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GPSC28 - Graduate Presentation Skills Essentials

Oral presentation skills are essential for every graduate student in order to successfully convey key aspects of their work in class, at academic conferences, and to potential employers.

This workshop series will outline elements that contribute to effective presentations, including preparation, structure, and delivery. We will discuss how to construct a presentation, as well as select appropriate visual aids and strategies to deliver your presentation in an engaging manner.

In addition, we have updated this workshop to include strategies for presenting in virtual environments including tips for a professional presentation in a home office setting and effective virtual engagement tools.

This workshop takes place in two sections. The first section will present theory on the essentials of graduate presentation skills. For the second section, participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a short (3-5 minutes) presentation to the virtual class and will receive feedback from both their peers and the workshop leader. Participation in both days is mandatory.

Students must be ready to present their work to their peers during the second session. They will not be allowed to attend the workshop if they do not deliver their presentations, thereby resulting in the non-attendance penalty.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Describe the structure of an effective presentation,
2) Identify the elements of an effective presentation, in terms of visual support, presenter approach and the virtual environment,
3) Present their own work in 3-5 minutes,
4) Use strategies for receiving feedback from their audience.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Pamela Tudge and Christiane Meyer.

Pamela Tudge thinks of herself as part food nerd, part academic, and part environmentalist who really loves design and art that makes her think deeper about the world. As a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program, Pamela is exploring critical design as a methodology to investigate historic and contemporary domestic practices around food and waste. Pamela, has worked for over 15 years in the fields of climate science, education and the arts. She also holds a MA in Geography from UBC and a BA-Honors in Geography and Environmental Studies from the UVic.

Christiane is a researcher, pharmacist, and runner. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in the Individualized Program at Concordia University. In her Ph.D. project, Christiane follows the question of how chronic circadian desynchronization makes the female organism more susceptible to mood disorders.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.


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