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Skill 'n Tell programs

We are excited to continue offering our Skill 'n Tell series, where you provide the learning!
We have great talent across our institution and we all have something to learn from one another.

  • Sharing provides meaning. We all want a sense of meaning in the work that we do.
  • Sharing our work with others helps us see that meaning and helps others see it too.
  • Sharing provides a sense of pride. A feeling of pride is valuable to everyone. When we feel a sense of pride, our work is positively impacted.
  • Sharing creates enthusiasm. Notice anyone talking about something they are proud and passionate about and you will see their enthusiasm grow.
  • Sharing builds team spirit. When we provide opportunities for people to share and learn from one another, we provide the nutrients for growing a positive culture and a more engaged and collaborative university community. 

Skill 'n Tells are usually a less formal and less structured training event than the half-day and full-day programs we offer. The Skill 'n Tell programs are professional or personal development seminars scheduled during the traditional lunch hour. Space is limited to 12 participants.

  • This year we will have two different signup periods for the course offerings: one in September and one in January. We will notify you when each signup period opens. 
  • If you know in advance you are not able to attend the session, please let know as soon as possible. If you provide less than 48 hours' notice or do not show up on the day of the session, your department will be charged a $50 fee. If you are unable to attend due to a family emergency or personal illness, contact



  • Navigating Cultural Diversity on Campus

    Date: Wednesday, September 18
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    During this interactive session, participants will be introduced to interculturally-related concepts and practices, as well as two different ways to work and navigate in a culturally diverse environment. 

    Participants will be able to share experiences while we discuss: 

    • The concepts of culture, interculturality, and intercultural competencies.
    • Our ability to respond adequately to intercultural competencies.
    • Different, and sometimes divergent, cultural conceptions.
    • Ethics of interculturality on campus.

    Learning objectives:

    • Compare elements of different cultures.
    • Recognize one's cultural traits and adaptation abilities.
    • Experiment with cultural bridging patterns.


    • Matthew Devlin, Student Resource Co-ordinator, English Language Centre


  • RISE - Sexual Violence Prevention

    Date: Wednesday, September 25
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Participants will identify ways that they can prevent, intervene and respond to sexual violence, and discuss topics such as rape culture, consent and the spectrum of sexual violence.

    Learning objectives:

    • Define key concepts and terms related to sexual violence prevention, education, and support.
    • Describe pro-social behaviours that contribute to creating a climate of consent.
    • Apply concepts and pro-social behaviours to campus-based case scenarios.


    • Akeisha Lari, Equity and Inclusivity Advisor



  • Sustainability 101

    Date: Wednesday, October 2
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Windfields Farm Lands

    Participants will learn about the university's sustainability initiatives and programs. They will also learn about the importance of pollinators, and see the university's beehives, pollinator gardens, and greenhouse.

    • Learn how day-to-day decisions can have a positive and lasting impact on the environment as well as on personal lives.
    • Develop better sustainable lifestyle choices and habits.

    Learning objectives:

    • Become familiar with the pillars of sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable development goals.
    • Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and professional values and practices.
    • Understand the university's sustainability vision, programs, and initiatives.


    • Nadia Harduar, Asset and Sustainability Planner, Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS)
    • Ken Bright, Director, OCIS


  • G Suite for Education/WISC at Ontario Tech University

    Date: Wednesday, October 9
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    This presentation will cover how the university leveraged cloud-based applications like G Suite for Education and hosted internal applications like Microsoft SharePoint (WISC) to provide more opportunities for collaboration across the university community. Through practical demonstrations and open dialogue, participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and get pro tips on how to leverage this technology to meet their unique needs.

    Learning objectives:

    • Create awareness of leveraging technology at the university.
    • Get participants thinking about technology and how it can help them.
    • Create a relationship with participants to help with technology requirements.


    • Bevin Moolenschot, Business Solutions Specialist



  • Tricks Of The Trade: On-Campus Event Planning

    Date: Wednesday, November 13
    Time: noon to 1 p.m. 
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will be introduced to planning guidelines, resources and best practices for organizing events on campus. We will talk about things to consider at all stages of planning, from idea generation to post-event communications. We will work through how to effectively use planning templates to keep you organized and on schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and event plans for feedback.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understanding of guidelines and requirements for hosting events on campus.
    • Familiarity with resources available for planning and organizing events.
    • How to turn an atrium, classroom or lab space into an inviting event space.
    • Protocol for hosting dignitaries and special guests.


    • Samantha Cook, Event Co-ordinator, Communications and Marketing
    • Amy Neil, Manager, Projects and Event Services, Communications and Marketing


  • Social Media - Trends and Best Practices

    Date: Wednesday, November 20
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    This social media workshop will teach participants social media best practices and trends for 2019. It’ll help them create better social media posts, interact with their audience and create awareness of their channels. This session will also talk about Ontario Tech’s new brand, and how participants can keep their social media channels consistent with the new branding. This session will focus on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Understanding of best practices for posting on various social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter).
    • Understanding of how to grow their reach and gain new followers.
    • Understanding of how to create positive engagements.


    • Shaina Chawla, Social Media Coordinator 


  • RISE: Gender Identity

    Date: Wednesday, November 27
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Participants will discuss the oppression of the transgender community focusing and the role that gender stereotypes play in the creation and manifestation of misconceptions about gender.

    Learning objectives:

    • Define key concepts and terms related to gender identity education and awareness.
    • Summarize current issues related to gender identity and gender expression.
    • Apply concepts and allyship strategies to campus-based case scenarios.


