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Faculty Webinar Archive

Click the links below to view previously recorded faculty webinar sessions. Webinars are organized in categories:

Asterisks indicate our most requested sessions. Slides are available by download within most recordings. Transcripts available upon request. Feel free to adapt these materials for your own use, crediting the Writing Center for slides that you may borrow.

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For recordings of the Writing Center's student-facing webinars, see the Student Webinar Archive.

APA

NOTE: The webinars with dates of April 2020 or later use APA 7 guidelines. Earlier webinars use APA 6 guidelines and will be revised when they are next presented, later in the year.

APA 7 at a Glance: Changes and Support for the Switch for Doctoral Committees (4/27/20)

  • For faculty serving on doctoral committees
  • In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the changes between APA 6 and APA 7, detail key dates associated with the university’s adoption of APA 7, and outline the resources available to help doctoral committees support students in this new manual. This session will specifically address questions and concerns for doctoral committees, including grace periods for capstone writers and APA details specific to capstone documents. Note: This session is an overview of rule changes rather than a comprehensive look at APA more broadly. For more comprehensive content, look for APA 7 versions of our other APA webinars throughout 2020!

Video: APA 7 at a Glance: Changes and Support for the Switch for Faculty (4/20/2020)

  • For faculty teaching in courses or Tempo programs
  • In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the changes between APA 6 and APA 7, detail key dates associated with the university’s adoption of APA 7, and outline the resources available to help you support students in this new manual. This session will specifically address questions and concerns for faculty working with students in coursework or Tempo programs. 

Video: APA 7: Broad Strokes and Next Steps (4/14/20)

In late 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA) released the seventh edition of its Publication Manual, and in Summer 2020, Walden will be adopting the guidelines from that new edition. In this presentation, two longtime Writing Center leaders will discuss university timelines for implementing these changes in courses and capstones, information about upcoming student and faculty webinars to learn about the changes, resources to support you and your students, along with a Q&A. Presenters: Amber Cook and Tobias Ball. (Virtual NFM)

Video: Faculty Forum on Writing Support: APA Resources (10/14/19)

This session is the fifth in our series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach. This forum will be on the Writing Center's APA resources, which we'll be revisiting as Walden begins to transition to APA's 7th edition. Presenters: Beth Nastachowski and Amber Cook

Video: APA for Committee Faculty (4/10/19)

In this session, participants will learn about the use of APA in doctoral capstones: Common errors, the role of the chair and the Form and Style editor, and resources for understanding more complex APA rules. Presenters will show sample Form and Style reviews to help participants understand what level of APA adherence is expected at the Form and Style Review.

Video: Preventing Plagiarism by Teaching APA Citation Practices (10/30/2018)

The APA manual contains dozens of guidelines for proper punctuation, spacing, and other formatting details. Its most important role at Walden, however, is offering guidelines for proper attribution of sources. In this session, the presenters will discuss the most common citation errors, how those relate to plagiarism, and how to instruct students on these skills so that they avoid problems with academic integrity. Presenters: Amy Bakke and Amber Cook

*Video: APA Refresher for Faculty (10/30/17)

This session highlights the basic guidelines of APA format for citing in text, creating a reference list, and adhering to editorial style preferences. The Writing Center staff will also cover the errors most frequently noted in student drafts, with a focus on how to quickly identify and help students correct those problems. 

Writing Feedback Practices

Video: Plagiarism Prevention: Embracing Teachable Moments (12/12/19)

Encountering student plagiarism is often a jarring experience for faculty. Instructors may feel like students aren’t respecting them or their classroom, which can lead to frustration and assumptions about their students’ motivations. More often than not, however, plagiarism stems from issues like reading comprehension or a lack of familiarity with academic writing conventions, such as APA citation format and principles of attribution. In this session, we will discuss research from Turnitin’s recent white paper on the topic, as well as findings from student use of our own plagiarism prevention resources, such as modules, webinars, and videos. Participants will have an opportunity to share their strategies for encouraging appropriate citation and paraphrasing and will learn about resources that may help. Presenters: Beth Nastachowski and Veronica Oliver

*Video: But I'm Not a Writing Instructor! (5/9/19)

Online instructors quickly discover that asynchronous instruction involves providing feedback to students on composition. Faculty members, most of whom have no formal training in teaching composition, are often placed in the position of helping students develop basic writing competencies while helping them with content mastery. In this session, presenters offer guidance and tools to help faculty identify, describe, and remediate common writing skill deficits of Walden students.

Video: Overcoming Students' Writing Anxieties Through Meaningful Connection and Goal Planning (4/11/19)

Overcoming writing stress starts with helping students shift focus from writing deficiencies to writing goals. In this session, a Writing Center representative will briefly highlight where students’ anxieties often emerge in the writing process before taking a closer look at specific ways faculty can encourage students to set manageable writing goals with clear steps for achieving them. Faculty will be introduced to the Writing Center’s new goal setting and tracking resources as well as gain an early look at a new pilot designed to interlace the writing goal process with the Center’s paper review service. Presenter: Miranda Mattingly.

