Interested in leading a Peer-to-Peer Workshop? That is great! We know everyone has busy schedules so we appreciate that you are interested in taking time out of yours to help your peers learn new skills!

You may be wondering what the Peer-to-Peer Workshops are all about. The initiative was started through the work of the Association of Graduate Planners and the Student Teaching Excellence Committee (STEC) as a way of connecting students and creating an environment where peers can expose each other to new skills and activities.  It is a student run initiative and this is the first time the workshops have been run.

You may also be wondering who it is open to – It is open to all graduate students in the Faculty of Environment to both lead a workshop and participate. Do you have expertise in a unique activity you think could benefit others? Maybe you are a whiz at ArcGIS. Why not share those skills?

After providing the required information through a quick questionnaire (Click here to fill out a survey of interest), we ask all applicants to provide a course outline that illustrates how the workshop would be run with a timeline and draft visuals. Although meticulous detail is not required at this stage, information such as the steps that will be outlined, what example would be utilized, etc. would be useful. A chart with example of potential topics and potential workshop material is below. This program is open to any skill set however whether it be computer oriented or even nature oriented. All types of knowledge and skill sets are welcome.

It is a one half day (approximate) commitment, where you simply share your knowledge of a particular program or activity, as well as a small time commitment for administrative purposes before and after the workshop (i.e. email discussions, workshop preparation).



OuDescription of Potential Workshop Material

  • How to do simple calculations on excel
  • How to create graphs
  • Tips on small things to look out for while manipulating data, ex. where to put titles on graphs, what scale is appropriate
Introduction to Statistics
  • Discussion of the long term census, and potentially differing levels of information through the years
  • How to access multiple years of census data
  • What the various description and area labels mean, ex census tract, census metropolitan area
  • How to input this information into excel and analyze it
  • Tips on what to look out for, ex. slight changes in groupings
Adobe Illustrator
  • What are the tools in the tool bars?
  • How to import a file
  • Basic use of tools, ex how to connect shapes, fill shapes, how to create curved lines
  • The basic steps to create a simple map, ex. from importing to colour coding
  • Introduction to the basic abilities of AutoCad
  • Basics in how to lay out a map, or another design specific to environment

Still have questions? We’d be happy to answer them! Email Nicole Goodbrand at

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