Faculty of Extension
Below are the courses available from the EXGEN subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times
Workshop morning session goals: discuss community-based research and evaluation (CBRE) concepts; understand when and why CBRE is used; share real-life experiences; meet others interested in CBRE partnerships.
Workshop morning session goals: explore concepts of 'ethics' and 'rigour'; discuss multiple perspectives on ethical, quality, and trustworthy research; analyze academic, ethics-review standards and processes; use checklists to identify rigorous CBR; network and other CBR workshop participants.
Workshop morning session goals: discuss ideas of 'partnership' in CBR; learn how individuals can work together to build cohesive research teams; explore ways to develop project priorities and parameters; meet potential partners.
Workshop morning session goals: learn how research questions affect research designs; examine the iterative nature of CBR; work with real-life case-study information; network with potential CBR partners.
This workshop is built around a guest researcher and an authentic research case. Workshop morning session goals: learn how evaluation questions affect evaluation designs; analyze real-life examples; share experiences with others interested in community-based evaluation.
This workshop is built around a guest researcher and an authentic research case. Workshop morning session goals: learn how CBR can be an effective means to create an share knowledge; analyze a knowledge-mobilization framework; identify ways to share CBR results; network with others interested in influencing policy and practice.
The curriculum introduces participants to Community-Based Research and Evaluation (CBRE) to develop the capacity to practice and support CBRE. The workshop focuses on community organizations with a mandate to serve people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Many youths are labelled at-risk or high-risk by service providers, the school system, the criminal justice system, and society as a whole. Examine concepts of 'at-risk/high-risk' youth and its implications, the issues that create marginalization and stigmatization and the ways to minimize these; and how community agencies (e.g., government, non-profit) respectfully engage youth as an agent for change in, and a positive contributor to, the community through building a positive relationship with them. Understand the views, voices, and experiences of a select group of youths who will co-instruct this course with the principal instructor.
Studio facilities and models are provided for professional artists and art students. No instruction is offered.
This Mentorship is designed to give Visual Arts Certificate graduate the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor towards a solo exhibition at the Extension Gallery, focused on creating a cohesive body of work in a specific theme of their choosing. This is an independent study course for which the student selects a mentor to provide guidance, feedback and ongoing assessment of the work. As well as the artistic merit of the work produced, the organization of material and scope of the project will be crucial for student success. Dependent on individual and project goals, students can register for the Mentorship up to a maximum of 3 times (3 terms).
Explore the art of making beautiful felt pieces from wool as you learn the wet felting method of bonding wool fibres together. Find out how to build 3D objects from felt and how to create texture such as bumps, undulations, spikes, ripples, craters, cracks, and more. Make your own textural wall hanging and a three-dimensional vessel to take home. You will leave this class ready to use your new skills on your own.
Enjoy a first-hand experience of the spirit of hospitality embodied by the Japanese tea ceremony, as you practice serving and receiving tea using traditional utensils. Learn about environment associated with the ceremony: the tea room, the garden, tea utensils, and the toko no ma. Explore the history of this tradition started by Zen monks in the 13th century and understand why the tea ceremony developed the way it did.
Home staging is a specialized and highly sought-after skill that will add depth to your decorating business. Help your clients sell their home faster and at the best price by following the principles of home staging to give a fresh new look to an existing space. Learn about the role of the home stager and the principles of de-personalizing, re-decorating, space planning, and accessorizing.
This two-day workshop is designed to give teachers ideas for fun activities they bring into the classroom. Open to the general public and teachers of grades 5-12. All supplies provided.
Explore the use of found objects in a contemporary studio practice and learn to incorporate your finds from thrift stores, the reuse centre, or personal items into works of art. Experiment with materials and techniques using acrylic paint and acrylic gouache along with found images and objects. Find out how to use adhesives and grounds for varied surfaces while expanding your palette to include objects.
A basic knowledge of French is required in French Level II. The language of instruction is primarily French. In addition to the grammar covered in Chapters 6 through 9 and a portion of Chapter 14 (14.1, 14.2, 14.3) in En bons termes, we will cover the following conversational topics: shopping/clothing, professions, leisure- sports/hobbies/entertainment and travel. Completion of EXGEN 3114 is strongly recommended.
Improve the accuracy and clarity of your writing by examining the most common grammatical problems. Practice the grammatical rules by applying them to your own writing in exercises that will be critiqued by the instructor. This course stresses the basics of correct writing in a hands-on approach. Only selected key principles of grammar will be discussed and applied to your writing. This is a required course for the Qualified Administrative Assistants Program. For more information on the Association of Administrative Assistants go to: www.aaa.ca
If you're planning a trip to a German-speaking country but your language skills don't go much beyond ja and nein, this course is for you. Focusing on spoken communication and the comprehension of texts commonly encountered while traveling, you will learn how to manage travel scenarios such as taking the bus, buying souvenirs, or ordering at a restaurant. Explore aspects like the public transit system, food specialties, and sightseeing spots. Develop an introductory vocabulary and learn useful expressions. Become able to locate help and communicate your basic needs.
Overcome stylistic faults in your business, professional or academic writing. Learn to assess your readers, evaluate your intent and write clear and graceful text that engages your audience's interest. Topics will include developing a vocabulary for analyzing style, creating a coherent point of view, removing redundancy and controlling long sentences. The course includes exercises and writing assignments. This is a required course for the Qualified Administrative Assistants Program. For more information on the Association of Administrative Assistants go to: www.aaa.ca/
This is a course for writers who are starting out and want to experience the range and potential of the various forms of writing. We will look at poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Facilitated through a discussion of the literature of the past and present the main focus of this course will be on exploring your own creative writing.
The language of instruction in French Level I will be primarily English, but students will have ample opportunity to practice their French. In addition to the grammar covered in Chapters 1 through 5 in En bons termes, we will cover the following vocabulary and conversational topics: greetings, food, ordering a meal, seasons/time, directions, dates, the rooms in a house, classroom/office vocabulary, age, the family, parts of the body and health.
In this hands-on workshop, you'll explore the rules of French pronunciation, acquire some foundational vocabulary, understand the differences between written and spoken French, and be introduced to grammar structures you'll need to communicate at a basic level. Work on essentials such as days of the week, numbers, introductions, ordering meals, and others. Learn words tailored to you specific needs - tourism, business, wine tasting, etc. Get useful pointers on the rules of French etiquette.
In this introductory course you will become acquainted with everyday Italian conversation through oral practice, basic grammar instruction, and pronunciation drills. By the end of the course you will be able to competently introduce yourself and others and will be able to pose questions on personal information as well as respond to analogous questions (place of residency, people whom you know, what you possess). You will easily be able to interact at an elementary level of Italian as long as the speaker enunciates slowly, clearly and is willing to be collaborative and supportive in the learning experience.
Requiring a reasonable command of basic Italian structure, this course will focus on helping you develop conversational skills. Understand isolated, frequently used sentence's and expressions relative to time and place and of immediate importance to you. [For example, basic information on the person and family, abilities, local geography, and the work place]. Be successful in expressing in simple terms aspects of your life and of your surroundings. Completion of EXGEN 3116 is strongly recommended.
Writing creative nonfiction begins with an intensive exploration of people, places and events we already know but often ignore. Join us for an exciting and interactive workshop, exploring our lives through writing and reading, techniques and critiques. Journaling, memoir, food and travel writing will be included.
Learn how to develop a career in independent journalism, as well as how to manage your business. Find out what types of journalism work are available to freelancers and explore topics such as finding, developing, and organizing ideas; selling stories and yourself; and market research techniques. Discuss digital tools that can reduce time, errors, and the chaos of self-employment, as well as life skills that foster a healthy work-life balance. We¿ll wade into the business nitty-gritty--who pays, how much, and what¿s in a contract--as well as best practices.
Transform scientific research, theories and term papers into clear and concise writing with a more broad-based appeal. This course will focus on structuring and telling a story, understanding what a general audience is looking for, and on specific tools and techniques to communicate engaging content related to science, technology, and the environment, including general reporting best practices. This course is designed for anyone interested in writing about science including: technical writers, scientists, medical professionals, journalists, and students.
