COMPLETE THE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT REFLECTION BY DECEMBER 9 AT 11:59 PM: http://techwritingf16.robinwharton.net/uncategorized/service-learning-project-reflection-prompt-reflection-due-dec-9-1159-pm/

COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE BY DECEMBER 9 AT 11:59 PM.

Week 15 (November 28-December 2)

Continue Unit 3: Praxis

Due:

  1. Service Learning Presentations (class time, November 29th and December 1st).
  1. November 29th: Little Ones Early Learning Center, GCCA, Chattahoochee Now
  2. December 1: Center for Civic Innovation, Our House, and Whitefoord Community Program

  1. Final Service Learning Packets (to client, cc me, 11:59 pm, December 5th).

  1. Service Learning Packet Reflection (11:59 pm, December 9th)

  1. Final Online Professional Profile and Reflection (11:59 pm, December 9th).

 

What are we doing in class?

*Final service learning presentations

Week 13 (November 14-18)

Begin Unit 3: Praxis

Due:

  1. Reading Annotations 5 & 6 due by 11:59 pm on November 14th (all readings are linked in the Units Overview or on the protected course readings page).  Read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group:
  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab (2016). INDOT Document Design and Presentation. (group 1)
  2. Creative Bloq Staff (December 4, 2013). Create balanced page layouts – 7 pro tips. (group 2)
  3. Janie Kliever, Design School (2016).  Fonts. (group 3)
  4. Miles A. Kimball (2013). “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1: pp. 3-41. (group 2)
  5. Sam Dragga (1996). “‘Is This Ethical?’ A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design.” Technical Communication 43.3: pp. 255-65. (group 1)
  6. Thomas R. Williams (2000). “Guidelines for Designing and Evaluating the Display of Information on the Web.” Technical Communication 47.3. (group 3)

  1. Class prep, 15 points each:
  1. Service learning project drafts due by class time on November 15th.
  2. Professional website drafts due by class time on November 17th.

  1. Re-read W/D Chapter 6, "Designing Your Project," read W/D Chapter 8, "Putting Your Project to Work"

 

What are we doing in class?

*Workshop

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. Service Learning Presentations (class time, November 29th and December 1st).

  1. Final Service Learning Packets (to client, cc me, 11:59 pm, December 5th).

  1. Service Learning Packet Reflection (11:59 pm, December 5th)

Final Online Professional Profile and Reflection (11:59 pm, December 9th)

Week 12 (November 7-11)

Continue Unit 2: Issues

*****EARN UP TO 50 EXTRA POINTS**** We will not be meeting as a class on Tuesday. If, however, you meet with your service learning project group during class time, write up a progress report and action plan, and submit it via the form, you can earn up to 50 extra points (For the GCCA group, attending the workshop with Tim Merritt will count).

Due:

  1. Class prep, 15 points each:
  1. Revised resume due by class time Tuesday.
  2. Service learning project drafts due by class time Thursday.

  1. Re-read W/D Chapter 6, "Designing Your Project," read W/D Chapter 8, "Putting Your Project to Work"

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discussion of reading

*Workshop

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, have your resume reviewed by career services and write up a reflection, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. Reading Annotations 5 & 6 due by 11:59 pm on November 14th (all readings are linked in the Units Overview or on the protected course readings page).  Read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group:
  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab (2016). INDOT Document Design and Presentation. (group 1)
  2. Creative Bloq Staff (December 4, 2013). Create balanced page layouts – 7 pro tips. (group 2)
  3. Janie Kliever, Design School (2016).  Fonts. (group 3)
  4. Miles A. Kimball (2013). “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1: pp. 3-41. (group 2)
  5. Sam Dragga (1996). “‘Is This Ethical?’ A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design.” Technical Communication 43.3: pp. 255-65. (group 1)
  6. Thomas R. Williams (2000). “Guidelines for Designing and Evaluating the Display of Information on the Web.” Technical Communication 47.3. (group 3)

  1. Service learning project drafts due by class time on November 15th

  1. Professional website drafts due by class time on November 17th

Week 11 (October 31-November 4)

Continue Unit 2: Issues

Due:

  1. Class prep, 10 points each:
  1. Find an advertisement for your "dream job" and copy and paste it or link to the job description in a blog post. Then, use the job description to create a list of keywords to use in your resume and professional profile.
  2. By Thursday at class time, submit a link to a draft of your resume (on Google Drive or Dropbox)
  3. Find a social media profile (on LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) for a professional in a career that interests you or for a business/industry in which you'd like to work. Write a brief blog post (2-3 paragraphs) about how you could use the profile you found as a model for designing/updating your own social media profile.
  1. Read complete project description for Online Professional Profile

What are we doing in class?

