Webinars and online training resources for HQP
MEOPAR is aware that the current situation regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on students and the research community, both in Canada and internationally. We anticipate that the precise nature of these impacts may evolve over the coming weeks and months, and we note that projects may be unavoidably delayed as a result of practical measures taken to contain the virus. Many training workshops and conferences have been postponed, and we expect social distancing will be the new normal for some time to come.
In response to the current situation, MEOPAR is stepping up its online training opportunities:
MEOPAR Webinars & Communities of Practice
- MEOPAR is hosting regular webinars on a variety of topics—from project management to microplastics to mental health in grad school. Find the latest offerings here, or stream past webinars any time.
- MEOPAR’s Communities of Practice offer a wealth of resources online. Here’s a few webinar recordings to take in:
- Climate Resilience for Coastal Communities: Simulating Traffic Movements for Mass Evacuation was presented by the Climate Risks for Coastal Transportation Infrastructure (CRCTI) Community of Practice.
- Navigating the Changing Communication Landscape: Social Media for Risk and Crisis Communication was presented by the Coast and Ocean Risk Communication (CORC) CoP.
- Watch our website and follow us on Twitter for more webinars to come. If you have suggestions for online training or would be interested in hosting a webinar, please contact the Training Program Manager or reach out through the MEOPeers Facebook group.
Online Learning Tips & Best Practices
- The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has put together a website that has collected resources from its community members for online learning best practices, rapid transitions to online learning, and resources for staying well and staying connected while social distancing measures are in place. keepteaching.ca/
- Five ways to keep human connections when moving learning online due to coronavirus – a helpful article by Erika E. Smith, Mount Royal University, published in The Conversation Canada, March 23, 2020.
Online Resources & Training for HQP
- Introduction to the Draft Implementation Plan for the Ocean Decade (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO). Following the cancellation of the Second Global Planning Meeting, two webinars were conducted to present the Draft Implementation Plan of the Ocean Decade. Click on the link above to view the Power Point presentation and the recordings for the two virtual sessions conducted on March 31 and April 2, 2020.
- EDGE by Mitacs Training provides advanced degree graduates and Mitacs program participants with access to courses that supplement their education and research experience with skills that are in demand from today’s workforce. Many EDGE courses are available online.
- LinkedIn Learning offers over 15,000 courses on in-demand professional development topics, including programming, data analysis, time management, project management, teamwork skills, and job hunting. Students and university staff may have free access through their universities. Some public libraries also offer free access to members. You can also sign up for one free month.
- The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) are hosting a series of free marine research webinars. The series begins on April 1st with, “Nine years on from the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear accident: how is Fukushima’s coastal fishing society faring?”
- Applications are open for Waterlution’s Water Innovation Lab (WIL) Global 2020! WIL Global was planned as an in-person event from September 25-30 in BC. Waterlution is carefully monitoring new developments pertaining to COVID-19 and is considering moving the event to a virtual format. HQP who participated in WIL Canada 2018 had glowing feedback on the experience, and we encourage MEOPeers to apply. Funding will be available for registration fees and travel if applicable.
- The Story Collider has a great podcast and is doing virtual science storytelling shows.
- The Calm App has a free resource page with meditations, stories, music, talks, and more to support mental and emotional wellness.
We’ll continue to add to this list over the coming days. Take care of yourself, breathe, and let’s work together to #flattenthecurve! —Laura Avery