REGISTER NOW: Academic Commons Workshops on Time Management, Inclusivity in the Classroom, Writing Tips, Educational Technologies, and more

Jump into the fall semester with our Academic Commons workshops. All hybrid, you can attend sessions in-person or on Zoom. Workshops are open to all instructors, scholars, and staff.

Sessions for instructors cover tips to use educational technologies like Canvas, VoiceThread, and even AI tools to engage students.  Writing workshops, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC), will teach grammar and editing tips, time management techniques, and more. Librarians from Gutman and Scott libraries will lead sessions on data management and sharing, systematic reviews, and AI-driven tools that help you annotate, read, and cite scholarly literature.

Keep reading for each workshop’s tile and a brief description. Visit our website to read full descriptions and instructor details.

Designing for Inclusivity: A Hands-on Tour of Ally and Resources to Improve Accessibility
Tuesday, August 16, 12-1pm
LIS, Gutman Library or Zoom
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Designing your content for inclusivity is critical to meeting the learning needs of 21st-century learners. Gaining a better understanding of usability, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning encourages faculty to reduce barriers to access while encouraging persistence through the creation of adaptive content.

Blogging Within Canvas
Wednesday, August 17, 10–11am
Scott 307, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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If you have wanted to use blogging as part of your course but have been hesitant about using another tool, this workshop is for you. This session will include interactive demonstrations of different blogging options, reflection on which method might work best for your course, time to try out the methods on your own, and Q&A. Bring a device that allows you to access and edit Canvas.

Introduction to Virtual Worlds: Mozilla Hubs
Tuesday, August 23, 10-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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As we move closer to a semi-normal way of life after the pandemic, the way instructors engage with students will be forever changed. There will be more opportunities for hybrid/online classes, and those opportunities bring the challenge to keep students engaged. Mozilla Hubs is an open-source social VR platform that can be accessed through VR headsets, desktop computers, and most mobile devices. This workshop will show you the benefits of setting up a collaborative space in Mozilla Hubs, where are the best places to implement Hubs in a class (lecture, discussion, and group project presentation), and how to create an avatar and Mozilla Hubs space.

VoiceThread (facilitated by VoiceThread staff)
Thursday, August 25, 11am -12pm
Zoom
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VoiceThread enables faculty and learners to create, share and comment on rich multimedia presentations. The session will teach you how to navigate the VoiceThread interface and to create and share VoiceThread presentations.

Engaging Discussions
Tuesday, August 30, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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While discussions have the potential to provide avenues for exploration and analysis, they are also unpredictable in nature, as instructors are tasked with surrendering a certain degree of control. The goal of this workshop is to provide numerous resources and opportunities to practice evidence-based strategies to engage both you and your learners dynamically via the co-creative process of educational discussions.

10 Common Errors in Scholarly Papers
Wednesday, September 14, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Do you find your writing time interrupted by Google search after Google search with questions about grammar, citations, formatting, and writing style? Do you have a topic you know would make an excellent paper but dread trying to write it? This workshop will offer a quick and simple drafting checklist to help you avoid 10 common errors to make your drafting stage less stressful and your manuscript stronger for submission.

Write Your Story Workshop Series (in-person)
Wednesday, September 21, 12-1pm & Wednesday, October 19, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library
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“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all.”  – James Baldwin  

Do you want to tell your story and capture what Baldwin describes in this quote? Are you interested in writing but feel like you are not or cannot be a writer? Writing is an incredible tool to share the stories we all have, yet it can feel exclusive or intimidating. In this two-part creative writing workshop series, you will gain tools to write and share a story about your life and experiences in a supportive, inclusive environment. This writing can be a poem, personal essay, short story, or writing of your choice. Open to anyone in the Jefferson community, this series is a collaboration between the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Eakins Writing Project, whose mission is to promote inclusion and expression through writing. All are welcome!

Workshop objectives: 

Session 1: This lays the foundation and gets you started writing.

  •  Explore examples of personal narratives 
  •  Practice writing exercises 
  • Begin writing your own story (and work on it afterwards)

Session 2: Everyone will be expected to bring a draft and exchange supportive feedback.