*Targeting your resume

*Making your experience and education relevant

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. Revised resume due by class time November 8th

  1. Service learning project drafts due by class time November 10th

  1. Continue reading for Unit 3: Praxis (all readings are linked in the Units Overview or on the protected course readings page)
  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab (2016). INDOT Document Design and Presentation. (group 1)
  2. Creative Bloq Staff (December 4, 2013). Create balanced page layouts – 7 pro tips. (group 2)
  3. Janie Kliever, Design School (2016).  Fonts. (group 3)
  4. Miles A. Kimball (2013). “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1: pp. 3-41. (group 2)
  5. Sam Dragga (1996). “‘Is This Ethical?’ A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design.” Technical Communication 43.3: pp. 255-65. (group 1)
  6. Thomas R. Williams (2000). “Guidelines for Designing and Evaluating the Display of Information on the Web.” Technical Communication 47.3. (group 3)

Week 10 (October 24-28)

Continue Unit 2: Issues

Due:

  1. Class prep, 20 points: Pick a local/state political race or voting referendum that interests you and do some research about it. Using the design principles from Chapter 7 of _Writer/Designer_, and the online tool Piktochart (https://piktochart.com/), create an infographic that provides an objective overview of your candidate's platform, or what effect the referendum is supposed to have if passed. Submit your infographics by class time Thursday.
  2. Read W/D Chapter 7: Drafting and Revising Your Project

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discussion of unit reading

*In-class work on service learning project

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. Draft social media profile due by 11:59 pm on November 10th.

  1. Draft service learning packet deliverables due November 10th for in-class workshop.

  1. Begin reading for Unit 3: Praxis
  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab (2016). INDOT Document Design and Presentation. (group 1)
  2. Creative Bloq Staff (December 4, 2013). Create balanced page layouts – 7 pro tips. (group 2)
  3. Janie Kliever, Design School (2016).  Fonts. (group 3)
  4. Miles A. Kimball (2013). “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1: pp. 3-41. (group 2)
  5. Sam Dragga (1996). “‘Is This Ethical?’ A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design.” Technical Communication 43.3: pp. 255-65. (group 1)
  6. Thomas R. Williams (2000). “Guidelines for Designing and Evaluating the Display of Information on the Web.” Technical Communication 47.3. (group 3)

Week 9 (October 17-21)

Due:

  1. Class prep, 30 points total: by class time Tuesday submit link to draft scope of work and schedule of drafts, by class time Thursday submit team roles and job descriptions

  1. Read W/D Chapter 6: Designing Your Project

  1. Email Memorandum of Understanding to the client and cc me by 11:59 pm on October 21st

  1. Read (and annotate with your questions for points!) project descriptions for Client Service Learning Packet and Online Professional Profile

 

What are we doing in class?

*Assigning roles

*Discussing Unit 2 readings

(Extra points suggestion: respond to annotations in Hypothes.is, contribute to the glossary of terms, complete the W/D Chapter 6 Write/Design assignments with your group, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. Draft social media profile due November 10th
  2. Draft Service Learning Packet deliverables due by class time November 10th and 15th

Week 8 (October 10-14)

Begin Unit 2: Issues

*****NO CLASS MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH. MEET FOR YOUR MID-TERM CONFERENCE***** 

Due:

  1. Class prep, 10 points each: post notes from your mid-term conference and submit them via the form (Google docs link, link to jpg of handwritten notes, etc.), complete a mid-term reflection

  1. Due: Final Pitch Presentation deliverables and Reflection at 11:59 pm on October 13th

  1. Due: Reading Annotations 3&4 on October 12th at 11:59 pm (read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group for Reading Annotations 3&4):                        

 

What are we doing in class?

*Mid-term conferences

*Begin memorandum of understanding

Looking ahead:

  1. Memorandum of Understanding due to client by 11:59 pm on October 21st
  2. Meet w/ your team and begin planning for collaborative service learning packet
  3. Complete team and role preference form

Week 7 (October 3-7)

Due:

*****PITCH PRESENTATIONS ARE THIS WEEK. PLEASE BE PREPARED. THE CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION AND CHATTAHOOCHEE NOW TEAMS WILL BE PRESENTING TUESDAY 8/4. THE LITTLE ONES AND GCCA TEAMS ARE PRESENTING THURSDAY 8/6.*****

  1. Class prep, 10 points: Sign up for a mid-term conference by October 3d at 11:59 pm. Sign up calendar is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4da4a92ba31-sign.

