A Professor’s Guide to Overcoming Fear of Writing Papers

May 29, 2017

Many students, especially those enrolled in creative type programs like our degrees at Ai, express fear or frustration when faced with writing papers. Often they are unfamiliar or overwhelmed with proper formatting in either the MLA or APA style. Sometimes they understand the course material but are confused as to how to organize their content or they do not know how to get started with an essay. This podcast presents some simple guidelines from a Professor’s perspective so that students can maximize their points earned for each essay or paper submitted. The session focuses on both format and content (to download a sample MLA template click here https://goo.gl/KWMlmL or for a sample APA template click here https://goo.gl/cXZqVq).

Contributor: Alisa Gaylon


Writing about Art: The Agony and the Ecstasy

November 11, 2016

When first learning the Language of Visual Arts, it is normal to become overwhelmed by concerns of whether we are doing it correctly.  The terms may seem confusing and difficult to comprehend.  In this podcast we discuss the challenges that come with identifying the Elements of Art and integrating them into an analysis of the Principles of Design.  Through practice, we come to better “see” a work of art or design in new and more dynamic ways.  We expand our scope to include why style and subject matter are important, the significance of historical and cultural context, and how art functions in society. While the process of writing about art can be daunting, we are rewarded with a deeper understanding of art, the artists who create it, and the arc of time within which they are made. 

Contributor: Jeremy Hockett


Overcoming writer’s block

April 8, 2016

The dreaded writer’s block is one of these phenomenon that seems to cross all disciplines regarding the written word, not simply in our academic writing projects but into our career pursuits and even our more leisurely writing pursuits. However, a few simple tricks, a bit of persistence, and a healthy dose of patience may in fact be all that is required to face the writer’s block dilemma!

Contributor: Michael O'Donnell