Remote Services & Programs

Fall Programming: September 14 – December 11, 2020

This page will updated regularly, so please check back. Except where noted, services and programs are open to all.

To continue to support Collaboratory members and the wider university community, we are offering remote services and programs for the summer. We continue to hold research consultations for Collaboratory Members, who are invited to contact staff to book a meeting.

If you are a faculty member trying to get new research off the ground, make an appointment with us about training and in-kind support.

Virtual Drop-In Hours

Collaboratory staff members are available for virtual drop-in sessions. Do you need to talk through some research? Are you thinking about developing a prototype? Learn about how to manage your project or or develop your research design. Need to get feedback on a paper or a presentation? Consult on grant and scholarship sumbission preparation or chat about creative dissemination.

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Workshops, Talks & Presentations


Intervening Into Facial Recognition Technologies (Talk/Presentation)
October 9, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30AM

This talk will discuss Jae Seo and Aaron Tucker‘s collaborative work centred on making facial recognition technologies more transparent and understandable, while also providing toolkits to intervene into the technology.

* This talk is open to the Ryerson community.


Introduction to 3D Design for Prototyping (Workshop)
October 22, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30PM

Led by Jimmy Tran, this short workshop will introduce neophytes to 3D design software. Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes. This workshop will introduce the concept of designing something to be made with 3D printing and other methods of fabrication.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.
** Participants will require Fusion 360 to follow along.


Capture Your World: Method 3D Scanning (Talk/Presentation)
October 28, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM

Jimmy Tran presents a survey of various methods of scanning real world environment and objects to create digital 3D models. This is an introduction to the technologies that are either currently available or being developed at the Collaboratory. Examples of these technologies include: photogrammetry, stereo camera, Arctic Spider, structured light camera, and LiDAR.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.


3D Development for the Looking Glass Holographic Display (Workshop)
November 4, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM

This session will provide an overview of Holographic Display Technology and how to develop for a Looking Glass Holographic Display. Led by Michael Carter-Arlt, this session is divided in three parts: focusing on the overview of holographic display tech; focusing on 3D optimizing techniques using Blender; and development techniques using the Unity Game Engine. Targeted for beginners, this session will focus on basic principles of 3D modelling as well as basic program UI navigation.

* Beginners welcome. Software is not required for this session.


Create Your Own Holograms for Education (Workshop)
November 17, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM

Learn how to create holograms with tools you already have around the house, and free software online. Learn how to bring your ideas to life to delight students and conference attendees. Add some fun into your classrooms and conference presentations with holograms. Led by Tanya Pobuda, this quickstart overview to holograms will give you a step-by-step guide to create holograms, with an opportunity to dive deeper in future sessions.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Selected Topics in WebAR (Talk/Presentation)
November 24, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Jae Seo and Michael Carter-Arlt will talk about their experiences of using Web-based Augmented Reality (WebAR) for the “Remastered” Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. WebAR is a new way of viewing AR content without the need for downloading native applications. This session will feature an overview of AR, and cover such topics such as current trends in AR, pros and cons of AR versus WebAR, and future directions of AR in the future. Currently availble WebAR platform will also be analyzed. Recent Master of Digital Media (MDM) graduate Eileen Xue will also join the session to discuss her WebAR graduate research.

* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Build Your Own Creative Portfolio Using WordPress (Workshop)
December 2, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Have creative projects you want to share with the scholarly community and industry contacts? Learn how to build your own portfolio site in this easy overview. Tanya Pobuda and Cristina Pietropaolo will take you through the basics of using WordPress themes, so you’ll be able to build a starter website for your teaching dossier, creative projects or professional resume.

* This is open to the Ryerson community. Space is limited. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.


Hints and Tips for Passing the Canadian Basic/Advance Operation Drone Pilot Exams (Workshop)
September 22, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Instructed by Jimmy Tran, this workshop is designed to help interested researchers with assistance for preparing for the Basic or Advance Operation Drone Pilot Exam. This is not a course, but rather a guide on where to obtain some of the materials for the exam, with strategies and how to prepare.


