Digital, media and information workshops

We invite you to browse our upcoming and past workshop's by skill domains.



Creative content production


What is an ePortfolio? Your ePortfolio is a personal website that holds in one place your academic and professional work.

Is ePortfolio different from CV? Absolutely! A CV ‘lists’ your achievements, while ePortfolio ‘shows’ your audience details of what you’ve done in an aesthetically pleasing way. Eportfolios are more memorable than text because you add photos and multimedia to show your work.

Why should I have an ePortfolio?
  • Eportfolios are becoming popular to complement traditional CVs and cover letters, and they allow you to:
  • Show off to future employers a full picture of your achievements and interests that is not possible in a CV.
  • Build your professional digital footprint. Future employers will search your name on the web, and finding your your eportfolio gives them a great first impression;
  • Make yourself “discoverable” in web searches by future employers and collaborators by adding keywords to your eportfolio.

This is a beginner's course so no previous WordPress knowledge is required.

The components of your ePortfolio will be completed incrementally every week. By the end of this 4-week course, your basic ePortfolio will have the following pages: About; Contact; Projects: multimedia works, etc; Optional pages: volunteering work, etc.


 
  • 23 September - 14 October
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online

Social media management


According to LinkedIn, there are well over 360 million professionals on LinkedIn. How we build our professional network has changed. Hiring managers are also proactively using LinkedIn as a powerful recruitment tool. According to Jobvite.com, 94 % of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find talent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are highly recommended to have a computer for this workshop and make sure they have an account set up on LinkedIn.

 
  • 06 October
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online

Creative content production


What is an ePortfolio? Your ePortfolio is a personal website that holds in one place your academic and professional work.

Is ePortfolio different from CV? Absolutely! A CV ‘lists’ your achievements, while ePortfolio ‘shows’ your audience details of what you’ve done in an aesthetically pleasing way. Eportfolios are more memorable than text because you add photos and multimedia to show your work.

Why should I have an ePortfolio?
  • Eportfolios are becoming popular to complement traditional CVs and cover letters, and they allow you to:
  • Show off to future employers a full picture of your achievements and interests that is not possible in a CV.
  • Build your professional digital footprint. Future employers will search your name on the web, and finding your your eportfolio gives them a great first impression;
  • Make yourself “discoverable” in web searches by future employers and collaborators by adding keywords to your eportfolio.

This is a beginner's course so no previous WordPress knowledge is required.

The components of your ePortfolio will be completed incrementally every week. By the end of this 4-week course, your basic ePortfolio will have the following pages: About; Contact; Projects: multimedia works, etc; Optional pages: volunteering work, etc.


 
  • 12 May - 02 June
  • 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Online
This workshop will guide participants through the first steps of doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka.
 
Weka is an open-source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis.

Before getting into the hands-on text mining exercise, we will present a brief introduction to AI and machine learning, as well as the notion of algorithmic bias; what it is, how is introduced, and its repercussions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a gender-segregated data set and be able to determine its effect on the resulting predictive model.
 
  • 11 May
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
This is an introduction to Arduino, a user-friendly microcontroller platform that will allow you to build anything from a weather station to a wearable electronics device. All equipment for the session is provided.
 
  • 31 May
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Information searching and archiving


In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 09 May
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Productivity and collaboration


A quick and simple introduction to the Linux operating system. This workshop is for beginners with little to no experience working with this free and open-source OS.
 
  • 16 May
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Programming languages


Do you have data you'd like to analyze? Would you like to gain insights from your data and communicate them with eye-catching visualizations and reports? Are you tired of being chained to Excel or expensive proprietary software? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes!", then this workshop is for you. R is an open-source and versatile programming language that's perfect for data analysis, visualization, and science communication.

In this all-in-one course, you'll learn the basics of programming and be introduced to the RStudio interface. We'll then move on to how to import and clean data, how to make publication-quality plots and visualizations, and how to generate scientific reports to communicate your findings; all within the R ecosystem!

In this three-part interactive workshop, you'll learn to:
• Import CSV and Excel files
• Install and use external packages
• Clean and explore data
• Generate descriptive statistics
• Create and customize plots
• Write custom functions

All of this is done with principles of reproducibility in mind, so you can write code that is clear and easily shareable with others. No previous coding experience is necessary. R is used in fields ranging from linguistics and marketing to ecology and sports analytics and many more. If you want the ability to get more out of your data, join us to get started using R.
  • 06 May - 20 May
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
A two-part workshop to help you start building Virtual Reality (VR) experiences quickly and easily. This workshop makes use of the A-frame  JavaScript library. Prior knowledge of JavaScript or HTML is NOT required (but it doesn't hurt). The second session is for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, and demonstrating more advanced features.

This is a two-part workshop. Attendance on both days is mandatory. 
  • 17 May - 24 May
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Social media management


According to LinkedIn, there are well over 360 million professionals on LinkedIn. How we build our professional network has changed. Hiring managers are also proactively using LinkedIn as a powerful recruitment tool. According to Jobvite.com, 94 % of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find talent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are highly recommended to have a computer for this workshop and make sure they have an account set up on LinkedIn.

 
  • 30 May
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online