Learn how to avoid costly and embarrassing errors by sharpening your proofreading skills. A Practical Guide to Proofreading covers proofreading marks, comparing copies, the errors to look for when proofreading, and the differences between proofreading and editing. A variety of exercises will help you learn to avoid common proofreading errors.
In 1971 Alice Munro wrote, 'There is a change coming in the lives of girls and women, and it is up to us to make in happen.' In 1994, the first Women's Writing Week invited you to write what is happening, and to imagine what can yet happen. Since more has been written about us than by us in the last 100 years, what story do you want to record that has no yet been written? Your story matters; your page is waiting for you!
The objective of Japanese I is to provide a solid foundation in the knowledge and skill required to speak functional Japanese. After completing this course you will be able to survive day-to-day situations in Japan such as greetings, introductions, counting, asking and giving simple information, shopping, and so on.
Take your language skills to the next level as you become comfortable with reading short articles, carrying on basic conversations, and following instructions entirely in French. Gather new vocabulary and practice conversation topics such as arts and entertainment, lifestyle and culture, and health habits. Learn how to express your opinion on issues like politics, family, and others. Instruction is primarily in French; grammar concepts are explained in English. Completion of EXGEN 3109 is strongly recommended.
The course will start with a review of basic sentence structure, vocabulary, and useful daily expressions and move on to more complex grammatical rules, especially the inflection of verbs and adjectives. We will increase our vocabulary and special idiomatic expressions used in daily life in Japan. English will be used to explain grammatical points only. You will be encouraged to use the target language as much as possible. Upon completion of this course you will be able to handle day to day situations in Japan with more ease. You will be able to express your feelings and ideas on certain topics with more confidence. Completion of EXGEN 3138 is strongly recommended.
Learn the practicalities of working with a publisher. Topics covered include identifying a saleable, book length project, finding a publisher, assessing the need for an agent, book proposal writing and research techniques. Securing copyright and expectations after publication will also be addressed.
Acquire the skills and confidence necessary to articulate your ideas, show people your expertise, and market yourself and your businesses in-person or virtually. Enhance your ability to craft and deliver messages and speeches, create an online personal brand, and come across as a skillful communicator in any setting. Explore a comprehensive toolkit of presentation crafting, public speaking, and executive presence, and learn how to use your body language, vocal variety, visuals, and technology to better communicate your message to audiences of one to hundreds.
Good writing is not only free of typos and grammatical errors, but also clear and engaging for the intended reader. Taught by a team of experienced editors, this introductory course presents an overview of the major tasks of an editor (both for print and the web). The editing sessions focus on proofreading, copyediting, stylistic editing, substantive and structural editing, as well as editing as a career. The web editing evening deals with the design of organization and navigation systems to support finding information on a website.
Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) in this course designed for those with little or no background in ASL. Acquire beginner-level, practical ASL communication skills on everyday topics, both to express yourself and understand conversational American Sign Language. Understand the crucial components of ASL and find out how to use non-manual grammar in ASL. Explore issues related to Deaf culture and the Deaf community. This class will be entirely conducted in ASL.
Improve your basic American Sign Language skills in this course designed for those who completed the ASL 1 course. Carry on conversations in ASL on everyday topics such as family, activities, and interests. Further develop your ASL receptive and expressive skills, and learn how to use storytelling in ASL. This class will be entirely conducted in ASL.
Learn conversational Mandarin while exploring aspects of Chinese life and culture. Through oral practice and conversational exercises you develop fluency in a comfortable language learning environment with an experienced Mandarin instructor. The use of Pin-Yin, the Chinese characters in the Latin alphabet, facilitates the learning process for students at the introductory level. We will cover the Introduction Chapter up to Lesson 5 in the Integrated Chinese textbook.
Improve your conversational skills through face-to-face communicative exercises with Spanish speakers and fellow students. Exercises are designed to offer you the opportunity to practice and be corrected in Spanish. The topics of conversation will include the diversity of Latin American and Canadian cultures and any other topic of interest to the students. Completion of EXSLC 3377 is strongly recommended.
Writing short story is an art, requiring the precision and intensity of poetry combined with novel elements such as structure, setting, and characterization. We'll look at our own work and the work of others in a workshop setting. You will have the opportunity to polish your style and form, edit and shape your writing, discover new ideas for story development, and gain confidence in your own style and process.
In personal essays you're allowed to say I. You're the authority on your life. No outlines or footnotes are required, just life experience and reflection. This class will explore the basics of the personal essay and where to find markets. You will have an opportunity to write and share your work in a group setting. Inspiration will be provided. This class will appeal to writers of all ages and at all stages of their career who are interested in memoir or creative nonfiction.
Explore the nature of the novel and its essential craft elements-plot, structure, characterization, point of view and sense of place. You will gain perspective on your writing process, which will help you conceptualize your novel and begin writing in manageable size pieces. You will also have the opportunity to share your work with others for feedback and refinement.
What thousand words does a picture say-or not say? Through a series of short readings and exercises using found and personal photographs, we will investigate how our writing can be enhanced through an exploration of photography. Part of our task will be to think through the visuals as we reflect on our own histories and identities. We will work to expand our thinking about writing in relation to the visual.
Build on your ability to carry on a simple conversation in Italian through this course, which will stress the development of a more comprehensive vocabulary and idiom, specifically in speaking. Comprehend the essential points of clear messages on familiar topics such as work, school, free time, et cetera. After Level III you should be able to hold your own when travelling to a region where people speak the language. Construct simple, coherent passages on topics that are either familiar or of interest. You will be able to: describe experiences, events, dreams, wishes, ambitions; elaborate on reasons; give explanations on opinions and projects. Completion of EXGEN 3117 is strongly recommended.
Les étudiants devront être capables de tenir une conversation dans la plupart des situations de la vie quotidienne. L'enseignement sera donné exclusivement en français. Les chapitres de grammaire abordés seront les chapitres 15 à 17. Les sujets de conversation seront les suivants: initiation à la littérature francophone, les nouvelles techniques, l'environnement. D'autres sujets de conversation seront également étudiés selon les intérêts des étudiants. Completion of EXGEN 3139 is strongly recommended.
Les étudiants devront être capables de tenir une conversation dans toutes les situations de la vie privée ou professionnelle. L'enseignement sera donné exclusivement en français. Les chapitres de grammaire abordés seront les suivants: chapitres 18 à 22. Les sujets de conversation seront: les différents aspects de la culture francophone, rédiger un curriculum vitae et une lettre de demande. D'autres sujets de conversation seront également choisis en fonction des intérêts des étudiants. Completion of EXGEN 3247 is strongly recommended.
Learn how to get results through your writing whether it be for a newsletter, brochure or news release. Areas of focus include content, tone, audience identification, brevity, editing and how to write a lead. Classroom sessions will include a blend of instructor presentation, classroom exercises and discussion, and writing critique.
Leading teams in a remote environment depends upon new ways of working together. It requires leadership that can overcome physical distance to create environments of deep belonging and engagement. Learn how to intentionally create a sense of connection and keep your team productive, accountable, and performing at its best while working from home. Explore the tools and strategies you need to navigate the transition to leading remotely. Find out how to do so in a meaningful and human way, creating lasting team engagement and productivity.
Develop fundamental editing skills for a range of fields with a focus on the editor's bread and butter: substantive and copy editing. Learn the theory and get practical, hands-on training. Ensure correct and consistent punctuation, grammar, word usage, and spelling, and improve the writing so it's clear and concise. We will explore the editing process, the author-editor relationship, the readers' needs, and the business of editing.
Are you a writer of prose, either fiction or nonfiction, with a work-in-progress? Explore the power of language and precision in choosing words to shape your text. Develop editing, re-writing techniques and critical skills to know what constitutes publishable work. Includes in-class exercises, study of famous authors' revisions, and your own work.