Video: Beyond AutoText: Providing Effective and Efficient Feedback Using Text Expanders (3/13/19) 

Providing meaningful feedback to classrooms full of students can be a challenge, and it can feel tedious when many students need to develop similar skills. One tool that can help is a text expander, a program that allows you to store helpful feedback to personalize for individual students. In this session, you will determine whether text expanders are a good fit for you, see a demonstration of how they can be used for several classroom tasks, and learn best practices and words of caution about implementing these tools effectively.

Video: Goal-Driven Feedback: Encouraging Writing Growth and Achievement (11/29/18)

This presentation focuses on how to offer meaningful writing feedback that encourages and supports students’ writing goals. The Writing Center presenter will demonstrate how to position written feedback to engage and advance this process from goal setting through goal achievement. Participants will learn how to connect common errors and fundamental writing skills to specific writing goals as well as explore examples of how to scaffold feedback based on actionable steps that build toward a larger writing goal.  

Video: Supporting Graduate Students: Addressing Fundamental Reading and Writing Skills (6/13/18)

Re-entering academia as a graduate student can be daunting. In Walden’s online environment, the demands intensify because most coursework (including discussions) is completed through reading and writing. Students who have not used these fundamental skills in some time may falter. In such cases, it is difficult to determine where the problem lies because reading and writing are so entwined with each other and with subject matter understanding. In this webinar, graduate faculty will learn tips for diagnosing reading and writing issues in their students and methods to support continued growth in these fundamental skills.

Video: Supporting Undergraduate Students: Addressing Fundamental Reading and Writing Skills (6/7/18)

In addition to studying their subject matter, undergraduate students must learn fundamental skills to succeed in academia. These skills include reading critically, taking effective notes, paraphrasing, and writing with an academic voice. When students struggle on assignments, it is sometimes difficult to determine where the problem lies because reading and writing are so entwined with each other and with subject matter understanding. In this webinar, undergraduate faculty will learn tips for diagnosing reading and writing issues in their students and methods to support student growth in these fundamental skills.

Supporting Multilingual Writers

Video: Why and How to Provide Grammar Feedback (4/1/20)

  • In this third webinar in the Supporting Multilingual Writers series, we discuss reasons students may continue to make grammar errors as advanced language users and writers.  We suggest that there are compelling reasons students benefit from faculty feedback on grammar, and we provide guidance and best practices for doing so.

Video: Multilingual Writing at the Doctoral Level: Aspects and Approaches (3/9/20)

In this webinar, Walden Writing Center editors discuss some of the specific challenges multilingual writers may have when working on a doctoral capstone, as well as possible practical solutions for you as committee members to help address these issues. We break down the challenges into four categories: psycho-affective/emotional issues, behavioral issues, rhetorical issues, and social issues.

Video: Working With Multilingual Writers (2/12/20)

International and multilingual students face unique academic writing challenges, and so do the instructors who teach them. In this session, Writing Center coordinators with expertise in multilingual student support will identify the multilingual student population at Walden as well as common concerns in their writing, such as organization of ideas, academic integrity, and grammar. They will also discuss effective feedback strategies and multilingual resources available to both students and faculty at the Walden Writing Center.

Writing Center Resources

Resource Overviews

Video: Writing Center FAQ: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know (and Then Some) (9/20/19)

In this session, the Writing Center's Associate Director of Faculty Outreach and Support answers the most frequent faculty questions that come in to the Writing Center. Learn about hidden-gem resources and solutions to common frustrations, and come armed with questions of your own! 

Video: So Many Options, So Little Time: Choosing and Scaffolding Writing Center Resource Recommendations (8/7/19)

In this presentation, Writing Center staff discuss the many resources available to Walden students, with a focus on how to identify the appropriate resources for your writers. Learning styles, time management, and skill development will all be considered.

*Video: Get to Know to the Writing Center (10/23/18)

In this presentation, Writing Center staff members provide an overview of Writing Center resources and services for students and faculty. Participants will learn about paper reviews, webinars, course visits, and other supports for Walden writers. Presenters will also discuss faculty resources and ideas for keeping up with Writing Center services. Presenters: Amber Cook, Miranda Mattingly, Martha King

Video: How Walden Students Write: A View from the Writing Center (recorded September 2018)

Higher education faculty may be surprised at how widely students’ writing diverges from U.S. academic English. In this poster presentation, we draw on student feedback and use data on the Writing Center’s website to explore how students’ writing differs from U.S. academic English expectations. We highlight which pages are most often accessed on the Writing Center’s website, which pages are ranked most useful, and which search terms are most frequently used. From these data, we create a composite picture of how a Walden student writes and what writing topics are most important to address. Presenter: Paul Lai

Specific Resources

Video: Faculty Forum on Writing Support: APA Resources (10/14/19)

This session is the fifth in our series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach. This forum will be on the Writing Center's APA resources, which we'll be revisiting as Walden begins to transition to APA's 7th edition. 

