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Lydia Wilkinson Receives Margaret Procter Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction

On April 23rd, 2021 our newest Faculty hire in ECP, Lydia Wilkinson, belatedly received the 2020 Margaret Procter Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction. Margaret Procter coordinated writing instruction at…

Beating Procrastination

Your report is due in 2 weeks. You tell yourself that this time you are going to start early. A day goes by, then another, then the weekend. In a…

Juggling Presentation Elements

Over the past year engineers around the globe have been giving countless presentations on technologies that have been saving lives and enabling communities to continue functioning safely. These engineers had…

Does Your Writing Flow?

“Flow” is one of those words that communication instructors often use when they give feedback. Its presence makes a reader’s experience easy and pleasant, and its absence causes confusion and…

Putting the ECP Tutoring Centre on the Map

The  ECP Tutoring Centre and its coordinator, Dr. Faye D’Silva,  were just featured in an article for the Canadian Writing Centres Association (CWCA) magazine as part of their writing centre…

Conducting Research: Building Credibility and Knowledge

Why Do Research? Engineering research skills are essential to your work. The work that engineers perform – including the primary research that engineers may carry out – is almost never…

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a restful break and are ready to start 2021 running! This year, we challenge you make one engineering-communication-related  New Year’s resolution: pick a communication principle…

Presentations that Hold your Audience’s Attention

You may have heard that audiences will form an impression of a presenter within the first 15 seconds of hearing them speak. Creating a good first impression of your presentation…

To Draft or Not to Draft

Engineers (and engineering students) write a lot. The sheer volume of reports, proposals, conceptual design documents, on top of all an engineer’s other tasks, can tempt you want to write…

Engineering Communication in a Time of Uncertainties.    

This past month I had a chance to catch up with Ted Nolan, the communication coordinator for Engineering Strategies and Practice. Ted recently began a PhD in applied linguistics. What…

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