Do you write or edit content for websites? This course examines the issues that are important when creating website content. Learn many tips to create comprehensible Web pages. Examine the writing principles used when writing online and how text, graphics, and navigation must work together. This nontechnical course provides an overview for writers and editors who find themselves working on Web projects - either by choice or by falling into it!
In this workshop, students will learn how to assess their qualifications and skills to best present themselves in writing. Students will learn about the two most popular styles of resumes (functional and chronological) and understand which one is best suited for their individual needs, as well as how to construct a successful cover letter.
Living in a world that poses challenges and even greater uncertainty requires increasing self-awareness and accountability about our responses to unforeseeable events. We know from reading literature that great writers have captured difficult and painful moments in history by writing about it and inspiring resilience in people. Emotional resiliency is defined as an ability to adapt and to respond to difficult life circumstances without losing control. The more resilient you are the better you can cope with stress and change. In this workshop, we will learn how to make writing a daily practice that complements meditation, relaxation, and intention-making.
A grant from a respectable funding agency can open new possibilities for you as a professional in any industry, and can take your career to the next level. In this workshop, we will learn best practices in writing a successful grant application for research-based projects and discuss strategic ways of answering fundamental questions that interest grant-adjudicating committees.
In this workshop, participants will learn the skills, tools and strategy to help them create compelling digital content and better understand what makes a legitimate social media influencer.
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of influencer marketing and how to develop an influencer marketing strategy.
This course is for all those who need to use the written word in online correspondence at work to get results. Explore the general principles that apply to writing in every workplace and learn how to write with clarity, precision, and brevity while producing regular email messages, memos, business letters, and summaries of meetings.
Aimed at those with very little or no background in German. It takes a task-based approach to learning using practical situations from everyday life. Get introduced to common expressions and acquire vocabulary in topics such as: greetings, introductions, ordering food, time of day, shopping, compliments and more. Discuss the culture of German-speaking countries and learn about basic pronunciation rules, the use of verbs, the use of present tense and past tense, sentence structure, and the use of cases. German I covers level A1.1 of the European CEFR-scale.
Aimed at those with some background in German, this course takes a task-based, communicative approach to learning that is focused on practical situations from everyday life. Practice conversational topics such as hobbies and leisure, directions, public transit, being sick and making a doctor's appointment, staying at a hotel, and more. Discuss the culture of German-speaking countries and learn about pronunciation rules, the past tense, prepositions, conjunctions, and the use of the dative case. German 2 covers level A1.2 of the European CEFR-scale.
The course takes a communicative approach to learning using practical situations from everyday life. The following conversational topics will be covered and reinforced: ailments, body parts, daily life, work, professions, and travel. Learn to use imperatives, possessive articles, special prepositions, and the perfect tense. We will cover Chapters 6 through 8 in Themen 1 aktuell, Lektion 6-10. The course allows for some additional topics and Internet use. The language of instruction is primarily German. Completion of EXGEN 3398 is strongly recommended.
Using a communicative approach to learning, we will practice our German using situations from everyday life. You should be comfortable carrying on basic conversations. The following conversational topics will be covered: shopping, giving and receiving gifts, invitations, the German geography, language, culture, and people (biographies). Learn to use the dative, comparatives and superlatives, and demonstrative pronouns. The genitive is introduced. We will cover Chapters 9 and 10 in Themen 1 aktuell, Lektion 6-10. The course allows for some additional topics and Internet use. The language of instruction is German. Completion of EXGEN 3399 is strongly recommended.
This course builds on grammar and writing skills by focusing on clarity, correctness, and the development of a compelling writing voice. Correcting for style, content, and format are integrated into formal studies in grammar. By focusing on these essential elements of writing, this course aims to prepare (or refresh) writers for the process from first draft to final product. In-class exercises will be used to take complex, sophisticated sentences and paragraphs and look at the underpinning logic of what the writer is trying to say.
Have you been asked to write a set of procedures, a manual, or a user's guide? Does this task seem daunting because you don't consider yourself a technical writer? This course is intended for anyone who must write procedures or manuals for others, or for anyone exploring the technical writing profession. Examine the tasks, processes and techniques for writing instructions and guides that are useful and easy to read. Learn how to conduct audience analysis and how to use this analysis to guide your writing. Experiment with document design and appreciate how design plays an important role in the writing process. Learn how to estimate the cost and schedule for producing your guides. Create an outline for a guide, write procedures and conduct feedback testing to improve the usability of your guide. This course provides an overview of technical writing processes and practical hands-on exercises; no technical writing experience is required.
Learn and be inspired to write poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Focus on a particular genre or try them all. This course will assist you in transforming your ideas, experiences, conversations, and researched material into spirited and expressive pieces. Meeting weekly online, both novice and experienced participants will have time to write and receive feedback.
This course takes a communicative approach to learning, using practical situations from everyday life. You should be comfortable carrying on basic conversations in German. The following conversational topics will be covered: looks and personality, describing people, clothes, tolerance and prejudice, schooling and professions, entertainment and television. Learn to use special articles, adjective endings, comparisons, modals in the past, subordinate clauses and reflexive verbs. We will cover Chapters 1 through 3. The course allows for some additional topics and internet use. The language of instruction is German. Completion of EXGEN 3400 is strongly recommended.
Expand your everyday communication skills, learn more advanced Kanji, and increase your command of idiom, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. The main focus will be on oral Japanese, but in order to enhance your communicative skills, we will learn further complex verb sentences and idiomatic expressions. Completion of EXGEN 3143 is strongly recommended.
Develop your communication and reading skills in Japanese further. By the time you have completed the course, you should be able to handle basic everyday living situations in Japanese. Practice forming complex sentences (including attributive modifiers, tenses, and conditions) and expand your vocabulary. Completion of EXGEN 3414 is strongly recommended.
People travelling to Spanish countries will enjoy their visit much more if they are able to speak a little of the language. This course provides practical tools to start your travel communication immediately and in an effective way. Focus is on developing speaking and listening skills but reading and writing practice is also encouraged.
Creative nonfiction attends to the real by using literary and storytelling effects that tune your ear to language and voice while drawing on a documentary approach. Through short talks, dialogue, in-class writing, and readings, we will explore this wide-ranging essay that can include: the personal essay, reportage or eyewitness accounts, portraits and biographies, memoir and autobiographies, social and family histories, the journal and diaries, the lyric or segmented essay, cultural analysis and reviews, travel and exploration accounts, nature and environmental writing, science writing, photo or image/text essay, opinion essays, investigative writing, and literary journalism.
Focusing on Brazilian Portuguese, this course will work towards the practical use of the language in everyday situations, exploring vocabulary and the fundamental sounds of Brazilian Portuguese. Basic topics of grammar will be studied to support the conversational topics. Conversational topics will include: greetings and introductions (formal and informal), personal information (profession, age, origin, hobbies, etc), daily routine, time, numbers, expressing plans for the near future, etc. We will explore activities to develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Based on the knowledge taught in Chinese I (Mandarin) we will expand our vocabulary and grammar by practicing the dialogues in the textbook and oral activity of daily life. We will continue with translation of sentences from the workbook. Lessons 6 to 11 in the Integrated Chinese textbook will be covered. You will improve your pronunciation gradually by ample practice exercises. Prerequisite: Chinese I (Mandarin) or equivalent.
Build basic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the language read and understood by most educated Arabs from Iraq to Morocco. You will be taught simple conversational skills to allow you to survive day to day situations in Arabic such as greetings, introductions, counting, asking directions, etc. You will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet, diacritical marks and speech sounds. Each class will include conversation, learning letters, simple words, and some cultural aspects.
Increase your communicative skills in Japanese as you further your understanding of syntactical structure through lessons that focus on how to talk about topics relevant to daily life. We will cover Lessons 4 through 9 in Japanese for Busy People, Vol. 2, and practice reading and writing 60 basic kanji. Topics explored include: plain form of verbs and adjectives; compound sentences; and temporal (when), conditional (if), and modifying clauses. Completion of EXGEN 3418 is strongly recommended.