Project Management for Graduate Student Research Design (Workshop)
September 30, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Working on small or large-scale projects, and have no idea how to start? Work with Tanya Pobuda, a fellow graduate student who is also a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), to learn some of the basic principles of project management to help you supercharge your productivity and get stuff done.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community, but primarily intended for graduate students. Space is limited.


Grant Writing for Graduate Students (Workshop)
October 5 and 6, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30PM

An introduction to grant writing for academic proposals, arts-based poposals and journalist project proposals. Led by Nathaniel Brunt, this small and interactive practical workshop will involve informal lecture by the instructor and short presentations by participants, over the course of two sessions.

Session 1 (Oct 5): A general overview on the “how to” of grant writing: creating a pitch, strategies, technique, writing with clarity, purpose and understanding audience.
Session 2 (optional, Oct 6): An interactive session in which students come prepared to present their project proposals to the group for critique. Building on Session 1, students will workshop their proposals to each other, and through discussion, share insights about each other’s work, identify vulnerabilities in the work, and ultimately strengthen their proposals for grant submission.

* Session 2 is optional. To attend Session 2, registrants must have attended Session 1. Contact collab@ryerson.ca for further information and how to register.
** Must be a graduate student to attend. Space is very limited.


Past Programs

 

Introduction to Building an Immersive Environment in Virtual Reality
May 26, 2020 | 1:00 – 4:00PM
Facilitated by Nick Fox-Gieg, this workshop is introduction to learning to develop a Virtual Reality (VR) environment. The workshop will provide instruction on developing an immersive environment, for which digital assets/3D models can be imported into. Participants will learn fundamentals of VR development, and how to implement tools to allow users to navigate and explore a VR environment.
* This session is open to Ryerson faculty and graduate students. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia: Santorini Edition!
May 29, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
This is a fast, fun, friendly game of abstract strategy with the theme of building towers on the legendary Greek island of the game’s name in the southern Aegean Sea. You’ll play as Greek gods and goddesses building towers on this beautiful island. Build the tallest tower before everyone else, and you win the game!
Created by Dr. Gordon Hamilton, Santorini takes only minutes to learn. This game is a quick and easy way to learn the online, board game platform, Tabletopia. Play games with friends no matter where they are in the world. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.
* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Sign up for a free Tabletopia account to participate in this session.


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom for Post-Production
June 11, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Facilitated by Nathaniel Brunt, this introductory session will explore some of the important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom, particularly for photographic post-production. The hour long workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the software’s interface, modules, and tools for use in photographic post-production and archive management. The workshop will be followed by a short Q&A.
* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Participants will need Adobe Lightroom to participate. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary. Space is limited.


Writing the Story of Your Research for Audio
June 18, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Ever thought about the different kinds of ways you could present your graduate research? Seeking a creative outlet, but don’t want to get too derailed? Podcasts and radio features require a different kind of narrative, one that can even lead you to reexamine your research or understand it from another perspective. Participants will learn about telling the engaging story of research and writing for audio, and adapting from their academic writing. Facilitated by Cristina Pietropaolo, this session will be 45 minutes, with time at the end for Q&A and discussion. Based on interest, a second part may later be scheduled, focusing on technical production.
* This is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia: Dice Throne Edition!
June 26, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM
This month’s session is a fast-paced, battle arena, dice-throwing game called Dice Throne. Think Yahtzee but with sorcerers, and barbarians and vampires and monks.

Each game of Dice Throne lasts roughly 20 minutes. You can play with one other player or create teams of three and play with up to 6 players.  In the learning game, you’ll play as either a Moon Elf or fierce Barbarian to learn the basics. You’ll learn how to use dice combos and clever strategies to defeat your opponent. You’ll also learn the history of Dice Throne, a game idea whose designer wanted to raise $15,000 and wound up making $1818,000 in 30 days. 

During this session, you’ll learn how to navigate Tabletopia, an online board game platform, with more than 900+ tabletop titles. Play old favourites or the hottest new titles with friends and family all over the world.

