This workshop will teach research and writing skills to enable students to engage successfully with their academic work. Focusing on the areas of content, argumentation, and written presentation, this workshop will introduce tools for proper research, clear and logical argumentation, proficiency with language, and oral presentations. A major component of this course will be providing students with the technological expertise to successfully carry out online research in a 21st century context.
N.B.: This is not a credit course, neither is it a remedial course. It is designed for any student, in any program, who wishes to improve their skills in researching, writing, and presenting. It may appeal to students who would simply like to refresh and extend their academic skills, those who have not worked in an academic context for a few years, those who are not familiar with the Canadian education system, those who would like to be more informed about internet and computer based resources, or those who want to learn more about the academic expectations at MDC.
- To understand how to use modern technologies effectively for research and writing, including online journals, books, bibliographic software, biblical language software, Avenue to Learn, and other vital resources.
- To understand the fundamental elements of clear argumentation.
- To know the academic expectations of MDC.
- To understand the criteria for the types of assignments at MDC (e.g., book reviews, essays, research papers.)
- To become aware of resources for continuing improvement in research and writing skills.
- To develop increased confidence in one’s ability to research and write.
- To grow by voicing academic concerns and difficulties and exploring strategies for dealing with these.
- To understand the potential for academic work to be a spiritual endeavor.
- To cultivate a community of trust by freely sharing challenges and offering positive feedback and resources to others to help alleviate these concerns.
- To develop organizational skills in researching and writing.
- To gain facility in using the English language, including its grammar and syntax.
- To think more critically, express oneself more clearly, and research more effectively.