This course if for those with some background in Portuguese (formal or informal). Focusing on Brazilian Portuguese, you will study the practical use of the language for everyday situations. A study of grammar will strengthen your conversational skills, and interactive activities will develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Conversational topics will include ordering a meal, expressing your likes and dislikes, expressing things that happened in the past, giving directions, and even learning to sing Happy Birthday in Portuguese.
Discover the world of window coverings and the place they have in bringing a room together in this special workshop. Learn what materials are best suited for both hard and soft window coverings and how to select appropriate style of drapery and fabric for each style. Hardware choices will also be covered as a tool to help complete your vision for a project. Practical attention and practice will be given to yardage calculations and measurements for all window coverings.
Learn how to apply interior design rules to an open space in this introduction to landscape design. Focusing on designing decks and patios, you'll get acquainted with different hardscape materials and their installation process, including furniture, fireplaces, gazebos, etc. Become aware of how plants can be used in the landscape, specifically in regards to screening between homes. Explore basic landscape design styles and find out how to integrate a deck or patio in a shape and size that matches your outdoor space.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is the largest official Japanese language test in the world. JLPT certificates offer advantages such as recognition for academic credit, graduation certification at school, and preferential treatment at companies. In this course, students will gauge their knowledge by taking exams from previous years. The instructor will assess and help improve each student's performance including vocabulary, grammar, reading, and listening skills. The aim of this course is to effectively prepare the students for taking the JLPT exam.
The old route to publication could be challenging, but at least it was straightforward: send out your manuscript, wait, and hopefully get accepted by a publishing house. The paths to publication have multiplied and it can become a little overwhelming. In this session we'll break down e-books versus p-books, the pros and cons of traditional versus indie publishing, how to pitch to publishers and negotiate your contract, and how to plan your promotional strategy. You'll pinpoint the best publication fit for you and your book(s), and feel more confident navigating these exciting possibilities.
This course is designed to meet the needs of advanced Spanish learners. You will have the opportunity to review and progress in speaking spanish. Most classes will provide an opportunity for communicative expression as you work through authentic language materials taken from a variety of Spanish newspapers, periodicals, movies, and advertisements. Prerequisite: EXSLC 3259
Use poetry and narrative as a way to re-story your life. Learn a process of letting your thoughts flow onto the page in an act of addressing challenging issues we have around our relationship with ourselves or others. The self-critic and self-editor will be left at the door. Our aim: to unearth a part of our vital and necessary story in a potent and safe manner. Come away with a renewed trust in your rich and powerful voice.
A poem is a dream caught in language. Anna Marie Sewell has drawn from her Anishnabe heritage and taken the image of the Dream Catcher as a motif for her work as Edmonton's fourth Poet Laureate. In this course, we will work with the motif of the dream catcher, to learn how the catching of dreams, whatever our culture and tradition, may inspire our writing practice. Cast a web, capture moments, sift them to see what is true, and weave that truth into a poem.
Make a one-of-a-kind accordion book. The accordion is probably the most widely used structure for a fold book. This technique is easy to learn and a great way to combine writing and images. You are encouraged to bring prose or poems that you have written (approximately 50 words), and any photographs or images that you would like to incorporate into the book. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.
Gone are the days a writer can afford to work in isolation. Now, each author - whether with a traditional publisher or going Indie - faces pressure to be their own promoter, online and in real life. Learn to make the best use of precious time and money. Come away knowing: the difference between marketing and promotion; how to identify your promotional personality strengths and challenges; the most important online tools, and one sin to avoid for each. You'll select an online and analog tool to immediately integrate into your promotional strategies.
Conflict, both external and internal, is the basis of plot. Without conflict, there's no story - no character development. Good fiction is full of real ilife conflicts. Loss, divorce, unrequited love, messy emotions, lies, and much more. Through simple writing exercises, we will explore what conflict is and the four truths that rule conflict situations. We will also explore how conflict operates in our own life, and explore creative ways of putting it into fiction.
Continue your practice and study of Japanese as we cover Lessons 8 through 11 in Japanese for Busy People, Vol. II, and study 50 more kanji from the fourth level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). We will continue to study the basics of Japanese syntax. Topics covered will include: the plain form of verbs and adjectives; compound sentences; modifying, temporal (when), and conditional (if) clauses; potential and volitional forms; and direct and indirect quotations. Upon completion of this course, students will gain natural, accurate and flexible communication skills in Japanese and will be able to carry on a variety of daily conversations.
Do you write, edit, and, perhaps, approve business correspondence, reports, procedures, and other documents for your organization? This hands-on workshop provides the steps to take to set editorial standards that result in professional, consistent, and correct written documents. Learn how an organization can benefit from using an editorial style guide, who is best to work on the project, what steps to take when creating an in-house style guide, and when to ask a professional editor for help.
Conflict is inevitable. We are like lumps of fuel rubbing against each other and causing friction that sparks. This course is aimed at professionals working in the field of conflict resolution and at those dealing with conflict in their own lives. Through simple writing exercises, explore what conflict is and the four truths that rule conflict situations. Understand how conflict operates in your own life, and explore creative ways of enabling yourself and others to repair the harm that can be caused in conflict.
In the 21st century, blood, sweat, tears, and a diploma are no longer enough for job success. Career research shows that in addition to skills and aptitudes, an understanding of what gives us a sense of meaning and direction is essential. We must learn about ourselves and cultivate an ability to articulate our stories in order to find, keep and create our work. Narrative career approaches have been developed to that end. Work toward your own career construction as you explore life and career themes through creative, expressive, and reflective writing. Learn about the research that proves that following your bliss is not just for poets. This course is suited for career counsellors and coaches, those working in education and Human Resource Development, or those in career transitions or aspiring to learn more about career development.
Seshat, the Goddess of writing, was known as the 'Mistress of the House of Books'. In this course we will explore Goddess iconography as it relates to personal story and social change. We will tap into the source of the feminine divine as a path into our own memory, story, dream, rhythm, and ultimately our own Goddess Voice and energy. We will work at bringing our untold tales to life through poetry and prose.
Do you find yourself always writing the same kind of poem? Are you limited by rhyme or `free' verse and want to break out and try something new? Learn the craft of poetry as you explore line and stanza breaks, breath, metaphor and imagery, narrative, as well as various styles of poetry. Through exercises, play and performance, participants will have the opportunity to write various forms of poetry including performance poems in a supportive environment that encourages exploration and experimentation. It's worth the gamble!
Use a sense of place to spark and shape your writing. How does filtering writing through a particular sense of place affect the work and what does writing gain in the process? How have writers expressed ideas about travel, or natural and built environments? We will read and discuss place-related writing as well as participate in writing exercises. You will have an opportunity to have your work critiqued by the group. While the emphasis in this seminar will be on producing new work, participants can work with the instructor on revisions. Suitable for emerging writers as well as more experienced ones.
Ever wanted to know what goes into making your favorite song' Powerful imagery, accompanied by a simple hook are first steps in the secrets to penning a memorable song. Learn the essentials to song-crafting; lyric writing, melody making, re-writing, genre specific, song structure/ inspiration. Have fun while you write a song and present it to an engaging audience and write a collaborative song with other participants. See what you've learned in action with a new song and performance from your instructor.
Beginning with the most basic element - sensory words, fragmented phrases and spontaneously composed text sketches, this course is designed to help both emerging and established writers renew and refine their skills in the creative writing process. In a series of composition exercises that build on each other, the elements of fiction ¿ voice, point of view, plot, characters and structure are explored in a fun, informative workshop style. Be prepared to write, share, laugh, and learn. Students are encouraged but not required to bring a work of short fiction, flash fiction, or a novel fragment to class.
You might call postcard story the love child of poetry and prose: a combination of the compressed symbolic charge of a lyric poem with a remarkably wide choice of narrative techniques. Charles Baxter eloquently evokes the 'less is more' principle of the postcard story: Some other world is making its way into these brief, reticent, meticulous stories. Working in a welcoming, supportive creative environment, participants will engage with a variety of prompts to craft short but intensely powerful flash fictions. Participants will be invited to bring photographs, images and artifacts to use as inspiration for stories. Writers will develop between three to seven postcard stories.
