15-20 participants in each workshop; presentations created by coaches and academic advisers
The Center for Academic Success and Careers runs live workshops primarily through Zoom to help students who need more support. Topics for the workshops range from personal care to discussing personal brands and their importance.
Workshop presentations came from various departments, said Ruth Ryan, ASCC Associate Director. Cougar Health Services is one of the departments that runs workshops through the ASCC. Workshops organized by ASCC are usually created by a workshop-based reintegration subcommittee.
For that the week, there are workshops on review strategies and personal brands. To register for a workshop, go to the ASCC Workshop website, click on the program schedule, click on the workshop, and then log into RSVP.
Academic coaches and advisers create ASCC workshops. All of the presentations receive feedback from academic advisors while some are reviewed by students, Ryan said. They will receive a draft of the workshop, go through it, and offer feedback to anyone working on the presentation.
The ASCC conducts a review every year to make sure the workshops offered are relevant, she said. The ASCC is looking to see if students are still having problems with a particular workshop topic.
Ricky Thai, WSU graduate student and ASCC academic coach, said he teaches workshops on time management, learning strategies, motivation and procrastination.
To prepare for the workshops, Thai starts by opening a Google document. From there, he lays out the outlines, reviews the slides, and examines the key ideas. He also sometimes thinks of new ways of presenting the subject of the workshop, so that he can adapt to any environment in which he finds himself.
At the moment, most of the workshops are on Zoom. However, workshops are sometimes offered in person, he said. The workshop slides are the same for in-person and virtual workshops. For in-person workshops, worksheets relating to the topic of the presentation are often provided to students. It becomes significantly more complicated for online workshops, so worksheets are rarely provided.
During Zoom workshops, there are around 15-20 students attending, Thai said. These participants are sometimes invited to interact if the presenter asks a question. To answer the question, participants can use the chat box, reaction emojis, or turn their mic back on and talk.
One of the workshops announced by ASCC is Stress Management. In this workshop, presenters discuss what stress really is, the symptoms of stress and how to deal with it. stress.
After entering Workshop Zoom, the presenter will link to a website in the chat and ask participants to register with their student ID number. This allows attendance to be taken so that the ASCC knows who was there.
The presenter will also ask participants to complete a pre-survey and a post-survey. These are completely optional surveys, but they help ASCC better understand how the workshop helps students and whether it can be improved in any way.