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A RESOURCE AND OPPORTUNITY NEWSLETTER

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GRADUATE SCHOOL OFFICE OF GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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September 9, 2020                                                                                                                              

GENERAL INFORMATION

COVID-19 Resources for UF Graduate Students

Professional Development Virtual Drop-In Hours

GatorWell’s Behavioral Expectations Toolkit

Office of Graduate Professional Development Writing Program

 

FUNDING

Sustainable Research Pathways Workshop

The Facebook Fellowship

University of Michigan Postdoc Preview

Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Science and Medicine

American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowships

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Career Paths Outside of Academia

Coping with Anxiety: Part 2: Mindfulness

Virtual International Tea Time: Making Friends with US Americans

North Carolina State University: PhD Leadership Development Program

Job Searching During COVID-19

Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

Conveying Hope: Discussion Space for Suicide Prevention Awareness

Imposter Syndrome: 2 Part Webinar Series

Overcoming Procrastination Workshop

Get Stuff Done: Taking Control of Your Time and Managing Leisure Guilt

Diving Deeper into Microsoft Teams

Time Management

Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) Mindfulness & Emotional Regulation Skills Workshop Series

Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) Interpersonal Skills Workshop Series

Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic

Compassionate Communication

Making Sense of COVID-19 Discussion Space

Coping with Anxiety: Part 3 - Calming and Relaxation Techniques

Best Advocacy Movement! BAM! Awareness I Action I Allyship

Communication Confidence

Finding a Good Dissertation or Thesis Topic

Prioritizing Tasks and To-do's

Cross-Cultural Transition

Beyond the Professoriate Academic Career Success Conference

Project Management Basics

Building and Leading Successful Research Teams

Wellness Wednesday: Imposter Syndrome

Coping with Anxiety: Part 1 - Restructuring Thoughts

Healthy Relationships: Dating

Now Hear This

Body Image Resilience

Creating an Anxiety and Depression Toolbox

How to Ace Zoom Interviews for Faculty Positions

Giving Effective Oral Presentations

 

RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

Artificial Intelligence for Smart City Transportation

Introduction to Research Computing and HiPerGator

Using GitHub for Collaboration

SciWheel

Narrative Literature Reviews: Types and Tips

Best Practices in Data Management

Publish, Don’t Perish: Tools to make writing your article easier

Introduction to EndNote Desktop

Wolfram Technology Workshop: Introduction to Mathematica and the Wolfram Language for Beginners

Mendeley

Web of Science

 

CAREER CONNECTIONS CENTER

College of Education Resume Session Quick-Tips

Navigating and Making Connections at Career Fairs for International Students

Preparing for a Virtual Fair

CPT/OPT/STEM-OPT Educational Sessions

Experience Changes Everything: 10 Steps to Find an Internship

Career Conversations for Education Sciences: Exploring Career Options

Diversity Meet-Up Day 1: Employer Panel

Project Resume

 

TEACHING

E-Learning @UF: Facilitate & Engage

Virtual Simulations in Large and/or Online Classes

Engaging Online Learners

Using Digital Storytelling Tools for Engaging Remote Teaching

Online Active Learning in a Pinch!

Creating Global Classrooms through Virtual Exchange

Climbing Bloom's Taxonomy with Google Suite

Motivation I- Ideas to Transform Your Lecture

UDL: Designing Instruction for the Love of Learning

 

RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

 

 COVID-19 Resources for UF Graduate Students

As we all face the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak together, accurate information and helpful contacts are vitally important to keep healthy and prevent its spread. Please see the Graduate School COVID-19 webpage for guidance and help during this unprecedented time.

 

Click here for the Graduate School COVID-19 Webpage

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Catron, Office of Graduate Professional Development

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Professional Development Virtual Drop-In Hours

Tuesdays

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Zoom

 

Wednesdays

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Zoom

 

Looking for guidance and resources to aid in your professional development? Stop by the Office of Graduate Professional Development Virtual Drop-in Hours! Our office can help you explore resources to build research and writing skills, find funding, start networking, revise your Individual Development Plan (IDP), and more. No appointment necessary.

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator, Office of Graduate Professional Development.

 

The UF Career Connections Center (C3) continues to offer virtual support and resources to assist graduate students in their professional development and career readiness needs.

 

Mondays

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Zoom

 

For questions or to schedule another time to meet, please email Allie Simon, Associate Director for Career Engagement, UF Career Connections Center. 

Click here for more information: OGPD Virtual Drop-In Hours

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GatorWell’s Behavioral Expectations Toolkit

 

Been wondering what Fall semester might look and feel like? Things will be different, but this is a great time to consider what steps you can take to make the most out of your fall experience. This toolkit provides information to help us create a safer campus in a COVID world.

 

Click here to view the full toolkit: GatorWell Behavioral Expectations Toolkit

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Office of Graduate Professional Development Writing Program

 

You’re invited to apply to the UF Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Professional Development Fall 2020 Writing Program.

 

The Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) Writing Program is a social support program that strives to create a peer support structure to (1) help students cope with feelings of isolation in the writing stage of their studies and (2) aid students in supporting each other in setting and reaching writing goals.

