Professional development calendar

Date Session Details & Registration
1st Dec 2021 Grammar Café - Verb tenses in English
Verbs help to encode actions, meanings, and relationships between things. Consistency of verb tense helps ensure smooth expression in your writing and improve the coherence of your argument. The practice of the discipline for which you write typically determines which verb tenses to use in various parts of your thesis. In general, however, this workshop will use practical tips and guides to help you know when to use past and present tense and in which chapter. It discusses how to avoid unnecessary shifts in verb tense within a paragraph or in adjacent paragraphs to help ensure smooth expression. If you need to improve your knowledge of grammar and mechanics and the clarity of your written expression, this workshop is for you.  (90 mins, 0930-1100 AEST)(90 mins, 1330-1500 AEST)
1st Dec 2021 Raising your research profile – Using social media to build your research profile
Do you want to have as much impact and reach with your research as possible? In an increasingly competitive academic research and scholarship environment, how do you distinguish yourself from your research peers? Conducting research is just one part of being an effective and productive researcher. To be competitive in academia and show the uniqueness of you and your research, you need to build and present a visible online profile that makes it easy for others to find you, and cite you correctly. Your research profile showcases your work to the world. In this workshop we discuss 'what counts'; knowing what is valued in academic research and our institutions, and how your value is measured. We discuss compiling the most relevant information about you and your research into digestible bits of information that highlight contributions to research.This workshop is limited to 20 participants and is facilitated by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen of Adroit Research, please email her with any questions - info@adroitresearch.com.au with the subject line: CSU workshop. (2 hours, 1000-1200 (AEST)
1st Dec 2021 Grammar Café - Articles
Many languages do not use articles (a, an, & the), or if they do exist, they may be used differently than in English. Multilingual writers often find article usage to be one of the most difficult concepts to master. Although there are some rules about article usage to help, there are also quite a few exceptions. Learning to use articles accurately is the focus of this workshop. It discusses common errors of article usage using practical examples and resources to help improve your academic writing skills. (90 mins, 1330-1500 AEST)
1st Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
2nd Dec 2021 HDR Candidate Induction
Welcome to Charles Sturt.  This Induction session for all new HDR Candidates It has a variety of presenters from the Research Office and Library who share essential information about getting started - what you need to know, the support services available to you, your key relationships, working well with your supervisor team, setting expectations, knowing your responsibilities, the professional development opportunities available to you and more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.  (2.5 hours, 0930-1200 AEST)
2nd Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
6th Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
7th Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
8th Dec 2021 NVivo
As a prerequisite to this session, you are required to review some materials. You will find the link in the registration questions.  This workshop will then move you beyond basic coding with a range of queries to help identify patterns in data. Queries are powerful and assist the researcher to move beyond basic coding to use their classifications to produce visualisations. Reports are also covered.We work with a sample dataset, however you are encouraged to work with your own coded dataset if desired (literature or empirical data). It is OK if you don't have coded data as the workshop gives insight into what is possible when you reach that stage.This workshop is limited to 15 participants and is facilitated by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen of Adroit Research, please email her with any questions - info@adroitresearch.com.au with the subject line: CSU workshop.  (3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST)
8th Dec 2021 Ready to publish: Choosing where to publish
Almost ready to publish and want to know how to choose the best option for you and your work?  We will show you tips, tricks and resources, including metrics and how to identify reputable publishers. (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST)
8th Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
9th Dec 2021 Shut Up & Write
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  No need to register, just pop this link and reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09They are held:Mondays and Thursdays 1000-1200Tuesdays 1400-1600Wednesdays 1900-2100
9th Dec 2021 Using NVivo to analyse social media – capturing social media data
You find yourself sitting on a goldmine of research data from in-depth interviews, detailed focus groups, with survey results alongside supporting observations and a comprehensive literature review. But you wonder, is there something missing? Could social media data add more depth to your analysis and understanding? This 'naturally occurring data' can highlight themes in threads and conversations that take place online in social media spaces such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Imagine being able to track the transience of a natural disaster as it hits, or the reviews of a new piece of software released, or how people talk about religion in the digital age. All are possible .In this workshop, we introduce you to the benefits of using social media data to structure online content, helping you quickly unlock insights in your data. We discuss how to build social media into your research design, which platforms are worth concentrating on, and which tools and methods to use to collect and analyse the data.Details to follow.This workshop is limited to 20 participants and is facilitated by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen of Adroit Research, please email her with any questions - info@adroitresearch.com.au with the subject line: CSU workshop. (2 hours, 1000-1200 (AEST)
9th Dec 2021 Ready to publish: What about Open Access?
