Workshop Schedule | Kent State University

 

Want to join a GPAD workshop live via WebEx webinar? View instructions on how to join.  Email Kyle Reynolds at kreynol3@kent.edu if you wish to access a recording of any GPAD workshop from Spring 2018.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

11am-12pm: EMPLOYMENT SEARCH STRATEGIES – USING LINKEDIN

Worried about creating and managing another social media presence? Unsure of how to use LinkedIn for research and expanding your network? Discover how to get the most out of your LinkedIn account and connect with KSU alumni and other professionals.

12:30-1:30pm: STATISTICAL CONSULTING AND RESEARCH SOFTWARE SUPPORT

This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can access or obtain research software for their personal computers (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R). University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.

2-3pm: RESEARCH ETHICS AND THE IRB APPLICATION

This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State. Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

11am-12pm: THE ONLINE ADVANTAGE: EXPANDING YOUR SKILLS IN ONLINE LEARNING

If your future includes K-12 or higher ed teaching, chances are you'll be asked to teach a hybrid or online class at some point–would you know where to begin? Give yourself an advantage now by starting to learn more about online learning, including how designing and teaching online courses are fundamentally different than in-classroom teaching. In this session, we'll provide an overview of the challenges and strategies to becoming a great online instructor, including a basic instructional design method that will enhance your face-to-face classes as well! You'll leave with information on how to connect with more online learning resources, including suggestions for next steps.

12:30-1:30pm: SEARCHING FOR GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

A critical first step in obtaining research or project funding is finding the right grant opportunities. This session focuses on how to do so using COS Pivot, a funding opportunity database that is freely available to Kent State students, faculty, and staff. The session also provides information about KSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and how it assists students with grant application and management. Participants are encouraged to bring an Internet-capable device to set up a COS Pivot account and get hands-on experience.

2-3pm: GRANT WRITING

This workshop will provide an introduction to grant writing, including looking for possible funding sources, writing your application, working with collaborators, among other topics.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

11am-12pm: NETWORKING: IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK

Networking is the process of collecting and evaluating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of positions are found via word of mouth and networking helps build solid foundations to these relationships. It is important to remember that only about 3.5 percent of employment postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Exploration and Development workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online.

12:30-1:30pm: CAREER DECISION MAKING: LEARNING HOW TO BE ADAPTABLE WITH AN ADVANCED DEGREE

Think for a moment about your response to this question: “What do I want to do after completing my graduate program?” During this interactive session, you will not only discover useful career resources to help guide you towards career goals, but also additional discussions on what is means to get involved in and out of academia and being part of an always changing world of work.

2-3pm: RÉSUMÉS, CVS & COVER LETTERS

This session conducted by Career Exploration and Development will focus on writing resumes, CVs, and cover letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader. Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed.


THURSDAY, MARCH 1

11am-12pm: SMALL TEACHING STRATEGIES

The term “small teaching” is one used by Dr. James Lang (author of the book by the same name) to describe small, but powerful modifications to our teaching practices that spark positive change. In this workshop, we will learn about successful implementation of small, but powerful changes that work in classes of all shapes and sizes.

12:30-1:30pm: SURVEYING TO SUCCESS: USING QUALTRICS IN YOUR RESEARCH

If you are thinking about doing online surveys as part of your thesis or dissertation research, this session is for you! Qualtrics is a professional-grade online survey software that all Kent State faculty and students can use at no charge. In this session, we’ll show you how to build a basic Qualtrics survey with an informed consent statement and a demographic section.

2-3pm: FIELD RESEARCH ON A BUDGET

Many graduate students wish to travel abroad to conduct field research or present their research but never do so because of financial constraints. This workshop, facilitated by the chairs of Graduate Student Senate’s International Travel and Research Award committees, presents both best practiced and innovative methods for acquiring funding, securing accommodation and transportation, and living abroad. 


FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11am-12pm: ALLY TRAINING

This workshop is a modified (shortened) version of Ally Training and will focus on challenging your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues and common misconceptions. The workshop will center on advancing the knowledge of the KSU community on the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ. The ultimate goal of Ally Training is to create a group of trained allies to facilitate the transformation of the campus environment to a more welcoming community for all people regardless of sexual identity.

12:30-1:30pm: INTERVIEW DO’S AND DON’TS

In this session, you will learn about different types of interviews and interviewing tips. Additionally, recommendations will be shared on evaluating a job offer and negotiating salary and responsibilities with confidence.

2-3pm: PEDAGOGICAL TIPS AND BLACKBOARD TRICKS FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTORS

In this session, you'll learn ways to engage, motivate, and guide students in those first few weeks of an online course. We'll combine teaching and technology tips to present the "why and how" of things such as targeted announcements, initial feedback, and student success coaching. Each tip will be accompanied by a how-to demonstration in Blackboard, so that you can utilize this information easily in your own online course. We'll also cover crucial University and federal policies regarding accessibility, online attendance, and instructor interaction. You'll leave with an annotated checklist of tips that span the entire length of your course delivery, so session information can be applied at any time during your teaching. This session is best suited for those who are currently teaching an online course, or who are scheduled to teach one in an upcoming semester. 

 

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