 

Dates: Week of September 28, 2020- Week of December 7, 2020

 

Participants will meet weekly for 90 minutes in discussion groups of 4-5 students on Zoom. In these discussion groups, participants will:

  • Discuss weekly writing topics
  • Write for an hour
  • Discuss the previous weeks’ writing goals and set new writing goals for the coming week

 

NOTE: Personal feedback on or editing of writing samples and/or instruction on academic writing skills will not be provided to participants.

 

The application is open to all graduate students (master’s students and doctoral students) and participants will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application will close when the program has reached capacity.

 

Questions? Click this link to email OGPD Program Coordinator Amanda Catron

 

Click here for more information: OGPD Fall 2020 Writing Program 

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Sustainable Research Pathways Workshop

Applications Due: September 18, 2020

 

The Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) 2020 Virtual Workshop is thrilled to announce that, due to their remarkable success and extraordinary outcomes over the past years, they are opening a Student Track for the SRP 2020 Workshop! The Program is intended to foster sustainable relationships between faculty, students and lab staff. Participants learn about chances to engage in collaborative, cutting-edge research with lab scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

 

All undergraduate and graduate students interested in computational science & engineering at an accredited US academic institution are invited to apply.

  

Click here for more information and registration: SRP 2020 Workshop Program Page

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The Facebook Fellowship

Application Due: October 1, 2020

 

The Facebook Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.

 

The program is open to students in any year of their PhD study. Students of diverse backgrounds and experiences are encourage to apply, especially those from traditionally under-represented minority groups. Applications are evaluated based on the strength of the student’s research statement, publication record, and recommendation letters.

 

Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of paid tuition and fees, a $42,000 annual stipend to cover living and conference travel costs, a paid visit to Facebook headquarters for the annual Fellowship Summit, and various opportunities to engage with Facebook researchers.

 

Click here for more information: The Facebook Fellowship

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University of Michigan Postdoc Preview

Application Due: September 30, 2020

 

Postdoc Preview is an opportunity for senior graduate students to learn about the extensive research and training opportunities at Michigan. During Postdoc Preview, you will have the chance to meet prospective mentors, network with our current postdocs, explore the resources at Michigan, and have a window into life in Ann Arbor.

 

The Postdoc Preview program will be held virtually in 2020-2021. For interested applicants, the next event will be held November 9-11, 2020.

 

Applicants will be required to provide a current CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, a letter of recommendation from their current mentor, and the names of two to three U-M faculty mentors with whom the applicant would like to interview.

 

Click here for more information: University of Michigan Postdoc Preview

Questions? Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, University of Michigan.

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Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Science and Medicine

PRISM Fall Dates: October 7-10, 2020

Application Due: September 15, 2020

 

Stanford’s Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Science and Medicine (PRISM) is an opportunity for select late-stage graduate students from broadly diverse backgrounds to explore postdoctoral training at Stanford, including interviewing with potential mentors, getting the inside scoop on postdoctoral training at Stanford from current postdocs, and accessing professional development to score the best postdoc for them. The purpose of this program is to encourage those who might not currently consider a postdoctoral position at Stanford to get a first-hand look at whether Stanford might be a good fit for them. The goal of this program is to match excellent trainees to excellent mentors at Stanford.

 

This opportunity is open to all. Those from backgrounds underrepresented in academia are particularly encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities, first generation college-goers, those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.

 

Applications consist of an application form, a CV, a research statement, a recommendation from your graduate advisor, and the names of up to 6 potential mentors at Stanford.

 

Click here for more information: Stanford PRISM

Questions? Please contact Robin Sugiura, Director of Programs & Outreach, Stanford.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowships

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) is the premier opportunity for scientists and engineers to impact policy and enhance their careers. Fellows come from a range of sectors, disciplines, and career stages.

 

This September, a class of 275+ fellows launch their fellowship, learn all about science policy, and address pressing societal issues.

 

Do you want to bring your STEM expertise to Washington in the fall of 2021?  Join AAAS for this virtual discussion with fellows to hear what it’s like to be a fellow.

 

Click here for more information: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Webinar

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Career Paths Outside of Academia

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Online

 

In this webinar, three professionals will share how their journeys in STEM led them to careers in industry, rather than academia. Panelists will share the challenges they experienced in an academic setting and how networking, self-esteem, and perseverance led them to their current positions at Genentech, Ramboll, and Sandia National Laboratories. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A.

 

This webinar is hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). It is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

 

Click here for more information: Career Paths Outside of Academia

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Coping with Anxiety: Part 2: Mindfulness

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

4 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Online

 

In part 2, Mindfulness, students will learn what mindfulness is and is not, learn how to incorporate it into their daily routine, and practice specific techniques.

 

Coping with Anxiety is a three-part workshop (Restructuring Thoughts, Mindfulness, Calming and Relaxation Techniques). The modules are not sequential, so students can start at any point they would like.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Mindfulness

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Virtual International Tea Time: Making Friends with US Americans

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

5:30 p.m.- 6:45 p.m.

Online

 

What has been your experience making friends with US Americans? What does making friends look like in your own country? We will discuss questions related to friendship and tips on starting a conversation.

 

The UF Gator International Focus Team (UF GIFT) is hosting a virtual space for international students and scholars to have a casual, interactive dialogue on a variety of important topics during the cross-cultural transition. Domestic students are welcome to attend as well. Take a break from school and come join!

