Welcome to the Center for Global Communication+Design!

Fall Workshop Series

Join us for our fall workshops that occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.  Click on the Workshops page for the complete schedule, or check back here each Friday to view the upcoming workshops for the next week.

Week of September 24-28

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Brea Barthel, Comm+D Language & Culture Support Specialist
An important part of teamwork is hearing and testing ideas from a number of people. Yet sometimes voices are not heard, due to language barriers, personality differences, or a quick “groupthink” of accepting early ideas. This highly interactive workshop will provide numerous strategies for exploring ideas, reaching agreement, and addressing team dynamics. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/zfi64BKGxemIWbro1

Thursday, September 27, 2018 — 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ Comm+D (First Floor, Folsom Library)
Led by Allison Bannister, Comm+D Graduate Teaching Assistant
Cartoonist and RPI PhD student Allison Bannister will be presenting an in-depth look at storytelling, discussing how the materials we use contribute to the stories we’re telling.  She will highlight some the affordances of digital and analog tools and materials, then open the floor to discussion, brainstorming, and exploration. This workshop is open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/VKPs0fLR27yQga9r1

What We Do

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Center for Global Communication+Design (Comm+D). We have a new name (formerly the Center for Communication Practices), and this year we are expanding our areas of teaching, research, and service beyond writing and oral communication to include illustrations, video and animation storyboards, interface/website design, and data visualization. Beginning Summer 2018, the Center will begin to operate year-round in support of The Arch.

The Center for Global Communication+Design at Rensselaer is a FREE resource for all members of the RPI community: students, faculty, and staff. Our experienced undergraduate mentors and graduate teaching assistants will work with you, one-on-one, to discuss:

  • ANY type of communication project—written texts, oral presentations, websites, visual elements (tables, photographs, films….), interface design, video and animation storyboards, data visualization
  • For ANY purpose—class work, research publications, personal projects etc.–from  ANY discipline
  • At ANY stage of the process—from brainstorming and getting started, to polishing your final product!

Our goal is to provide all students with strategies that will help them become better communicators, in the classroom and beyond.

What You Do

  • Schedule a conference for 30 or 60 minutes: To make an appointment, please use our online scheduler by clicking on the “Make an Appointment” button. Walk-ins are also welcome, but openings are limited. REQUIRED: Click on the “LIMIT TO” menu, top center of the schedule page. Choose your project type. If you do not choose a project type, we may have to reschedule your appointment!
  • Bring your work from any discipline or personal projects of any type—essays, posters, lab reports, graduate personal statements, doctoral dissertations, presentation slides and more. Whether the work is nearly completed or still in the planning stage, we will work with you to take the project to the next step.
  • Be prepared for the session. This gives you more time to focus on improving your work and makes the session more valuable for you.
  • Remain responsible for your own work. Mentors and TAs do not “fix” or edit any writing, but we are happy to point out error patterns and offer you strategies to improve your writing yourself!

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Visit Us

The Comm+D is located on the lower level of the Folsom Library, next door to the ALAC tutoring space.

Folsom Library--Lower Level
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180

Hours of Operation

Fall Semester Hours
Mon.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please view our scheduling system for the most accurate hours—we are usually around more often than this and also host special events!

Schedule an Appointment

1. Click on the "LIMIT TO" drop-down menu at the top of the schedule. Choose the kind of appointment you need. GRADUATE STUDENTS, be sure to choose a “GRADUATE” appointment

2. Click on the open appointment you want (a WHITE space), which will bring you to a short form.

3. CAN’T FIND AN APPOINTMENT? Next to each weekday name, there is a small white CLOCK SYMBOL. Click on the clock to enter your name on the WAITING LIST for that day.

4. Set the TIME for the appointment: choose 30 minutes or make two back-to-back appointments for 1 hour. Make 1-hour appointments for Online or E-Tutoring.

5. Tell us about what you’re working on by filling out the form that opens in the scheduler and submit it. You’ll get a reminder email to confirm your appointment.