Communication workshops



Academic writing


Your graduate thesis is one of the ways that Concordia fulfills its mission to create and disseminate knowledge. As an official Concordia document, your thesis needs to meet certain requirements.

If you are a masters or doctoral student in the early or middle stages of drafting your thesis, this workshop is for you. This workshop will review the who’s who of thesis submission, the different kinds of theses (research creation, manuscript-based, traditional), and the differing requirements needed to submit. The workshop will also cover the important deadlines and procedures for thesis submission and graduation. Participants will be able to begin planning their own thesis timeline and submission plan during the workshop.

 
  • 29 May
  • 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Loyola
Explore the "Ethical Use of AI in Academic Writing" during an interactive, 2-hour in-person session. Learn the benefits of using generative AI and enhance your academic writing while upholding academic integrity. Engage with case studies and discover strategies for the proper integration of these amazing and powerful tools. (Note: This workshop description was created using Chat GPT)
  • 07 March
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 29 May - 31 May
  • 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Loyola

Effective note-taking is a key part of succeeding as a graduate student. In this workshop, we will discuss how to keep on top of your graduate studies by developing efficient note-taking and organization strategies. It is important to go into every class, reading and research project with a note-taking plan. During this workshop, participants will practice clarifying their learning objectives, be introduced to a number of different note-taking strategies, and have the opportunity to learn from one another’s methods.

This workshop will provide students with opportunites for hands on note-taking practice; participants will apply different methods for notetaking (e.g., Outlining method, Cornell method, Flow method) in the context of interesting video-based exercises.

  • 25 January
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Online
Before you can write a successful paper, literature review, thesis, or any other academic work, you have to learn how to perfect the paragraph. Adopting the strategies for creating cohesive ideas, impactful statements, and a logical flow is crucial to any academic writing career.

Applicable to graduate-level writers of all backgrounds, the Perfecting the Paragraph workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the most common mistakes that lead to unconvincing, unclear writing. Taking the paragraph as an “idea” unit, the workshop looks at the formulation and purpose of the topic sentence. It then focuses on paragraph structure, development of the main idea, transition to the next paragraph, punctuation, style, and vocabulary.

This workshop is particularly useful for non-native English speakers. Please note that this workshop focuses on basic elements and tips important for academic paragraph writing.

This workshop is divided in three segments. The first segment will present the basic elements of an academic paragraph. The second segment will overview useful tips and resources to keep in mind while writing. In the third segment, participants will review a writing sample as part of a peer-reviewing exercise. In a supportive environment, the instructor and participants will provide feedback on randomly assigned, anonymous writing samples based on the information presented in the previous two segments. Since writing samples are anonymous, participants are highly encouraged to submit their own writing samples to be peer-reviewed during this segment.

 
  • 04 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
This workshop will define the various elements that comprise a literature review and provide practical strategies for students in the process of completing a literature review for coursework. Specific topics that are covered include identifying scholarly literature, creating and following a research plan, and assessing the usefulness of texts for your literature reviews.

Students will also have the opportunity to read and examine samples of literature reviews from completed dissertations and critique them with their peers.

 
  • 28 May
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Abstracts are a crucial part of the majority of academic writing. Being able to compose a concise, accurate, and attractive abstract is an essential skill for graduate students. Abstracts allow you to promote your work to a broader audience by making it easier for others to understand your work, and by increasing your chances of successful conference and journal submissions.

This workshop presents information to help you understand the contents and purpose of abstracts and essential writing strategies for crafting a summary of your work in the abstract format. The workshop includes activities that allow students to acquire writing strategies in an interactive environment, benefitting from peer feedback on their work.

 
  • 14 June
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Online
The thesis proposal is an important step in the research process and can help both masters and doctoral students clarify their goals, questions, methods, and timeline. The thesis proposal is a road map to your research, and understanding how to effectively write and structure a thesis proposal can be a critical part of the research process.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the different kinds of thesis proposals and encouraged to consider how their research fits into these guides. The workshop will provide opportunities to think through research questions, theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and all the important sections that make up a thesis. It will also offer suggestions for how to structure and plan your own thesis proposal.

 
  • 14 February
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Online

Equity, diversity and inclusion


Join us for a journey into the fundamentals of equity! This session offers an open and interactive space for student participants to explore what it means to foster a culture of inclusivity in a variety of educational settings, and more broadly, within our communities.  
  • 12 February
  • 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Online
This Anti-Racism Workshop Series is a two-part training program. The first session is theory based and designed to encourage reflection upon contemporary concepts and issues around race as well as racism history. We also pay particular attention to the manifestations and maintenance of racism in the workplace. The second part involves an applied approach, designed to promote, and implement anti-racism best practices through scenarios. The goal of this program is to foster awareness, understanding, and adoption of anti-racism best practices across the campus community with foundational knowledge and tools. 
  • 29 January - 05 February
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Communication can take different forms, written, face-to-face, online, group or collaborative, and digital. This workshop will focus on the importance of using inclusive and non-ableist language when communicating with peers, co-workers, employers, and instructors. Using inclusive language can help build stronger relationships and further your ability to thrive in an increasingly diverse society.
  • 27 March
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Incorporating accessibility and inclusivity in research can be empowering and overwhelming at the same time. This two-part training program offers an open and interactive space for research assistants and graduate students to delve into equity concepts and principles and provides tools to help foster a research environment that is both enriching and accessible to diverse perspectives.
  • 28 May - 04 June
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online

Presenting


Empower yourself with the tools needed for effective communication and learn how to convey ideas and share your knowledge to diverse audiences. In this 5-week training program you will develop skills and insights necessary to navigate the complex landscape of communicating with the public. From reflecting about your communication objectives and audiences, to developing strategies to communicate effectively orally, in writing and through social media, this program will help you create compelling messages tailored to your audience, ensuring your message resonates and leaves a lasting impact.
  • 24 January - 21 February
  • 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Online
What do you do during a poster session?  What makes for a successful academic poster?  Maybe you have been doing research for a long time and don’t know how to condense it.  Maybe you are new to the research world, and you doubt that you have enough done to present.  In this workshop, we discuss the academic poster session, how to design a poster, and provide some tips for shining as you present your poster.
  • 07 June
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Online
You have 30 seconds to pitch your most brilliant idea to a stranger. How do you introduce yourself? and what do you choose to say?