 

Click here for more information and registration: Making Friends with US Americans

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North Carolina State University: PhD Leadership Development Program

Thursday, September 10, 2020

12 noon- 3 p.m.

Online

 

North Caroline State University is holding a virtual professional development event for their PhD Leadership Development Program (LDP) on Sept. 10 from noon-3pm. UF is a partner of the Accelerate to Industry (A2i) program and are invited to participate.

 

Sessions Include:

  • What is leadership?
  • Tips and tricks for interviewing
  • Graduate school vs. Industry
  • LDP panel- Ask us anything

 

Click here for more information and registration: Professional Development Program

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Job Searching During COVID-19

Thursday, September 10, 2020

12 noon- 1 p.m.

Online

 

Covid-19 has dramatically reshaped how we work, shop, play, travel, and learn. But what about job searching? How has the era of social distancing changed how PhDs are exploring career options, networking, and applying for jobs?

 

Join at noon EDT on Sept 10th for Beyond the Professoriate’s free webinar on Job Searching During the Covid-19 Recession. My-Linh Luong (ABD) and Alyssa Lowery (PhD), two job seekers who have been actively searching for employment in the U.S. during the past four months, will present.

 

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Strategies for networking and learning about which sectors are growing.
  • Questions and issues to consider when applying and interviewing.
  • Self-care tips to keep you moving forward in your search.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Job Searching During COVID-19

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 Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Online

 

1-     Do you struggle to share your writing at early stages because it’s not perfect?

2-     Do you find yourself devastated by criticism of your work?

3-     Do you beat yourself up every time the tiniest thing goes wrong?

4-     Is it difficult for you to celebrate other people’s success because it reminds you of your own shortcomings?

 

If any of these things sound familiar, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re a perfectly normal perfectionist! The only problem is that the nature of the Academy is likely to exacerbate your perfectionist tendencies, as opposed to minimize them. In this webinar, perfectionists will unite to get clear about:

  • The causes and consequences of excessive perfectionism.
  • The features of academic life that intensify perfectionism
  • Strategies to identify when your perfectionism is at work, assess whether it is useful or debilitating, and adjust your standards and behavior accordingly
  • The secret to finding real satisfaction in every step of the writing process

 

Provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UF has an institutional membership, which gives you access to a free membership. To activate it, please click here: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

 

Click here for more information and registration: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

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Conveying Hope: Discussion Space for Suicide Prevention Awareness

Thursday, September 10, 2020

3:30 p.m.

Online

 

This drop-in workshop is held in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14). Hosted by 3 CWC counselors who routinely provide suicide prevention education on campus, an open space will be offered to raise awareness about suicide prevention, discuss the impacts of suicide and related concerns, and provide available resources. Attendees will also participate in an activity to generate compassionate messages that convey hope.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Conveying Hope

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Imposter Syndrome: 2 Part Webinar Series

Part 1: Understanding Imposter Syndrome and Part 2: Coping with Imposter Syndrome

Friday, September 11, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Do you ever feel like others expect you to be the expert on something, but internally you feel like you have no idea what you are doing? Or when good things happen to you, you find yourself actively negating those experiences? If any of these questions resonated with you, you are not alone! Come join this interactive 2-part online workshop for an open and honest exploration/dialogue of how Imposter Syndrome impacts you.

 

Part 1: The focus will be on defining and exploring the process of how imposter syndrome plays out in our daily lives. The factors that may contribute to feeling like an imposter will also be reviewed.

 

Part 2: In this workshop an examination of the different types of imposter syndrome, how it can be influenced by social contexts, and strategies for combating these feelings will be completed.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Imposter Syndrome

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Overcoming Procrastination Workshop

Friday, September 11, 2020 and Friday, September 25, 2020

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Online

 

Procrastination is a common issue that can negatively impact our productivity and well-being. The purpose of the workshop is to gain a deeper understanding of procrastination and to learn strategies to combat it.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Procrastination

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Get Stuff Done: Taking Control of Your Time and Managing Leisure Guilt

Friday, September 11, 2020

12 noon

Online

 

Put aside your overloaded to-do list and join this time management workshop where you will learn real steps to take towards increased productivity, decreased stress, and improved schedule organization. Common pitfalls of time management will also be discussed including: the work/life balance myth, overcoming procrastination, and feelings of guilt when not working.

 

Presented by Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator of the Office of Graduate Professional Development for the “Learn – Discover – Lead ” series. The “Learn – Discover – Lead” seminar series is designed to provide practical advice for PhD and dual degree scientists, who will be managing and leading research teams of their own.  The target audience is graduate students, combined degree students, postdoctoral research trainees, and junior faculty, but everyone who may benefit from these seminars is welcome to attend!

 

Click here for more information and registration: Get Stuff Done!

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Diving Deeper into Microsoft Teams

Friday, September 11, 2020

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Online

 

This training will take your Teams experience to the next level. Learn best practices for communication through chat and meetings, collaboration in files and workspaces, and tips and tricks for integration with Outlook.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Diving Deeper into Microsoft Teams

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Time Management

Friday, September 11, 2020: Motivation, Self-discipline, and Managing Frustrations

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Friday, September 18, 2020: Making Tasks Manageable and Reducing Distractions

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Friday, September 25, 2020: Project Planning and Following Through

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

College life can be stressful because of multiple daily tasks and demands. This workshop series will focus on learning skills of time management using experiential activities.

