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

Preparing Your McKinney Submissions
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
The McKinney Writing Contest deadline is a month away!  In this workshop, we’ll go over the guidelines/process for submitting your pieces to McKinney and give some general advice about creative writing and healthy writing habits.  The majority of the time will be spent on peer/open review, which will help you get another outside reader/listener’s perspective, so bring a copy of your submission(s) to the workshop!  Sign up at

Communicating Across Cultures
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 — 10:00 – 11:30 am
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
Talking with people from other backgrounds helps us learn about other cultures and get a new perspective on our own experiences. Sometimes, though, we are unsure of how to talk with those who seem different from ourselves. In this workshop you will learn helpful strategies for reducing problems when interacting with people who have different languages or background.  Sign up at

Providing Meaningful Written Feedback
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
Giving constructive feedback on student writing can be a challenging task. In this workshop, we’ll cover research-based  practices for giving feedback on assignments that will help you manage the time-demanding task of writing back to students about their writing.  We’ll also discuss multimodal options/possibilities for providing feedback to students that go beyond Word comments/handwriting on student work. Sign up at

Tips for an Informative and Persuasive Presentation
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
Want to know how to effectively share your interesting ideas or research findings? How to better engage an audience? This workshop will help you develop the skills to effectively prepare and deliver an informative and persuasive presentation. Sign up at

How to Use GitHub with Unity
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
This workshop presents a practical overview of best practices for integrating and using GitHub with Unity. We will focus on the following topics: an overview of what Git is and how it works; software options for Git; general good practices for working with Git; and how to link Git with Unity as painlessly as possible.  Sign up at

Email Communication with Staff and Faculty
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — 12:00 -1:30 pm
Comm+D — Folsom Library, Lower Level
Email communication has become the major means of communication in the workplace and it can be effective when used efficiently. Unclear, poorly written emails lead to poor impressions, poor productivity, and misunderstandings. Email writing is a skill that students need every day but unfortunately is not taught in any courses. Using authentic email samples, this workshop introduces effective ways of writing emails when communicating with faculty and staff. Bring in your emails for comments on how to improve your email writing.  Sign up at

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.

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

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