All webinars offered through the Center for Writing & Rhetoric are free and open to students, staff, and faculty. We also facilitate webinars on a variety of topics as part of the First Year Experience Program, New Student Orientation, ReOrientation, and the Big Pitch Competition, amongst others.
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Fall 2020 Webinars
Self Management for Online Learning
Wednesday, September 9, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
In this interactive session, you will learn tools for managing your time, attention, and work habits to build and sustain your online learning capacity. Online learning brings different challenges for self-organization and focus, so you will finish this workshop with the beginning of a personalized plan to approach the upcoming semester in an intentional way.
Time Management & Creating a Productivity System
Monday, September 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The dynamics of the graduate school workload are unique, and it is often a challenge to integrate academic demands into the rest of life. This workshop gives you the tools to thrive during graduate school by providing time management techniques to increase efficiency, plan effectively, and achieve work-life balance. Learn how to create and refine a system for productivity that utilizes assessment and reflection toward incremental improvements.
Effective Reading in Graduate School
Monday, October 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
One of the most challenging parts of grad school is the amount of reading that you have to keep up with. Whether it is several articles a week, or several books, the material that you will be (and are) engaging with is dense and seldom lends itself to a breezy page-by-page readthrough. In this workshop, we will practice the skill of reading for argument rather than for content—that is, reading with an eye towards how different materials fit together in the context of your class (or your program or your field) instead of trying to keep track of every little detail. We will also look at and compare different ways to focus on your readings so that you can begin to develop a more purposeful approach to reading as you make your way through your program.
Entering Scholarly Conversations: Creating a Research Space (CARS)
Monday, october 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
As a graduate student, you will often be asked to enter into and contribute to existing scholarly conversations. For many grad students, this can be kind of nerve-wracking: How can I critique another (or a senior) scholar’s work without coming across as opportunistic? What can I do to make other people recognize the value of my work or ideas? Can you make your work too different, or outside the mainstream? How do you stay connected to a central discussion but still pursue your own interests? This workshop will introduce CARS, a useful heuristic for conceptualizing the process of identifying and participating in an academic conversation. The moves we will discuss and practice are transferable to a number of different genres and writing tasks, such introductions, literature reviews, and research proposals.