  

All workshop meetings with the Counseling and Wellness Center are currently online. Note: To ensure connection and skill building, participants will be expected to keep their Zoom video on.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Time Management

 

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Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) Mindfulness & Emotional Regulation Skills Workshop Series

Mondays, September 14, 2020-November 16, 2020

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Online

 

This weekly drop-in workshop will focus on building skills to gain more control on emotions and reduce suffering. Participants will learn core mindfulness and emotion regulation skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Attending all sessions is recommended as each week will cover a new topic. You are welcome to join as often as possible.

 

Topics Covered:

  • Introducing Mindfulness and Understanding Different States of Mind
  • What skills: Observe, Describe, and Participate
  • How skills: Non-judgmentally, One-mindfully, and Effectively
  • Emotions: Myths and Functions
  • Ways to Describe Emotions
  • Changing Emotions when Desired: Checking the Facts
  • Changing Emotions when Desired: Opposite Action
  • Accumulating Positive Emotions
  • Building Mastery and Coping Ahead
  • Managing Difficult Emotions

 

Click here for more information and registration: Mindfulness & Emotional Regulation Skills Workshop Series

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Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) Interpersonal Skills Workshop Series

Tuesdays, September 15, 2020- November 17, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

This is a 10-week series weekly workshop that focuses on various aspects of relationships. We acknowledge that everyone of us navigates social spaces as a multicultural being and can expand our perspectives to learn and grow. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can help with building fulfilling relationships. The workshop will be partially didactic and partially conversational/experiential, and will also include some practices.. You are welcome to join as often as you can.

 

Weekly sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Overview: Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Clarifying Goals in Interpersonal Situations
  • Objective Effectiveness Skills
  • Relationship Effectiveness Skills
  • Self-Respect Effectiveness Skills
  • Evaluating Your Options and Troubleshooting
  • Building Relationships: Finding and Being Mindful of Others
  • Ending Destructive Relationships
  • Strategies for Changing Behaviors
  • Walking the Middle Path: Dialectics
  • Walking the Middle Path: Validation

 

Click here for more information and registration: Interpersonal Skills Workshop Series

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Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

Recognizing the unique vulnerabilities Black academics (Blkademics) are facing in the current sociopolitical and campus climate, this interactive webinar will provide attendees with practical strategies to help them as they begin the fall semester. By increasing awareness, reflecting on holistic wellness needs, and getting clear on the strategies that resonate on a personal level, Blkademics will better be able to brace for and potentially embrace the semester ahead after attending this NCFDD webinar. Grounded in counseling and prevention psychology, Black feminism, and solution-focused theories, this virtual workshop will offer Blkademics empirically-grounded and culturally-relevant strategies for surviving and being well as an academic today.

 

Provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UF has an institutional membership, which gives you access to a free membership. To activate it, please click here: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

 

Click here for more information and registration: Blkademic

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Compassionate Communication

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

A harmonious and connected workplace makes day-to-day tasks easier and enhances the level of enjoyment we experience at work. This course provides the opportunity to explore what influences your interactions with others and specific tools to use so you can discern what motivates people’s actions and communicate more effectively. The course is designed to give you time to explore the concepts, discuss ways to apply compassionate communication to your specific work environment, and practice with a skilled expert. You’ll have the opportunity to personalize the learning material to use in your own work environment.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Compassionate Communication

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Making Sense of COVID-19 Discussion Space

Wednesdays, September 16, 2020- December 2, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

This weekly (every Wednesday) Zoom Discussion Space will serve as a venue to share the psychological, social, and emotional impact of the pandemic arising from abrupt endings, losses, uncertainty, and rapid unplanned changes and transitions. The discussion space is aimed at helping participants make sense of the experiences and identify ways to cope. Participants are free to join one or more weeks based on their needs. To ensure support and connection with each other, the participants will be required to keep their zoom video and audio on.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not a space to address immediate crisis, risk to safety, and/or receive counseling. This space is open only to University of Florida students.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Making Sense of COVID-19 Discussion Space

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Coping with Anxiety: Part 3 - Calming and Relaxation Techniques

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Coping with Anxiety is a three-part workshop (Restructuring Thoughts, Mindfulness, Calming and Relaxation Techniques). The modules are not sequential, so students can start at any point they would like. In part 3, Calming and Relaxation Techniques, students will learn skills and knowledge that allow them to ground and relax, improve sleep, and understand impact of food on anxiety. There will also be an overview of resources available at CWC for anxiety management.

 

Click here for more information: Calming and Relaxation Techniques

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Best Advocacy Movement! BAM! Awareness I Action I Allyship

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Online

 

Amid the increasing diversity in the U.S., racial unrest, and social and health disparities, engaging in advocacy is vital. BAM! is a 4-week workshop series for students to grow and expand multicultural understanding and support one another at UF. Workshops will include videos, experiential activities, and dialogue on:

Week 1- Multicultural Identities

Week 2- Power and Privilege

Week 3- Oppression

Week 4- Advocacy

 

Note: To enhance comprehensive and cumulative understanding, participants will be required to commit to attending all 4 workshops. To ensure connection and safety as we engage in these topics, participants will be expected to keep their Zoom video on.

