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July 2020 Live Webinar Events

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Mark your calendar for upcoming Writing Center webinars! 

The webinar details and links to register are below, and you can also find registration and more information on the Writing Center’s webinar calendar page. All webinars include live captioning.


We know students can’t always attend a live webinar, so we record all of our webinars and archive them in our webinar archive for viewing at your convenience. You’ll also find the slides and transcripts for each webinar there as well.  


Preparing for the Form and Style: Common Errors and Editor Q&A
Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Audience: Doctoral Capstone Students
In this webinar we discuss the purpose of the form and style review and where it occurs in the approval process as well as outline student, committee, and editor responsibilities in finalizing manuscript drafts to prepare for ProQuest publication. The last portion of this session is Q&A with three of the Writing Center's editors.


Writing Effective Academic Paragraphs
Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Audience: All students

Paragraphs are the building blocks of an academic essay, and the strength of your writing and argument depend on developing effective paragraphs. Learn how to develop effective academic paragraphs by using topic, analysis, evidence, and concluding sentences (including an explanation of the MEAL plan). You will leave this webinar with a better understanding of the components of an effective paragraph, as well as tips for creating cohesion between and within paragraphs.

Practical Writing Skills: Paraphrasing Source Information
Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Audience: All students
Join us for a discussion of what paraphrasing is and tips for paraphrasing. In the second half of the session, you will be asked to practice so you can walk away confident in your paraphrasing skills.


We hope to see you at the webinars this month!



The Walden University Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers.

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The Wonderful World of APA 7: Advice and Favorite Changes

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With the summer term starts, Walden University has officially adopted APA 7 across the university community. The Writing Center instructors and editors have been busy preparing for the shift, working with faculty and students on this transition to APA 7, and we are excited that the entire university is now using APA 7.
APA 7 incorporates many changes that are responsive to current writing and researching practices, and it clarifies some APA 6 rules that were cumbersome or confusing. Take a look at few favorite APA 7 changes of Writing Center staff and Walden faculty below.

What rule change are you excited about in APA 7?

·       Simplified rules for when articles do not have a DOI. –Claire Helakoski, Writing Center Writing Instructor
·       Always include the issue number in journal article references where available. Much easier and quicker to reference! –Dr. Kate Andrews, Contributing Faculty, PhD College of Management and Technology
·       One of the APA rule changes I am most excited about is the streamlining of et al. use, so now sources with three or more authors follow et al. format for each citation. –Veronica Oliver, Writing Center Writing Instructor
·       A few folks mention APA 7’s endorsement of singular “they”:
o   Singular "they" and the rationale behind it! –Dr. Jan Garfield, Core Faculty, Doctor of Business Administration
o   There are so many, but I'm particularly excited that the new edition explicitly supports the use of the singular "they". This is an example of putting people before rules, and adjusting expectations around language to reflect the inclusiveness we want to embody in our work. –Grete Howland, Writing Center Writing Instructor

With all this enthusiasm, we also recognize that students, staff, and faculty are just beginning to learn the APA 7 guidelines. We have many resources available to help you continue your journey:

·       Our APA6 and APA 7 Comparison Tables highlight the primary differences between APA 6 and APA 7, and the new APA7 Transition FAQ documents the most common transition questions we’ve heard from students and faculty.
·       The APA Citations and Style Webinar Recordings are now all in APA 7, including our APA 7 at a Glance sessions that detail the major changes from APA 6 to APA 7.
·       The General Templates and Doctoral Capstone Templates have been updated for APA 7. You now have the option of accessing the Doctoral Capstone Templates and Prospectus Templates in either APA 6 or APA 7.
·       All of the Writing Center’s APA Style instruction is now updated for APA 7, so you can get the most up-to-date information from our website.

These are only a few of the ways you can develop your APA 7 skills! See some excellent recommendations from Writing Center staff and Walden faculty below.


What will you be doing to continue to learn and engage with APA 7?

·       I will continue to follow APA on social media to gain insight on their reasoning behind their guidelines. This helps me understand how to apply the rule in various situations. –Lauri Barnes, Writing Center Writing Instructor
·       I've participated in several webinars online. I've accessed a few "tip" guides online too that highlight the major changes between APA 6th and 7th. [One example is the Writing Center’s APA6 & 7 Comparison Tables!] Lastly, I've updated my EndNote program to make sure that APA 7th edition format is installed. –Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Contributing Faculty, Riley College of Education
·       To continue to learn and engage with APA 7, I plan to review Writing Center APA resources, such as the “APA7 at a Glance: Changes and Support for the Switch” webinar. –Veronica Oliver, Writing Center Writing Instructor
·       As I write articles and finish up a Master's thesis, I am actively engaging APA and highlighting those sections reviewed. Look at the index highlight and then the actual page. –Dr. Ora Robinson, Contributing faculty, College of Nursing

·       I'll be watching all of the Writing Center's new APA 7 webinars, and staying in conversation with my colleagues to clarify rules and figure out the best way to communicate changes. –Grete Howland, Writing Center Writing Instructor

We invite you to post your favorite APA 7 change and how you will continue to learn APA 7 in the comments below! 




