2020 Faculty of Information Orientation Schedule


August 24 - September 12

We are very excited to meet you all and welcome you to the Faculty of Information community!

All orientation events will be held online, we will post the links to join closer to the dates. Please remember to check back frequently as some times may change.

All times are in EST. Sessions are open to all incoming students unless specifically indicated for a certain cohort (MI, MMST, BI, PhD).

For information on how to register for iSkills workshops, please contact Daisy (daisy.dowdall@utoronto.ca)

For our graduate students: In addition to our Faculty orientation events be sure to check out SGS Programming! Incoming graduate students can find a great variety of virtual orientation sessions, webinars and events all in one place! You can self-enrol on SGS’s Orientation Quercus site.

Monday, August 24

  • 10-11am Student Services and Supports General Assembly
    • Let’s kick off orientation by getting to know your Student Services Team who will support you during your time at the Faculty. This is also an opportunity to get acquainted with our students associations: DSA, MISC, MUSSA and BISA! (Session will be recorded for those who cannot attend)
  • 2-4pm iSkills Workshop: Library Programming (registration required)

Tuesday, August 25

  • 10-11am Accessibility Services at UofT with Alexa Quach
    • Leveling the playing field – Attend this online session to learn about how academic accommodations at the University of Toronto may help students navigate disability-related concerns as a graduate student. Learn about Accessibility Services and how you can register. Q&A follows this session.
  • 11am-1pm iSkills Workshop: Writing in the Canadian Context (registration required)

Wednesday, August 26

  • 10-11am Alumni Panel for MMST Students
  • 1-2pm Speed Dating Social for MMST/CDP Students
    • Get to know your peers at MUSSA’s first official social event of the year! Similar to “speed dating,” you will have an opportunity to meet with other first year and upper year Museum Studies and CDP students in an informal (but structured) small group setting. Once the timer goes off, students will “relocate” to chat with someone new, and repeat for the duration of the event.

Thursday, August 27

  • 10-11am Alumni Panel for MI Students  
  • 1-3pm iSkills Academic Writing Workshop (registration required)
  • 4:30-5:30pm Accessibility Working Group Presents Trivia!
    • The Accessibility Interests Working Group is hosting a Keyboard Wikipedia challenge! Test your hyperlink skills while learning about disability rights advocates!

Friday, August 28

  • 10-11am Health and Wellness Overview with Agnes Hsin
    • Please join us for an introduction to Health & Wellness services and programs including offerings, approaches, scope of practice, vision and mission.
  • 12-1pm MI Roundtable with Students
    • Practicum, Intern, co-op, work-studies, GLA, TaLint – curious about work opportunities for MI students? Join our panel with upper year MI students to hear about their stories and insights!
  • 3-4pm Social for Incoming BI Students
    • Join current BI students for a meet and greet!
  • 6-7pm MISC Games Night Everyone Welcome
    • Join us for a fun time of Jackbox Games with MISC social-committee! 

Saturday, August 29

  • 10am-2pm iSkills Workshop: Using Data to Solve Problems (registration required)
  • 1-4pm iSkills Workshop: HTML, CSS Java (registration required)

Monday, August 31

  • 1-2:30pm Academic Success for MI/MMST Students with Professor Colin Furness
    • Prepare for your academic success as a graduate student at the iSchool. Attend this session to learn how to prepare for assignment peaks, iSchool time management skills, how to avoid procrastination, how to succeed in group work & presentations and more.
  • 3-4pm Ask an MMSt/CDP Student
    • A panel of upper year MMSt and CDP students will answer any questions you have about student life, courses and extracurriculars.

Tuesday, September 1

  • 10am-12pm Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office presents: Addressing Racial Microaggressions: Tools, Strategies and Discussions
    • This particular workshop is being offered exclusively to members of the iSchool community. Our goal is that the session will help to advance the collective understanding of microagressions and their potential impact on our educational environment
  • 2-4pm Python Programming Boot Camp (Part 1) for BI Students with Professor Velian Pandeliev
    • This workshop offers a rapid review of core programming concepts (arithmetic, variables, Boolean logic, conditionals, loops, functions, and data types) and introduces the syntax of the Python programming language.