So…Get…Set…BAM!

 

Click here for more information and registration: Best Advocacy Movement

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Communication Confidence

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Online

 

Most of us think we’re good communicators. Listening and talking are things we engage in all the time, so we assume we do it well. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. Attend “Communication Confidence” to learn a number of skills and tools to improve the way you communicate with others. Behind these skills are these fundamental concepts: We all can be better communicators; By understanding what makes communicating difficult, we can improve; and By using certain tools and skills, we can counteract the difficulties.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Communication Confidence

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Finding a Good Dissertation or Thesis Topic

Thursday, September 17, 2020

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

Finding a good dissertation or thesis topic is extremely important. But it can be challenging too. This session will introduce a collection of practical, usable strategies designed to help you find a productive approach, whether you are devising a topic for yourself or deriving one from an adviser’s research program.

 

This workshop is part of the Fall 2020 Office of Graduate Professional Development (PD) Workshop Series. Presented by: David Schwieder, UF Libraries.

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Catron, Office of Graduate Professional Development.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Finding a Good Dissertation or Thesis Topic

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Prioritizing Tasks and To-do's

Friday, September 18, 2020

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Online

 

Students often juggle a number of tasks and responsibilities that can become overwhelming causing feelings of stress/anxiety. This skill building session will teach prioritization as a means of helping make the best use of your own efforts, allocate your time where it’s most needed, and free you from tasks that can be addressed later.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Prioritizing Tasks and To-do’s

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Cross-Cultural Transition

Friday, September 18, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

Relocating to a different country is a significant life event. Navigate your experiences in crossing cultural boundaries can be exciting, challenging, and confusing. You are invited to this discussion space to share your voice, understand common concerns, and learn about coping strategies.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Cross-Cultural Transition

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Beyond the Professoriate Academic Career Success Conference

Saturday, September 19, 2020: STEM

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020: Humanities and Social Sciences

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

This academic year will be challenging for graduate students and postdocs; this virtual conference is designed to teach you proven strategies to help you advance in your academic careers. The conference is hosted by Beyond the Professoriate.

 

Want to attend for free? The Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere will fund the registration fee for up to ten graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to attend the virtual Academic Career Success Conference hosted by Beyond the Professoriate on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

 

Deadline for Application: 12pm EDT, Monday, September 21, 2020

Click here for application guidelines and the online submission form

 

All events are live and led by professionals working at research institutions and academic publishers. The online conference aims to provide graduate students in the humanities and social sciences with strategies for writing and publishing, building a career during Covid-19, and applying for grants and postdocs. 

 

At this online conference, the presenters will help you learn to:

  • Advance in your career, despite Covid-19;
  • Successfully navigate the publication process, from manuscript to journal article and/or book;
  • Discover proven time management strategies that fit your work, life, and career;
  • Confidently apply for grants, awards, fellowships, and postdocs that boost your research and CV

 

Ticket Prices:

  • Live Only $19 US: Purchase a ticket to attend Sept 19th or Sept 26th.
  • All Access $35 US: Attend Sept 19th or Sept 26th and receive 30 day access to the replays.
  • Premium Pass $49: Attend live both days and receive 30 day access to the replays to all 8 presentations.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Academic Career Success Conference

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Project Management Basics

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Project management, whether aimed at improving service or solving major organizational problems, requires a different set of management skills than those needed to oversee routine operations. Project management involves leading a diverse group of employees who are working in an environment that is highly dependent upon planning, limited by budget and scheduling controls, and subject to constant progress evaluations. You can make project management a positive work experience through understanding project functions from start to finish. Become a better project manager or team member by participating in this “Project Management Basics” workshop!

 

Click here for more information and registration: Project Management Basics

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Building and Leading Successful Research Teams

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

  • Are you wondering how to build your research group or lab to be a productive, happy working environment?
  • Do you have an existing research team and are feeling overwhelmed trying to manage the work of the team?
  • Do you wish there was a way to help your research team work better together?

 

This webinar will provide attendees with skills for developing a productive and successful research team, group, or lab, managing the work of the team, and creating a collaborative and inclusive culture across research team members. Appropriate for researchers leading teams ranging from 1-2 undergraduate assistants to large, geographically disperse teams consisting of research assistants and professional staff, the webinar will provide an overview of the work involved in running research teams from hiring to project completion. The webinar will discuss concrete, practical issues such as creating and assigning work tasks as well as conceptual and ethical issues related to dealing with conflict. Participants will leave the webinar having identified the core values that guide their ideal research team, determined the general and technical skills members of their research team need to be successful, and developed their vision for what their own successful research team will accomplish and how its culture will guide the core work of the team.   

 

Provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UF has an institutional membership, which gives you access to a free membership. To activate it, please click here: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

 

Click here for more information and registration: Building and Leading Successful Research Teams

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Wellness Wednesday: Imposter Syndrome

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

This Skill Building Session will encourage you to reflect on ways you experience imposter syndrome, provide an overview of imposter syndrome, and discuss ways to combat imposter syndrome. There will be time reserved for Q&A at the end of the session.

