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Campus Life, your OCAD Student Union, and university support and service units are currently planning O-DAYS! 2022 (orientation), featuring informative online activities and workshops, and a return to in-person socials and engagement.

While designed with the new and first-year undergraduate students in mind, there's something for everyone, whether you are new or returning! Welcome to OCAD University!

New undergraduate students: Stay tuned! Watch your email on August 25 for details about Welcome Day! — and this page for regular updates. Join us for any of these fun, informative event options designed to support your success!
 
Are you a returning, upper-year student (second- , third- or fourth-year) who would like to attend the 2022 Community Fair as part of orientation? You are welcome! But please register here...
 
Are you a Masters student? New graduate students enrolled in Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes), and/or Master of Art (MA) programs have a separate in-person orientation planned through Graduate Studies. For more information contact the Graduate Studies office.

For a full listing of activities—and how to sign up to participate—visit www.ocadu.ca/orientation.
Join us for any of these fun, informative event options designed to support your success!

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The Healing Power of Art 
Friday, January 22 at 2pm to 4pm 

A safe space to explore ourselves. Art Therapist, Dean Davis (they/them) RP (Qualifying), leads an ongoing bi-weekly workshop for artists to de-stress and build a community of care across the world.  

Wellness Strategies for Online Learning
Monday, January 25 from 2pm to 2:45pm

A workshop focusing on simple strategies to support and enhance wellness and address challenges related to learning in the online environment. Facilitated by Indigenous Student Counsellor Jeanine Claus (she/her) and Student Wellness Community Worker Kaitlyn Young (she/her). 

Mindfulness Workshop
Tuesday, January 26 from 12pm to 1pm

A mindfulness workshop for Artists, Designers, and Creative Writers with Mental Health Clinician Alanna Fletcher (she/her). Learn skills to bring mindfulness into your creative practice.

Energy Exploration Workshop 
Tuesday, January 26 from 2pm to 3pm

Student-led workshop focused on exploring your relationship with energy through storytelling, movement, and music. Join SWC Student Navigator Rei Pierre(they/them) to investigate ways we use energy. 

Mindful Colouring 
Wednesday, January 27 from 12pm to 1pm

Drop-In open space to colour and doodle with others. SAS Student Navigator and Artist Kainat Ahmad (she/her) leads a workshop to cultivate mindfulness and de-stress with other students.

DBT Workshop
Thursday, January 28 from 1pm to 2pm

Short for “Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” DBT is a skills –based group to learn more skills to self-regulate emotions, to better tolerate stress, improve our communication in relationships, and cultivate mindfulness. Led by Counsellors Courtney Ward (she/her) and Reiko Obokata (she/her).  

Self-Care Workshop 
Thursday, January 28 from 3pm to 4pm

Student-led workshop to cultivate self-care on a budget. Creative Writer and International Student Navigator Mia Lamia (she/her) shares recipes passed onto her by her grandmother and the stories that come with them.  

Healing Power of Food Workshop 
Friday, January 29 from 2pm to 3pm

Join Chef Rei Pierre (they/them) and Team_Cooking Club for a workshop on the transformative power of creating food and our relationship with the kitchen. This is an interactive workshop, and we encourage you to join us in a kitchen or clean working space with ingredients. 

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OCADU Student Wellness Centre offers a variety of Workshops on Mental Health Awareness and Resiliency in support of #BellLetsTalk

Domestic and International Students encouraged to attend.
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Succeeding In Online Courses | Mini-Series

Register for any of the workshops that are part of this series by filling out this form
 

Workshop #1 | Meaningful Interactions Online 

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST
Join the workshop with this Teams link

Online interactions at OCAD University will include communicating with faculty, staff and your classmates and peers through Canvas, Teams and Outlook. This workshop will address how we can make our communications effective and meaningful and how to access supports and service. 
 

Mini-Series Description:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCAD University has shifted how its classes are taught and formatted. Most of the Fall 2020 classes will be offered remotely (online). Online Learning for Fall 2020 will mean getting to know new environments for communicating in your classes and with the community at OCAD U.  

