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Online professional development options

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Self-directed online learning

Sometimes a class or prior commitment means you can't attend an in-person session or live online workshop or webinar, but there are options available for you to learn new skills at your own pace, when it's convenient for you.

Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

This free online course provides preparation for current and future STEM faculty members in effective teaching strategies and the evidence that supports these strategies. Participants will learn how to (a) engage students in active learning in classrooms using strategies such as peer instruction and problem-based learning, (b) develop methods to help their students think more like experts in their fields using inquiry-based labs and similar activities, (c) turn their classrooms into learning communities through cooperative learning and using the diverse perspectives of their students, and (d) use approaches like flipped classrooms that make it possible to build active and collaborative learning into their classes.

This course builds on the CIRTL Network course, "An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching." That course is recommended, but not required, as a prerequisite for participating in this course.

  • This course has one session available, starting from January 29 to March 25, 2024.


Our partnership with Mitacs grants you access to their online courses that allow you to learn new skills at your own pace, where and when it's convenient for you. Graduate students and postdocs can sign up for a Mitacs EDGE account if you don't already have one and register for any of the courses below. 

Mitacs' curriculumincludes eight self-paced, asynchronous e-learning courses. Time commitments for each course range from 60 to 180 minutes. When registering, each subject area has a bundle including a self-paced online course as well as a live, instructor-led session (if available). The instructor-led course cannot be signed up for until the corresponding self-directed, asynchronous course has been completed.

The relevant Dal GradPD pillar covered in each course bundle is noted below. 


  • Communication skills
  • Writing and presentation skills


  • Project and time management
  • Reconciliation and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • Research and development (R&D) management
  • Leadership skills

Career Intelligence

  • Networking skills
  • Career planning

Facilitated workshops from Mitacs

Mitacs also offers many facilitated, instructor-led workshops throughout the year open to participants who have completed the accompanying asynchronous e-learning course for each workshop. Workshops are open to students and postdocs from universities across Canada, but time zones vary depending on which region is hosting the session. 

Descriptions of each workshop can be found on the Mitacs website, and you can register by signing up for or logging into your Mitacs EDGE account.

Learn more about Mitacs skills offering for Spring 2024 [PDF-20 kb].

Write with Us! Daily Pomodoro Sessions

The Writing Centre is offering daily group writing sessions every weekday morning from 10-11 AM (ADT) on Collaborate. Join Writing Centre staff members and other students to set writing goals and write against the clock in two 25-minute bursts to help you get started on your writing day. No preregistration or commitment necessary: Come to as many or as few sessions as you like!

This event counts towards the Dal GradPD communication pillar.

Anti-Racism 101 module

The Anti-Racism 101 workshop provides a foundational overview of the ways in which Anti-Racism manifests within us, on our campuses, and in our communities. Through the exploration of concepts such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black racism, accountability and more, this workshop provides avenues of learning but most importantly implores as all to commit to changing our behaviours, attitudes and actions today.

This module counts toward the Dal GradPD communication pillar. To register, email

Build Your Research Community Course

In this free course, scientists from different backgrounds give concrete steps to building a mentoring network so you can be a more confident researcher and feel supported by your graduate school research community. You'll develop a detailed plan to complete your degree and meet your career goals. You’ll also learn evidence-based techniques and strategies for finding and building productive relationships with your primary research advisor(s), thesis committee, and other mentors during graduate school.

By the time you're finished, you'll have completed a plan to build a research home to help you succeed in graduate school and beyond.

The course is self-paced, enrollment is open and the course ends June 1, 2024, at 1 a.m. ADT.

You can register for this course on the Build Your Research Community Course website.

Research Summer Camp

The Dalhousie Libraries Research Summer Camp is a comprehensive and inclusive program aimed at guiding participants through the research process from start to finish. Designed for students, faculty, and staff at Dalhousie University, the program offers both online asynchronous modules and synchronous sessions with the support of the Dalhousie Writing Centre. While the program is open to anyone, it is particularly tailored towards graduate students, and faculty members can recommend the program to their research assistants or teaching assistants. Participants who have previously taken the program are welcome to re-register for access to the modules.

Visit the Research Camp website for a full list of modules. Upon completion, participants can earn certificates that recognize their achievements. To register for the program, participants can self-register on Brightspace, with access to the pre-recorded modules starting on May 15, 2023, and available until March 29, 2024.

To register for live/synchronous sessions, visit the Dal Libraries Events Calendar.