 

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Coping with Anxiety: Part 1 - Restructuring Thoughts

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Online

 

In part 1, Restructuring Thoughts, students will learn how anxiety and thinking styles are related, how their emotions, thoughts, and behavior are interrelated, and how to restructure their negative ways of thinking.

 

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Healthy Relationships: Dating

Thursday, September 24, 2020

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Learn about healthy communication styles and ways to improve connection in your dating relationships. The workshop covers various topics each week and will run for three cycles throughout this semester:

  • Dating
  • Intimacy
  • Conflict and Arguing
  • Breakups and Healing

 

Click here for more information and registration: Healthy Relationships: Dating

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Now Hear This

Thursday, September 24, 2020

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Did you know that as much as 40% of the average workday is spent listening to others? That’s close to half of your day! Isn’t it time, therefore, to stop and make sure you’re using your time to its greatest advantage? Take a few moments and ask yourself: Are you an effective listener? How often do you assess your listening skills? Could you improve? That’s where “Now Hear This” can help. In this workshop, we’ll: Define “listening” and how it impacts your work; Recognize and deal with the barriers between listener and speaker; and Practice good listening techniques and identify ways to make them work for you. Effective communication does not happen by chance; it requires practice and good technique. If you would like to get more out of your listening skills, attend “Now Hear This: Listening, Comprehending, Communicating.”

 

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Body Image Resilience

Thursday, September 24, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Radical self-love and body acceptance are possible for us all! Come learn what influences our body image and how we can start combating those influences to have a more empowered relationship with our body.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Body Image Resilience

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How to Ace Zoom Interviews for Faculty Positions

Thursday, September 24, 2020

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

This talk will cover some typically asked faculty interview questions and strategies and tips on answering them well and showcasing the best version of yourself. Examples on effective ways to answer these questions as well as inappropriate ways to do so will be shared and discussed.

 

This workshop is part of the Fall 2020 Office of Graduate Professional Development (PD) Workshop Series. Presented by Dr. Antonio Faciola, UF IFAS.

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Catron, Office of Graduate Professional Development.

 

Click here for more information and registration: How to Ace Zoom Interviews for Faculty Positions

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Creating an Anxiety and Depression Toolbox

Friday, September 25, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

This session will focus briefly on broadly defining anxiety and depression, how they differ from stress and sadness, and some causes of them. Then, participants will learn ways to cope with anxiety and depression, specifically creating an anxiety/depression toolbox. Participants will leave this session with their own unique toolbox that will help them cope with distress. Come invest in your mental well-being!

 

Click here for more information and registration: Creating an Anxiety and Depression Toolbox

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Giving Effective Oral Presentations

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Online

 

This webinar covers the pros and cons of virtual presentations. The principles that make up a good talk of any length, to any audience, in any format will be discussed. Then how to make online presentations more dynamic and effective will be discussed including topics such as AV design, creating a home studio, and communicating through a camera.

 

This workshop is part of the Fall 2020 Office of Graduate Professional Development (PD) Workshop Series. Presented by Scott Morgan, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

 

Questions? Contact Amanda Catron, Office of Graduate Professional Development.

 

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Artificial Intelligence for Smart City Transportation

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

We live in an era of real-time gathering of information and its dissemination. The size of the digital universe is estimated to be around 50 Zettabytes today and expected to double every two years. The growth of exploitable data has the potential to trigger disruptive changes in the transportation sector and is having a profound impact in urban planning, intelligent mobility, and safety.

 

Vehicle loop detectors that have traditionally been deployed at intersections to detect the passage of vehicles have high deployment and maintenance costs; and are not always useful for observing the movements of pedestrians and scooters. The use of other modalities, such as Video, Radar and LIDAR has great potential to improve accuracy and timeliness in the detection of vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.  As part of the I-Street Trapezium project we are collecting this information at 27 intersections in Gainesville using Video Camera, Radar and LIDAR. Additionally, data is being collected from interactions of vehicles with onboard units (that mimic the behavior of future connected vehicles) with Road Side Units. This information is then synthesized to create a real-time city-wide traffic palette that is used to improve traffic safety and operations.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Artificial Intelligence for Smart City Transportation

 

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Introduction to Research Computing and HiPerGator

Thursday, September 10, 2020

10:45 a.m.

Online

 

Intended for new users, this training provides a general overview of the UF Research Computing facilities and basic usage of HiPerGator.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Research Computing and HiPerGator

 

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Using GitHub for Collaboration

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

This workshop will introduce how to use Git and GitHub as a platform for collaboration. Attendees will learn the essentials of Git branches, merge conflicts and how to resolve them, and the GitHub Flow workflow practice for collaboration.

 

Attendees will be expected to have basic familiarity with Git and GitHub.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Using GitHub for Collaboration

 

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SciWheel

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

If you are interested in a citation management software with the ability to cite and annotate resources and websites online, SciWheel might be the tool for you. This class will go over importing citations, annotating papers and webpages, and inserting citations into your own publications.

 

Click here for more information and registration: SciWheel

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Narrative Literature Reviews: Types and Tips

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

12 noon – 12:30 p.m.