Video: Faculty Forum on Writing Support: Course Visits (7/10/19)

This session is the fourth in our series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach. This forum will be on our Writing Center asynchronous course visits, in which our staff can embed in a Blackboard discussion board to engage students in writing resources and information.

Video: ‚ÄčFaculty Forum on Writing Support: Website (3/28/19)

This session is the third in our series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach.This forum examines our Writing Center website, which houses our resources and services, along with pages of Walden-specific writing instruction.

Video: Faculty Forum on Writing Support: Webinars (12/6/18)

This session is the second in our series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach. This forum will be on our Writing Center Webinars. These webinars teach APA guidelines and writing skills for all Walden students, including webinars specifically for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral capstone students. Writing Center webinars offer live and archived writing instruction in an interactive setting.

Video: Faculty Forum on Writing Support: Writing Center Modules (9/12/18)

This session is the first in our planned series of Faculty Forums on Writing Support. These sessions will provide an overview of a Writing Center service, a demo of its features, and an opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can ensure this service works well for the students you teach. Our first forum will be on our Writing Center Modules, self-paced tutorials on focused topics such as APA, plagiarism prevention, and grammar. Presenter: Beth Nastachowski

For Undergraduate Faculty

Video: Supporting Undergraduate Students: Addressing Fundamental Reading and Writing Skills (6/7/18)

In addition to studying their subject matter, undergraduate students must learn fundamental skills to succeed in academia. These skills include reading critically, taking effective notes, paraphrasing, and writing with an academic voice. When students struggle on assignments, it is sometimes difficult to determine where the problem lies because reading and writing are so entwined with each other and with subject matter understanding. In this webinar, undergraduate faculty will learn tips for diagnosing reading and writing issues in their students and methods to support student growth in these fundamental skills.

For Master's Faculty

Video: Working With Master's-Level Writers (5/23/19)

Master’s students face several daunting tasks. They aren’t just learning about a field, but are becoming a part of their field of study, engaging in more advanced research and writing within that field. In this webinar, we’ll discuss tips for supporting students through the challenges of writing at the master’s level, including how the Writing Center can help.

Video: Supporting Graduate Students: Addressing Fundamental Reading and Writing Skills (6/13/18)

Re-entering academia as a graduate student can be daunting. In Walden’s online environment, the demands intensify because most coursework (including discussions) is completed through reading and writing. Students who have not used these fundamental skills in some time may falter. In such cases, it is difficult to determine where the problem lies because reading and writing are so entwined with each other and with subject matter understanding. In this webinar, graduate faculty will learn tips for diagnosing reading and writing issues in their students and methods to support continued growth in these fundamental skills.

 

For Doctoral Capstone Faculty

Video: Multilingual Writing at the Doctoral Level: Aspects and Approaches (3/9/20)

In this webinar, Walden Writing Center editors discuss some of the specific challenges multilingual writers may have when working on a doctoral capstone, as well as possible practical solutions for you as committee members to help address these issues. We break down the challenges into four categories: psycho-affective/emotional issues, behavioral issues, rhetorical issues, and social issues.

Video: Helping Students Transition From Coursework to Capstone (11/6/19)

Doctoral capstone documents, such as dissertations or doctoral or project studies, present unique challenges to student writers. Although their coursework prepares them for these challenges, there are new skills and approaches students will need to complete this longer, higher-stakes writing project. In this webinar, Writing Center staff members outline skills, resources, and strategies for preparing for the writing challenges of a capstone, with advice on how committees and other faculty can support students in acquiring them.

Video: APA for Committee Faculty (4/10/19)

In this session, participants will learn about the use of APA in doctoral capstones: Common errors, the role of the chair and the Form and Style editor, and resources for understanding more complex APA rules. Presenters will show sample Form and Style reviews to help participants understand what level of APA adherence is expected at the Form and Style Review.

*Video: Preparing Students for the Form and Style Review (2/28/19)

In this session, presenters outline concrete ways that committee members can coach students at various stages of the dissertation and professional doctorate capstone process to ensure adequate preparation for the Form and Style Review and ultimate publication. Presenters will highlight resources for committees, including student capstone resources and the editors’ Top 10 problems at Form and Style.

Social Change Topics

Video: Who Gets to Say What's Correct? "Standard English" as a Cultural Construct (1/24/19)

Participants in this session will evaluate their assumptions about nonstandard dialects, learn concepts of linguistic diversity, and consider pedagogical strategies that consider multiple Englishes.

Video: Using Restorative Writing to Enact Social Change (8/15/18)

Maintaining personal wellness is key to achieving your goals. Additionally, writing can be a useful tool for processing difficult events and discovering connections between your experiences and local, community, or global problems. In this webinar, you will explore how you can use restorative writing to promote wellness for yourself and your community. Information about the concept of restorative writing and how it evolved in academia will serve as the foundation for our discussion before you practice restorative writing during this webinar. Finally, you will reflect on how restorative writing can help you enact social change.