Summer Services and Programs

April 25 – August 28, 2020

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

To continue to support Collaboratory members and the wider university commnity, we are offering remote services and programs for the summer. We are also continuing 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.

• Mondays

• Tuesdays

• Wednesdays

• Thursdays

• Fridays

Drop in from 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Drop in from 1:30 – 3:30PM

Drop in from 10:30AM – 12:30 PM

Drop in from 1:30 – 3:30PM

Drop in from 10:30AM – 12:30PM


Specialized Drop-In Sessions

• Accelerated Masters Drop-In Hours

• Pressbooks Training Drop-In Hours

Drop in on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Coming Soon



Programs

The Library Collaboratory will be featuring workshops and presentations over the summer, from May to August 2020. All programs are free, and all at Ryerson are welcome to attend and participate.

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, Santorinitakes 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.

Around the Medicine Wheel: The Longhouse Open Library Project
June 17, 2020 | 2:30 – 3:30PM
Preliminary research findings and project directions about the Longhouse OER will be shared by Tanya Pobuda and Ewan Cassidy, in support of a new open access project called the Longhouse Open Educational Resource (OER) designed for post-secondary and secondary students. Indigenous folks at Ryerson as well as members of the Open Access community are invited to discuss and weigh in on the project direction as it currently stands.  It combines a virtual 3D exploration of historical knowledge in the form of an Iroquian longhouse, while also critically engaging and supporting Indigenous histories, for not only university students but also Indigenous and non-Indigenous community exploration as well. It attempts to support our obligation and duty to acknowledge the contributions of our Indigenous past, while also providing an opportunity to build new pathways of knowledge for an Indigenous-informed learning environment.
* This session is by invitation only. Contact collab@ryerson.ca for more information.

Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia
June 26, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00PM
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.
* This open to the Ryerson community. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.

Creating an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot
July 8, 2020 |
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.

Drones for Research: Canadian Laws & Regulations
July 16, 2020 |
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.

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.

Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia
July 30, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00PM
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 |
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 on Tabletopia
August 21, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00PM
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.