  1. Class prep, 10 points: Post a mid-term conference question to your blog by Thursday using the "sos" category and "mid-term" tag.

  1. Review and respond to Hypothes.is annotations on Unit 1 readings (up to 10 points per substantive response).

What are we doing in class?

*Pitch presentations

*What is content management?

*What is usability, and how do we create usable technical communication?

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, make a suggestion!)

Looking ahead:

  1. No class meetings next week. Chattahoochee NOW team may be meeting on Thursday with their client for pitch presentation. Meet for mid-term conferences.
  2. Begin readings for Unit 2 (read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group for Reading Annotations 3&4):                        
  1. Submit an early draft of Reading Annotation 3&4 and earn 20-50 points for conference, revision, and reflection before submitting final draft (Reading Annotations 3&4 due October 10 at 11:59 pm)

Week 6 (September 26-30)

Due:

*****PITCH PRESENTATIONS ARE THIS WEEK. PLEASE BE PREPARED. THE OUR HOUSE AND WHITEFOORD TEAMS WILL BE PRESENTING THURSDAY 9/29.*****

  1. Class prep, 20 points: Submit links to working drafts of your pitch presentation and client deliverable

  1. Read W/D Chapter 5: Conceptualizing and Collaborating

  1. Review and respond to Hypothes.is annotations on Unit 1 readings (up to 10 points per substantive response)

(Extra points suggestion: contribute to the glossary of terms, write up a post reflecting on what you have learned so far, make a suggestion!)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Pitch presentations

*What is content management?

*What is usability, and how do we create usable technical communication?

Looking ahead:

  1. Continue readings for Unit 2 (read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group for Reading Annotations 3&4):                        
  1. Submit an early draft of Reading Annotation 3&4 and earn 20-50 points for conference, revision, and reflection before submitting final draft (Reading Annotations 3&4 due October 10 at 11:59 pm)

Week 5 (September 19-23)

Due:

  1. Class prep, 20 points: Submit link to working draft or outline of your pitch presentation by Thursday class time.

  1. Read W/D Chapter 4: Working With Multimodal Sources

(Extra points suggestions: organize an extra peer review workshop for pitch presentations and write up a reflection, complete a Lynda.com tutorial surrounding a relevant technology, organize a discussion group)

What are we doing in class:

*Pitch presentation workshops

Looking ahead:

  1. Begin readings for Unit 2 (read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group for Reading Annotations 3&4):                        
  1. Submit an early draft of Reading Annotation 3&4 and earn 20-50 points for conference, revision, and reflection before submitting final draft (Reading Annotations 3&4 due October 10 at 11:59 pm)

Week 4 (September 12-16)

Due:

*****NO CLASS MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 13TH. COMPLETE A CLIENT SITE VISIT WITH YOUR GROUP.*****

  1. Class prep, 20 points: complete a client site visit and write up your notes in a blog post

  1. Read W/D Chapter 3: Choosing a Genre and Pitching Your Project

(Extra points suggestion: meet with your group to coordinate pitch presentations (note: this is optional, but early coordination will facilitate team building and collaboration on the final packet), visit my office hours with specific questions about the pitch presentation, write up your class notes and post them to your blog)

What are we doing in class:

*In-class work on pitch presentations

*Sign-up for pitch presentation workshop order (up to 40 points for participating in the workshop as a presenter)

Looking ahead:

  1. Pitch presentation workshop in class next week (up to 40 points for participating in the workshop as a presenter)
  2. Begin readings for Unit 2 (read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group for Reading Annotations 3&4):                        
  1. Submit an early draft of Reading Annotations 3&4 and earn 20-50 points for conference, revision, and reflection before submitting final draft (Reading Annotations 3&4 due October 10 at 11:59 pm)

Week 3 (September 5-9)

Due:

  1. Class prep, 10 points each: submit a link to one draft Reading Annotation by class time Tuesday, complete the Service Learning Project preference form

