Library Online Workshops: July 2020

The pandemic isn’t fake news: fighting harmful narratives with credible sources

Date: July 8
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

How do we know if the information we encounter is trustworthy? This is a tricky question at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic that generates fear and rapidly changing facts. This workshop will cover fake news issues that have arisen during COVID-19 and offer practical strategies for identifying dubious online information and replacing it with authoritative sources. In doing so it will ask participants to consider the harmful narratives underlying fake news and how to take action against them.

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


Drones for Research: Canadian Laws & Regulations

Date: July 16
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A short workshop on Canadian Laws and Regulations for flying Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs)/drones and how to be certified. Participants will go through Canadian laws and regulations to learn how to legally and safely use drones for their research. Some applications of drones in research projects will also be presented.

Library instructors: Dan Jakubek and Jimmy Tran


Art in Motion: Basic Animation Techniques for Creating 2D & 3D Cinematics

Date: July 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Facilitated by Library Collaboratory member: Michael Carter-Arlt

Identifying weight discrimination in research

Date: July 23
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Weight and size bias and discrimination in research can be present in a wide variety of subjects, from health fields to social sciences, business, and beyond. Interested in discussing methods to avoid this type of bias? This interactive online workshop focuses on evaluating resources for implicit and explicit weight and size bias, and how study design, keywords and search strategies can bias results. 

Instructor:  Reece Steinberg


Creating an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot

Date: July 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 2:45 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.

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

Library instructor: Tanya Pobuda


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia: Dice Thrones

Date: July 30
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This month join us for Dice Throne played on the board game platform Tabletopia. Play games with friends no matter where they are in the world.

If you’ve never played before, you’ll be walked through the process! If you like, you can familiarize yourself with game beforehand, here.

* Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.

Library instructor: Tanya Pobuda

Past Online Workshops

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom for Post-Production

Date: June 11, 2020 
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

An introductory session exploring important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom, particularly for photographic post-production. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the software’s interface, modules, and tools for use in photographic post-production and archive management. Workshop 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.

Library Collaboratory member: Nathaniel Brunt


The pandemic isn’t fake news: fighting harmful narratives with credible sources 

Date: June 18, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

How do we know if the information we encounter is trustworthy? This is a tricky question at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic that generates fear and rapidly changing facts. This workshop will cover fake news issues that have arisen during COVID-19 and offer practical strategies for identifying dubious online information and replacing it with authoritative sources. In doing so it will ask participants to consider the harmful narratives underlying fake news and how to take action against them.

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


Writing the Story of Your Research for Audio 

Date: June 18
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ever thought about the different ways you could present your graduate research? Seeking a creative outlet, but don’t want to get derailed? Podcasts and radio features require a different kind of narrative that can even lead you to reexamine your research or understand it from another perspective. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn about telling the engaging story of research and writing for audio, and adapting from their academic writing. 

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

Library instructor: Cristina Pietropaolo

The pandemic isn’t fake news: fighting harmful narratives with credible sources

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

How do we know if the information we encounter is trustworthy? This is a tricky question at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic that generates fear and rapidly changing facts. This workshop will cover fake news issues that have arisen during COVID-19 and offer practical strategies for identifying dubious online information and replacing it with authoritative sources. In doing so it will ask participants to consider the harmful narratives underlying fake news and how to take action against them.

Library instructor: Lisa Levesque


Demystifying the literature review

Date:  June 24, 2020
Time:  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

From annotated bibliographies to literature reviews to systematic reviews, students are frequently asked to find scholarly articles about a topic and provide thoughtful analysis of what they read. This workshop will provide participants with the information they need to identify what sort of review they are doing, how to find what they need, read the material with a critical eye and keep it all organized. 

 Library instructor:  Jane Schmidt


Virtual Board Gaming on Tabletopia

Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Did you know that playing games has been correlated to a reduction in cognitive fatigue? Join us for virtual board gaming over Tabletopia. Learn to play some of the world’s most popular board games and discuss the core mechanics of board games and game design.

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


Getting Started with Systematic Reviews

Date:  June 29, 2020
Time:  2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

This session is intended for students, research assistants and faculty who are planning to undertake a systematic review, or who are interested in applying systematic research methods to a current project.  We will discuss the core components of a systematic review, what makes a review ‘systematic’, and how to apply advanced research skills when searching the literature. There will be a particular focus on how best to utilize the library’s resources when undertaking a systematic review.  Participants may wish to look at the Systematic Reviews guide in advance of the session.

Library instructor:  Cecile Farnum