Library Online Workshops: April 2021

The Real World Laboratory of Algorithmic Policing and Migration Control

Date: April 6
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please join the Library for a discussion with Petra Molnar and Kate Robertson, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, on how algorithmic control is instituted and maintained in law enforcement and migration environments. 

Molnar, author of Technological Testing Grounds and co-author of Bots at the Gate, will discuss the ways in which refugees and immigrants are used to test automated decision-making systems. 

Robertson, co-author of To Surveil and Predict, will explain the ways in which predictive policing practices are utilized in Canada, and the larger implications of the broad use of such technologies. 

Talks will be followed by a Q & A.


Coincidence or Conspiracy: Tackling conspiracy theories with critical research and reading skills

Date: April 8
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This workshop explores the reasons why conspiracy theories continue to have such an important role in our society and why developing your critical research and reading skills are now more important than ever. We will discuss the history of conspiracy theories, why we believe them, and how to fight them.


How to Make an App with “No-Code”

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 9
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Developing apps usually has a steep learning curve. But programs such as Glide provide an alternative by allowing for easy ‘drag and drop’ visual app development. This 1 hour student-led workshop will teach participants how to make interactive apps using Glide powered by Google sheets with no additional coding. Using these skills participants will be able to deploy their own data driven apps easily and quickly.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: April 13
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used in many STEM fields. As an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs, LaTeX specializes in the creation of professional documents, and excels in typesetting equations, inserting figures and graphics, and managing references. If you haven’t used it before there is a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will provide a quick overview of core LaTeX features and will get you started with a simple document in Overleaf. Note: No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required. 

This workshop is taught by Nora Mulvaney, research data management and engineering librarian.


Editing Your Photos Using Adobe Photoshop

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 14
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Photoshop is industry standard software for photo editing. In this student-led workshop we’ll show you the basics of photo editing using Adobe PS. Participants will learn standard techniques and tools such as adjusting brightness and contrast, image levels, how to use adjustment curves and more. Participants will leave with all the tools needed to make great images. Having a working copy of Photoshop is recommended to not required. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

Writing a Data Management Plan using DMP Assistant 

Date: April 15
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines what data will be created, and what you will do with that data during and after your research project. Documenting a plan for your data is good practice and an integral part of responsible data management. This workshop will go through the steps of creating a data management plan using DMP Assistant, an online tool that follows best practices in data stewardship and walks you through key questions about your data. 

This workshop is taught by Nora Mulvaney, research data management and engineering librarian.


How to Use Tableau for Data Visualization

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 15
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tableau is becoming an industry standard tool for data visualization and data analysis due to its capabilities and ease of use. This student-led workshop will show participants the basics of using Tableau from connecting to a dataset, to filtering and interpreting data. Participants will learn the worksheet basics, creating different visuals, including axis formatting and labelling etc. Lastly participants will be given an introduction to interactive dashboards for pattern observation, and using visuals to create data stories.


Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: April 20
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom.  A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop.  Please check your email.


How to Start Programming with Python

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 20
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Python is a programming language built for simplicity and diverse applications. Use cases range from simple programs to web building to software and app development. It’s a great beginner language if you’re new to programming and coding!

This student-led workshop will take you through the very basics of Python, including variables, syntax, printing, and basic loops. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone and meant for first-time coders, or those looking for a refresher.


How to broadcast/stream content online using Twitch and OBS

Library DME student led digital skills workshop

Date: April 22
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In this skill building session you’ll learn how to use OBS and Twitch to create professional and engaging live streams. Livestreaming allows content creators to broadcast online in real-time, as well as directly converse with an audience. This allows a more organic user experience. In this context Twitch has been used for instruction, streaming games and connecting with communities. This student-led workshop will cover the basics of working with Twitch streaming, best practices, and things to consider. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca


Library Online Workshops: March 2021

Getting Started With Python Programming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 1
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Python is a programming language built for simplicity and diverse applications. Use cases range from simple programs to web building to software and app development. It’s a great beginner language if you’re new to programming and coding!

This student-led workshop will take you through the very basics of Python, including variables, syntax, printing, and basic loops. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone and meant for first-time coders, or those looking for a refresher.


Open Images for the Digital Classroom and Beyond

Date: March 2
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This Library-led workshop is an overview of how to find online open images, how to use open images in teaching or projects, and how to advise students on the use of Creative Commons images in social media or web projects.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: March 2
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Do you want to get started on market research for your venture, small business, or organization? This hands-on workshop introduces participants to subscription databases available through Ryerson Library that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more. This workshop is open to all Ryerson students and employees, and no prior experience is required. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Date: March 3
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

A small workshop designed for approximately 5-10 participants that provides instruction and strategies for successful academic and non-academic grant writing. The workshop will involve an informal lecture followed by short presentations by participants. There will also be the opportunity to book one-on-one instruction at a later time if needed.