This workshop will help you tell your story and build an effective elevator pitch that captures the listener's attention and leaves them curious to know more about you and your idea.

You only get one chance to pitch your idea... Make it count!

 
  • 08 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
The 3MT competition is open to all Doctoral students and Master's (thesis-option), while the MT180 competition is only open to Doctoral students. Interested students must sign up for the training sessions, where they will learn details about the requirements of the competition and receive coaching on how to present their research in an engaging and accessible way.
 
*PhD students interested in signing up for the MT180 competition must express their interest to their coaches in advance*
 
All participants must fully attend their online training sessions and participate in at least one in-person practice session with guest coaches between January and February.
 
Students are expected to dedicate around 20 hours to participate in the 3MT/MT180 competition:  8h for coaching sessions, 5-10h of individual work on crafting the presentation structure and slide, 2h for the competition dry run, and 2h for attending the final competition.
 
Training and competition timeline:

January 26-February 20: Training focusing on designing the pitch and slide as follows:
1st training day: Students learn the rules of the competition and judging criteria and start drafting their script outline.
2nd training day: Students present their script and get feedback on their story from their coaches and peers.
3rd training day: Students present updated script and slide based on feedback received during second session.
Feb 2: PhD students interested in participating in MT180 can join a special preparation session from Acfas. More information here: https://www.acfas.ca/formations/mt180
February 21-March 5: Students can sign up for any 4th in-person training day when they practice in-person with coaches and guest coaches. The coaching for these sessions focuses on presentation delivery and body language and the title of the presentation.
March 8: Dry run for the competition
March 15: Final competition (3MT and MT180)

April-June: National competitions (NAGS and CAGS Eastern Regional 3MT finals; Acfas Finale Nationale de MT180 Finale Nationale)

The 2024 3MT/MT180 Concordia competition will take place at Concordia 4th Space on Friday, March 15, 2023 at 2 PM. Prizes will be awarded to the top presenters, and two students will be selected to represent Concordia University at the regional and national competitions. The audience can choose their favourite presentation by casting their votes online for the People's Choice Award.
  • 30 January - 20 February
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop outlines key elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids, and discuss strategies for delivering a presentation in an engaging manner. The information covered in this workshop applies to both in-person and virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

The one-time workshop is composed of two main parts: theory and practice. Theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills will first be presented as students construct a brief presentation in parallel. The theory portion of the workshop will then be followed by an optional opportunity for participants to deliver their constructed, 3-minute presentation among peers, as well as give and receive feedback to each other and from the workshop leader.
  • 14 May
  • 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Online

Professional writing


Writing emails is an essential part of everyday communication, and depending on your role, you may receive dozens, or even hundreds, of emails every day. If you want to be understood, it is critical that you learn and practice effective emailing in school, on the job, and in almost every aspect of your life.

In the digital world, we are living in, time is an asset. Acquiring good email writing skills can help ensure your message reaches your audience and that your audience is able to take action. Acquiring good email management skills will also help demonstrate your professionalism and make better use of your time.

This workshop will present best practices in email writing and organization, within the Canadian work culture. Students will have the opportunity to discuss these best practices and participate in several email writing and critiquing activities.

 
  • 23 January
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online

Relationship building


What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 21 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Getting published is one of your goals as a scholar but understanding the process of getting published in not intuitive. How do you pick a journal? How do you collaborate with co-authors? When are you ready to submit? After submission, how do you respond to feedback?

This workshop provides insight into the world of professional, peer-reviewed publications. We start by exploring the considerations you should take when choosing a journal and submitting your paper. We then discuss the peer-review process and responding to feedback in a professional manner. You will have the opportunity to critique real-life examples of journals, reviewer feedback and author responses.

 
  • 21 May
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Empower yourself with the tools needed for effective communication and learn how to convey ideas and share your knowledge to diverse audiences. In this 5-week training program you will develop skills and insights necessary to navigate the complex landscape of communicating with the public. From reflecting about your communication objectives and audiences, to developing strategies to communicate effectively orally, in writing and through social media, this program will help you create compelling messages tailored to your audience, ensuring your message resonates and leaves a lasting impact.
  • 24 January - 21 February
  • 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Online
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 19 June
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Great leaders negotiate based on principles. Rather than understanding negotiations as an opportunity to defeat an adversary, they work as a team together with their counterparts, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade, but within a framework of truthfulness, respect, and social responsibility, because their goal is not a short-term personal victory, but a long-term fruitful relationship that benefits everyone.
 
In this workshop, we will emphasize the importance of continuously improving our negotiation skills, regardless of our area of expertise. Also, we will introduce the principled negotiations model, increase our ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become more persuasive negotiators. Finally, the workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.
  • 08 November
  • 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams