Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade is a lunchtime series on the last Friday of the month, by Researchers for Researchers, in collaboration with ACENET. The idea is to share knowledge and make connections with and between researchers in Atlantic Canada, who are interested in or are already using digital tools in their research.

2021-22 Theme: Bringing Research into the Classroom

The theme for the upcoming academic year is Bringing Research into the Classroom. We will be sharing methods and resources for introducing digital research projects to students, highlighting opportunities for student and faculty training in digital skills, and facilitating discussions and conversations around how we can ethically and sustainably equip faulty, students, and research teams as they navigate a complex and rapidly changing digital world.


Atlantic Digital Opportunities Fair
September 24, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm Atlantic

  • Dr. Laura Estill, St. Francis Xavier University Digital Humanities Centre; Digital Humanities Summer Institute-East host
  • Dr. Josh MacFadyen, University of Prince Edward Island GeoREACH Lab; 2022 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference instructor
  • Margaret Vail, Systems and Data Services Librarian, St.FX University; Canadian Association of University Libraries Atlantic Research Data Management series organizer
  • Grace Fishbein, ACENET Research Consultant and Training Coordinator
  • Dr. Michael B. MacDonald, CineWorlding, MacEwan University; Centre for Sound Communities Summer Institute Instructor

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Research as Praxis: Tools for Facilitating Training of Your Research Team
October 29, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm Atlantic

Research teams are organizational structures and a site for networked praxis. In this session, Dr. Mah will share practical examples of tools and strategies used by the lab to implement a skill development curriculum based on an academic year in a digital work environment. This session uses theory from public administration and the practice turn in social research as a foundation.

Dr. Catherine Mah, MD, FRCPC, Ph.D., Dalhousie University 
Emily Jago, BComm, BA MKH, Research Manager - Food Policy Lab, Dalhousie University

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Incorporating a Digital Research Assignment into Your Humanities or Social Sciences Course
November 26, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm Atlantic

Humanities and Social Science research increasingly takes place using digital resources and tools; teaching students to undertake effective research means introducing them to existing digital resources. In this discussion, Laura Estill shares an assignment that helps students learn how to undertake original research using digital resources. The examples here are taken from Shakespeare studies but the assignment techniques could be used in other humanities and social sciences classes. Digital humanities resources offer a “brave new world” for research and teaching; there is no ready-made map for this ever-changing landscape.

Dr. Laura Estill, St. Francis Xavier University

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Click the link below to register. Sessions are hosted online with Zoom. You will receive connection details by email the morning of each session.
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