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The Work Essentials series of workshops have been designed to enhance skills and knowledge that are essential for many positions on campus and for which there is immediate and practical on-the-job application. These free workshops are open to all University of Windsor employees.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Anti-Black Racism: A Canadian Context (First Offering)

Schedule: Thursday, October 01, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Instructors: Kaye Johnson
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Anti-Black racism is very much a reality in Canada. Now more than ever, this reality has entered into the mainstream consciousness, providing for real discussion, learning, and action, with possibilities for deeper change. This session is an opportunity to explore questions such as: Why “Black Lives Matter”? What is white privilege? What are microaggressions/microinvalidations? What is systemic racism? Topics will also include being an ally, and anti-racism practice. While there is no single approach to address anti-black racism and no simple cure, what is required is a commitment to lifelong learning and the need for ongoing sustained action.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Creating Accessible Content (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Ensuring that your documents and digital content are accessible is essential in order for persons with disabilities to be able to access and use the information via adaptive/assistive technology. Besides assisting people with disabilities, elements of accessible design are good for everyone. This session will provide practical guidelines for creating accessible content in social media, Outlook e-mails, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro and other documents.

Friday, October 23, 2020

How Microsoft Excel Can Increase Your Productivity (First Offering)

Schedule: Friday, October 23, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Microsoft Excel is a very powerful tool that includes many productivity-boosting features. This facilitated session will help you identify some areas in your daily work, where you can use Excel to enhance your personal productivity, reduce errors, and automate some repetitive tasks. The course will also provide an overview and examples of some of the most commonly used productivity enhancing features including data storage and retrieval, conditional formatting, simple recorded macros, and some advanced formulas and functions. Resources for further exploration and self-learning will also be shared. This session is intended for individuals who already have a basic understanding of Excel.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Effective Business Writing Principles (First Offering)

Schedule: Wednesday, November 04, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Instructors: Trevor McFadyen
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Whether you are writing a formal letter, an e-mail, memo or a report, these should be grounded on the key principles of business writing. This session will provide an overview of how to make your writing, concise, complete, clear and courteous, as well as free, from common grammatical and punctuation errors.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Digital Tools for Collaboration and Planning (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Instructors: Information Technology Services
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Having virtual meetings with teams don’t have to be grounded on traditional discussion approaches. This session will provide an overview of the tools within Office 365 that you could use to facilitate engaging discussions and collaborate on projects and planning.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Blueprint for Having Difficult Conversations (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Instructors: Colleen Mitchell
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Interpersonal relations, differences of opinion and other types of disagreements can lead to conflicts in the workplace. These differences can be positive when they result in creative and innovative solutions, enhanced understanding among colleagues and more positive working relationships. This session will provide an overview of the steps that you could take to prepare for and carry out a difficult conversation at work.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

How EquatIO and Read&Write Software Can Benefit You and Our Students (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The link to join the webinar will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

EquatIO and Read&Write are add-on software that are free to all University employees and students. EquatIO makes it easier to create equations, science symbols, chemical formulas or other mathematical expressions digitally while Read&Write supports reading, writing, research, and makes documents and files more accessible. This session will highlight these 2 software add-ons and how they can benefit faculty, staff, and students.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Creating Accessible Content (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Ensuring that your documents and digital content are accessible is essential in order for persons with disabilities to be able to access and use the information via adaptive/assistive technology. Besides assisting people with disabilities, elements of accessible design are good for everyone. This session will provide practical guidelines for creating accessible content in social media, Outlook e-mails, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro and other documents.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Project Management Foundations (First Offering)