Develop a new awareness of the stories that collect inside each of us and the unique dynamics of the body/mind with memory, feelings, images, and the imagination that we can harvest to write stories. In a spirit of relaxation and play Sandra offers exercises that combine easy body stretches to awaken the body with poems and images that unleash memory, the imagination, and spontaneity. Then in-class writing exercises enable participants to discover and write their inside stories. Aspects of the writing craft required for developing character, place and plot are also included. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring an empty notebook.
Develop a new awareness of the stories that collect inside each of us and the unique dynamics of the body/mind with memory, feelings, images, and the imagination that we can harvest to write stories. In a spirit of relaxation and play Sandra offers exercises that combine easy body stretches to awaken the body with poems and images that unleash memory, the imagination, and spontaneity. Then in-class writing exercises enable participants to discover and write their inside stories. Aspects of the writing craft required for developing character, place and plot are also included. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring an empty notebook.
Explore ways to write children's nonfiction including alphabet books, historical stories, information books, and more. Expect to take part in creativity, writing, and self-editing exercises. You will write a query letter, begin a nonfiction book proposal, and discover how to build your credentials. There will be opportunities for feedback and learning about the publishing industry. Whether you are an aspiring writer or established author, this medley of nonfiction will expand your range of creative choices and empower you with the tools needed to succeed in this exciting area of writing.
Research shows that writing can be powerful medicine. The lung function of asthma patients improved significantly when they wrote about the most stressful event of their lives. Those with post-traumatic stress disorder experienced a decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression. In this workshop you will learn what makes writing medicine and create medicine for yourself. Focus on developing self-trust and intuition through expressive and reflective writing exercises; the approaches are intended to help breakthrough repetitive journal writing habits and renew confidence and joy. No prior writing experience is necessary
E-books are (finally!) outselling paperbacks; online scholarly databases are growing in leaps and bounds while library stacks are moving into storage; new works are being pinned, tweeted and liked. What does this move to the online environment mean for our traditional reading skills? This course explores the interpretive and creative possibilities that are arising alongside the creation of born digital texts. Examining how online and distributed platforms are reshaping the way we experience, interpret and respond to stories is the key focus of this course.
Creative nonfiction is currently a hot genre. This course will cover the following forms: writing about performance/experience (review form), writing about places (travel writing), writing about controversy/current events (Op-Ed), writing about people (biography), and writing about the self (autobiography and memoir).Your own projects and project ideas will be discussed. We will look at writing as a process - from generating ideas to polishing your words. Publication markets, writing groups, plans for revision, will also be discussed.
Unlock your muse and tap into your authentic writer's voice through the practice of different types of meditation and reflection exercises. Learn how to connect with the creativity of the human mind and write from this open heart/mind place. We will learn how to use meditation to release writer's block; write from the heart/mind without censorship and discover how to access our creativity. This will be our basis to write poetry and prose. Knowledge of meditation is not needed, just an openness to sit, reflect and be guided into different meditative journeys to help unleash our inner creativity and free us from writer's block.
Your job description may not say writer, but somehow you spend a large part of your day writing memos, letters, and proposals. The biggest problem in workplace writing is not necessarily bad grammar, but too many words per thought. Wordy writing lacks clarity. Learning to avoid certain grammatical constructions will help you process prose that makes your meaning crystal clear. This workshop will focus on George Orwell's six rules of good writing and the necessary grammatical information to put them into practice. Ample time will be devoted to in-class reinforcement exercises.
Learn the process to writing - which many writers follow naturally. If you're just getting started as a writer, or if you always find it a struggle to produce written work, whether it is a business report, a business letter, an essay, short story or blog, following the writing process will help. This course will explain what each stage of the writing process involves, and you'll be offered some tips for each stage that will help if you're feeling stuck!
Correct and elegant writing depends upon considerations of genre, audience, rhetoric, and subject matter, in addition to knowledge of the writing process (prewriting, writing, and rewriting). This course will consider the role of grammar at all stages of the writing process and how grammar changes in different contexts. Discuss word choice, sentence craft, and how to avoid the most common grammatical problems. Practice the grammatical rules by applying them to your own writing in exercises that will be critiqued by the instructor. Note: This course stresses the process of learning writing in a hands-on approach. Only selected key principles of grammar will be discussed and applied to your writing.
Explore the first level of the hands-on editing process: substantive and structural editing. Ensure your writing and the writing of others is organized effectively and that ideas are presented logically and in the best form (e.g., paragraphs, numbered lists). A variety of exercises will help you learn to recognize and correct common problems with content and structure, including errors in sequence, balance, and flow. Explore the editing process, the author-editor relationship, and the readers' needs.
Find an in to your writing, whether you are a beginning or established writer. Different writing exercises and games, from Dialogue Bombs to Object Talk, will be provided as a way to spark new ideas. There will be something for everyone: if you already write on a regular basis, the exercises will extend and challenge you through diverse forms and techniques; for new writers, the exercises offer an exciting and engaging way to approach writing in a variety of forms/genres, including dialogue, monologue, ekphrastic poetry, short fiction, and brief memoir.
Dive into the family treasure trunk and the labyrinth of recollections that constitute the family narrative. The search may give up letters and photographs, bits of clothing or household items, autograph or cookbooks or auto repair manuals. Determine the historiography of the items, their role in the overall narrative of the family, and the memories that are stirred by each item or recollection of event or person. We will focus on: developing an initial narrative structure; research methods; writing exercises specific to family memoir creation; and publication methods and options.
Examine and refine your writing through preparing it or public presentation. When you deliver your words for an audience - whether of one or one hundred people - you can become your own editor and, thus, a self-sufficient writer. Come and learn from a professional actor (who coached, among others, the cast of the TV show Seinfeld) how to prepare physically and vocally, emphasize crucial words and phrases, and face the fear of reading for an audience. You'll also find out how to use the presentation itself as a tool for self-editing and clarifying themes in our writing.
Experience the rich culture of Italy - birthplace to opera and home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - without leaving the classroom. This course will open your eyes to one of the world's greatest centers of art, natural beauty, and architecture, as it offers a helpful overview of the Italian regions for those travelling to Italy, as well as an engaging opportunity to experience Italian culture for those who are curious.
With a history that spans about 30,000 years, Japan has developed a complex and unique culture. Discover the ethos of harmony and elegance in Japanese culture through exploring calligraphy, origami, and ikebana - the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Become familiar with the structure and intricacies of the Japanese tea ceremony, including the prescribed gestures and phrases expected of guests and the proper way to make tea. Whether you are planning a trip to Japan or you are curious about this rich culture, experience the beauty of Japanese traditional art and culture.
What's the best way to use life experience to inform your fiction? We're never truly inventing characters out of thin air; we mine our own experience for empathetic imaginings, foundational truths, as well as for the magical creative leaps that distinguish fiction from fact. Create terrific characters and, by extension, great stories, by applying coaching techniques to your creative process. Finding your passion and point as a writer can be the difference between obscurity and finding an audience. Through guided discussion and writing exercises, you will develop and focus your creative ideas. This course is most appropriate for emerging writers.
Like bowls, forms in writing invite us to respond in ways that are both open to receiving inspiration (think Buddhist monks) and also to generous sharing (think potluck). In this welcoming, fun and productive workshop, we explore form as a generative process. Inspired by models from inspirational writers - beautiful sentences, short-short fiction, incantations, poems, myths - we will write widely and wildly. Participants are encouraged to bring an actual bowl to the workshop as a reminder of their willingness to be open to inspiration and to engage our muses.
Make your words sing! Locate the organic rhythm of your ideas. Find your inner dragon-slayer - your authentic voice - as you create poetry and prose with unique and expressive precision. Passion with skilled focus creates great power. Add verve and spirit to your writing. We will play with techniques that will assist you in reaching for more honesty on the page. And you will turn your stories into passionate prose and poems.