Online

 

Workshop provided by the UF Health Science Center Library (HSCL). Details to be announced.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Narrative Literature Reviews: Types and Tips

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Best Practices in Data Management

Thursday, September 17, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

Learn practical strategies for best managing your research data. A number of U.S. funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require researchers to supply plans for managing research data, called Data Management Plans (DMP), for all new grant proposals. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan, with a focus on the DMPTool and tools for sharing your data at the University of Florida (e.g. subject-specific repositories). Topics include metadata and annotation, file formats and organization, storage, backups and security, and data sharing. The workshop is geared toward graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

 

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Publish, Don’t Perish: Tools to make writing your article easier

Friday, September 18, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

This session will be a broad introduction to writing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. It will cover selecting a journal, types of articles, and locating appropriate reporting standards. Attendees wishing to take the next step and begin writing a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal will be encouraged to take the most appropriate course in the Good Reporting Practices (GRPs) series for more in-depth coverage.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Publish, Don’t Perish

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Introduction to EndNote Desktop

Friday, September 18, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Come and see what you can do with EndNote Desktop, a program designed to help you organize your reference citations. You will learn how to create and navigate the EndNote libraries, enter individual citations, and search/retrieve citations from EndNote, as well as how to download citations from PubMed, library catalogs, other databases, and import them into your library. We will learn how to use the 'Cite While You Write' toolbar and different ways of inserting citations into your papers for publication. It's easy to generate a bibliography according to the style of any particular journal! This class focuses on the EndNote Desktop. 

 

Click here for more information and registration: Introduction to EndNote Desktop

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Wolfram Technology Workshop: Introduction to Mathematica and the Wolfram Language for Beginners

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

During this free workshop, attendees will get a hands-on introduction to using Mathematica. We will work through a variety of examples that explore image analysis, text analysis, web database searches and importing data. No Mathematica experience is required.

 

Please ensure that you have access to Mathematica through HiPerGator and OnDemand before attending this workshop.

 

Questions?, please contact Dr. David Stevens, Wolfram Technology.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Wolfram Technology Workshop

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Mendeley

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Do you want a citation management software that will follow you wherever your education and career path take you? Mendeley is a free citation management resource that you can use during your time at UF or anywhere else you may go in the future. In this class, you will learn how to use Mendeley to import references from different databases (or other citation management software!), sort your citations and annotate papers, and insert collected citations directly into your own papers.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Mendeley

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Web of Science

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Online

 

This online workshop covers searching this multi-/inter-disciplinary database for published and some unpublished (meeting abstracts & proceedings/proceedings papers) literature. We will cover using this important source for tracking references backward and forward (that is, references used in and subsequent articles that cited a particular article) and for calculating an author's h-index, as well as using it for "academic espionage" into funders, journals, authors and potential employers that have already published on a topic.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Web of Science

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College of Education Resume Session Quick-Tips

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

Understand the purpose and power of a resume when searching for experience. Students will leave knowing the proper content, style, and format for resume building in addition to identifying strategies to strengthen the document.

 

Click here for more information and registration: COE Resume Session Quick-Tips

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Navigating and Making Connections at Career Fairs for International Students

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

Career Fairs, like Career Showcase, can be intimidating for anyone. This workshop will give you some strategies to feel more confident navigating career fairs and how to communicate with other professionals as an international student. The changes in Career Showcase due to the pandemic, how to deliver an effective elevator pitch, discuss employment eligibility as an international student, and how to prepare for Career Showcase will be covered in this workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Navigating and Making Connections at Career Fairs for International Students

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Preparing for a Virtual Fair

Thursday, September 10, 2020

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Online

 

In preparation for next week’s HHP Internship & Job Fair, as well as any additional upcoming virtual career fairs, pop-into this session at any time with your questions. Receive tips on best practices as well as view a demo of how to utilize Career Fair Plus.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Preparing for a Virtual Fair

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CPT/OPT/STEM-OPT Educational Sessions

Monday, September 14, 2020

10:40 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Online

 

The Career Connections Center and International Student Services are collaborating to present info sessions about CPT, OPT, and OPT-STEM! Please attend to learn about your ability to legally do an internship or gain experience during your program of study and to work after graduation. Career Connections Center services for international students will also be discussed.

 

Click here for more information and registration: CPT/OPT/STEM-OPT Educational Sessions

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Experience Changes Everything: 10 Steps to Find an Internship

Monday, September 14, 2020

1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Hybrid

 

Experience changes everything. In this 30-minute workshop, you will discuss 10 steps to finding an internship. This session will cover quick tips to get started with your internship search, as well as commonly asked questions regarding internships.

