Workshops and Events

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (May 2, 2019)

This workshop will discuss the strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. Presenters include:

  • Nancy Courtney, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Jeff Grabmeier, Senior Director, Research Communications
REDCap Design Part 1 (May 7, 2019)

This level of training is appropriate for individuals who are using REDCap for the first time, or individuals who have very limited prior experience. This level of training will cover:

  • The REDCap system interface.
  • Overview of REDCap project types (Research, Operational, Quality).
  • Data classifications (PHI and NonPHI).
  • REDCap Shared Library.
  • Creating data collection instruments using the Online Designer.
  • Field types, Field labels, Matrix fields.
  • Variable names (and suggested naming conventions) and Validation.
  • Setting required fields and identifiers.
  • Adding field notes.
  • Testing Forms.
  • Distributing surveys (Public link, Automated Invitations, Participant List).
Making Your Science Accessible (May 29, 2019)

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

  • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
  • Building context.
  • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
  • Showcasing what is possible.

This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

Introduction to Data Visualization (Jun. 20, 2019)

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualization.
  • Take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them.
  • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.
  • Watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like.
  • Gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization.
  • Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.
Grant Writing: An Introduction (Jul. 16, 2019)

This session will address some similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include:

  • Best practices for engaging with sponsors
  • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process
  • Drafting a compelling narrative
  • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources
  • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear

Presenters include:

Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
Kristina Ward, Director, Foundation Relations

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Jul. 18, 2019)

Tableau is a data visualization program that offers both quick and flexible methods of visualizing your data in a variety of ways, including through interactive dashboards. Offering ways to explore your dataset as well as explain it, Tableau combines ease of use and powerful options for engaging your audience with interesting visualizations. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the different types of Tableau that exist and how they can access the program (for free).
  • Discover the Tableau interface and learn how to import and connect data to Tableau itself.
  • Explore how to quickly visualize data with different chart types (line and bar charts, scatter plots, maps, and more) and through dashboards (adding some interactivity between your visualizations).
  • Learn how to format and make adjustments to titles, axis titles, colors, marks and shapes, and more.
  • Export your Tableau visualization for use in other tools and programs like PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Interact with other resources like Tableau Public’s Gallery and knowledge bank to help learn about Tableau beyond this workshop.
Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Aug. 8, 2019)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry. Both entities must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. It is important for University researchers to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. This seminar led by the Industry Liaison Office addresses the industry-university opportunities by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Aug. 13, 2019)

This session will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include:

  • Best practices for engaging with sponsors
  • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process
  • Drafting a compelling narrative
  • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources
  • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear

Presenters Include:

Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
James Gentry, Foundation Relations