DIGITAL WORKSHOPS

Upcoming workshops

FALL SEMESTER 2021

The Graduate Campus collaborates with the Centre Universitaire d'Informatique (CUI) and the Graduate Institut of International et de Development Studies (IHEID) to offer workshops in a range of digital topics as wide as possible. You can find the CUI and IHEID workshops offer on their respective websites:

CUI: https://spc.unige.ch/en/teaching/digitalskills/

IHEID: https://libguides.graduateinstitute.ch/digital_skills_phds

 

Below is the current offer of the Graduate Campus:

 

Managing your references to cite them in a legal manner (December 17 2021) ENGLISH SESSION (see french page for french session)

Description

During this workshop, you will learn the best practices for managing your bibliographic references as part of your PhD. With an optimal organization of your sources and a good knowledge of how to avoid plagiarism, in accordance with University guidelines, and respect copyrights, the writing of your academic work will be facilitated. Different tools and methods will be presented and experienced throughout the day.

 

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • [Optional] Use Zotero or EndNote to collect and cite your bibliographic references
  • Adopt a proper organization for a large collection of bibliographic references (in Zotero)
  • Comply with plagiarism conventions and rules of conduct
  • Apply the basics of Swiss copyright law when obtaining information and disseminating it
  • Use and produce content distributed under Creative Commons licenses

 

N.B. The first part of the workshop is an introduction to a reference management software, EndNote or Zotero (to choice). A comparison of the software is available here: https://www.unige.ch/biblio/index.php?cID=2758. If you are already familiar with either of these programs, this part is optional. Please specify your choice when you register.

 

Audience
Doctoral and post-doctoral students

Dates and place
December 17 2021, 9:00-16:30, CMU

Fees
Free for doctorate and post-doctoral students from University of Geneva and IHEID

Practical information
Number of participants: 20
Languages: English
The participant have to bring/have a laptop.
A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the module.

Speakers
Members of the Division de l'Information Scientifique

 

 

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Popularizing science on digital media: a real challenge for young researchers (30.11; 9.12; 16.12 and 21.12)

General objectives

Popularizing scientific research and making it both understandable and attractive on a digital media support for a non-specialist audience is a real challenge for any scientist. This module enables doctoral and post-doctoral students to develop an effective text and visual message to communicate persuasively through digital media and thus share their research, hypotheses, results, opinions with a wide non-scientific audience.

 

Organization

Participants will work on one of their own productions (e.g. a research summary) that they will revise and complete (text, visual, storytelling) throughout the workshops. In this way, participants commit themselves to taking the time to do the required exercises before and between the workshops.

As an option, participants who are not familiar with visual creation can participate in an introductory workshop on a visual creation software (i.e., workshop 2).

 

This module consists of four workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Writing for Digital Media and the General Public
    November 30, 1:15-5:00 pm (in French)

  • Workshop 2: Introduction to Software for Visual Creation (optional)
    December 9, 9:15-12:00 am (in French)

  • Workshop 3: Visual Communication for Digital Media
    December 16, 9:15-12:00 am (in French)

  • Workshop 4: Storytelling and Storyboarding Science
    December 21, 1:15-5:00 pm (in English)

 

Audience
Doctoral and post-doctoral students

Place
 CMU (rooms to be confirmed)

Fees
Free for doctorate and post-doctoral students from University of Geneva and IHEID

Practical information
Number of participants: 15
The participant have to bring/have a laptop.
A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the module.

 

 

Workshop 1: Writing for Digital Media and the General Public

 

Description

Writing to be read and understood by a wide audience is a puzzle for researchers, especially in digital media. How to get attention? How do you convey sharp knowledge, complex concepts?
By observing the rules of effective writing, it becomes possible to solve these questions. At least partially. Let's look at some of them: determine your target audience, choose your vocabulary level; limit the number of words per sentence; use the present tense of the indicative; find good examples.
This training is intended to be concrete and offers practical tools that are easy to implement.

 

Objectives

  • Know the rules of efficient writing;
  • Know how to title your text/article;
  • To understand the principle of the hat of an article;
  • Know the expectations of digital media for scientific texts;
  • Analyze your texts according to Lasswell's proposal: Who says what to whom by what means and with what effect;
  • Practice effective writing.

