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Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Online

Having trouble with finding the time and motivation to write? Shut Up and Write is a chance for academic writers within the UofT community to write productively in a communal setting.

The sessions will follow the Pomodoro technique where there will be a sequence of short sprints of writing with a few breaks in between.

Bring your work (laptop or paper) and we'll help you with your productivity!

WHO: Current U of T undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, and staff are all welcome

WHEN: Wed Aug 4, 1PM-3PM

WHERE: via BbCollaborate - webinar link will be emailed separately to registrants

HOW: Registration is required (click button below)

There is no cost for attending. Please sign in 10-15 mins early to ensure a smooth start to the session.

Questions? Email kieran.mcgarry[at]

Hosted by: Gerstein Science Information Centre

The breakdown for the writing session is as follows:

12:45-1:00: Log in to BbCollaborate

1:00:  Intros & writing goals for the session

1:05: start writing (30mins)

1:35: break!

1:40: resume writing (30mins)

2:10: break!

2:15: resume writing (30mins)

2:45: break & social

3:00: end

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Online
Campus: UTSC

This session will occur online and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Makerspace. 


    Adriana Sgro, Library Technician Reference & Makerspace Assistant | User Services, University of Toronto Scarborough Library

This hands-on session will introduce you to the basics of Arduino. We will work with a virtual Arduino kit.

At the end of the workshop, you will have a general understanding of circuitry and how to create a simple circuit using Arduino.



Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: All Day Event
Presenter: see website -
Location: Online
Campus: UTSC

Annual Event

The two-day virtual conference will take place on Tuesday August 10th and Wednesday August 11th, 2021. The conference will feature keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, and digital tool training in support of undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. While broadly focused on Digital Pedagogy, the conference themes include: digital pedagogy best practices in STEM, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences; digital pedagogy collaborations between faculty, educational developers, librarians, and/or graduate/undergraduate students; digital pedagogy collaborations with organizations outside the academy; the state of digital pedagogy education in higher education; digital pedagogy case studies, including course and assignment innovations; innovative new uses for traditional digital pedagogy tools.

    Paulina Rousseau, Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library] for more details visit -

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Online
Campus: UTSC

This session will occur online and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Makerspace. 


    Adriana Sgro, Library Technician Reference & Makerspace Assistant | User Services, University of Toronto Scarborough Library

Learn the basics for creating a Stop Motion video using Stop Motion Studio app and a mobile phone or tablet.

At the end of the workshop, you will have knowledge of the tools, software and steps needed to make a basic Stop Motion video.



Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Online

Have you ever experienced challenges when screening for studies in a systematic review, a scoping review, or other knowledge synthesis study? Join this session to learn strategies on improving your screening process and working better on a review team.  

Learning objectives

In this session, participants will be able to: 

    Recognize the importance of alignment between the eligibility criteria developed in the protocol when screening Understand the importance of asking clarifying questions with the PI and review members to perform better screening.  Describe the characteristics and importance of a well-defined eligibility (inclusion/exclusion) criteria.  Identify issues and challenges associated with the study screening process.  Discuss strategies to reduce screening conflicts and increase screening accuracy for first and second level of screening. 

This workshop will NOT cover: 

    Strategies for methods and review types other than knowledge syntheses (ex. literature or narrative reviews) 
      The following knowledge syntheses cycle steps:  How to create a protocol How to search for studies  How to abstract data from studies  How to synthesize studies 

**This workshop is NOT on how to learn to use screening software solutions (e.g. Covidence, Rayyan, DistillerSR). If you want to learn how to use a software contact them directly to set up a demo, or look at their tutorials**

You will get the most out of this workshop if you understand:  

    The methods and steps for your knowledge synthesis review type (systematic review, scoping review, rapid review, etc.)  How to develop a focused research question and objective.  What a protocol is and have developed one for a knowledge syntheses review.  What inclusion and exclusion criteria are, screening conflicts, and what first and second level of screening is. 

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:  

    Assess the alignment of eligibility criteria to the screening process in their own reviews.  Develop well-defined eligibility criteria for the study screening process.  Understand how screening guidance can be applied to any knowledge syntheses review. Integrate screening guidance strategies into a knowledge synthesis project.


Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian 

    Patricia has worked on the development of the Systematic and Scoping Review Collaboration (SSRC) at Gerstein Science Information Centre, focused on partnering with faculty and researchers engaged in systematic, scoping and other types of knowledge syntheses. Patricia’s portfolio includes building and deepening relationships with faculty, staff, students and other researchers, on campus, within research institutes, teaching hospitals,  and national and international organizations.  She was part of the team that developed PRISMA-Search a guideline on how to report literature searches, and most recently the Guidelines for Reporting Trial Protocols and Completed Trials Modified Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Extenuating Circumstances: The CONSERVE 2021 Statement. She has degrees in Biology and Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, and Master in Information and Library Studies from the University of Toronto. 

Amanda Yang, M.I. 

    Amanda supports the instruction, research, and consultations of systematic and scoping reviews at Gerstein Science Information Centre, serving researchers, graduate students, librarians, and faculty staff in the University of Toronto community. She is also involved in a team developing a COVID-19 Information Guide providing emerging research literature & data, government resources, key information for the general public and more. She has a bachelor’s degree in Justice, Political Philosophy & Law from McMaster University and currently studying a Masters of Information concentrating in Critical Information Policy at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. 

Note: Strategies learned in this workshop can be applied to any knowledge syntheses study in both the first level of screening (title and abstract) and second level of screening (full-text). 

This workshop is exclusive to: 

Current University of Toronto community members: Current students, faculty, and staff. 

Participants must register on EVE using UTORid login

Register here: 

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