Welcome Workshops

Welcome Workshops

Winter Welcome Workshop Series

The Winter Welcome Workshop Series for January 2021 is currently being finalized, but please check out the current version of the schedule below! Are you a new student to the UofA starting your degree in January? Are you a student who started back in September? Whether you are joining the UofA community from high school, from another post-secondary institution, or from anywhere around the world, attending the Welcome Workshop Series will help you start your semester off right!

The Welcome Workshop Series is a three week event from January 4th-22nd that helps to promote different workshops being hosted by a variety of academic, and non-academic services on campus. All of the workshops being delivered are aimed at helping you start your semester off on the right foot, by giving you the tools to be successful throughout not only this semester, but the rest of your UofA student career!

Due to COVID-19, all sessions in the Welcome Workshop Series will be conducted virtually. Please see the schedule below for more information on how to register and access the digital workshops


Week 1 (January 4-8, 2021)

Monday, January 4th, 2021

  • 10:00AM - 4:00PM - Student Group Services - Winter Clubs Fair. TO VISIT CLICK HERE

    Discover new ways to get involved on campus with student led, student driven, organizations!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Discover new ways to get involved on campus with student led, student driven, organizations!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Discover new ways to get involved on campus with student led, student driven, organizations!


Week 2 (January 11-15, 2021)

ONGOING - January 11-22nd, 2021

Unitea is one of the campus opportunities to build connections. Meet virtually with a Unitea host to chat about something you’re looking forward to, passionate about, worried about, or anything else under the sun! Unitea provides a sense of belonging on this very large campus; by connecting with others, you can feel more at home.

Monday, January 11th, 2021*

Learn what an effective introduction should have and do.

This session will not be recorded.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Working for Change explores the definitions of sexual assault and harassment, the concept of consent, and skills to support survivors of sexual violence, granting participants a better understanding of the issue and ability to uplift and support survivors.

This session will not be recorded.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

  • 9:00AM -10:00AM - Academic Success Centre Planning Major Term Assignments TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

    "(companion to Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning). Do you find yourself overwhelmed by big projects or long-term assignments? This workshop will help you learn strategies for creating a plan for those assignments and keeping yourself accountable to that plan.

    This Session will not be recorded

  • 10:00AM -12:00PM - Community Social Work Team How to Have a Supportive Conversation TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

    To better support and navigate these conversations, the Community Social Work Team is hosting a training session related to the Community Helpers Program six helping skills. Participants will learn how to approach concerning conversations with peers, how to engage in supportive listening, and how to make appropriate referrals to on- and off-campus resources.

    This Session will not be recorded

  • 12:00PM-12:50PM - The LEAD Centre Election Workshop: Social Media Management TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

*The LEAD Centre will be hosting election workshops throughout the school year in collaboration with the Elections Office and the Office of the President to help prepare you to run or support someone running for student governance! These workshops will provide context and support for any student governance position on campus, from Student Group elections to UASU Executive.

This Session will not be recorded

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Working for Change explores the definitions of sexual assault and harassment, the concept of consent, and skills to support survivors of sexual violence, granting participants a better understanding of the issue and ability to uplift and support survivors.

This session will not be recorded.

Paying for Your Degree takes students through different options made available to them through the community, that can assist them in paying for their degree. The session will broadly cover two main areas: Financial Support, and Scholarships/Bursaries.

This session will not be recorded.
  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM - - Academic Success Centre "Active Learning for Remote Courses: Lecture Preparation" TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

"(Part 1 of five-workshop series). Is it difficult to figure out what is most important in your courses, lectures and ultimately your exams? Join us to learn goal setting, task analysis, and prioritizing strategies.

This session will not be recorded.
  • 2:00PM-2:50PM - - Sustainability Council People, Planet and Prosperity: The Certificate in Sustainability TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Learn more about the Certificate in Sustainability, a free credential that can set your degree apart from the rest. It’s the perfect way to connect your education to your passion for solving social and environmental challenges. Tune into this workshop to find out what you can gain by completing the certificate, understand the requirements, and take the first step on your sustainability journey..

This session will not be recorded.

"What distinguishes a “so what?” thesis from a good thesis from a great thesis? Join us to consider these issues.

This session will not be recorded.

Friday, January 15th, 2021

  • 10:00AM - 11:00PM - - Academic Success Centre "Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering" TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Do you need to think critically, deeper and faster? Learn to use concept mapping for developing ideas, studying, reading, note-taking, time management, and to understand and implement tasks faster. These skills are crucial if you have open book exams in the remote context.

This session will not be recorded.


Week 3 (January 18-22, 2021)

ONGOING - January 11-22nd, 2021

Unitea is one of the campus opportunities to build connections. Meet virtually with a Unitea host to chat about something you’re looking forward to, passionate about, worried about, or anything else under the sun! Unitea provides a sense of belonging on this very large campus; by connecting with others, you can feel more at home.

