Learning Resources

2021 Orientation

View recordings and access content from our 2021 GPE Virtual Welcome Orientation for new students. For best viewing please use Chrome browser for recordings.

Opening prayer/ceremony/ Welcome Messages Hosted by: Dr. Marlon Simmons

  • Welcome — Dr. Marlon Simmons, Associate Dean Graduate Programs in Education
  • Opening – Elder Dr. Reg Crowshoe
  • Dr. Robin Yates, Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Jennifer Lock, Vice Dean Werklund School of Education
  • Closing Remarks — Dr. Marlon Simmons

This session, led by Graduate Program Administrators will provide students across all degrees instructions and tips to successfully register in courses. Students could then ask GPAs questions on any administrative questions they may have.

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Hosted by: Dr. T.A. Pattinson, Writing Support Services, Student Success Centre

This session will focus on how to help you organize and complete a literature review, and assist you in understanding how this enhances your research.

The Student Success Centre offers one-on-one online writing support meetings for graduate students. Visit their website to learn more about their services, and to book a consultation.

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This session will focus on commonly asked questions and where to find your answers. Topics include: Fees, Academic Schedule, Important Dates, IT, FGS site, Search Engine usage

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Library Research

Hosted by: Dr. Bart Lenart, Doucette Library

Learn more about graduate level library research, and pick up tips and tricks to overcome some of the “troublesome” areas that many graduate students encounter at the beginning of their program. The session will cover accessing online resources such as known articles, books, research articles, and distance education services. Learn more about the citation (or bibliographic) management software. Specific to grad students in Graduate Programs in Education.

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Getting Started with Research in Education: an introduction on compiling a search strategy and selecting databases 

Databases for Your Research in Education: an introduction to some of the features of the EBSCO interface 

Effective Searching for Your Research in Education: a conceptual introduction to research in education to learn about some useful tools for conducting research 

APA Session for Graduate Programs in Education Students - July 21, 2021: video recording of session. Hosted by: Dr. Bart Lenart, Doucette Library
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Citing Your Research in Education: a video overview of APA7 and the APA LibGuide 

Introduction to APA 7: a recorded APA 7 session that includes (a) an outline of some of the major changes between APA6 and APA7, (b) an overview of the contents of the actual guide, and (c) an overview of the resources found on the APA website 

Links to APA sessions produced and delivered by the Association of College & Research Libraries as well as the American Psychological Association (the creators of the APA guide): 

A Step By Step Guide for APA Style Student Papers 

Citing Works in Text Using Seventh Edition APA Style 

Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style 

Computer Configuration

As most online courses are accessed via the Internet, it is important that graduate students have an appropriate computer configuration. On this page you will find information about technology requirements, delivery tools, and technology support.

A video conferencing technology Zoom is a web-based virtual classroom system, which allows participants to interact synchronously with full two-way audio and the opportunity to use video cameras, instant messaging and a shared, interactive whiteboard. The sessions can also be recorded for listening and viewing at a later time.

Class sessions in Zoom are accessed via the appropriate course in the Online Rooms page of Desire2Learn.

Desire2Learn (D2L) is a robust learning management system, produced by a Canadian company. It is designed to work on any web browser, on any computer operating system. The interface is also optimized for use on mobile devices, and several dedicated applications are available for iOS. Access your D2L through your Student Centre.


University of Calgary Information Technology (IT) provides support for D2L & Zoom users. Email the IT Support Centre at itsupport@ucalgary.ca or call 403.220.5555, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST.

Contact the GPE distance delivery technology support team at disthelp@ucalgary.ca

Online Learning Resources

This session provided students with an overview of D2L and Zoom, and what contributes to a comfortable online learning experience.

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This session covered online learning strategies (e.g. time management, expectations, etc.) and provided students with an introduction to conducting online research using the university library.

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