Your first draft finds the clay; your subsequent drafts shape the pot. Revision is work! Submit in advance the first five pages (double-spaced) of any genre (including poetry). We'll first establish criteria appropriate for your project; we'll then apply these criteria to your excerpt.
Have you dreamt of pursuing a career as an artist, but felt dissuaded by the myth of the starving, struggling artist? Creating a financially successful life from one's art requires creativity in planning and execution, but need not be out of reach. This course will provide you with the tools necessary to build your career as a visual artist. Learn the pros and cons of different revenue options, how to market yourself and effectively present your artwork, and how to build relationships that impact your financial success. This is an essential course for all aspiring visual artists.
Learn how to prepare a portfolio that communicates your potential, enthusiasm, and experience. Showcasing work you have completed previously is important for ongoing professional practice as an artist or designer. This workshop will explore different ways to organize and present your portfolio in an accessible and effective manner to assist your ongoing communication with potential audiences for your work - whether galleries or potential clients. This course is an absolute must for anyone wanting to continue on into either professional practice or further education in the arts.
Learn how to write compelling nonfiction for hungry magazine markets. Topics we'll address include: types of nonfiction; finding and developing ideas; form, organization, and first drafts; revision strategies and style. We'll also discuss market research techniques, submission protocols, and ways to make editors take notice. Blogging and social media will be included as a 'brand-building tool' as will 'best practices of good magazine/newspaper' article-writing. In-class writing exercises and some at-home reading will be required. Throughout the course, you will also be offered feedback towards the development of a publishable magazine story of your own.
Discover how your business or non-profit organization can use the latest social media trends effectively. Social media can help you to quickly build client relationships, publish news and updates, and engage your clients and the public in dialogue. Look at the questions to consider before you select and integrate new and emerging social media tools. Become aware of the various Web 2.0 and blog services, as well as how to develop and manage content that promotes your organization on the web. With hands-on practice, you will build your own blog and learn about other web tools during the class.
Make your idea reality. This class will provide you with a strong basic introduction to industry standards in the screenwriting trade. Through work on a short film script, you will be introduced to formatting, story structure, character development and arc, and create loglines, one-pagers, treatments, beat sheets and outlines as you begin to develop your own screenwriting process. Pitching, story editing and on-set work will also be discussed. Our last class will be held at FAVA, Edmonton's film and video arts co-op, where you will be introduced to important community resources to make your short film come alive. This course is co-sponsored with the Film and Video Society-Alberta (FAVA).
During the course, we will review the book Alif Baa including the Arabic alphabet, diacritical marks and speech sounds. We will work on units to encourage oral communication and improve conversational skills. Cultural activities such as music, food and celebrations will be part of the learning experience. Three lessons from al Kitab fii Ta'alum al Arabiyya, including vocabulary, grammar and drills will be studied during class.
An introduction to the practice of community translation, the course covers basic concepts in translation theory and its application in community translation contexts. The course introduces strategies and best practices for quality control, assessment, and revision of translations. To meet different communities' translation needs, social and cultural aspects of translation will be emphasized. Online and offline translation tools and resources will be introduced. The course will be taught in English, but guest lecturers may be invited to address issues in the working languages of participants.
The recent and rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) has left many wondering how a business can best deploy theses technologies for maximum impact. This seminar, designed for business leaders and technical staff, will provide an applied understanding of the process and capabilities of AI, machine learning and data mining. Participants will work in small teams to conceive, present and refine and AI project of their choice and can expect to gain an introductory working knowledge of how to evaluate, validate and begin developing AI solutions for a chosen domain.
This course is for health professionals treating borderline personality, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders or interpersonal trauma. It is particularly relevant in work with adolescents and your adults who have not improved with other treatments. Mentalizing is a flexible approach: it can be combined with other interventions and is rooted in psychological development, neuro-biology, social cognition and attachment theory. As a method mentalizing is introducing a fresh, empirically - supported view of interpersonal functioning and self regulation. Theory and techniques will be presented.
This course will explore some of the most significant challenges facing the waster and waste water pipeline sector. Aging and failing pipes are prevalent across North America, and students in this course will learn of t available technologies and techniques for the inspection, monitoring, and rehabilitation of aging water pipes. Participants will gain insight into the process of rehabilitation, investigating both the benefits and limitations of existing technologies.
From the industrial sector and the oil and gas industry, to construction and telecommunications; trenchless technologies are rapidly becoming a fundamental component of construction projects. Trenchless technologies 101 will provide an introduction to the concept of, and technologies behind, trenchless innovations. It will present participants with the opportunity to discover why new trenchless designs are at the forefront of today's construction needs.
Microtunneling and Pilot Tube Microtunneling (PTMT) are economically viable developments in pipe installation that do not require extensive surface disruptions. This workshop will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the leading technologies behind microtunneling and PTMT. Participants will gain understanding of the pipe installation process and why microtunneling is becoming a leading choice for the installation process.
This course will introduce students to the many geotechnical features that must be considered before the start of trenchless construction. Through the establishment of what constitutes Geotechnical, students will learn what aspects of the site's sub-ground must be surveyed before trenchless installation may begin. Students will have the chance to discover why these considerations are significant to trenchless construction, as well as learn the adverse results of disregarding the site's geotechnical features.
Choosing the appropriate pipe material is a vital component of trenchless construction. The type of material needed will vary from site-to-site and the proper choice is dependent on a variety of factors. Participants in this workshop will learn to recognize which materials are suitable for which construction sites, and why selecting the correct pipe material is important to the longevity of the installation.
Participants will explore how fibre optic technology is transforming communications systems. Advancements to construction will be examined, with participants learning about the cutting edge technologies, materials, and equipment that are transforming fibre optic construction. Current issues surrounding fibre optic installation will be considered and industry leaders will offer students methods to reduce risk.
Participants with previous knowledge of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) will be provided with in in-depth examination of the key elements of design that must be considered for HDD. The specifics of design, implementation, and risk will be examined in detail, allowing participants to expand their knowledge and understanding of the HDD process. This course will be most beneficial to individuals who have previous experience with HDD.
Direct pipe installation is an emerging trenchless technology that is rapidly becoming more common in Western Canada, but proper planning and design is necessary in order to ensure successful installation. Students will learn the proper planning and installation techniques, becoming familiar with the benefits of direct pipe installation and how to mitigate risks before they occur. Industry professionals and project owners will benefit from a learning the direct pipe techniques.
Strong team members are the backbone of any team, and communication is fundamental to working effectively with others. During this course, participants will learn to improve their communication and team skills. Intended outcomes include learning how to: depersonalize and disarm stress; present situations and decisions with clarity; and listen between the lines for underlying issues and concerns. This course will help participants discover how communication can help them become more effective team members.
Design Thinking is an innovative method that makes it possible to find meaningful, better-considered solutions to complex problems. At every level of every kind of organization, design thinking is an effective tool for making sense of creative opportunities. This course will serve as an overview of design thinking . It will explore how organizations have used design thinking to push forward new ideas and grow. And it will introduce strategies and tools that will help people become more innovative thinkers.
Conflict is an inevitable part of daily living. In our business, personal and social affairs, we encounter people in conflict. When mismanaged, conflict can be destructive and disruptive. If properly addressed, it is an opportunity for creativity and problem solving. Learn how to recognize the potential in conflict, get conflict into the open and establish a climate where both parties can negotiate a successful, win-win outcome. Discover why so many conflicts are destructive and how and why they result in failure. Learn how to deal with a number of common responses to conflict. Develop new skills through participation in case studies, practical applications, simulations and group activities. Practice the skills you need to successfully manage and resolve the conflicts in your professional and personal relationship.
Regardless of your position, everyone plays a roles in managing risk within an organization. This course will help provide you with a theoretical understanding of what risk management is and how to use risk management for decision making in order to achieve objectives, as well as create or preserve value for your organization. Topics will include: what is risk, risk management, management and communication, and the value of learning from failure.
This course is for individuals looking inside their organization to identify, manage, and prevent organizational risks while maximizing opportunities those risks my present. Topics covered will include: Organizational culture, human resources risks, crime, physical property and business continuity. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding and discussion about risk, key concepts and tools and selected risk topics.
