Effective communication skills


Effective communication skills

Effective communication skills

Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential for human services professionals. By effectively communicating with clients and other professionals, you better meet client needs and influence change. In this course and throughout the program, you have the opportunity to hone these communication skills through Discussions and Assignments.For this Assignment, view the webinar “Developing a Paper: From Discussion Post to Course Paper” in this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how you might use this week’s Discussion posting to create a cohesive paper and effectively communicate your ideas.To complete this Assignment: Effective communication skills


Write a 2- to 3- page paper.With the “Developing a Paper: From Discussion Post to Course Paper” webinar in mind, use this week’s Discussion posting to develop and write a 2- to 3-page paper on service strategies.Reminder: Proper formatting and APA citations are required. Refer to the Writing Template for Course Papers for additional guidance.

Audio: [not on the recording] Melissa: Hello, everyone. And welcome. I’m Melissa Sharpe, and I’m a writing instructor here at the Walden Writing Center. Before we begin and I hand the session over to Michael, I want to go over a few housekeeping items. First, we are recording this webinar. Although, it helps when you push the button. Okay.

Hi, everybody. We are now recording the webinar. And, so, you are welcome to access it at a later date through the webinar archive. In fact, note that we record all of our webinars so you are welcome to look through that archive for other recordings that may interest you. Also, whether you are attending this webinar live or watching the recording, you will find that we have some interactive elements like links and chats, as well as files which you can find in the file pod. If you look on the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the PowerPoint slides Michael will be sharing today and you are welcome to download those. You can interact with all of the links and chats throughout tonight’s webinar. We also welcome questions and comments throughout the session, and you can use the Q & A box for these. Both Kacy and myself will be watching this Q & A box. And we are happy and excited to answer questions throughout the session as Michael is talking. You are also welcome to send any technical issues you have to us here as well. Although note, there is a help option in the top right corner of your screen. This is Adobe’s technical support, so that is the best place to go if you need technical help. All right. And with that, I will hand it over to Michael.

Visual: Slide changes to the title of the webinar, “Developing Your Writing: Creating a Paper From a Discussion Post” and the speakers name and information: Michael DusekWriting Instructor, Walden Writing Center

Audio: Michael: Great! Thank you, Melissa, for that lovely introduction. My name is Michael Dusek. I’m a writing instructor here at Walden University. You can see my picture there on this first slide. I think I’m contemplating if winter will ever end in the Midwest, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, today the webinar that I’m going to be delivering, the topic for this webinar about developing your writing and really creating a paper from a discussion post. Now, I guess I want to couch this. Before we get going, I just want to couch our discussion here or my lecture here in the idea that academic writing, all parts of academic writing, all genres of academic writing share certain conventions. So, taking something like a discussion post, there’s going to be a main idea. There’s going to be some paint points that are elaborated upon briefly there, and this webinar is really about expanding that discussion post and making it into a more formal academic essay or course paper. Sure. But again, before I move on, I want you to kind of think that the elements that are present within an academic essay are also present within a discussion post and vice versa. And this can even be extrapolated to something like a doctoral project or a dissertation.

Visual: Slide changes to the following: Learning Objectives

  • Talk about the role a discussion post and paper has in a course
  • Understand how a discussion post can be a basis for a course paper
  • Identify the steps for developing a paper from a post

Audio: Yeah, today in this webinar, we’re going to talk about the role of a discussion post and paper that these two elements have in a course. Kind of how they fit into a general course. We’re going to be looking to understand how a discussion post can be a basis for a course paper. So, yeah, as I’ve mentioned, kind of using the discussion post as a jumping off point to expand on those ideas and craft it into a more formal academic paper or course paper. And lastly, we’re going to identify the steps for developing a paper from a post. So, we’re not just going to talk about how to do this, we’re going to give you guys some steps for actually doing this should you choose to.

Visual: Slide changes to the following: Weekly Course Assignment and Writing Process

  • Course resources
  • Begin: Discussion post and responses
  • Take the Next Step: Research, explore, & learn
  • Expand: Write your paper

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