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2024 Graduate Programs in Education Orientation

The Graduate Programs in Education office will be hosting orientation sessions to incoming 2024 students in all degree programs to get started on their education journey by meeting the Graduate Programs in Education support team and students in their cohorts. The sessions will take place in the evenings from May 14 to May 24. Graduate Programs in Education will be hosting online and recorded sessions that have been designed to give students the tools needed to succeed as a graduate student. 

Students will learn about the services and resources dedicated to supporting success as a graduate student. Students will also have the opportunity to connect with the Werklund community of students, faculty, and support staff.

Date and TimeOrientation SessionsRegistration Link
Tuesday, May 14 5:30 - 7pmWelcome/About Werklund School of Education
Wednesday, May 15 5:30 - 7pmPhD Funding Opportunities and Program Overview
Thursday, May 16 5:30 - 6:30pmEdD Program Overview and Cohort Meet & Greet
Tuesday, May 21 5:30 - 7pmMA/MSC Funding Opportunities and MA Program Overview
Wednesday, May 22 6:00 - 7pmMaster of Education Interdisciplinary Studies Laddered Degree Overview and Cohort Meet and Greet
Thursday, May 23 6:00 - 7pmMEd Specialist Degree Overview and Cohort Meet and Greet
Friday May 24 6:00 - 7pmMaster of Education Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Overview and Cohort Meet and Greet – Year 3

Orientation Sessions

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

2023 Session hosted by: Lili Jardine and Courtney Miller, GPESA Co-Presidents

Graduate Programs in Education Students' Association is a student run, volunteer organization that strives to represent and be the voice for graduate students. Meet your Co-Presidents and the VP of Student Life!

Key Links: Webpage

2022 Session hosted by: Dr. Jim Field, Graduate Program Director

Learn what to expect and how to plan for the key stages of Candidacy.  

2023 Session hosted by: Cheryl Ohly, Graduate Program Administrator, GPE

Learn more about getting started as a graduate student at the University of Calgary with this session on registration. Find out what you need to do and where to find the information you need to enroll in your classes.

View the PowerPoint Presentation slides

Key Links: FGS Registration Guides, Academic Schedule, GPE Program Pages

2022 Session hosted by: Kendell Heydon, Writing Support Services

Join a representative from the Student Success Centre to learn more about academic writing and the supports available to you at the UCalgary campus. 

Key Links: Webpage

2022 Session hosted by: Dr. Jim Field, Graduate Program Director

Learn more about what it means to be a graduate student. Explore what it means to become a scholar and how you can make a smooth transition into life as a graduate student.

2023 Session hosted by: Dr. Ronna Mosher, Director, Graduate Professional Programs in Education

In this session, learn more about how the MEd Interdisciplinary program works.  For topic specific information it is recommended that you visit the topic webpage and connect with your GPA or Academic Coordinator. 

2022 Session hosted by: Lisa Llewellyn, Manager, Graduate Programs in Education

In this session, learn more about how the MEd Specialist programs work.  For specialization specific information it is recommended that you connect with your GPA or Academic Coordinator. 

Student Resources

Explore resources and videos prepared by the GPE team to help you get started and better understand your responsibilities as a graduate student. 

Students admitted to a graduate program in the Werklund School of Education will receive a resource guide once admitted. It is important to read this guide and follow the instructions within it to ensure a smooth transition into your graduate program. 

The UCalgary website is an important resource as a new student. This session covered the webpages you will visit most often as a graduate student in the Werklund School of Education.

Key Links: Graduate Programs in Education, Office of the Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, IT

This session provided an overview of some of the resources on campus and how they can help you throughout your studies.   

Key Links: Student Service Guide

As an extension of the Resources on Campus presentation, this session focused on International Student Services and what they can support you with.

Key Links: International Student Services

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.

Key Links: PowerPoint slidesTTS Assistive Software

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
View the PowerPoint Presentation slides

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 or call 403.220.5555, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST.

Students can download Office 365 at no additional cost.
This includes:

Licensing to download the latest version of Microsoft Office – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Skype for Business, Publisher (PC Only) and Access (PC Only) on up to 5 devices including computers, smartphones and tablets

Email and calendar hosting

Anti-malware and anti-spam filtering

Exchange Online Protection (EOP)

1 TB of storage for files in OneDrive (online storage space), a great way to back up important files and access them from anywhere

Word, Excel and PowerPoint web apps enabled through OneDrive

Online Learning Resources

This session covered the basics of what you need to know going into an online program including information about D2L, Zoom and technology requirements/recommendations. 

View the PowerPoint Presentation slides

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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