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The NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center offers workshops for students and faculty designed to improve their writing and introduce them to innovative pedagogies and technologies. This fall, workshops are being held every week starting in September.

  • Mondays 12-1 p.m. - Faculty Workshops in the WCC
  • Tuesdays 12-1 p.m. - Graduate and Professional Student Workshops in the WCC

Descriptions of workshops and registration links are in the dropdowns below. Your department, employee, or student group can also request a custom workshop to meet your specific needs.

You might also be interested in our WCC Weekly Write-Ins, where faculty, graduate, and professional students can come together this fall for dedicated time to focus on writing your dissertation, research, grants, or other projects. This writing group will meet on Mondays (starting September 10th) from 6-8 pm in the WCC (Alvin Sherman LIbrary, 430), and online via GoToMeeting.

Perfect your writing! Join other graduate and professional students this fall on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm in-person in the WCC (Rm. 430 in the Alvin Sherman Library) or online via GoToTraining.

If you want to attend virtually using GoToTraining, simply click the link next to the session description below and enter your information. (Once registered, you will receive reminders and an email with the link to login to the session.)

If you want to attend in-person, we appreciate you filling out this form so we know how many people will be there. Our Teaching and Learning Studio can fit about 20 people; if you complete the in-person registration form, your spot will be reserved. If you show up in-person without having filled out the form, it is possible that the room will be full.

*BYOD! The WCC encourages all visitors to bring their laptops, tablets, or mobile devices with them to use during workshops.

 

WCC Writes: Fall 2018 Graduate and Professional Student Workshop Series

  • Let's Get it Started: Beginning and Sustaining the Writing Process
    September 18, 12-p.m., WCC | Kevin Dvorak, Writing and Communication Center -
    Start the semester off strong by learning best practices for setting goals, starting writing projects, & dealing with roadblocks (like procrastination and writer’s block).

  • Tying Up Loose Ends: Organizing and Keeping Track of your Research
    September 25, 12-p.m., WCC | Joana Fernandez, Alvin Sherman Library, & Janine Morris, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Keep track of your research with the WCC and Alvin Sherman librarians by learning about high and low-tech resources and tips for organizing your sources.


  • Build your Brand: Creating Digital Portfolios that Stand Out
    October 2, 12-p.m., WCC | Whitney Lehmann, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Leave this workshop with an online portfolio that highlights your accomplishments and strategies for marketing yourself when seeking jobs and internships. 


  • The ABCs of APA: Learning the Basics of APA Citations
    October 9, 12-p.m., WCC | Laura Ramirez, Alvin Sherman Library, & WCC Graduate Asst. Coordinators - Format your research with ease with the WCC and Alvin Sherman librarians by learning the basics of APA style and finding resources to answer your biggest APA questions. 

  • From Salutations to Signatures: Perfecting Email & Professional Communication
    October 16, 12-p.m., WCC | Janine Morris, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Stand out in the workplace by perfecting your professional communication, including e-mail writing (& signatures), and verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. 

  • Crafting a Solid Review of Literature
    October 23, 12-p.m., WCC | Kelly Concannon, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Learn about the importance of your literature review and tips for reading, summarizing, and synthesizing sources to use in your work. 

  • Just When You Think You’re Done…Editing & Proofreading (for Yourself & Others)
    October 30, 12-p.m., WCC | Janine Morris, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication & Kevin Dvorak, Writing and Communication Center
    - Improve your writing by giving feedback to others and learn editing and proofreading tips to ensure your work is clear and error free.

  • Leveraging Self-Reflection for Professional Development & Productivity
    November 6, 12-p.m., WCC | Molly Scanlon, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Enhance your resume by incorporating reflective writing to better showcase your skills to current and future employers (please bring a current resume with you to the workshop).  Register to attend this workshop in person or online via GoToTraining

  • Hard Work Preys Off: Recognizing & Avoiding Predatory Publishing
    November 13, 12-p.m., WCC | Stacy Allsop, Alvin Sherman Library,  & Mario D'Agostino, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
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    Protect your scholarship from predatory publishers with the WCC and Alvin Sherman librarians and learn to recognize the signs of predatory publishing and strategies for securing your work. Register to attend this workshop in person or online via GoToTraining

  • Visualizing Research: Designing & Delivering Poster Presentations
    November 20, 12-p.m., WCC | Eric Mason, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
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    Perfect your poster presentations by learning about the purpose behind posters, effective poster design tips, and the importance of a strong elevator pitch. Register to attend this workshop in person or online via GoToTraining

  • Beyond Powerpoint: Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark
    November 27, 12-p.m., WCC | Janine Morris, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication
    - Take your presentations to the next level with Adobe Spark. BYOD to this hands-on workshop where you’ll leave with a Spark post or page that showcases your creativity. Register to attend this workshop in person or online via GoToTraining

