to a career are considered. The module provides you with tools to assess your skills and interests. Key practical strategies to explore multiple career paths are investigated: networking, informational interviews, social media, experiential learning, and internships.

Understanding and Avoiding PlagiarismHave you ever worried that you might accidentally plagiarize by forgetting to cite a source or by not paraphrasing thoroughly enough? You're not alone. Many graduate students share this fear, especially when managing many sources over several years. The purpose of this module is to help you understand plagiarism and develop strategies to avoid it. The units in this module describe in detail the steps you need to take when borrowing ideas, from note-taking effectively to incorporating sources with proper citations. Examples of plagiarism cases are included to help you understand why and how plagiarism occurs. By strengthening these research and writing habits, you will be able to prevent plagiarism in your own work and feel more confident as an academic writer.