Participants should be prepared and bring their work.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: March 3
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Do you want to get started on market research for your venture, small business, or organization? This hands-on workshop introduces participants to subscription databases available through Ryerson Library that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more. This workshop is open to all Ryerson students and employees, and no prior experience is required. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


Image Editing Basics using Photoshop

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 3
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Photoshop is industry standard software for photo editing. In this student-led workshop we’ll show you the basics of photo editing using Adobe PS. Participants will learn standard techniques and tools such as adjusting brightness and contrast, image levels, how to use adjustment curves and more. Participants will leave with all the tools needed to make great images. Having a working copy of Photoshop is recommended to not required. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Open Pedagogy Tools: Pressbooks, H5P and Hypothes.is

Date: March 4
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

An overview of Pressbook, an online book publishing platform hosted by the Library, and some of the new interactive features that have been released recently in Pressbooks. We will also look at H5P and how Hypothes.is can be used with Pressbooks and other web content.


Legal research and resources for the humanities and social sciences

Date: March 9
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Law has a major impact on the humanities and social sciences – whether you are researching the history of crime, writing media coverage for a trial, or analyzing the effects of legislation on society – but conducting legal research can often be intimidating. This workshop will cover the basics of legal research and is intended for researchers outside of the faculty of law. It will cover different sources of law, key terminology, and the major resources for legal research. This workshop is taught by John Papadopoulos, Head of the Ryerson Law Library, and Lisa Levesque, Law Librarian.

* This workshop is intended for students, faculty, and staff in the social sciences and humanities

** This workshop is open to the Ryerson community


Create an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot

Date: March 10
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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.


Using Spark Augmented Reality – Filters and 3D Objects

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 10
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Spark AR is Facebook’s implementation of Augmented Reality. Most often used for Instagram filters, and other social media.

In this 1 hour student-led tutorial participants will learn how to download a 3D file, compress it with Blender, and integrate it into Spark AR. Both Spark AR and Blender are free programs and though recommended for participation in this workshop are not required.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Data Logging with Arduino and Python – Workshop 1: Programming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 10
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dataloggers are devices that store data with respect to time. Using an Arduino to read physical sensors, and Python to capture live sensor data, anyone can implement a variety of graphing and visualizations with electronic circuits. For those interested in pursuing home automation or IoT projects, this workshop is a great start.

This is a two part student-led workshop that will cover a simple datalogging setup. Part one of the workshop will cover the assembly and programming of a basic sensor circuit via the Arduino IDE, while part two will cover data capture using Python and the whole system integration. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

While hardware is not a requirement for this workshop, it is recommended to bring your own to follow along

Software:

Arduino IDE
Python (latest)
Pyserial (in conjunction with Python)

Hardware:

Arduino boards
HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensor
Breadboard + Jumpers

Though everyone is welcome, this is an intermediate-level workshop, with basic experience recommended in Arduino and Python for participants to follow along.


Critical data literacy and COVID-19 visualizations: strategies to slow the spread of misinformation

Date: March 11
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

The need to understand data visualizations has never been more important. Every day we are inundated with more Covid-19 data, graphs and charts. Some of these data visualizations are well-designed and easy to understand, and others are confusing and misleading. This workshop will cover common data visualization issues that lead to confusion and misinformation, and will use critical data literacy strategies to evaluate charts and graphs.

App Development With ‘Drag and Drop’ Coding

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 11
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Developing apps usually has a steep learning curve. But programs such as Glide provide an alternative by allowing for easy ‘drag and drop’ visual app development. This 1 hour student-led workshop will teach participants how to make interactive apps using Glide powered by Google sheets with no additional coding. Using these skills participants will be able to deploy their own data driven apps easily and quickly.


How to Build a Website with Wix

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 16
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wix is an easy to use, affordable website builder that offers clean, aesthetically pleasing websites in hours. It is a great tool for beginner web designers and individuals who want simple websites in minutes.

This student-led workshop will go over Wix basics, taking you through account creation and making your very first simple website, for free. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


ExtravaGAN!za

Date: March 17
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings image generation capability to a whole new level. But we can mix the old with the new? Learn about the process of bringing old movie posters to life. Join Jae Seo to see how it was done and discover how Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) can be used!