 

Content

  • Theoretical contributions: writing in a simple way, knowing how the reader approaches a text, adopting the rules of effective writing, writing the title and caption of an article.
  • Practical exercises: writing the catchphrases of an article, working on the text/article/abstract that will have been submitted at the time of registration.

 

Speakers

Jean-Blaise Held, MicroPlume sàrl (http://www.microplume.ch), is an adult trainer and coach in the field of oral and written communication: effective writing, media training, speeches, conducting interviews, public speaking. He was a lecturer at UNIFR from 2004 to 2020 (public relations, journalistic writing, web writing, mediatraining). He teaches written and oral communication at the HEIA Fribourg and for the continuing education of the HEG Fribourg. Mr Held was a journalist at RTS for 20 years and editor in charge of Cahiers protestants (2000-2004).

 

 

 

Workshop 2: Introduction to Software for Visual Creation

 

Description

This workshop is an introduction to the use of graphic design software in general. Using Affinity Designer, which is typical of most software in its category, we will cover the different stages of graphic creation from idea to production.

 

Objectives

  • Basic knowledge of graphic design software
  • Basic knowledge of photo editing software
  • Ability to choose the right software
  • Understand the characteristics of an illustration in object mode
  • Understand the characteristics of a photo in point mode
  • Choose the right file types for different needs

 

Content

  • Software interface
    • Workspace
    • Document configuration
    • Unit of measurement
  • Creation
    • Creation tools
    • Selection, modification
    • Layout
  • Technical constraints (digital world)
    • Image format
    • File size
    • Type of file
    • Compression
    • Variations

 

Speaker

Julien Jespersen works at the Division of Training and Students (DIFE) as a web developer. He has worked as a graphic designer for many years at the Cultural Activities and Communication Service of UNIGE. In addition, he runs courses in page layout and illustration within the DIFE.

 

 

Workshop 3: Visual communication for digital media

 

Description

The visual communication workshop aims to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical means to create graphic elements in order to communicate messages to a non-educated target audience via digital media. Through an alternation of theoretical and practical presentations, participants will be led to ask themselves the right questions and to mobilise the best means to achieve their communication objective. They will be asked to exchange and confront their views on their own creations within their group.

 

Objectives

  • Ability to prepare visual elements for the electronic media
  • Build concise and engaging visual elements from complex material
  • Understand the basics of codes and registers of graphic expression
  • To know how to make simple graphic compositions

 

Content

  • Graphic composition
    • Consistency
    • Efficiency
    • Register
    • Coherence of the message
  • Basics of graphic design
    • Dimensions, orientation
    • Fills, voids
    • Grid, margins, alignment
    • Colours
    • Typography
  • Recipient of the message
    • Who
    • What, action
    • Notion of time
    • Notion of space
  • Analysis and comparison
    • Identification of criteria
    • Confrontation of opinions
    • Objectivity and subjectivity

 

Speaker

Julien Jespersen (see workshop 2)

 

 

 

Workshop 4: Storytelling and Storyboarding Science

 

Description

I seek to challenge, inspire and train scientists to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations, publications and digital media tools. Borrowing communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and applying them in science communication and popularization will help scientists for better communication of their research to a non-expert audience through digital media, and scientists are wise enough to do so!

 

Objectives

  • Persuasive communication of our research, divulgation and publication
  • Preparing script and storyboard about our research
  • Audio-visual literacy: Better understanding and interpretation of films
  • The use of storytelling in digital media

 

Content

  • Theory: Story and narrative, storytelling in science, script writing and storyboarding, alternative narrative structures.
  • Practice: Participants re-write their biography, summaries of their already published (or in preparation) papers and presentations based on what they learn in the workshop.

 

Speaker

Samer Angelone holds two PhDs in Film Studies and Biology. He is the founder of the Global Science Film Festival, and works as a jury-member for prestigious international film festivals. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films. He teaches 'Filmmaking for Scientists', 'Storytelling & Storyboarding Science', and 'Video-journalism for Scientists' at different universities, research institutes and film festivals www.sciencefilm.ch

 

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