Schedule: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Mary Guthrie
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Project management is a set of techniques that can be applied to make simple and complex projects more successful. This session will explore the benefits of having carefully planned projects, the difference between traditional and agile project management and the practical application of project management techniques to accomplish work assignments that have a beginning and an end.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Emotional Intelligence in Action at Work (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, February 02, 2021, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Marcela Ciampa
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a set of skills that collectively establish how well we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way (Multi-Health Systems). This session will provide an overview of EQ and highlight how to put these skills into action for personal and interpersonal success, including managing change, dealing with conflict, building teams and influencing others.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Quick Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings using Microsoft Teams (First Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Information Technology Services
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool to help facilitate effective virtual meetings. This session will highlight the key features of Microsoft Teams to support effective virtual meetings including custom settings in invitations, sharing files, using apps and other optional features. Virtual meeting guidelines to enhance participation and effectiveness will also be discussed.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Anti-Black Racism: A Canadian Context (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, March 02, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Kaye Johnson
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Anti-Black racism is very much a reality in Canada. Now more than ever, this reality has entered into the mainstream consciousness, providing for real discussion, learning, and action, with possibilities for deeper change. This session is an opportunity to explore questions such as: Why “Black Lives Matter”? What is white privilege? What are microaggressions/microinvalidations? What is systemic racism? Topics will also include being an ally, and anti-racism practice. While there is no single approach to address anti-black racism and no simple cure, what is required is a commitment to lifelong learning and the need for ongoing sustained action.

Friday, March 5, 2021

How Microsoft Excel Can Increase Your Productivity (Second Offering)

Schedule: Friday, March 05, 2021, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Microsoft Excel is a very powerful tool that includes many productivity-boosting features. This facilitated session will help you identify some areas in your daily work, where you can use Excel to enhance your personal productivity, reduce errors, and automate some repetitive tasks. The course will also provide an overview and examples of some of the most commonly used productivity enhancing features including data storage and retrieval, conditional formatting, simple recorded macros, and some advanced formulas and functions. Resources for further exploration and self-learning will also be shared. This session is intended for individuals who already have a basic understanding of Excel.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Blueprint for Having Difficult Conversations (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Colleen Mitchell
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Interpersonal relations, differences of opinion and other types of disagreements can lead to conflicts in the workplace. These differences can be positive when they result in creative and innovative solutions, enhanced understanding among colleagues and more positive working relationships. This session will provide an overview of the steps that you could take to prepare for and carry out a difficult conversation at work.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Effective Business Writing Principles (Second Offering)

Schedule: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Trevor McFadyen
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Whether you are writing a formal letter, an e-mail, memo or a report, these should be grounded on the key principles of business writing. This session will provide an overview of how to make your writing, concise, complete, clear and courteous, as well as free, from common grammatical and punctuation errors.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

How EquatIO and Read&Write Software Can Benefit You and Our Students (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

EquatIO and Read&Write are add-on software that are free to all University employees and students. EquatIO makes it easier to create equations, science symbols, chemical formulas or other mathematical expressions digitally while Read&Write supports reading, writing, research, and makes documents and files more accessible. This session will highlight these 2 software add-ons and how they can benefit faculty, staff, and students.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Project Management Foundations (Second Offering)

Schedule: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Mary Guthrie
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Project management is a set of techniques that can be applied to make simple and complex projects more successful. This session will explore the benefits of having carefully planned projects, the difference between traditional and agile project management and the practical application of project management techniques to accomplish work assignments that have a beginning and an end.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Emotional Intelligence in Action at Work (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, May 04, 2021, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Marcela Ciampa
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a set of skills that collectively establish how well we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way (Multi-Health Systems). This session will provide an overview of EQ and highlight how to put these skills into action for personal and interpersonal success, including managing change, dealing with conflict, building teams and influencing others.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Quick Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings using Microsoft Teams (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, June 08, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Information Technology Services
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool to help facilitate effective virtual meetings. This session will highlight the key features of Microsoft Teams to support effective virtual meetings including custom settings in invitations, sharing files, using apps and other optional features. Virtual meeting guidelines to enhance participation and effectiveness will also be discussed.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Digital Tools for Collaboration and Planning (Second Offering)

Schedule: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: TBD
Instructors: Information Technology Services
This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Having virtual meetings with teams don’t have to be grounded on traditional discussion approaches. This session will provide an overview of the tools within Office 365 that you could use to facilitate engaging discussions and collaborate on projects and planning.