The Walden University Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers.

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A Statement From the Director: June 16, 2020

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Image of George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods by Lorie Shaull, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Since its inception, the Writing Center has aligned with Walden’s mission of positive social change. Our mission and diversity and inclusion statement, in fact, highlight that principle; we support writers so that they can engage academically, civically, and globally.

Since 2017, our social change committee has devoted its efforts more specifically to issues of diversity and inclusion: We’ve focused our conversations on implicit bias, the challenges of standardized academic expectations, and identity-first and inclusive language; partnered with organizations including BreakThrough Twin Cities and Smithsonian’s Digital Volunteers Transcription Center; piloted a diversity and inclusion internship program; and actively engaged in improving our hiring practices to recruit more people of color.

But the center has to do more. We have yet to practically address the tension that comes from being committed to inclusion while also being responsible for reinforcing Standard Academic English, which privileges a primarily white language tradition. We still need to hire more people of color.

So let me start here: Black lives matter. Being proactive in dismantling racism, with writers and in writing, is part of what we do, right alongside the more traditional responsibilities we’ve historically had as a writing center.

As the director, I am committed to moving the writing center forward, toward specific partnerships and antiracist pedagogies that that will positively influence our ability to be responsive to our student writers. That means building off our conversations about Standard Academic English and institutionalized racism in writing, improving our existing hiring practices and work environment to ensure an inclusive and equitable work culture for a more diverse staff, and approaching our work with student writers through the lens of inclusivity.

Cordially,
Brian Timmerman
brian.timmerman@waldenu.edu
Director, Walden Writing Center
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Post updated July 6, 2020.

Upcoming APA 7 Webinars

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Mark your calendar for upcoming APA 7 webinars! As the Walden University community learns APA 7 and prepares for the university’s transition (May 4 for students in semester-based programs and June 1 for students in quarter-based programs and Tempo programs), we’re excited to share our May webinar schedule with you. The Writing Center will be hosting live webinars about the transition to APA 7 and APA-focused instructional webinars that have been updated to reflect APA 7 guidelines.
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The webinar details and links to register are below, and you can also find registration and more information on the Writing Center’s webinar calendar page and on the Writing Center’s APA 7 transition page. All webinars include live captioning.

We know students can’t always attend a live webinar, so we record all of our webinars and archive them in our webinar archive for viewing at your convenience. You’ll also find the slides and transcripts for each webinar there as well.  

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We hope to see you at the webinars, and we look forward to continuing to support you on your journey of learning APA 7!

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APA 7 Update for Doctoral Students

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If you are a Walden doctoral student working on your capstone, you may be wondering if and when you should be learning APA 7 and transitioning your document to follow the new guidelines. For details on a grace period for students actively working on their final studies or project, please see the Grace Period Update on our APA 7 Transition page.



Here are some other key dates to keep in mind regarding the university’s transition to APA 7: 
May 4: All of the Writing Center’s webpages, APA videos, modules, and webinars will be updated for APA 7. 
Summer term starts (May 4 for semester-based programs and June 1 for quarter-based and Tempo programs): Beginning with summer term starts through the end of 2020, the Writing Center’s form and style editors will provide support for both APA 6 and APA 7. 
June 1: Templates for both APA 6 and APA 7 will be available through the Writing Center. We will also provide instructions for adjusting text in an APA 6 doctoral capstone template to comply with APA 7, so that students transitioning from APA 6 to APA 7 in their capstones can avoid starting with a new template. 
January 1, 2021: All doctoral students working on their capstones will follow APA 7 guidelines. 
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To help doctoral capstone students transition to APA 7, the Writing Center is hosting a new live webinar in May, as well as our regular, all-student APA webinars that have been updated for APA 7. Find the registration information in the links below and on our webinar calendar page. If you’re unable to attend live, you can watch a recording of the webinars, which will be available from our webinar recordings archive

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To keep updated on APA 7 transition news, bookmark the Writing Center’s APA 7 transition webpage.



Walden University Writing Center

The Walden University Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers.

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