Want to consider using an Open Access option for your publishing?  We will show you how to locate what is available, explain Open Access and what it is and how to identify reputable publishers, with added information on sharing resources.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST)
9th Dec 2021 HDR Connect
Welcome to our support group for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Honours students as a place to connect, meet and discuss research.HDR Connect is for all HDR and Honours students, meeting fortnightly via zoom. We'll connect with each other about how we are going and share our wins, our challenges and anything research related. Our meetings are also an opportunity to invite guest speakers on themed topics to help inform our practice, should this be helpful.  We look forward to connecting with you.  (60 minutes, 1600-1700 AEST)
11th Dec 2021 Saturday Shut Up & Write!
An afternoon writing session on a Saturday!It's for anyone who wishes to allocate some writing time, in a supportive 'on-line' group environment. Participants say they find these meetings useful to: make research writing more focused, efficient or effective; protect or allocate specific time for research writing; create an obligatory practice, away from distractions and in a supportive group; build a sense of community around writing; and help overcome procrastination and increase motivation. Please register and we'll see you there. (3 hours, 1400-1700 AEST)
14th Dec 2021 Presenting Research Metrics for Grants and Promotion
Are you looking to complete a grant application or application for promotion and want information about how to present your research impact? This session will show you how. Learn more about engaging with metrics to get the best possible outcome for your grant application or promotion. (60 mins, 0930-1030 AEST)
15th Dec 2021 Databases and SQL, by Intersect
A relational database is an extremely efficient, fast and widespread means of storing structured data and Structured Query Language (SQL) is the standard means for reading from and writing to databases. Databases use multiple tables, linked by well-defined relationships to store large amounts of data without needless repetition while maintaining the integrity of your data.Moving from spreadsheets and text documents to a structured relational database can be a steep learning curve, but one that will reward you many time over in speed, efficiency and power.  The registration link will provide further details.  (3 hrs, 0930-1230 AEST).  Remember to save the ics file to your calendar.
15th Dec 2021 Authorship and Copyright for a Thesis and other publications
Are you planning to include journal articles that you have written during your candidature, in your thesis? Are you planning to publish further works from your thesis?  This information session will support you to apply the appropriate copyright, Intellectual Property, Open Access and Creative Commons guidelines to your research outputs.   (60 mins, 1400-1500 AEST)
8th Feb 2022 R Tutorial Series 1 - Introduction and overview of R for data analysis
Unit 1 will cover some essential R functions such as setting up the working directory path, R help functions, input and output functions, and some descriptive and graphical analysis examples using prepared material. You will also receive access to resources including an overview of R, how to install R on your computer, example R codes, all data files needed for executing the example R codes and the electronic copy of “the R book”, a good general reference for performing statistical data analysis using R. For people who may want to use RStudio as the user interface, there are a couple of files for your information as well.(2 hrs 15 mins, 1000-1215 AEST)Presenter - John Xie, QCU
8th Feb 2022 Ethics Café
Ethics applications can be complicated!The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern and error. It's a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the requirements and to receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit.These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.Presented by HREC.(60 mins, 1230-1330 AEST)
22nd Feb 2022 Data Analysis - the big picture of choosing statistical software
What is the best choice of statistical software for your project?This session looks at some interesting questions about statistical data, the treatment of raw data, qualitative vs quantitative analysis, and why statistical data analysis is unique.(90 mins, 1030-1200 AEST)Presenter - John Xie, QCU
23rd Feb 2022 Rebooting our reading, note-taking and writing practices: from default to purpose-driven
We learned to read and write in school! Yes, but reading and writing in research are a different matter altogether. Despite being so crucial, reading is commonly shaped by default practices that often do not meet our needs, especially given the time pressures we face. Does your pile of things to read keep growing, no matter how much you’ve read? Might your reading be governed by fear of missing out? Are the notes you are taking as useful and insightful as they could be? Are you struggling with writing? You will learn about common defaults in reading and note-taking, and learn a range of alternative strategies to try out within the workshop, focusing on literature that is relevant to your own work. Time spent reading things in detail that turn out not to be so useful is time you can’t get back. This workshop promotes extractive reading that leaves you time to go in depth when you need to. We will also explore strategies for writing: how to assault the blank page through a range of techniques.  Preparation for this workshop.(3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST)Presenter - Nick Hopwood. University of Technology Sydney.