  1. Due: Reading Annotations 1&2 by 11:59 pm on September 6th
  2. Read W/D Chapter 2: Analyzing Multimodal Projects

  1. Read complete description of Pitch Presentation project

  1. *Complete Unit 1 Readings, read them all, annotate the two assigned to your group (readings not linked can be accessed via the library's journal databases):
  1. Wickman, C. (2014). Wicked Problems in Technical Communication. Journal Of Technical Writing & Communication, 44(1), 23-42. (group 1)
  2. The New London Group (1996). A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures. Harvard Educational Review, 66(1) (PDF). (group 2)
  3. Schryer, Catherine F. (1993). Records as Genre. Written Communication 10(2), 200-34. (group 3)
  4. Albers, Michael J. (2005). The Future of Technical Communication. Technical Communication 52(3). (group 3)
  5. Pullman, George and Baotong Gu (2007). “Guest Editors’ Introduction: Rationalizing and Rhetoricizing Content Management.” Technical Communication Quarterly 17.1, 1-9. (group 2)
  6. Sullivan, Patricia (1989). Beyond a Narrow Conception of Usability Testing. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 32(4). (group 1)

What are we doing in class?

*What is genre?

*What is rhetorical problem solving?

*What is rhetorical analysis in technical communication?

Looking ahead:

  1. Keep an eye out for your service learning client assignment
  2. Pitch presentations due in class September 27th and 29th, and October 4th and 6th, pitch presentation workshop in class September 20th and 22d
  3. Schedule a client site visit, I encourage you to organize these in groups

(Extra points suggestion: once you know who your client is, complete a rhetorical analysis of their website using the Write/Design assignment from W/D Chapter 2 as a guide and post it to your blog; meet with your group for the service learning project and work out the logistics of your client site visit, and then write up your notes from the meeting and post them to your blog)

Week 2 (August 29-September 2)

Due:

  1. Class prep, 10 points each: Use Hypothes.is and our class hashtag to post at least one substantive question or comment on one of the Unit 1 articles, submit link to an interesting example of multimodal communication

  1. Read for Unit I (Right/Ctrl click on the links to open or access readings in a new tab):
  1. Wickman, C. (2014). Wicked Problems in Technical Communication. Journal Of Technical Writing & Communication, 44(1), 23-42. (group 1)
  2. The New London Group (1996). A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures. Harvard Educational Review, 66(1) (PDF). (group 2)
  3. Schryer, Catherine F. (1993). Records as Genre. Written Communication 10(2), 200-34. (group 3, if you're having trouble selecting text to annotate in Hypothes.is use this link: http://techwritingf16.robinwharton.net/course-readings/)
  4. Albers, Michael J. (2005). The Future of Technical Communication. Technical Communication 52(3). (group 3)
  5. Pullman, George and Baotong Gu (2007). “Guest Editors’ Introduction: Rationalizing and Rhetoricizing Content Management.” Technical Communication Quarterly 17.1, 1-9. (group 2)
  6. Sullivan, Patricia (1989). Beyond a Narrow Conception of Usability Testing. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 32(4). (group 1)

  1. Read _Writer/Designer_ (WD) Chapter 1: "What are Multimodal Projects?" 

What are we doing in class?

*What is multimodal rhetoric?

*What is the difference between "mode" and "medium"?

*What is multimodal literacy?

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Use the submission form to turn-in an early draft of your Reading Annotation before class R (10 points if it's used for workshop, 20-50 points if you conference, revise, and reflect before final draft is due)
  2. Respond to a peer's annotation on Hypothes.is
  3. Visit your instructor during office hours
  4. Organize/Participate in a group conference or online study group and write up a reflection (20-50 points)

Looking ahead:

  1. Complete Reading Annotations 1&2 (Due September 6th)
  2. Do some preliminary research on our service learning clients, consider your preferences for clients and projects (Pitch presentations due September 27th and 29th)

Week 1 (August 22-26)

Due:

1) Read Syllabus & Course Info page on the class website: http://techwritingf16.robinwharton.net/syllabus-course-info/

2) Read “Defining Technical Communication,” (right/Ctrl click to open in a new tab) Society for Technical Communication

3) Read "Definition of Technical Communication,” (right/Ctrl click to open in a new tab) Technical Communication Body of Knowledge

 

4) Complete Syllabus & Course Info Take-Home Quiz, posting answers to your sites.gsu.edu blog and submitting link to the post via the form (required class prep assignment for Week 1, up to 40 points)

5) Create an account on Hypothes.is, install the Chrome plugin, and submit your user name via the form (required class prep assignment for Week 1, 10 points).

(Extra points suggestions: annotate the two readings using Hypothes.is and our class hashtag #gsutw16, complete a Lynda.com tutorial on using WordPress, begin the codeacademy.com tutorial on HTML and CSS, learn how to customize your sites.gsu.edu WordPress site using featured images, submit via the form links to anything you want points for, drop by during office hours or make an appointment to earn points and get your questions answered)

 

What are we doing in class?