 

This session will be held in a hybrid format. If you would like to attend in-person, you must RSVP on Gator CareerLink.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Experience Changes Everything

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Career Conversations for Education Sciences: Exploring Career Options

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

Education Sciences students have a variety of transferable skills that can be an asset to many organizations. This Career Conversation will provide an opportunity for you to explore the many career opportunities within or beyond the traditional pathway of education.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Career Conversations for Education Sciences

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Diversity Meet-Up Day 1: Employer Panel

Thursday, September 17, 2020

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Online

 

Learn what to look for when identifying an inclusive workplace. Hear from recruiters as they describe their diversity initiatives and what you can do to best position yourself for opportunities.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Employer Panel

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Project Resume

Friday, September 18, 2020

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

Project Resume is an opportunity for you to meet with candidates one-on-one and provide resume feedback the week before Career Showcase. This is a great opportunity for you to network & share your expertise with UF talent, increase brand visibility, or just kick off your fall semester recruiting plans.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Project Resume

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E-Learning @UF: Facilitate & Engage

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Online

 

Are you new to e-Learning at UF or wondering how to facilitate a pre-created course? In this training, participants will actively engage with the e-Learning interface from instructor perspective and explore the powerful tools for providing effective feedback and assessing student progress. Trainers will share best practices related to:

  • Editing existing content
  • Managing the gradebook
  • Streamline grading with speed grader
  • Communicating efficiently with students
  • Managing groups and peer reviews
  • Conferencing online
  • Tracking student activity

 

Click here for more information and registration: Facilitate and Engage

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Virtual Simulations in Large and/or Online Classes

Thursday, September 10, 2020

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Online

 

Incorporating virtual simulations in small groups to elaborate on course concepts actively engages students in both large and online classes. This approach to instruction is fairly simple to facilitate through breakout rooms in Zoom for synchronous online courses and Groups in Canvas for asynchronous. In this workshop, you will see an example virtual simulation already incorporated in a non-lab based course. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration:  Virtual Simulations in Large and/or Online Classes

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Engaging Online Learners

Monday, September 14- Sunday, September 27

Online

 

Participants will experience the online learning environment from the student perspective while working through activities intended demonstrate mastery of variety of topics including designing for student success, aligning student learning objectives, and creating engaging and accessible presentations. Successful completion of this course requires completing all learning modules and an 80% or better score on a culminating activity.

 

This is the first training in a three-part series designed to earn a Best Practices in Online Education certificate of completion. Successful completion of all training requirements earns participants a badge. You will receive information about how to access your course the Friday before the start date.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Engaging Online Learners

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Using Digital Storytelling Tools for Engaging Remote Teaching

Monday, September 14

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Online

 

During this period of online and hybrid teaching, many instructors and writers are using digital methods to engage their classes. You can use storytelling tools like Twine to present dynamic stories with a “choose-your-own” model as students click through different options. In this workshop, you will discover several dynamic, affordable, and easy-to-use digital tools. Then work with other participants to write a Twine “build-your-own-adventure” from scratch. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Using Digital Storytelling Tools

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Online Active Learning in a Pinch!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Online

 

Test out some quick and effective active learning strategies that engage and motivate your students.

These techniques include:

  • Preparation activities to hold students accountable for the reading before class meets
  • Cooperative learning tasks for pairs of students in breakout rooms
  • Help students acquire a deep understanding with a peer teaching exercise

 

This session will provide useful details on how to coordinate these activities online. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Online Active Learning in a Pinch!

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Creating Global Classrooms through Virtual Exchange

Thursday, September 17, 2020

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Online

 

In this workshop, you will discover different types of virtual exchange activities designed by UF faculty and learn how international virtual exchange can benefit students and faculty alike. This session will provide information on the UF Global Classrooms initiative, including VE trainings and resources to find international collaborators for course projects. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Creating Global Classrooms through Virtual Exchange

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Climbing Bloom's Taxonomy with Google Suite

Friday, September 18, 2020

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Online

 

Do you want to increase the level of student’s engagement during your Zoom lectures? Do you want your students to do more than listen? Google suite tools can be the solution. In this workshop, you will learn how to use G suite tools to have the students compare, evaluate, compose and much more. These tools are a great option for the online environment. In this workshop, you will see different example activities and be given a chance to brainstorm your own. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop.

 

Click here for more information and registration: Climbing Bloom’s Taxonomy with Google Suite

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Motivation I- Ideas to Transform Your Lecture

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Online

 

We teach the way we were taught. But is this the best way to motivate our students to come to class? Does a bullet list and PowerPoint presentation motivate students to come to class? This workshop will explore ways to transform your lecture using TedTalk ideas that might get students excited about lecture. This is a #NoWallsTeaching workshop

 

Click here for more information and registration: Motivation I- Ideas to Transform Your Lecture

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UDL: Designing Instruction for the Love of Learning

Thursday, September 24, 2020

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Online

 

Through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) instructors can impart their love for their subject-matter and ensure that all students have effective opportunities to learn the content. Session participants will learn about the core tenets of UDL (multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement), engage in experiential and dialogic learning, and begin applying UDL to their own courses and activities.

 

Presenters (Gerry Altamirano, Assistant Dean/Director of the Disability Resource Center; Erica McCray, Associate Professor of Special Education) have expertise in education and supporting the learning of individuals with varying abilities.

 

Click here for more information and registration: UDL: Designing Instruction for the Love of Learning

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Resource Spotlight: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: October 19-22 (Depending on area of research)

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

 

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

 

Learn more by watching one of these videos from UF:

NSF GRFP Participation 1

NSF GRFP Participation 2

NSF GRFP Application- Opening Paragraph

NSF GRFP Application- Research Statement

 

Click here for more information: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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