  • Academic Writing for Multilingual Writers
    December 4, 12-p.m., WCC | TBD - Develop a greater understanding of standard academic American English writing conventions by learning some of the basics and where to find resources and support for multilingual writers
    Register to attend this workshop in person or online via GoToTraining

Join us this fall on Mondays from 12-1 pm in the WCC (Rm. 430 in the Alvin Sherman Library) or online via GoToTraining for workshops designed to meet the needs of faculty interested in expanding or improving the use of writing in their classes to help students learn more effectively

If you want to attend virtually using GoToTraining, simply click the link next to the session description below and enter your information. (Once registered, you will receive reminders and an email with the link to login to the session.)

If you want to attend in-person, we appreciate you filling out this form so we know how many people will be there. Our Teaching and Learning Studio can fit about 20 people; if you complete the in-person registration form, your spot will be reserved. If you show up in-person without having filled out the form, it is possible that the room will be full.

*BYOD! The WCC encourages all visitors to bring their laptops, tablets, or mobile devices with them to use during workshops.

If you have any questions about WCC faculty workshops, contact Dr. Eric Mason at ericmaso@nova.edu.

Fall 2018 Faculty Workshops

  • Small Assignments—Big Impact—Minimal Grading | September 17, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Eric Mason, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Discover how short, low-stakes writing assignments can be used in your courses to facilitate and monitor student learning.
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Commenters | September 24, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Star Vanguri, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Learn how to respond effectively to student writing without doing the work for them.

  • Plotting a Course for Student Writing through Canvas | October 1, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Claire Lutkewitte, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to create individual and group assets in Canvas that cover the entire writing and review process.

  • Creating a Peer Review Process That Really Works | October 8, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Kevin Dvorak, NSU Writing and Communication Center - Prepare students for real-world collaboration by improving their ability to effectively read and respond to each other’s writing.

  • Flipping the Script on the Flipped Classroom | October 15, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Juliette Kitchens, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Find ways to use writing to help flip your classroom and to support independent student learning.

  • More than Words on a Page: Composing with Audio | October 22, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Eric Mason, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Explore approaches to assigning, assessing, and developing students’ ability to compose audio-based projects.

  • PowerPointless: Rethinking the Oral Presentation | October 29, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Stephen Andon, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Break out of lecture-style presentations with innovative formats and approaches to how students present their work in and out of class. 

  • The Power of Play: Gamifying the Learning Process | November 5, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Melissa Bianchi, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Explore how to engage students with play-based scenarios that challenge them to learn through creativity and collaboration.
  • Harnessing the Educational Potential of Social Media | November 12, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Whitney Lehman, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Find out how writing for social media can benefit your students’ engagement with and understanding of course content. Register to attend this workshop in-person or online via GoToTraining

  • ExEL-ing in the Real World: Facilitating Writing-Based Experiential Learning | November 19, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Molly Scanlon, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Learn best practices for experiential learning projects where students produce texts for and in collaboration with community partners. Register to attend this workshop in-person or online via GoToTraining

  • Designing Wickedly Awesome Group Assignments | November 26, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Eric Mason, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Attempt creating assignments that encourage self-directed learning and challenge students to solve complex problems. Register to attend this workshop in-person or online via GoToTraining

  • Drawn to Scale: Strategies for Incorporating Writing into Large Classes | December 3, 12-1 p.m., WCC | Eric Mason, CAHSS, Dept. of Writing and Communication - Explore how best practices in writing and communication instruction can be adapted to meet the needs of teachers working with a large number of students. Register to attend this workshop in-person or online via GoToTraining

The Writing and Communication Center can create customized writing workshops for department and programs, as well as for student, faculty and employee groups on campus. If you are interested in such a workshop, please send an email to wcc@nova.edu with the following information:

  • Your Name and Contact Information

  • Group requesting the workshop

  • Type of skill or content you'd like to see covered

We will get back to you to develop a plan and identify a time for the workshop you requested.

Recordings or online versions of the following workshops are available below:

Winter 2018 Faculty Workshops

  • Responding to Student Writing Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the feedback you give to students on written projects | Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D. and Star Vanguri, Ph.D.
    • "The 5Ws of Effective Response" (ppsx)
    • "Responding with Rubrics" (ppsx)
  • Assigning Oral Presentations
    Learn how to design oral presentation assignments that best meet the goals of your course | Stephen Andon, Ph.D.
  • Facilitating Peer Review
    Discover best practices for having students read and respond to their peers’ written work | Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.
  • Creating Multimodal Assignments
    Learn how to design assignments that encourage students to go beyond the written word (through images, audio, and other media) | Eric Mason, Ph.D.
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