* This open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
July 8 | 3:00 – 4:00PM
Join librarians, library staff and students on our quest to edit Wikipedia and make it better. The July 8 event provides time for those interested in learning to edit, as well as anyone looking to renew rusty editing skills. Participants are free to chat, breakout into virtual rooms to work on a page together, or just quietly work away on their own with quick assistance available in the zoom window. A quick crash course for those new to Wikipedia will be provided in a breakout room. More information.
* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Drones for Research: Canadian Laws & Regulations
July 16, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM
A short workshop on Canadian Laws and Regulations for flying Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs)/drones and how to be certified. Jimmy Tran and Dan Jakubek will take participants through Canadian laws and regulations so researchers may learn how to legally safely use drones for their research. Some applications of drones in research projects will also be presented.
* This is open to the Ryerson community.


Art in Motion: Basic Animation Techniques for Creating 2D & 3D Cinematics
July 21, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Led by Michael Carter-Arlt, this workshop will focus on using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects and PremierePro to create 2D cinemagraphs of paintings and 3D cinemagraphs of still photography. Participants will be guided through the process of transforming paintings into basic animations, as well as show how video can be edited with still photography to create animated gifs used in animated photography. The goal of the workshop is for participants to be able to enhance their already existing content, and to provide them with alternative methods of creating  augmented content.
* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.
** Participants will require Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects and PremierePro to follow along with the facilitator, and may require some basic familiarity with the software. Software is not available through Ryerson, but must be purchased separately.


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Indigenizing Wikipedia
July 22 | 3:00 – 4:30PM
Join librarians, library staff and students on our quest to edit Wikipedia and make it better. In the spirit of the work of Daniel Heath Justice who began a 2015 Twitter campaign to share the names of Indigenous writers, this month we are extending that work to Wikipedia. We will be working to improve Wikipedia articles about Indigenous artists, musicians, storytellers, historians, organizers (and yes, writers!) to push back against the Western/Northern/Eurocentric focus of Wikipedia. Featuring a special presentation at the top of the session by Jeremie Caribou, this an opportunity to get behind the scenes with Wikipedia. Even a tiny edit can make Wikipedia that much better.

Participants are free to chat, breakout into virtual rooms to work on a page together, or just quietly work away on their own with quick assistance available in the zoom window. A quick crash course for those new to Wikipedia will be provided in a breakout room. You can check out the Wiki Meetup page here.

* This session is open to the Ryerson community and beyond. Beginners welcome, no experience is required.
** If you don’t already have a Wikipedia account, here is a guide on how to create one (jump down to Part 2 of the guide for these instructions).


Creating an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot
July 23 | 2:00 – 3:00PM
This quick start session will show you the basics of creating a chatbot from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) portfolio of tools, including Amazon Lex. Learn the basics and discuss the psychological and sociological implications of UX copywriting in this provocative quick-start training session.
* This open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.


Virtual Board Gaming: Santorini Edition! (Again!)
July 30, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM
According to a 2017 study conducted by the University of Central Florida, playing games has been correlated to a reduction in cognitive fatigue. Join the Collaboratory team for virtual board gaming over Tabletopia. Learn how to play some of the world’s most popular board games and discuss the core mechanics of these games in a fun, informal discussion of board games, game design, and university or grad school life.


Introduction to 3D Design for 3D Prototyping
August 12, 2020 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Jimmy Tran will lead a short workshop introducing 3D design software. Participants will learn basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes. This workshop will introduce the concept of designing something to be made with 3D printing or some other method of fabrication.
* This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary.
** Participants will require Fusion 360 and/or SolidWorks to follow along.


Build Your Own Creative Portfolio with WordPress
August 18, 2020 | 3:00 – 3:45PM
Have creative projects you want to share with the scholarly community and industry contacts? Learn how to build your own portfolio site in this quick and easy 45-minute overview with Tanya Pobuda. Using WordPress themes, you’ll be able to build a starter website for either your teaching dossier, creative projects or professional resume, for free.
This open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.

Virtual Board Gaming: Paperback Edition!
August 27, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00PM
According to a 2017 study conducted by the University of Central Florida, playing games has been correlated to a reduction in cognitive fatigue. Join the Collaboratory team for virtual board gaming over Tabletopia. Learn how to play some of the world’s most popular board games and discuss the core mechanics of these games in a fun, informal discussion of board games, game design, and grad school life.
* This open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.