Resolve to learn new digital tools, get the most out of library resources, or commit to your large-scale writing projects in the new year! This semester’s lineup of over forty Scholars’ Commons workshops will give you hands-on learning to complement your classroom experience and enhance your research.
Just a few examples of the workshops coming up:
- The weekly Scholarly Write-in offers a dedicated block of time to work on your dissertation, thesis, or other large-scale writing project. Get yourself started, or help yourself stay on target.
- The “Monday Motivators” series offers expert tips on topics like procrastination, stress management, and better sleep. Co-sponsored by CAPS, these workshops help you strengthen skills you may not learn in the classroom.
- On Fridays, find workshops in the Digital Scholarship Lab series. Kicking off on January 12 with “Intro to Digital Humanities,” these workshops show off the giant screen of the Scholars’ Commons IQ-Wall to demonstrate tools for 3D visualization, text mining, virtual and augmented reality, and more.
- The popular Maker Mondays series lets you play and make fun things while learning about technology. Leanne Nay, Digital Engagement Librarian, says that these “maker” events – a blend of high tech and low tech which encourage creating over consuming – “give students access to the tools and materials necessary to develop problem-solving skills while allowing them the freedom to discover knowledge on their own.” You'll want to register early for these!
Besides introducing tools and skills not found in the classroom, these workshops give you the opportunity to make valuable connections with librarians, faculty, staff, and fellow students. Some require registration, so plan ahead - we'll see you there!