Faculty and Staff Workshops

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Read about our Fall 2021 faculty & staff workshops here:

     

 

“Doing the Electric Slide(ware): Creating More Engaging PowerPoints for your Audience and Purpose”: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Electric Slide” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • decide what type of slideware might work effectively for your purpose
  • design slideware to engage your audience more fully
  • enable partners to take meaning from slides after your presentation

Link to register for this session

 

“Making a Pitch into a Hit, Part I: A Guide to Pitching Articles to Magazines and Newspapers”: Wednesday, October 13 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Pitch Part I” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • engage with non-professional and scientific publications to share your research
  • find the correct editor or department to pitch at a publication
  • write an effective and engaging query or pitch email for your publication of choice
  • understand the processes involved with writing for major publications (including timeline, payment, and editorial communication)

Link to register for this session

 

“Reforming the Word Hoarder Within: Key Strategies to Becoming a Concise Writer”: Monday, November 1, 2021 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Concise Writing” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • rid yourself of excessive and empty expressions
  • utilize vocabulary that leaves a lasting impression on readers
  • apply various techniques to pare down unnecessary sentence elements and improve the flow of your ideas

Link to register for this session

 

“Preparing for your Annual Review: Quick Tips for Personal Statements and Teaching Philosophies”: Thursday, December 9, 2021 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Annual Review” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify the goals in your annual review material documents
  • review conventions of typical professional review statements
  • create prewriting strategies to highlight achievements
  • build meaning with stronger organizational strategies within your documents

Link to register for this session


 

“Packing a Punch with Punctuation: When Well-placed Commas Matter”: Monday, September 20 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Comma” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify when it is appropriate and powerful to use commas
  • experiment with comma usage to create a more meaningful reading experience for your audience

Link to register for this session

 

 

“Making a Pitch into a Hit, Part II: Follow-Up Session to Review Pitch Drafts”: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

After either attending Pitch Part I or watching the recording on LearnISU, during this session you will be able to:

  • receive feedback on your pitch before sending it to an editor
  • learn from feedback given to other faculty and staff regarding their pitches
  • use insight from this session to create a pitch and self-revise in the future

 

 

Link to view Part I (after October 15)

Link to register for this session

 

“Passive vs. Active Voice: The How, the When, and the Why of Voice Choices”: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (12-1 p.m. on Zoom)

By the end of the “Passive vs. Active Voice” workshop, you will be ready to do the following:

  • identify each type of voice
  • understand when to use each voice type appropriately and effectively in academic writing
  • structure passive and active sentences for complex levels of professional writing

Link to register for this session

 

All Zoom links will be sent immediately upon registration, with a reminder email sent within a few days of workshop time.

 

Please direct any questions regarding the Fall 2021 Faculty and Staff WMC Workshops to Rachel McKenny, Assistant Director of the WMC, at rmckenny@iastate.edu.

 

 

 

 

To view workshops from past semesters, follow these instructions:

1. Go to www.learn.iastate.edu

2. Click Login

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3. Click Course Catalog

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4. Scroll down until you find the Writing and Media Center folder

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5. Choose the course you wish to take by selecting "Launch" (you may need to allow pop-ups in your browser)

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6. Upon completion of the course, click "Return to LearnerWeb" in the upper right hand corner

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7. A pop-up window will open. Click "Yes", then "Submit" if finished. If not finished, click "No", then "Submit".

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    Workshops were created and conducted by Heather Tisdale, Assistant Director in Spring 2021, and Workshops for Fall 2021 are conducted by Rachel McKenny, Assistant Director