Organizations face risk from every direction. This course will focus on identifying and managing external risk and will give you an understanding about risk, risk tools, and areas of risk your organization could be exposed to. Topics covered will include: sources of external risk, such as economic, political, emergent technologies and competitors. Other topics to be discussed are corporate responsibility, what to do when there is a failure of internal and external controls, and handling crisis communication.
All supervisors, managers and other professionals are challenged with the task to review and analyze financial statements and data. In many organizations, increased focus is being placed on budgets and financial management techniques. This seminar will introduce basic financial concepts to participants whose primary role is in other functional areas. You will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared and how to interpret financial statements and data in order to make prudent financial decisions.
Do you have a great idea for a business and don't know where to start? Have you stared a home-based business on etsy and want to grow and have no idea how? Have you always wanted to be entrepreneur but just can't get that first idea? This course will take you from the idea to long term growth. This course is designed to give students an overview of all aspects of starting a new business venture and how they link together, some common pitfalls and finally confidence to take the next step.
Persuasion is a core professional skill, underpinning much of our communication. In this seminar, you will learn fundamental aspects of persuasion and how to apply them to become more convincing in presentations, arguments, and conversations. Topics covered will include fundamental persuasive appeals, how to context and bias modify persuasion, critical rhetorical tools, methods for leveraging the right tool or technique at the right time, and methods of developing and defending strong arguments.
Executive Presence (EP) is a combination of the way we speak, look, and behave that helps others perceive us as competent and authoritative. This highly desirable trait can be crafted and leveraged to give you greater poise and impact on your work. We will explore key traits, behaviours, and mindset needed to project a strong and authentic presence. You will be taught practical methods for cultivating these traits, including activities you can incorporate into everyday work and life.
Difficult people have learned that their approaches help them get their way. It seems that this small numbers of difficult people cause most of the stress in our lives-robbing us of our productivity and satisfaction. Our usual responses only seem to make it worse. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to recognize the patterns some people use to develop the skills and responses needed to deal with these patterns more effectively and productively. Short-term tactics necessary to preserve your sanity and your priorities will be practiced, as well as long-term strategies on how to create cooperation and more productive relationships. You will develop a personal action plan to build and sustain your influence in difficult situations and in life in general.
Learn how to navigate the job market and master all aspects involved in getting the job you want, from writing resumes that give you the best chance of landing an interview to networking strategies for job seekers. Explorer the social and business norms that will impact your success and brush up on your communication skills. Find out how to prepare for interview and practice your interview skills in class. This course will be of special interest to recent graduates, people transitioning into new careers, those returning to the workforce after a time away, and newcomers to Canada.
Learn about the ¿Six Thinking Hats¿ methodology, created by internationally renowned author Edward de Bono to be applied in decision-making, idea evaluation, and meeting management. Explore ways of transforming communication, moving beyond obvious solutions, reducing meeting times, and introducing positive team dynamics into the meeting process. Find out how to use this methodology in leading or facilitating meetings, strategic and action planning sessions, drafting emails and reports, project management, visioning, and more.
Based on the work of internationally renowned author Edward de Bono, this workshop will introduce you to a methodology of decision making and to lateral thinking tools for strategic planning. Through a mix of lecture and practical exercises, you¿ll learn and practice how to move away from `one size fits all¿ problem-solving by exploring different approaches based on the issue being addressed. You¿ll also understand how to use intuition in decision-making, creatively generate alternative solutions, evaluate and challenge the status quo, and adopt brand-new ways of thinking.
This workshop is designed to help you learn self-management strategies in three key areas that will enhance your personal productivity: how you use your energy, what you focus on, and where you waste your time.
Explore the use of analytical methods in management problem-solving, highlighting organizational and contextual issues. Construct an analytical model of a problem that can be manipulated or solved to identify a decision that yields the best outcome, according to one or more carefully defined criteria. The challenges of communicating and implementing results in an organizational context may also be explored through mini-cases and illustrations.
Gain an overview of big data, the state of the practice in analytics and the analytics lifecycle as an end-to-end process. Focus on the key roles of a successful analytic project. Topics may include: the main phases of the lifecycle; and developing core deliverables to stakeholders.
Designed for managers, business analysts, and IT leaders in corporate and government organizations who are anticipating a new system implementation, the objective of the seminar is to help participants develop an understanding of the underlying causes of go-live failures and work with practical ideas to ensure successful implementation.
The objective of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to make smart investment decisions. You will learn the principles and techniques used to analyze securities such as stocks and bonds. In addition, you will learn how to build a globally diversified portfolio. We will outline the risks to avoid and more importantly how to behave when risk manifests itself upon the markets. The focus will be on building your confidence by teaching you how to rely on a system and not on your emotions.
Have you ever wondered why some people succeed while others, equally intelligent, fail? Or, why some people seem to have so much empathy and self-awareness while others bumble along in an interpersonal fog? What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter? EQ styles play a very important role in daily workplace interactions such as: learning how to respond to criticism, how to deal with diversity, understanding the need for tolerance with certain behaviors or situations or how to motivate ourselves and others. According to many experts, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) may be more important than IQ in determining success, both on the job and in personal life.
Before you can effectively manage anyone, you must know yourself. Through self assessment and quality instruction, this course will teach you how to build relationships, think strategically, manage your time effectively, and influence those around you. This program is developed specifically for employees who provide support to others in their organization.
Improve your chances of gaining admission to the MBA program of your choice with a comprehensive course covering each area of this challenging exam: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, critical reasoning, and essay writing. Reinforce your skills with practice on real GMAT questions and exam simulations. Learn tips and strategies offered by our experienced GMAT instructor.
Assertiveness is not something you are born with; it is a combination of skills that can be learned. In this workshop, we will identify when and why it is difficult to be assertive. You will learn concrete assertive communication skills that you can apply at work and in your personal life. Topics include receiving and providing feedback, saying No, dealing with anger, and setting boundaries. Think about it: if you don't stand up for yourself, your ideas, and your goals, who will?
Communication can effectively make or break many business interactions. Regardless of technical ability or company knowledge, successful professionals require strong communication skills to connect with others within and outside the organization. In this workshop you will begin to understand the intricacies and challenges of communication, recognize and overcome barriers, discuss effective listening, reading non-verbal cues and adapting to different communication styles, and successfully giving and receiving feedback.
Learn about innovative ways to budgeting and understanding forecasting techniques. Explore how the individual components of a budget cycle are connected and how your management decisions affect schedules of the budget cycle. This seminar will also introduce variance analysis concepts and techniques used to compare actual results with budget/forecasted results. Opportunities to apply the concepts learned, through a brief exercise and/or simulations may be included.
Business process mapping is a critical activity for creating information required to enable effective performance analysis and improvement. This course will introduce the practical skills needed to map, document, assess, and reformulate business processes. Through interactive discussion and hands-on exercises, participants may gain an understanding of process mapping applications in business process management and tools and skills for conducting business process discovery, analysis and design. Students are encouraged to utilize their own process examples for in-class exercises
The next step for business analytics students is to gain an opportunity to use the free software R to perform statistical computing. In this hands-on course, you will be introduced to data manipulation and visualization using the R language, primarily working with a set of packages knows as the tidyverse. At the end of this course you should be able to subset large datasets, apply functions to those subsets, fit simple linear and generalized linear models, and visualize the results in a publication-ready format.
This course provides an introduction to Excel's features and functions by demonstrating how to add, edit, search for, and delete records in a data list using a form. Other topics covered include how to sort data in a data list, creating and working with text to columns, using various database functions to summarize data as well as creating and working with pivot tables and pivot charts.
Learn to apply many new features and techniques of InDesign that will help to automate the construction of complex multi-page documents so that the modifications may be completed in an extremely efficient manner. Students will also learn to integrate Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bridge with InDesign to prepare, place, and modify many different file formats for complete full circle workflow.