How to broadcast/stream content online using Twitch

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 17
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Livestreaming allows content creators to broadcast online in real-time, as well as directly converse with an audience. This allows a more organic user experience. In this context Twitch has been used for instruction, streaming games and connecting with communities. This student-led workshop will cover the basics of working with Twitch streaming, best practices, and things to consider. Creators looking to stream content online will find this workshop useful in conjunction with the OBS tutorial. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

This workshop is open to everyone.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: March 18
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used in many STEM fields. As an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs, LaTeX specializes in the creation of professional documents, and excels in typesetting equations, inserting figures and graphics, and managing references. If you haven’t used it before there is a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will provide a quick overview of core LaTeX features and will get you started with a simple document in Overleaf. Note: No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required.


Audio Editing 101

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 18
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Not everyone has access to the best mics and studios, but there are some key things you can do to make your recordings better. This student-led tutorial is a step by step guide to audio editing for podcasts or recording music. Participants will learn using Adobe Audition, but these skills are transferable to any Digital Audio Workstation such as the freely available Cakewalk.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Drones in the Library: Creating Data Through Photogrammetry

Date: March 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ryerson University Library collaborates with researchers across a variety of disciplines who require capturing and modeling of the real world in 3 dimensions (3D). To do so, several 3D reconstruction technologies have been applied, varying in cost and ease of use. Some applications require capturing large areas for which a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or “drone” presents a cost effective option for data acquisition. This workshop will take you through the process of creating orthomosaics, digital terrain/surface models, point cloud datasets and 3D meshes. The process of Aerial Photogrammetry will be described using Pix4D Capture to outline the flight planning process. A live demonstration of Drone2Map software will follow to illustrate the processing workflows necessary for data creation.


Using Open Broadcast Software (OBS) for Video Recording and Live Streaming

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 24
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

OBS is designed for real-time live broadcasting. It includes real-time source and device capture, scene composition, overlays, encoding, and recording. If you’re considering using Twitch for projects or information sessions OBS is a great tool to have. This 1 hour student-led session will walk participants through the basics of working with Open Broadcast Software (OBS). Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca Please download the cross platform OBS software.

Software isn’t required for participation.

This session is open to everyone.


Data Logging with Arduino and Python – Part 2: Data Capturing

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 25
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dataloggers are devices that store data with respect to time. Using an Arduino to read physical sensors, and Python to capture live sensor data, anyone can implement a variety of graphing and visualizations with electronic circuits. For those interested in pursuing home automation or IoT projects, this workshop is a great start.

This is a 2 part student-led workshop that will cover a simple datalogging setup. Part one of the workshop will cover the assembly and programming of a basic sensor circuit via the Arduino IDE, while part two will cover data capture using Python and the whole system integration. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca

While hardware is not a requirement for this workshop, it is highly recommended to bring your own hardware to follow along

Software:

Arduino IDE
Python (latest)
Pyserial (in conjunction with Python)

Hardware:

Arduino boards
HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensor
Breadboard + Jumpers

Though everyone is welcome, this is an intermediate-level workshop, with basic experience recommended in Arduino and Python for participants to follow along.


Getting Started with Tableau for Data Visualization

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 25
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tableau is becoming an industry standard tool for data visualization and data analysis due to its capabilities and ease of use. This student-led workshop will show participants the basics of using Tableau from connecting to a dataset, to filtering and interpreting data. Participants will learn the worksheet basics, creating different visuals, including axis formatting and labelling etc. Lastly participants will be given an introduction to interactive dashboards for pattern observation, and using visuals to create data stories.

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


An Introduction to using an Arduino for Digital Media projects

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 30
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Arduinos and physical computing allow anyone to create digital media projects easily and from scratch.

This student-led workshop will give students an introduction to the Arduino, it’s components and how to use them. Participants will learn how to access and use the Arduino software in a virtual environment using virtual components. No equipment necessary!

Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca This session is open to everyone.


Using Jamulus for low latency Virtual Jam sessions

Library DME workshop – student led

Date: March 31
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Syncing audio over the internet for band practice and jam sessions is difficult with conferencing software like Zoom and Google meets. This student-led workshop will introduce participants to Jamulus software designed for virtual music sessions. Jamulus is designed for musicians who need to practice virtually by allowing users to join a central server letting Jamulus do all the work of syncing and broadcasting. In this session participants will setup their own Jamulus client. We’ll walk you through what you need to start, how to connect to a public server and how to create your own private server. Participants are welcome to contact us with specific use cases and questions here: dme@ryerson.ca. Jamulus is cross-platform and free. Software isn’t required to participate but feel free to download.



Past Online Workshops