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Increasing Students’ Academic Writing Ability, CDSS UB Holds a Workshop

Suasana pelaksanaan Workshop Penulisan Akademik di Meeting Room Gedung Layanan Bersama Universitas Brawijaya pada Selasa, 4 September 2018.

Kota Malang—In order to improve the ability of students with disabilities in Universitas Brawijaya, The Center for Disability Studies and Services (CDSS UB) conducts Academic Writing Workshop for Students with Disabilities. This workshop is specifically for those who have been taking or completing final assignments, theses, and apprenticeship reports.

Starting at 08.30 WIB in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of Service Building Universitas Brawijaya, on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the workshop lasted until 13.30 WIB. This agenda contains basics of academic writing ranging from forms, stages, methods, and other details related to scientific principles.

Wahyu Widodo, Coordinator for Tutorial Division at CDSS UB, opens the workshop by giving an introduction and the purposes of the workshop. Fadillah Putra, Chairman of CDSS UB, also welcomes and encourages the participants.

“We are all the same. Students in general also have achievements as well as students with disabilities who excel. Students with disabilities who suddenly lack enthusiasm for academic purposes also exist as students in general at Universitas Brawijaya. So, we can because we want to,” He says in his speech.

Divided into Four Sessions

Participants consisting of students with disabilities in the final semester are very enthusiastic in following the activities. The questions that accompany each material relate directly to the things they face in their thesis, final assignments, and apprenticeship reports.

“What’s the difference between a direct quote and paraphrase?” That’s how Acan asked. The student of Library Science of Administrative Sciences Faculty is quite active in expressing his questions.

Guided by Nurjannah, Ph.D., in the first session there are many things related to the structure of writing. Nurjannah, a lecturer at the Science Faculty, strongly emphasizes the importance of the research question. “From there (the formulation of the question) we can start and end the research,” She said.

In the next session, Sugiono, Ph.D. and Zubaidah Ningsih, Ph.D. successively provide material related to citation, reference writing, access to journals, and the principles of academic writing.

“Referral writing also varies, so just follow the writing guidelines according to those used by university,” says Zubaidah introducing a variety of ways of writing bibliography and references. She also gives an example on the topic by showing her dissertation she wrote in the field of Chemistry in Australia.

At the end of the workshop, guided by tutors from CDSS UB, the participants are introduced to the tutors and the ways they can take in the effort to complete the final project and thesis. Forms related to the next tutorial are also shared and filled by students with disabilities to facilitate monitoring and needs which must be provided by tutorial division for them.

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