These short (1.5 hour) workshops, followed by a question and answer chat, will demonstrate ways of connecting and interacting with faculty, staff and classmates using Teams and online platforms, like Canvas. This mini-series goes beyond the technical know-how of online learning tools and shares how to become more confident and comfortable with online interactions. Facilitated by Phoebe Wang, ELL Writing & Learning Consultant. All English Language Learners welcome. Workshops can be completed individually and in any order. 

Each 1.5 hr workshop will consist of a 1 hour presentation accompanied by a 30 min Q&A session.  
 

Each workshop will: 
  • Share online reading and writing assignments tips and strategies  
  • Show how to find and create a supportive community at OCAD U 
  • Address the “unspoken” skills of building relationships and participating respectfully in a Canadian university 

Additional workshops in the Mini-Series:

Workshop #2
The Language of Inclusivity 
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Join the workshop with this Teams link

The language of accessibility, gender inclusivity and cultural difference, levels of formality and respectful communications in Canadian culture may be new to English Language Learners. This workshop will guide you through the terminology and its usage so that you can approach your online interactions with more awareness and clarity.  

Workshop #3
Critical Reading Online 
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
 
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In this workshop we will be looking at the types of online texts and readings you will have in their coursework, strategies and resources for different kinds of readings, and how to approach new vocabulary and terminology. 

Workshop #4
Processes for Writing Online 
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm  

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Students today are writing online for many different purposes. This workshop will go over the kinds of writing you will be doing for your assignments and exams, as well coursework related communications. You will gain approaches for writing for different audiences, editing and making the most the most of online writing tools.

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Online interactions at OCAD University will include communicating with faculty, staff and your classmates and peers through Canvas, Teams and Outlook. This workshop will address how we can make our communications effective and meaningful and how to access supports and service. 

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If you KNOW something, TEACH something!

The OCAD U Student body is filled with people with amazing skills and knowledge! We’re looking for current OCAD U students interested in sharing their skills by leading a creative art or design workshop for fellow students.

Apply to facilitate a workshop on: 

  • A studio technique or method
  • A piece of software that other students would find useful 
  • Another skill essential to your art or design practice

Selected facilitators will earn an honorarium of $100, as well as a budget for materials (up to $40). Workshops should be around 2 hours long and include a hands-on component, so that attendees can get a chance to experience and practice new skills. Workshops will be held in the OCAD U Library’s Learning Zone at 113 McCaul Street in January, February or early March 2020, and will be open to all students at OCAD U. 

 

Application process: 

Please submit a completed copy of the workshop proposal (the Microsoft Word file available to download on this event page) to Marta at mchudolinska@ocadu.ca by January 6, 2020. Additional documentation, such as images of sample work similar to what you are proposing, is welcome but not required.

 

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program, administered by the WLC.

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also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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GRADING WITH CANVAS

This short session will cover the basics of how to use the grading functions in Canvas. Topics include how to add an assignment to the gradebook, assignment group weighting, using the gradebook, grading in SpeedGrader, and tips for providing feedback to students.

December 7, 2018 11:30am-12:15pm Room 510a, 113 McCaul St Register here

 

CANVAS ORIENTATION: USING ONLINE TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR TEACHING 

This hands-on workshop covers the basics of getting started in Canvas. Topics include basic navigation, the Course Outline Builder tool, and the Assignments tool. This is a great session for new faculty or those who need a Canvas refresher. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the workshop.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:30 - 4:00pm Room 510a, 113 McCaul St Register here

Thursday, January 3, 2019 1:00-2:30pm Room 510a, 113 McCaul St Register here

QUICK ONLINE CANVAS ORIENTATION

This online session covers the basics of how to navigate Canvas and use the Outline Builder tool.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:30 - 7:00pm Online - No need to register Click this link to join the online session: https://ocadu.zoom.us/j/9350022050

 

 

 

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