24th Feb 2022 HDR Candidate Induction
Welcome to new HDR Candidates!A variety of presenters from Research Services & Graduate Studies and Library will share essential information about what you need to know about getting started. Your responsibilities, expectations, probation and timelines, the support services available to you, your supervisory team relationship, the training and development opportunities available to you and more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.(2.5 hrs, 0930-1200 AEST)Presenters - Various
10th Mar 2022 The Art of Interviewing
Interviews are commonly used in qualitative research, but often done okay rather than brilliantly. This workshop takes a stance that interviewing is about creating conditions for a rich process of joint meaning-making. The workshop will be highly practical, giving participants opportunities to experience diverse techniques, including approaches that focus on getting into details of practices, those that create a magical effect through use of a third thing, and those that enhance sensory engagement. Expect to interview, be interviewed, and to alert to the use of effective probes.Preparation for the workshopChoose an object that relates to your research and have it ready to show others (or share a relevant image online)Choose an object with a particular smell / aroma to have close by for part of the workshop(3hrs, 1000-1300 AEST)Presenter - Nick Hopwood. University of Technology Sydney.
15th Mar 2022 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 1
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Day 1: Aims of the workshop; Terms and definitions; Planning a survey; Populations, sample sizes and frames; Modes of data collection.(2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)You will need to register separately for parts 2 & 3.Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN
16th Mar 2022 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 2 of 3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Part 2:  Different types of questions; and questionnaire design.(2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)You will need to register separately for part 3.Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN
17th Mar 2022 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Part 3:  Testing, SurveyMonkey, Data and Support(2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN
5th Apr 2022 Beyond coding - Interpreting qualitative data
What does it mean to interpret data? How do researchers actually make sense of the data, and infer meaning? This workshop explores approaches to analysis that go beyond coding, looking for meaning that can’t be captured in any one segment or quotation. Participants will learn how this can be done through practical activities looking at interview, observation/video, and documentary data. Key points include the importance of contextual understandings and holistic approaches to data.(3 hrs, 1000- 1300 AEST)Presented by - Nick Hopwood, University of Technology Sydney.
7th Apr 2022 Critical stances in relation to data – how not to take your data for granted
In qualitative analysis it is important not to take your data for granted, not to assume its surface meanings are the only meanings, or even the most appropriate ones to work with. In this workshop we will share principles and analytical questions that you can use to take a sophisticated approach to data. While taking a critical and reflective stance to your data is good for intellectual hygiene and methodological rigour, it can also be unsettling and destabilising. In this workshop we will look at examples of documentary and interview data where surface meanings need to be troubled, applying specific techniques to uncover important features and meanings. Participants will work with examples of real data, before focusing on their own data in order to discover what it is really and most powerfully evidence of.  Preparation for the session.(3 hrs, 1000-1300 AEST)Presenter by - Nick Hopwood, University of Technology Sydney.
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