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computer screen displaying GIS dataStudents and researchers seeking assistance in applying data and statistical analysis to their research can take advantage of virtual labs online.

Virtual data labs available at Leddy Library

Students and researchers seeking assistance in applying data and statistical analysis to their research can now take advantage of virtual labs online.

Librarians and data experts at the Academic Data Centre (ADC) are now offering daily virtual labs for student consultations Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Before the COVID building closure, students who needed assistance could simply visit the ADC to get help from our team,” said Berenica Vejvoda, research data librarian. “We wanted to bring this drop-in style lab back in a safe manner.”

The drop-in style virtual lab take place throughout the week using Blackboard Collaborate online and allows the Centre to provide consulting services on different topics such as finding datasets, interpreting statistical methods and procedures, managing research data and creating graphs and maps.

“It’s a great solution for us and allows us to help multiple students each day,” said Vejvoda. “We know students might run into issues when working and we want to be accessible for them when they need us.”

The virtual labs allow students to access help without booking an appointment. The platform also allows the centre to host a virtual classroom to share study materials, discussions, and announcements with students.

Students are encouraged to self-enroll in the ADC organization site on Blackboard to receive updates on services, and to access all the learning material and workshop schedules.

In addition to the drop-in labs, the centre also provides individual consultations through email and Microsoft Teams meetings.

Learn more about the Academic Data Centre and its services on the library’s website.

—Marcie Demmans