Adobe InDesign is a professional desktop publishing program that allows you to produce stunning, creative layouts for a variety of print and digital media, including books, reports, magazines, posters, brochures, to name a few. In this course, students will be introduced to the design interface, new document setup, and working with colour swatches. They will also gain knowledge in working with objects, frames, type, as well as importing imagery and graphics. Students will prepare their finished products for both professional print and digital viewing.
This course is intended for new Microsoft Project 2016 users. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able accomplish the following: Understand the basic purpose and operation of the software by creating a new project, edit and outline a task list, as well as establish dependencies by linking tasks. Also covered in the course will be how to add and assign resources to a project, work with project calendars, and enter project costs, setting up and printing project information. Tasks, resource conflicts and tracking will be covered along with sorting, filtering and grouping and format views and Gantt Charts
In this hands-on course, you will focus on the application of fitting simple statistical models to data and experiments. The difference between descriptive and inferential statistics will be discussed, with the introduction of probability and data distributions. You will then fit simple models to data starting with simple linear regression, multiple linear regression and analysis of variance. By the end of the course, you should be able to interpret statistical models of how to report them. Prerequisite EXGEN 5449
In part two of this hands-on course, you will focus on fitting more complicated models to data and experiments. The models that will be discussed are known as generalized linear models and mixed effect models. You will also learn about multivariate statistical tools, such as principal component analysis, as well as entering the field of predictive modeling using time series data and simple forecasting techniques. By the end of the course, you should be able to interpret, report and present the results of your statistical models. Prerequisite EXGEN 5454
Implementing new IT business systems (or performing major upgrades to existing ones) is an inherently high-risk process. As a senior manager - you may need to ensure the success of a system project initiative - but you don't need to be a systems specialist to do so effectively. Designed from a business perspective, this course will help you to recognize specific risks to in-house developed, contracted, or cloud based solutions; understand the obscure language in project progress reports; and identify the warning signs of potentially impending failure for your system.
This is an introductory course for those wanting to learn to create vector graphics/artwork in Adobe Illustrator. The student will become familiar and comfortable with the Illustrator environment while learning to use many tools and techniques to develop, modify and output scalable vector graphics for multiple mediums such as web, print and video
This is an introductory course for those wanting to manipulate and/or create pixel-based photos and graphics with Adobe Photoshop. the student will become familiar and comfortable with the Photoshop environment while learning to use many tools, panels and techniques in a non-destructive workflow to efficiently modify images and graphics for both web and print. If possible, students should have a version of Adobe Photoshop in their offices or at home to practice during the course.
Learn about strategic approaches to social media use and understand its role and importance during this current health crisis and in everyday workings of local authority. Be introduced to social media best practices for how to engage with communities, minimize risk, help citizens to feel more connected to municipal leaders, combat social isolation, and encourage citizens to invest in their communities. Other topics include the negative effects of social media misuse or overuse, municipal decisions appropriate to share, and responsibility for social media accounts at the municipality level.
Learn about the importance of ethics and other essential competencies of responsible public administrators in maintaining the public good. Explore how the challenges of current crises such as COVID-19 pandemic, social inequality, social action against racial inequality, place additional pressures and public scrutiny on the public sector and employees at all levels of government. Discuss other topics such as the models and philosophies for public administration roles and duties, processes for decision making, wihistlebloweing, and conflict of interest.
Adaptive leadership is a critical tool and skill set for those looking to drive systemic change while being accountable to their own values and goals. Learn how to use an adaptive leadership framework to strengthen your ability to tackle complex problems and lead inclusively in today¿s polarized world. Explore ways of building your team¿s ability to adapt to unforeseen realities and to hold steady during periods of intense change.
Peter Senge, a leading researcher in the fields of systems thinking and organizational learning, defines systems thinking as both a thinking skill and a language for understanding and working with complexity. When you understand the complexity of a situation, you are better able to think and act in ways that produce desired results, without causing harmful side effects. In this course, you will learn an approach to systems thinking that has been tested in a number of organizations and situations, and has enhanced organizational learning. Apply the systems-thinking method and comprehensive Systems Thinking Guide to real situations that you face in the workplace. Learn how to use systems thinking as a method and tool for managing change solving complex problems, an creating individual and team learning and a consulting tool.
Designing is an integrative and reflective cultural process that supports exploring the needs of people. It is not just about process - it is also about why we design. Develop your designing capacities through the individual and group activities of hands-on design exploration. Combine visual elements within a prescribed field in order to develop a small project. Learn how to design branded touch points to strategically communicate a chosen cultural or social issue.
With the rise of mistrust surrounding corporations, the increase in user-generated content, reports of fake news, and the decline of local media coverage, communications professionals can become invaluable in today's society by refocusing their organization's strategy to emphasize brand journalism and content marketing in the digital sphere. Get an overview of how digital drives the communications profession and learn practical tips for peak performance as we explore topics like campaign design, web writing, influencing influencers, online identity and social listening to maximize metadata.
Conquer the art (and science) of communicating for change as you master persuasive techniques in face-to-face conversations and written communication. Learn how to have more impact in your professional or personal life and impress others with the merits of your ideas. Discover how to tailor your message to fit the different communication and decision-making styles of others and practice these techniques so you can apply them immediately.
Explore the theory and practice of primitive portable moviemaking,a concept that can be applied ina range of digital storytelling contexts. We will use low-cost, low-tech video strategies to plan and produce a short video, as well as discuss ways of integrating the video into a social media engagement strategy.
Technology has fundamentally changed how people interact with organizations. Digital platforms have given individuals a voice, connected them with like-minded people, and shifted their information and engagement expectations. Learn how to move beyond pushing your messages out to people by understanding the opportunities and potential pitfalls of engaging in the digital world. Gain a perspective on why, how and when to engage with your audience by applying the engagement framework and exploring techniques that support a more strategic approach to the push-and-pull of digital engagement.
Most organizations realize the importance of having a digital footprint. We often talk about the need to create engaging and valuable content - but how can we be sure we are doing that? Analytics and their proper evaluation allow us to know how well we are doing. Learn how to interpret your data, understand your metrics, and quantify the effects of making any changes in future initiatives. Explore ways of using information gathered from your users' behaviour to optimize your marketing strategy and content creation focus.
Explore the intersections between communication and technology as you take the journey from the ideation to the evaluation of communication projects. Discuss aspects like design, strategic digital communication, and portable moviemaking, as well as how to engage your audience and measure the effectiveness of the engagement. Gain new knowledge, skills, and tactics that can be applied in your workplace.
Introduction to community-engaged scholarship, including: conceptual/theoretical frameworks; partnership, collaboration and evaluation tools; tenure and promotion tips; community engagement publishing and grant writing; translating and mobilizing knowledge.
Individuals are complex, a mixture of genetic personality traits, influenced by an environment full of experiences. Put several people together in a group, and complexity increases. Put several groups together in a community, such as an organization, and complexity increases even more dramatically. In fact, every time you add another person to a group, another group to a community, complexity increases substantially. We are caught in the wave of complexity and change, and we so often act as if we have to run faster and faster before it sweeps us under. But there is another way, you can surf the waves of change. In this course, you are introduced to the Decision Support System, which integrates the thinking processes of systems thinking, reflexive practice and strategic practice, and create emergent leadership. Combined with action learning, you will discover a way to engage the energy of change and complexity to shape the future you desire.
Organizations and the environments in which they operate are becoming increasingly complex. Dealing with the new realities that complexity and change brings requires a fresh look at how organizations are designed and how they operate. In this course you will be introduced to a model called the Energy Flow Model or E-Flow Model. The E-Flow Model looks at the fundamental processes by which organizations learn, in which the organization is marked by vigorous flows of energy linking activities of managing, directing, learning and participating. The notion of energy embraces flows of information, communication and learning, and also flows consciousness, motivation and power. Deficiencies and blockages in the flow of energy create fragility that can limit success, and reduce an organization's capacity to deal with uncertainty and change. In this course, learn how to diagnose the energy flows, so that you can design for effective energy flows within an organization, thus creating the pathway towards a generative learning organization.