Learning Commons Programs for Graduate Students

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The Learning Commons holds specific workshops for graduate students to support research, scholarship, and productivity. However, workshops are open to all students. All events take place in the Learning Commons in the Jerome Library. 

Please contact Tabetha Violet with any questions at tviolet@bgsu.edu

  • Project Management for your final semester-- Feb 4, 11-1pm
  • How to Determine and Present Key Terms-- Feb 13, 11-12pm
  • Defining Key Terms in Academic Work-- Feb 20, 11-12pm
  • Literature Review Basics-- Feb 27, 11-12pm
  • How to Construct Research Questions-- March 5, 11-12pm
  • Project Management (general)-- March 12, 11-1pm
  • Aligning Questions, Methods, and Literature-- March 26, 11-12:30pm
  • Literature Reviews for a Thesis or Dissertation-- April 7, 11-12pm
  • Literature Review Follow up Workshop-- April 14, 11-12pm
  • Project Management for Summer-- April 21, 11-1pm

Descriptions:

How to Determine and Present Key Terms-- Feb 13, 11-12

This workshop will go over what key terms are and how they're used in academic work. It is appropriate for all graduate students, as well as upper level undergraduates who are interested in getting work published and/or attending graduate school. Students are asked to bring a journal article in their field, either in a digital or hard copy. Students will leave the workshop with 3-5 key terms relevant to their research.

Defining Key Terms in Academic Work-- Feb 20, 11-12

In this workshop, you will work with peers to discuss prepared definitions of your key terms. You need not have attended the previous key terms workshop to attend. Participants should bring 2 copies of 3 key terms with 200-500 word definitions for workshopping. Participants will leave with feedback on their writing.

Literature Review Basics-- Feb 27, 11-12

This workshop will go over how literature reviews are different for shorter writing (articles) and longer writing (theses and dissertations). It will go over types of literature and provide suggestions for organizing your review. 

How to Construct Research Questions-- March 5 11-12

In this workshop we will discuss how to construct answerable research questions that have clear boundaries. Participants should bring 1-3 draft questions, and will leave with feedback and 1-3 workshopped research questions.

Project Management (general)-- March 12, 11-1
In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for creating manageable writing goals, sticking to daily writing, and prioritizing your time across multiple areas of your life. Participants will leave with a customized daily writing calendar that begins at Spring Break and ends at the end of May, and a chart exploring their time priorities.

Aligning Questions, Methods, and Literature-- March 26, 11-12:30

In this workshop, we will explore strategies to make sure that your research questions, methods, and literature review match. Participants should bring 1-3 research questions, ideas for methods, and 1-3 literature review headings/topics. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to fit these three concepts together.

Literature Reviews for a Thesis or Dissertation-- April 7, 11-12

In this workshop, we will go over how literature reviews function in a longer form project. It is a modified version of "Literature review basics" so participants will want to register for one or the other. Participants will leave with an outline of their literature review chapter.

Literature Review Follow up Workshop-- April 14, 11-12

In this workshop, participants will provide one 4-10 page section of their literature review for peer review feedback. Participants need not have participated in any prior workshops. Come get some feedback on your work!

Project Management for Summer-- April 21, 11-1

In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for creating manageable writing goals, sticking to daily writing, and prioritizing your time across multiple areas of your life. Participants will leave with a customized daily writing calendar that begins at finals week and ends at the end of August, and a chart exploring their time priorities.