The Center for Global Communication + Design (Comm+D) sponsors a variety of workshops each semester. To register for a specific workshop, please click on the link following the workshop description.  Any change in time or location will be communicated to participants by e-mail and updated on the RPI Events Calendar.  All Comm+D workshops are FREE and open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.

Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule

Tips for Working on Teams
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — 10:00 – 11:30 am
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
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 improving team dynamics. Sign up at:

Designing Posters for Research Presentations                                                                                      Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — 12:00-1:30 pm                                                                                        Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level                                                                                                        This workshop briefly covers the basics of visual design and focuses on how to use those basics in preparing an effective poster presentation. It is highly recommended for those who are presenting in the Undergraduate Research Project (URP) Symposium and for those who plan (or are required) to complete an oral presentation component for their coursework or research projects.  Sign up at:

Intuition, Agency, and Engineering: Thinking Spaces of Material Making
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
This workshop focuses on both critical and creative spaces of art and engineering. By looking at the process of intuition critically, as a group, we will work through how inspiration, coexisting, and becoming plays a role in making/thinking. The event will engage such questions as; where might innovative ideas come from, how might practices such as meditation/madness/letting go play a role in our creative process, is there a way to foster the connection between nonhuman material agency and human intention, how might thinking through intuition add to the often ignored artistic aspects of scientific and technological laboratory culture? Sign up at

Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level

Description: Preparing, writing, and submitting manuscripts for submission to professional journals can be a daunting task. Whether it’s your first time preparing a manuscript or the 100th, this workshop is designed to help you manage the writing, revision, and editorial demands of working toward publication. We’ll cover how to keep motivated in the writing stage, how to revise your document once it’s ‘complete,’ and how to navigate editorial revision suggestions once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.  Sign up at 

Working with Non-Native English Speaking (NNES) Students
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
Non-native English speaking students often face significant challenges with academic writing and speaking. These challenges can create confusion and/or uncertainty for faculty and staff who evaluate or serve them and vice versa. This workshop explores faculty and staff members’ attitudes and needs when teaching and interacting with non-native English-speaking students. The presentation facilitator welcomes faculty and staff members to share their personal experiences and case studies across the Rensselaer community. Participants will also explore effective strategies for working with non-native English speaking students on campus. Sign up at