Graduate Academic Intensive Workshop Series: Week 1: Critical Reading Strategies TODAY

These workshops are designed to aid graduate students whose native language is not English and to give them strategies to support their academic work.

MRP/Thesis Writing Intensive

MRP/Thesis Writing Intensive
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, December 16, 2016 - 5:00am

Working on your Masters Thesis or MRP? Deadlines are coming and the Writing & Learning Centre wants to help you get it done! This five-day writing "bootcamp" will help you work through your tough spots, flesh out your ideas and access individual consultations in a supportive group environment and with a minimum of distractions. We'll set daily goals, work on practical tools and strategies to maximize productivity, benefit from peer feedback and fire up your writing engines.

Refreshments, snacks and lunch provided daily.

Applications are due by: Friday, November 25 at 5 p.m.

*Very limited enrollment space*

 

 

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West
Website: 
http://bit.ly/2eXhdTu
Email: 
wlc@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 977-6000 Ext. 229
Cost: 
$150
MRP/Thesis Writing Intensive

Graduate Thesis//MRP Week

Graduate Thesis//MRP Week logo
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00am

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Open Thesis/MRP Office Hours Monday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Drop in for a demo of the Open Research Repository. Look at the bound copies, get your formatting checked.

Thesis/MRP Alumni Panel Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Alumni are invited to come and share their MRP/Thesis experience.

REB for Grad Students Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

An Intro to the REB and ROMEO for graduate students at various stages of their thesis/MRP research.

Copyright for Graduate Students Thursday, November 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

What should students be considering when looking at copyright and Creative Commons for the Thesis/MRP? How should students be referencing copy written materials in their work and how to give proper credits?

Graduate Level and Scholarly Writing Faculty Panel Friday, November 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Moderated by the Dean of Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty member’s discussion what scholarly writing at the graduate level should look like.

 

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/current-students/thesis-mrp.htm
Email: 
abrummell@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x4367
Cost: 
Free
Graduate Thesis//MRP Week full poster

Long Night Against Procrastination

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 1:00am to 1:00pm

This ALL-NIGHT EVENT gives students a safe and quiet space to complete their work at a critical time in the semester. Students will be able to work individually,and there will also be Writing & Learning staff on hand for assistance throughout the night.

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall
Email: 
cleung@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, ext 229
Cost: 
Free
Long Night Against Procrastination poster with event info

Graduate Thesis/MRP Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

This panel discussion is co-hosted by the Writing and Learning Centre and the Office of Graduate Studies. It will feature talks and advice from recent OCAD U graduates. It will be an opportunity for current graduate students at various stages of their work to acquire and share insights and strategies on the Thesis and MRP process.

Some of the themes for discussion will include
• Developing a thesis topic
• Methodologies
• Research
• Writing the thesis and MRP

At the end of the panel, Alice Brummell from the Office of Graduate Studies will review formatting requirements and dates regarding the Final Submission process.

Venue & Address: 
Room 320, 3rd Floor, 205 Richmond Street West
Email: 
gradstudies@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x4367
Cost: 
Free
This panel discussion will feature talks and advice from recent OCAD U graduates

Rebecca Smollett presents paper at Symposium on Second Language Writing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:00am

Last week, Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) English Language Learning Specialist Rebecca Smollett, in collaboration with Leora Freedman, Coordinator, English Language Learning, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto, presented the paper “Applying the Lexical Approach to One-on-One Writing Instruction” at the Symposium on Second Language Writing hosted by Arizona State University. The paper highlighted the strategies and resources developed for use with OCAD U students in the WLC’s English language learning programs.

Abstract:
The "lexical approach" is an approach to language teaching which focuses on the importance of the mastery of "lexical bundles" to fluency in all modalities. In academic writing, the use of lexical bundles is highly specialized and discipline specific. Research has shown that one of the ways that academic writing by first and second language writers differs is in the use of lexical bundles.  In this talk, two university program administrators demonstrate the effectiveness of a lexical approach to one-on-one work with second language writers at the university level. Leora will focus on the use of the approach as a means to improving fostering critical thinking while Rebecca will focus on the benefits of focusing on lexis as a way of addressing apparent grammatical difficulties. Both will reflect on ways that this approach allows them to bring together work on language and content in the context of one-on-one work with students. They will also touch on their successes sharing the essentials of this approach with tutors and instructors who do not have specific language teaching experience.

Graduate Thesis/MRP Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Hosted by The Writing & Learning Center and the Office of Graduate Studies, this panel discussion will feature talks and advice from recent OCAD U graduates. This will be an opportunity for current graduate students at various stages of their work to acquire and share insights and strategies on the Thesis and MRP process. At the end of the panel, the Office of Graduate Studies will review the formatting and final submission process.
Some of the themes for discussion will include:

• Developing a thesis topic
• Research and Methodologies
• Writing tips

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require an accommodation in order to participate fully in this event, please email us by Friday November 21st in order for us to make the appropriate arrangements.

Remote connection available. Please contact us for more details.

For more information:
416.977.6000 x4367
gradstudies@ocadu.ca
Twitter @OCADUgrad

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West Room 7301, 3rd Floor
Email: 
abrummell@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x4367
Cost: 
Free

Time Management Workshop

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Learn new strategies to organize your time and work.

The organizing of your time, energy and resources is an important part of student life. In this workshop, we will engage in hands-on activities to help you set realistic goals, gain insight into your personal work style, manage your stress and develop a personal schedule.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1512, Level 5 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/students/wlc/Time_Management.htm
Email: 
wlc@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000, ext 229</p>
Cost: 
Free

Susan Ferguson at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

Susan Ferguson, Manager of OCAD University’s Writing & Learning Centre and Centre for Innovation in Art & Design Education presented her paper “Embodied Writing and Decolonizing Knowledge Production” at the annual conference of the Canadian Sociological Association last week. The conference is part of the larger Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held at Brock University.

Ferguson’s presentation was part of a roundtable session featuring contributors to an edited collection entitled Embodiment, Pedagogy and Decolonization: Critical and Material Considerations. The intention of the book is to consider how embodiment and embodied learning are taken up in pedagogical and decolonization theories and practices.

Abstract: “Embodied Writing and Decolonizing Knowledge Production”
This paper explores the possibilities of embodied writing for social research and its implications for decolonizing knowledge production about and of the body. While there has been considerable interest in issues of subjectivity and embodiment in social research, much scholarly writing about the body, health and subjectivity maintains the normative orders of Western academic knowledge production through its reliance upon dominant understandings of embodiment and writing practices that (re)produce disembodied relations to text. Drawing on my research regarding the social production of bodily pain, I will describe how I brought together feminist autobiography, phenomenologically-informed interpretive sociology and mindfulness meditation to develop an understanding of embodied writing practice and consider how it can support a project of decolonizing knowledge production.

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