Wednesday, September 2

  • 9:30-11:00am International Students Orientation
    • Join us for a short and useful introduction to the programs and services offered to international students by the Centre for International Experience. You’ll learn about our social activities, global learning, your health insurance plan and how to get information and advice on study permits, entry visas and working in Canada etc.!
    • You will also be welcomed by our international student engagement team who are here to support you during your time at the iSchool.
  • 11am-12pm PD Roundtable with Professors for MI Students
    • Want to make connection with your professors outside of the class? We have invited several faculty members who have hired iSchool students during their study at the faculty. Research Assistants, Student Engagement, Data Analysts – join our panel to hear what they think are professional skills you can develop to jump start your career!
  • 11am-12pm Internship Information Session for MMST Students
    • This session is dedicated for MMSt/CDP students who are interested in pursuing the Internship option and will orientate students to the timelines, process, available career services, and tips for success.
  • 1-3pm iSkills Workshop: Academic Writing (registration required)
  • 2-4pm How to Learn Online for BI Students with Professor Dan Ryan
    • Technology mediated teaching and learning present a wide range of challenges, but also opportunities.  The first step toward overcoming the former and taking advantage of the latter is to know our tools. In this workshop we’ll take a guided tour of all the tools your instructors might be using this semester. The more things we all come into our classes already being familiar with, the more time we can spend on the course material itself.
  • 3-4pm Co-op and Work-Integrated-Learning Session for MI Students
    • This session will orientate MI students to the Co-op and Practicum course options at the Faculty.  More information will be shared in terms of timelines, process, eligibility, and the ICPP requirements.

Thursday, September 3

  • 9:30am-12pm SGS Presents: Strategies for Academic Success, Campus Resources and Building Your Experience (MI/MMST)
    • Join this session to help you transition to grad life. Learn effective strategies for academic success in a professional program, hear about grad student life resources available and learn how to get involved in campus activities to enhance your graduate experience. 
  • 2-4pm iSkills Workshop: Public Speaking (registration required)
  • 2-4pm Python Programming Boot Camp (Part 2) for BI Students with Professor Velian Pandeliev
    • This workshop offers a rapid review of core programming concepts (arithmetic, variables, Boolean logic, conditionals, loops, functions, and data types) and introduces the syntax of the Python programming language.
  • 5-7pm MISC Part-Time Working Group: Q&A and Hangout for MI Students
    • Part time student are invited to an information session & social hosted by the MISC Part Time Working Group & the Faculty of Information Student Services team! Get to know your fellow part time peers in an informal (virtual) setting!

Friday, September 4

  • 12-2pm Peer Mentoring @ iSchool Mingle and Social
    • At the Peer Mentoring @ iSchool’s MENTORnament, compete with your fellow mentees and mentors in a series of fun games for prizes. Not your style – just come for the hang!

Monday, September 7

  • LABOUR DAY

Tuesday, September 8

  • 10am-12pm Faculty General Assembly – Meet the iSchool Faculty!
    • This annual orientation event is one of the most popular! It’s your chance to meet your future instructors. Don’t miss out!
  • 12:15-1:15pm BI Faculty and Student Meet and Greet
    • Incoming BI students, here’s your chance to introduce yourselves and chat with your instructors!
  • 12:30-1:30pm MMSt Faculty Panel Q&A
    • Incoming MMSt students, meet your Faculty members!

Wednesday, September 9

  • 10am-2:30pm Introduction to Data Science Programming (with Python) Registration required
  • 11am-12:30pm How to express yourself through writing with Ronna Bloom
    • Often in school and in life, energy moves quickly towards projects and other people but there’s little left for you. In this workshop, through the use of reflective writing, you will be nudged into reflecting on what sustains you, what you love, and what you need. Take this hour for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general, and what might help you thrive during this new chapter in your life.
  • 4:15-6:15 iSkills Workshop: Rare Books (registration required)

Thursday, September 10

  • 11am-12pm Practicum Information Session for BI Students
    • This session will orientate BI students to the Practicum course and will cover timelines, process, available career services, and tips for success.
  • 12-1:30pm MISC Clubs Day/Brown Bag
    • We welcome all students to our a virtual brown-bag lunch showcasing various iSchool clubs! The event will take place on the MISC Microsoft Teams account. Each club will have their own “table” or channel where you can filter in and out of video calls to engage with club members and learn about their initiatives! Current list of registered clubs include: the iJournal, Special Libraries Association, Fibre Arts, The Association of Moving Image Archivists, Librarians Without Borders, and your student councils, MISC & MUSSA!
  • 2-4pm How to Learn Online for MI/MMST Students with Professor Dan Ryan
    • Technology mediated teaching and learning present a wide range of challenges, but also opportunities.  The first step toward overcoming the former and taking advantage of the latter is to know our tools. In this workshop we’ll take a guided tour of all the tools your instructors might be using this semester. The more things we all come into our classes already being familiar with, the more time we can spend on the course material itself.
  • 6:30-8pm MMST/CDP Social
    • Join other Museum Studies and CDP folks and test your random knowledge in a lively game of trivia! Teams will be created at the event based on the number of people who attend.

   Friday, September 11

  • 2-3pm Networking Strategies with Careers Officer
    • Networking enables connectivity and engagement within one’s professional community. It is also an effective tool for securing meaningful work related to one’s interests and long-term career goals. This session is open to all students and will focus on developing and operationalizing a sustainable networking strategy.

Saturday, September 12

  • 10am-2pm iSkills Workshop: Using Data to Solve Problems (registration required)
  • 3-4pm MISC Games Social Everyone Welcome