  • Share your story and receive validation and support 

Sign up for the in-person cohort or the Zoom cohort (below). To get the most out of your workshop experience, we encourage you to attend Sessions 1 & 2. 

For more information, please contact Liz.Declan@Jefferson.edu.

Invigorate Your Connections to the Literature with These AI-driven Tools
Thursday, September 22, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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How do you discover, read, annotate and cite the scholarly literature? Learn how a Jefferson researcher has incorporated new AI-driven tools into his workflow to improve efficiency, gain insights, and further scholarship. Review what tools and support are available to you from the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries.

Write Your Story Workshop Series (online)
Wednesday, September 28, 5-6pm & Wednesday, October 26, 5-6pm
Zoom
REGISTER HERE

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all.”  – James Baldwin 

Do you want to tell your story and capture what Baldwin describes in this quote? Are you interested in writing but feel like you are not or cannot be a writer? Writing is an incredible tool to share the stories we all have, yet it can feel exclusive or intimidating. In this two-part creative writing workshop series, you will gain tools to write and share a story about your life and experiences in a supportive, inclusive environment. This writing can be a poem, personal essay, short story, or writing of your choice. Open to anyone in the Jefferson community, this series is a collaboration between the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Eakins Writing Project, whose mission is to promote inclusion and expression through writing. All are welcome!

Workshop objectives: 

Session 1: This lays the foundation and gets you started writing.

  • Explore examples of personal narratives 
  • Practice writing exercises 
  • Begin writing your own story (and work on it afterwards)

Session 2: Everyone will be expected to bring a draft and exchange supportive feedback.

  • Share your story and receive validation and support 

Sign up for the in-person cohort (above) or the Zoom cohort. To get the most out of your workshop experience, we encourage you to attend Sessions 1 & 2. 

For more information, please contact Liz.Declan@Jefferson.edu.

Pedagogical Uses of Canvas Analytics
Thursday, September 29, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Do you wonder how your students are doing in your classrooms? Canvas analytics allow you to gain insight into how your students are engaging with course content, participating in course activities, and performing in course assessments.

In this workshop, explore the analytics tools in Canvas and make sense of the data available. Explore opportunities to support student learning with data and discuss what data-informed actions you might take to improve teaching and learning.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, September 30, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Join us at our half-day writing retreat, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Find the Time: Time Management
Thursday, October 6, 1-2pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Do you struggle to find time for what matters to you? Maybe you want to write more, or balance your work and home life. The purpose of this hour of time is to give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Practicing well-tested methods used by some of the most productive people in history, you can enhance how you prioritize commitments and interruptions.

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Your Research
Tuesday, October 18, 1-2pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Get resources and advice about creating data management plans for research data using the 2016 FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship. These plans will be required for NIH grants starting in the new year, but data management is also valuable for every researcher to consider. Special attention will be paid to how Jeffersonians can use LabArchives as an openly accessible data repository.

Engaging Discussions
Wednesday, October 26, 12-1pm
LIS, Gutman Library, or Zoom
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While discussions have the potential to provide avenues for exploration and analysis, they are also unpredictable in nature as instructors are tasked with surrendering a certain degree of control. The goal of this workshop is to provide numerous resources and opportunities to practice evidence-based strategies to engage both you and your learners dynamically via the co-creative process of educational discussions.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, October 28, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Getting Started with Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Tuesday, November 15, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Are you interested in doing a systematic review? Do you want to learn what type of review can best fit your research needs? Do you have questions about the process of conducting a review?

This workshop will start with a brief overview of systematic reviews and other types of reviews. The workshop will then go over resources and services the library has available to support review projects.

Inclusive Scholarly Writing
Wednesday, November 16, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
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Have you ever paused while drafting a scholarly paper because you’re uncertain of the most inclusive, contemporary terminology to employ for a participant’s, individual’s, or group’s identity? When publishing, being conscious of the weight and power these terms hold is crucial, but staying up to date can be difficult as language is constantly evolving. In this workshop, we will discuss current industry standards and directions for terms involving race, gender, disability, and other identities. You will also learn how to navigate journal expectations, particularly when they might contradict current social norms or personal preferences.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, December 2, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.