Graduate Communication Initiative

Welcome to FASE’s Graduate Communication Initiative, a partnership with the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) to bring engineering-specific communication training to graduate students.

The GCAC offers advanced cross-disciplinary training in academic speaking and writing for native and non-native speakers of English through non-credit courses, workshops, writing-intensive programs, and individual writing consultations.

FASE's Graduate Communication Initiative builds on the GCAC's offerings by providing further communication training that focuses on the conventions and particular requirements of communication in engineering disciplines.

Here, you'll find information about programs and initiatives available to support your graduate-level writing. Please contact Dr. Fiona Coll, Assistant Professor of Graduate Communication in Engineering at ISTEP and at the GCAC with questions, comments, or ideas for new programs.

Fall 2022 Training Opportunities

Curious about how to write persuasively about complex engineering topics? Wondering how to frame your fascinating research for different audiences? Interested in improving your writing process? This fall, FASE's Graduate Communication Initiative is launching a new set of workshops and short courses for everyone who’d like to write more clearly with less stress.

Fall Dissertation Writing Groups

In person

These small groups will meet in person once every two weeks to share feedback on draft writing for the dissertation. These groups will offer participants a regular opportunity to develop writing skills, build community, and track progress through the dissertation-writing process.

Graduate Writing for Engineers 1: Foundational Strategies

In-person course

This four-week, in-person course will offer an overview of foundational strategies for writing clearly and concisely about engineering topics at the graduate level. Participants will complete weekly exercises and receive feedback on their work.

Telling a Research Story with Visuals

Online workshop

Visual representations such as graphs, tables, charts, and photographs can communicate complex information quickly. As a result, visuals can be powerful tools to use in oral and textual presentations of your research. Choosing the visual elements that will best support your research narrative, however, is a complex process that begins with understanding how visuals convey meaning. This workshop will introduce you to foundational principles for representing quantitative and qualitative information in clear, effective visuals.

Building a Better Relationship with Your Writing

Online workshop

Are you struggling with the challenges of graduate-level writing but not sure how to address them? Are you finding it difficult to implement the writing advice you’ve received? Are you feeling stuck at a particular stage of your writing practice? This workshop will offer an opportunity to calibrate your relationship with process-related, psychological, and normative aspects of academic writing in the unique context of graduate study. We will work through a reflective writing audit designed to help you recognize your areas of writing strength, identify areas of your writing that would benefit from further training, and take ownership of writing approaches that work for you.

Ready? Set? Write!

Online workshop

This workshop will introduce November’s Academic Writing Month activities by guiding participants through the process of identifying and planning achievable writing goals.

Graduate Writing for Engineers 2: Troubleshooting Tips

In-person course

This four-week, in-person course builds on foundational writing strategies by introducing protocols for troubleshooting writing-related issues that emerge during the drafting process. Participants will complete weekly writing exercises and receive feedback on their work. Open to FASE graduate students who are ready to develop their writing-revision skills.

Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing

Online course

This GCAC course demonstrates how to detect and decode the conventions of research articles written in different disciplinary styles. By introducing typical structures and argumentative moves made in research articles, the course will enable students to read articles more efficiently and write article drafts more intentionally.

Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) at FASE

Online and in person

This month-long series of activities will enable students to make space for writing at a particularly busy time of year.

Best Practices for Writing Abstracts in Engineering

In-person course

This workshop guides participants through the process of drafting and refining an abstract from an existing piece of research writing. In a follow-up peer-review session, students will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their abstracts.

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