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Skill 'n Tell programs

We are excited to continue offering our Skill 'n Tell series in which we provide the lunch and you provide the learning!
We have great talent across our institution and we all have something to learn from one another.

  • Sharing provides meaning. We all want a sense of meaning in the work that we do.
  • Sharing our work with others helps us see that meaning and helps others see it too.
  • Sharing provides a sense of pride. A feeling of pride is valuable to everyone. When we feel a sense of pride, our work is positively impacted.
  • Sharing creates enthusiasm. Notice anyone talking about something they are proud and passionate about and you will see their enthusiasm grow.
  • Sharing builds team spirit. When we provide opportunities for people to share and learn from one another, we provide the nutrients for growing a positive culture and a more engaged and collaborative university community. 

Lunch-and-learns are usually a less formal and less structured training event than the half-day and full-day programs we offer. The Skill 'n Tell lunch-and-learn programs are professional or personal development seminars scheduled during the traditional lunch hour. Lunch is provided for all of these sessions. Space is limited to 15 participants.

A pizza lunch will be provided at all Skill 'n Tell sessions, along with water and various drink options. If you do not eat pizza, please bring your own lunch to enjoy during these sessions.

September

  • Navigating Cultural Diversity on Campus

    Date: Wednesday, September 19
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    During this interactive session, participants will be introduced to interculturally-related concepts and practices, as well as two different ways to work and navigate in a culturally diverse environment. 

    Participants will be able to share experiences while we discuss: 

    • The concepts of culture, interculturality and intercultural competencies.
    • Our ability to respond adequately to intercultural competencies.
    • Different, and sometimes divergent, cultural conceptions.
    • Ethics of interculturality on campus.

    Learning objectives:

    • Compare elements of different cultures.
    • Recognize one's cultural traits and adaptation abilities.
    • Experiment with cultural bridging patterns.

    Facilitator:

    • Matthew Devlin, Student Resource Co-ordinator, English Language Centre

    REGISTER

  • RISE - Gender Identity

    Date: Wednesday, September 26
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to identify and break down stereotypes related to gender, transphobia, feminism and masculinity. They will have a brave space to share their thoughts and ideas related to gender using videos and interactive role-play. This workshop will discuss best practices for formulating effective responses to incidents of gender-based harassment and discrimination.

    Learning objectives:

    • How to identify negative stereotypes related to gender, transphobia, feminism and masculinity.
    • How to recognize systems of oppression as they relate to gender.
    • Practical solutions for responding to gender-based discrimination or harassment when it takes place.

    Facilitator:

    • Equity and Inclusivity Advisor

    REGISTER


October

  • Sustainability 101

    Date: Wednesday, October 3
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Windfields Farm lands

    Participants will learn about the university's sustainability initiatives and programs. They will also learn about the importance of pollinators, and see the university's bee hives, pollinator gardens and greenhouse.

    • Learn how day-to-day decisions can have a positive and lasting impact on the environment as well as on personal lives.
    • Develop better sustainable lifestyle choices and habits.

    Learning objectives:

    • Become familiar with the pillars of sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable development goals.
    • Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and processional values and practices.
    • Understand the university's sustainability vision, programs and initiatives.

    Facilitator:

    • Nadia Harduar, Asset and Sustainability Planner, Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS)
    • Ken Bright, Director, OCIS

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  • Effective Email Writing

    Date: Wednesday, October 17
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Regardless of the department or industry you work in, it is important for you to be able to write effective, concise and professional emails, while conveying a positive tone to your primary reader.

    Email etiquette rules and strong subject lines are becoming increasingly important as businesses move toward sending the majority of their communications by email. 

    • Learn some tips to help your email stand out.
    • Learn how to anticipate the information your primary reader wants.

    Learning objectives:

    • Help people understand how to create strong presentations.
    • Learn the do's and don'ts for both presenters and presentations.
    • Learn ways to help overcome nervousness.

    Facilitator:

    • Denise Johnston, Financial Aid Officer, Student Awards and Financial Aid

    REGISTER


November

  • The Art of the Research Deal

    Date: Wednesday, November 7
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. 
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    The Art of the Research Deal will take participants through the entire life of a research project, from research idea to implementation, to post-research opportunities. It will be a one-stop shop for anyone at the university who conducts or is interested in conducting research. 

    This session will cover:

    • research ethics
    • grants
    • partnerships
    • contracts
    • intellectual property

    Each area will highlight what is important to know from a researcher perspective.