    • Akeisha Lari, Equity and Inclusivity Advisor



  • From Rejection to Reflection: Redefining Workplace Success…Without 'The Promotion'

    Date: Wednesday, February 5
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    We live in a culture of overabundance, which means we have a lot of options, which means we have to make a lot of decisions. Think about how many options you are bombarded with on a daily basis, from your social media accounts, advertisements on the radio, magazines in the check out aisle, workplace decisions, where to go to lunch, what to wear. It can cause doubt, fatigue, and put us into a state of confusion as to whether even the simplest choice can put us into a tailspin.

    This workshop is meant to help us to take a step back from the 'weeds' of everyday life and look at the big picture. We will explore how each of our unique stories has brought us to where we are today, how it shapes our decision making (whether wise or unwise) and learn some strategies to ensure we are making the best decision possible. We will take a look at Brene Brown's idea of boundaries and how it can increase our compassion and empathy, while maintaining our integrity; some of Cy Wakeman's ideas on how the Ego can get in the way of our progress; and looking at how a trauma therapy tool called 'The Window of Tolerance' can help us identify if we are in an emotionally-regulated frame of mind to make a decision.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learning the Window of Tolerance and how to use it as a tool for decision making. 
    • Defining boundaries to increase our compassion and empathy. 
    • Learning how to say no in order to maintain our integrity.


    • Emily Laverty, Academic Advisor
  • RISE: Anti-Racism

    Date: Wednesday, February 19
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to identify and break down stereotypes that affect racialized communities. They will have a brave space to share their thoughts and ideas related to race using videos, case studies and interactive role-play. This workshop will also discuss best practices for formulating effective responses to incidents of racist harassment and discrimination.

    Learning objectives:

    • How to identify negative stereotypes related to race.
    • How to recognize systems of oppression that impact racialized communities.
    • Practical solutions for responding to discrimination and harassment based on race.


    • Akeisha Lari, Equity and Inclusivity Advisor
  • Making more beautiful slides

    Date: Wednesday, February 26
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    Use your slides to your advantage. You work so hard on the content and delivery of your talk that your slides should enhance your presentation, not take away from it!

    Learn useful tips and tricks such as:

    • Starting with accessibility in mind.
    • Working with Slide Masters.
    • Developing beautiful colour schemes.
    • Adding visuals and where to find them (for free!).
    • When text helps and when it hurts.

    **For this Skill 'n Tell you can bring a copy of some slides that you're currently working on so you can play with them.

    Learning objectives:

    • Gather useful resources to support you in making beautiful, creative slides.
    • Design slides for maximum memory and learning.
    • Take your slides from boring to beautiful!


    • Sarah Stokes, Learning Facilitator
  • Building your professional brand on LinkedIn

    Date: Thursday, February 27
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    An interactive, step-by-step guide to optimizing your LinkedIn presence. We’ll review the elements of a great LinkedIn profile, present strategies on how to best engage your network, and share best practices for jump-starting your profile story.

    Learning objectives:

    • Better understand the purpose and significance of LinkedIn.
    • How to build your professional brand through your LinkedIn profile.
    • How to engage with your LinkedIn network at the next level.


    • Katrina McCann, Senior Relationship Manager from LinkedIn


  • 3D Printing

    Date: Wednesday, March 11
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Library, Lib132

    This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to how 3D printers work, where to find customizable designs created by others, and how to use the free software Tinkercad to get started on your own simple designs. Students, faculty, and staff are using the Library 3D printing service for a variety of academic, entrepreneurial and personal projects including models, prototypes, replacement parts, logos, and product packaging. Bring your ideas and a laptop, and take inspiration from the campus community. We will use the Ultimaker 2+ in this session.

    Learning objectives:

    • Find, modify, create and improve 3D designs using free software.
    • Select 3D printer settings appropriate for your design to ensure a successful print.
    • Identify ways in which students, faculty, and staff are using 3D printing for academic, entrepreneurial and personal projects.


    • Kate Gibbings, Librarian, Engineering and Applied Science
    • Rebecca Regehr
  • Deskercise

    Date: Wednesday, March 25
    Time: noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: ERC, Room 1056

    Learn how to identify and reverse the negative effects of a sedentary work day!

    Physical inactivity can lead to an array of various negative health effects, such as:

    • cardiovascular disease
    • obesity
    • diabetes
    • depression
    • anxiety

    Participants will learn some work-friendly stretches and exercises that can be done at a desk, cubicle or office to boost health, wellness, and productivity!

    Learning objectives:

    • Identify symptoms of the sedentary lifestyle.
    • Implement appropriate stretches and exercises to combat a sedentary work style.


    • Brianna McKay, Academic Advisor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology


  • Building the Road to Reconciliation

    Date: Wednesday, April 15
    Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Campus Corners, Room 2214

    The term 'reconciliation' is often mentioned in the news, education, and workplaces. Examining some background on how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) came about in Canada better prepares participants to understand the calls to action from the TRC. Reconciliation is about building relationships of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians for a better nation. 

    It is the responsibility of all Canadians to learn about, participate in and make commitments toward the road to reconciliation.

    Learning objectives:

    • Develop an understanding of how the TRC came about in Canada.
    • Assess the importance of relationship building of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
    • Articulate one way to contribute to reconciliation.


    • Carol Ducharme, Indigenous Programming Specialist
    • Jill Thompson, Indigenous Cultural Advisor