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Is university-level reading challenging you in ways you hadn't expected? Reading textbooks (whether paper or digital) effectively at university requires specialized skills. Come learn to read actively to improve both comprehension and retention so that reading becomes the learning!.

This session will not be recorded.
  • 1:00PM - 1:50PM - - Academic Success Centre "Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: Critical Thinking" TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Learn how soft skills such as prioritizing, decision making, task analysis, creativity, and critical thinking can help to improve your ability to function in your remote Winter Term courses.

This session will not be recorded.

Bursaries 101 will walk students through the ins and outs of applying for Bursaries here at the University of Alberta.

This session will not be recorded.

Can conclusions do more than conclude? Join us for an abstract, enlightening discussion of how one might end a paper.

This session will not be recorded.

Working for Change explores the definitions of sexual assault and harassment, the concept of consent, and skills to support survivors of sexual violence, granting participants a better understanding of the issue and ability to uplift and support survivors.

This session will not be recorded.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Did you miss attending New Student Orientation in September? Are You a new student beginning in January? Did you attend New Student Orientation, and have forgotten what you learned during that time? Well, UAlberta 101 is for you! In this presentation, we will be discussing information related to your transition to the University of Alberta, including general tips and tricks about being a student, involvement opportunities, hearing from current students, and sexual violence awareness and prevention along with safe consumption.

This session will be recorded.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

LivingWorks training teaches faculty, staff, and students the skills to recognize and support people who may be having thoughts of suicide. This training provides campus individuals with essential skills to prevent suicide. Through this training our campus community will become stronger and more able to help provide support to one another.

This session will not be recorded.

(companion to Planning for Major Term Assignments). Learn the basics of how to make effective weekly study-life schedules. You will also learn how to deal with distractions, and keep motivation high in order to succeed with your remote assignments.

This session will not be recorded.

Working for Change explores the definitions of sexual assault and harassment, the concept of consent, and skills to support survivors of sexual violence, granting participants a better understanding of the issue and ability to uplift and support survivors.

This session will not be recorded.

1:00PM - 1:50PM - - Academic Success Centre "Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: Engaging Academically" TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Learn how soft skills such as building connections with peers, self-advocacy, and teamwork help improve your ability to function in your remote Fall Term courses.

This session will not be recorded.

In this workshop we will talk about The Landing and its services on campus and online. Then, we will move into a brief Gender and Sexuality 101, followed by how to create safe(r) spaces in the campus community and online.

This session will not be recorded.

*This session will provide an overview of undergrad scholarships at UAlberta. We will talk about what awards are available, how to apply and share tips for submitting an A+ application. *

This session will not be recorded.

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM - - Academic Success Centre "Active Learning for Remote Courses: Listening (Part 2 of five-workshop series)" TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Do you have difficulty making sense of your lectures? Can you stay focused during lectures? Join us to learn strategies to listen with a purpose in order to understand and remember information for the long term.

This session will not be recorded.

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

When, why, and how do you use quotations? Come learn to use others' words effectively.

This session will not be recorded.

  • 1:00PM - 1:50PM - - Academic Success Centre "Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: Academic Communication TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Do you struggle to speak up in lectures, organize and express your thoughts, communicate with peers and professors, and/or get your point across in academic situations? Learn and practice techniques for effective speaking and interacting in academia in a supportive environment.

This session will not be recorded.

ONGOING

Monday, January 25th-Friday, January 29th, 2021

  • The LEAD Centre - Alberta Student Leadership Summit (ASLS)* TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

    This year, ASLS is a 5-day nation-wide leadership conference open to both high school and post-secondary students, now online! This conference strives to be an accessible leadership development opportunity that builds skills, grows community, and inspires action.

    *For ASLS 2021, our sessions will cover topics from each of the 4 streams below:

    Sustainability: Sustainability is more than just the environment! This stream will focus on the four pillars of sustainability (social, human, economic, and environmental) to ensure that we are uplifting all areas of our world in a sustainable way.

    Community Organizing: Change starts at the community level! In this stream, you will hear from community organizers involved in different issues that affect their communities and how they took the steps to start organizing to change those issues.

    Governance: Are you ready to start making big decisions for your communities? Getting involved in governance at any level is integral to creating long lasting and meaningful change. This stream will focus on why you should be involved in governance at any level and how to effect change through government structures.

    Leadership Fundamentals: What does it mean to be a leader? In this stream, we will focus on developing skills and attitudes towards leadership that empower students to practise leadership in their own communities. Leadership is a collection of skills that can be taught, practised, and implemented in every day life.*

15: Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering