|Bibliometrics & User Centred Design
||How can bibliometrics and user-centred design help you do research? In this working group, we will learn about bibliometrics and be introduced to some user-centred design methods. You will learn how to effectively research topics of your choice using metadata in academic databases, and interact with tools to learn more about the subjects you're interested in. Finally, we'll discuss and brainstorm what could be in software currently being designed to solve these problems.
|Community Resilience to Climate Change
||How do climate change-related stress events affect different communities? How can we increase community resilience to respond better to stress events? What is resilience? This working group will introduce real-world situations where flooding, heat waves, power outages, and other events have affected a diversity of communities. Through interactive scenario activities, participants will delve into what allows these communities to survive, rebuild, and thrive. This working group will brainstorm best practices for communities aiming to increase their resilience to climate change.
|Equity, (in)Action, and Changing the World
||How do power, difference, and inequity impact people's lives, including your own, and how can we create change? This working group will focus on building frameworks and practical toolkits to answer these questions. We'll use cross-disciplinary and intersectional approaches to interrogate and address the roots of inequity. Taking case studies, we'll figure out what makes some solutions (in)effective in attempting to solve problems. By the end, you will design actual efforts to address real-world problems that concern you, and ultimately change the world!
|Hearts and Minds: Building Better Dialogue Through Social Epistemology
||How do we share knowledge? This discussion-based working group hopes to actively apply feminist epistemology to build principles for effective dialogue. This working group will explore how we know as individuals and as communities and how our different social perspectives change the way we know and how this diversity can be leveraged for social change. By applying this understanding of knowing to various thought experiments and our own lived experiences we hope to create a set of simple principles for more effective communication.
|Indigenous Rights and Environmental Stewardship
||What are the effects of colonization on Indigenous people, and how do environmental racism and human rights play into these relations? This working group will examine a case study of environmental racism in Indigenous communities. We will work to develop solutions to provide treatment for affected residents, clean and reform the environment, promote respectful research practices, and develop legislation to ensure these cases don't happen again.
|Internet Blues and Fake News: How Cognitive Biases Affect You
||Angel Huang and Luiza Araujo
||Does the media industry take advantage of the inherent flaws with knowledge transfer when they are sharing information, and if so, how? How can we better equip ourselves to receive that information? We aim to educate participants about how cognitive biases and heuristics shape our understanding. In the end, we hope to inspire participants to mitigate biases in their knowledge sharing and think twice about what they read and hear.
|Online Courses: How to Make Them Not Suck
||it's a fact of life that online courses are becoming increasingly popular among companies and educational institutions alike. unfortunately, they tend to suck. a lot. perhaps they get oversimplified, or perhaps they are taught exactly like an in person course. with a bit of intentional thinking, many of cons of online courses can become pros. let's work on this wide-reaching task together.
|Peer Reviewing for Dummies
||How can we give and receive good feedback, and how do we do so when we're not experts (read: dummies) in the content? How does peer review even work? This working group will discuss peer review and publication processes and how we produce knowledge, but will be mostly practically-focused! Through the case study of a cross-disciplinary undergraduate journal (http://jirr.ca/), we will develop frameworks and practices for peer reviewing, and get to apply them on real-world submissions. No experience required.