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Back to School Workshops: Student Toolkit



Discover new tools, tips, and techniques for study, research, and collaboration.

Check out our other workshop tracks!

Getting Together While Staying Apart: Tips for Using Online Collaboration Platforms

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Collaborating in a virtual environment doesn't have to mean you you are limited to video conferencing when working with fellow students on class and other projects. In this session we'll explore some of the free online collaboration platforms beyond traditional video conferencing services like Zoom and BlueJeans with a focus on whiteboard apps that allow the import of media into shared whiteboard space for a variety of uses like mind-mapping, project planning and storyboarding.  The apps we  look at are web browser based and available on laptop, desktop and mobile devices. 


Integrating Digital Storytelling Tools

Tuesday, September 1 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Learn how to create visualizations that enhance the impact of your research using digital storytelling tools.


Language Learning Tools at the Library

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 11:45am - 12:15pm

For students who want to expand or brush up on international language skills, learn how to access readily available online tools through the Penn Libraries, including Mango Languages to begin learning a language at your own pace, and how to use library collections to build vocabulary and practice reading and writing.


Omeka Orientation: How to Use This Web Publishing Platform

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Omeka is a web platform that makes it easy to create online exhibits. Learn how researchers, classes, and organizations have used Omeka to share their work, build a digital exhibit, tell a story, or explore interactive elements.


Planning for Your Data: Organization and Storage Tips

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

Aimed at students who will be starting research projects this semester, this session will help participants think about how to keep their data organized throughout the research process.


Virtual Mindfulness Workshop

Wednesday, August 26th | 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Take a break from preparing for fall semester and/or from your busy work day by participating in a complimentary guided meditation workshop, led by Sandi Herman, a mindfulness educator from Campus Health. No registration required. To join the virtual meditation, go to on Wednesday August 26th from 12pm to 1pm.