    Learning objectives:

    • What goes into your Research Ethics Board application to suit the granting agency.
    • How to develop strong research partnerships.
    • Navigating the major sticking points in a research contract.
    • Monetizing intellectual property.
    • How to use the Office of Research Services to help conduct your research.
    • Avoiding common pitfalls for approvals and risk management.

    Facilitators:

    • Candi Pigg, Research Legal Counsel
    • Joe Miller, Intellectual Property Officer
    • Alison Burgess, Manager, Research Partnerships
    • Julia Armstrong, Research Partnerships Officer
    • Colleen McKay, Grants Officer
    • Lisa Kozycz, Grants Officer
    • Janice Moseley, Research Ethics Officer

    REGISTER

  • Tricks Of The Trade: On-Campus Event Planning

    Date: Wednesday, November 14
    Time: noon to 1 p.m. 
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will be introduced to planning guidelines, resources and best practices for organizing events on campus. We will talk about things to consider at all stages of planning, from idea generation to post-event communications. We will work through how to effectively use planning templates to keep you organized and on schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and event plans for feedback.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understanding of guidelines and requirements for hosting events on campus.
    • Familiarity with resources available for planning and organizing events.
    • How to turn an atrium, classroom or lab space into an inviting event space.
    • Protocol for hosting dignitaries and special guests.

    Facilitators:

    • Samantha Cook, Event Co-ordinator, Communications and Marketing
    • Amy Neil, Manager, Projects and Event Services, Communications and Marketing

    REGISTER

  • IPhone/iPad Tips and Tricks

    Date: Wednesday, November 21
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. 
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Most of us have an iPhone or iPad—but these lovely devices don't come with full operational manuals. This session will cover beyond the basics of smartphone usage. There are many hidden tricks in iOS devices that make life much easier for their users.

    • How to present PowerPoint slides on a projector with the right adapter.
    • How photos/videos sync with iCloud accounts.
    • How to back up to a computer instead of iCloud.
    • How to get emergency calls to go through even when the ringer is off.
    • How to adjust the view setting on the screen beyond the basic settings.
    • How to use iPhone/iPad as a secondary monitor to your Mac.
    • Where apps data is stored and how to avoid losing it.
    • Built-in gadgets on iOS that you may not know existed.

    Learning objectives:

    • iPhone/iPad tips and tricks.
    • Useful apps for daily use.
    • Perform a presentation on iPhone or iPad.

    Facilitator:

    • Hesham Abdel Aal, Technology Support Analyst 

    REGISTER

  • RISE: Anti-racism

    Date: Wednesday, November 28
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to identify and break down stereotypes that affect racialized communities. They will have a brave space to share their thoughts and ideas related to race using videos, case studies and interactive role-play. This workshop will also discuss best practices for formulating effective responses to incidents of racist harassment and discrimination.

    Learning objectives:

    • How to identify negative stereotypes related to race.
    • How to recognize systems of oppression that impact racialized communities.
    • Practical solutions for responding to discrimination and harassment based on race.

    Facilitator:

    • Equity and Inclusivity Advisor

    REGISTER


December

  • Free, Shareable, Modifiable? Using Open Images in Your Work

    Date: Wednesday, December 5
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Images enhance your publicly posted content such as slides, social media and teaching materials. What do you do when you can't rely on stock photography?

    How do you ensure you are respecting copyright? 

    In this session you will select images that meet your needs based on their licenses and terms, drawing from image sources such as:

    • Creative Commons
    • Wikimedia Commons
    • Unsplash
    • The Noun Project

    Learning objectives:

    • Identify free, high-quality images to reuse in your work.
    • Select images whose licenses match your requirements.
    • Write complete, concise attribution statements for open images and other media.

    Facilitator:

    • Kate Gibbings, Librarian, Engineering and Applied Science
    • Jenn Tesluk, Communications and Assessment Officer

    REGISTER


January

  • Intro to Apple Mac 0S for Windows Users

    Date: Wednesday, January 23
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    If you plan on switching from a Windows operating system (OS) to a Mac OS, or if you already did and can't get a grip on the difference and manage your files, this session is for you!

    Topics:

    • Latest MacOS
    • Sync Mac with iPhone or iPad

    Learning objectives:

    • The equivalent components on Mac and Windows OSs.
    • Latest features of the most recent MacOS.
    • Syncing of Apple devices.

    Facilitator:

    • Hesham Abdel Aal, Technology Support Analyst

    REGISTER


February

  • Building a Better Classroom: Is Your Classroom Contagious?

    Date: Wednesday, February 6
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Two Associate Teaching Professors will recount their experiences in a lighthearted but informative way to help others adopt workable ideas for enhancing student support and generating positive feedback from students.

