While the tools provided will undoubtably be useful in constructing my dissertation, I found the partner work process to be rather infuriating. As a theatre PhD student who predominantly studies science fiction, it wasn't very generative to discuss my work with a public policy MA student. Neither of us could relate to each other's projects and especially under the time constraint, this meant that peer work wasn't useful for either of us at all. I think this could be easily fixed by asking people to find someone from a similar field to discuss work.
I have a fair amount of experience with this having been in residence life previously, and as a new staff member to UO, it was very helpful to get to know what the avenues for communication and connection are for students, faculty, and staff. I appreciated the flexibility of the presenters to allow us all to chime in and share personal experiences--I think that adds a lot to the learning. The training is well planned out and timely. Thanks for offering this!