    The presentation will cover:

    • How to recognize students' needs that evolve through a single term.
    • How to provide meaningful assessments and feedback to students.
    • How to change the classroom atmosphere to improve the student experience. 

    Ultimately, participants will walk away with good ideas that translate into better comments on student feedback surveys. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Learn about experiences inside and outside the classroom that enhance student learning and improve feedback.
    • Experience activities for improving student experience that you can easily implement.
    • Foster a collaborative relationship among faculty for sharing good ideas.

    Facilitators:

    • Milly Ryan-Harshman, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
    • Helene-Marie Goulding, Associate Teaching Professor, FHS

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  • RISE: Spirituality

    Date: Wednesday, February 20
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to identify and break down stereotypes related to religion and spirituality. Participants will have a brave space to share their thoughts and ideas related to religion and spirituality using videos, case studies, and interactive role-play. This workshop will also discuss best practices for formulating effective responses to incidents of religious discrimination and harassment.

    Learning objectives:

    • How to identify negative stereotypes related to religion and spirituality without needing to be an expert on world religions.
    • How to recognize systems of oppression that impact religious and spiritual communities.

    Facilitator:

    • Equity and Inclusivity Advisor

    REGISTER

  • Fearless Leadership

    Date: Wednesday, February 27
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    This short session will provide a starting point for leaders to begin considering how recognizing the emotion of fear may drive improvements in personal productivity and satisfaction, both in and outside of work, as well as higher productivity and morale in the teams they lead.

    Employees, leadership staff and other stakeholders will discuss the impacts the discrete emotion of fear may have on the decision-making process. Participants will explore common myths, types and case studies of leadership fears. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Learn common myths about fear.
    • Identify the most common fears in leadership.
    • Develop strategies for diminishing leadership fears.

    Facilitator:

    • Franco Scanga, Manager, Information Technology Assets 

    REGISTER


March

  • Polishing Your Presentation Skills

    Date: Wednesday, March 6
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Everyone needs to know how to present, whether it is to a small group of co-workers or to a large group of strangers. Being able to get your point across in a professional and concise manner is important at every level of the workforce, in every industry. 

    Learn some tricks to help overcome your nervousness and appear both confident and credible to your audience. We will spend time examining both verbal and presentation skills and the preparation of presentation materials. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Help people understand how to create strong presentations.
    • Learn do's and don'ts for both presenters and presentations.
    • Learn how to overcome nervousness.

    Facilitator:

    • Denise Johnston, Financial Aid Officer

    REGISTER

  • Crafting Your Ideal Elevator Pitch for Professional Networking

    Date: Wednesday, March 13
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will learn the all about a personal elevator pitch for networking purposes. Networking is a difficult skill for most of the population, but knowing how to make a good impression on those who you meet makes a big difference. In this session participants will learn the benefits of preparing a good pitch; the difference between a well-crafted pitch and a weak one; and what to include when writing your own pitch.

    Learning objectives:

    • Participants will be able to craft an elevator pitch with confidence—one they can use in a networking situation to leave a lasting impression.
    • Participants will understand the difference between a well-crafted pitch and a weak one. 
    • After the session, participants will feel more confident when entering into networking situations.

    Facilitator:

    • Jessica Flower, HR Assistant - Organizational Development

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  • Deskercise

    Date: Wednesday, March 27
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Learn how to identify and reverse the negative effects of a sedentary work day!

    Physical inactivity can lead to an array of various negative health affects, such as:

    • cardiovascular disease
    • obesity
    • diabetes
    • depression
    • anxiety

    Participants will learn some work-friendly stretches and exercises that can be done at a desk, cubicle or office to boost health, wellness and productivity!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify symptoms of the sedentary lifestyle.
    • Implement appropriate stretches and exercises to combat a sedentary work style.

    Facilitator:

    • Brianna McKay, Academic Advisor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

    REGISTER


April

  • Leveraging Collaborative Tools at the University

    Date: Wednesday, April 10
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    This presentation will cover how the university leveraged cloud-based applications like G Suite for Education and hosted internal applications like Microsoft SharePoint (WISC) to provide more opportunities for collaboration across the university community. Through practical demonstrations and open dialogue, participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and get pro tips on how to leverage this technology to meet their unique needs.

    Learning objectives:

    • Create an awareness of leveraging technology at the university.
    • Get participants thinking about technology and how it can help them.
    • Create a relationship with participants to help with technology requirements.

    Facilitator:

    • Bevin Moolenschot, Business Solutions Specialist

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May