This is the post for the week of February 24, 2015.
Today we will go over the assignments for Project 3 and Project 4, which are related to each other.
Readings for the Week of February 24
There are a lot of readings listed because I am posting everything for Project 3 and Project 4. The information should help you make decisions about how to proceed with the next two projects. For today’s session, please read the following:
Complete the Reading Quizzes on Chapters 10 and 11 by 11:55 PM on Monday, March 2.
Begin work on Project 3. Take time now to explore the various resources on job application materials listed in the readings so that you can make an informed decision about what you will propose.
If you have any questions about the assignments, go to the forums and post them in the Questions about Projects 3 & 4: Job App Materials forum. Please indicate whether your question is about the proposal or about the job application materials themselves in your subject line.
Think of your audience for this project as yourself, and your purpose is to learn about the characteristics of the kinds of writing you will typically do in the workplace. A year from now, if you were in the workplace, you should be able to come back to this analysis to remind yourself of the features to include in whatever you are writing.
Don’t panic if you find that you have an empty slot on your spreadsheet. If one of the columns is irrelevant for one of the documents you have listed, that is okay.
Likewise, if you cannot find an example of the document online to link to, that’s okay too.
Remember however that you need to account for those empty spaces in your reflection memo when you submit your project.
Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapter 7 and Chapter 9 of Markel by 11:55 PM on Monday, February 16. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.
Optional: Discussing the Example Memos
The example memos included on on the Project 2 assignment page were written by students who were analyzing a piece of technical writing in their field using the six characteristics of technical writing that are explained in Markel, Chapter 1. If you are aiming for an A, these memos are similar to what you need to write.
If you are aiming for an A on Project 2, this activity will help you with your writing:
Read through the Example Analysis Memos. You don’t have to read every word, but look at them well enough to get a sense of how they work, what they do well, and what they could improve on.
Go to the Discussion of Example Memos topic in the forums and weigh in on which of the examples seems more effective. You can quote someone else’s post or just start in on your own ideas. You will find some guiding questions in the forum post.
I have gotten notes this evening (2/3/2015) from a couple of you who are having trouble with the about.me site. I cannot duplicate the problems that have been reported. The site is working just fine for me, and for some others who have tested it from other locations.
If you cannot get about.me to work for you however, you may try one of these alternatives:
If you have not registered on the forums, follow the instructions in the 01/20 post to do so by 11:55 PM Wednesday, 1/28. Be sure to verify that you have read the syllabus as well. I will turn off open forum registration at midnight Wednesday to lock out the spambots.
Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapter 4 and Chapter 6 of Markel by 11:55 PM on Monday, February 2. The syllabus mentions a syllabus quiz. We’re going to skip that for now. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.
This is the post for the week of January 20, 2015.
This site is the official home for our Spring 2015 course (CRNs #17054). Information on all assignments, daily activities, and related resources will be posted here. Check this site regularly for the details on what to do for the course.
This week is about making sure you understand the course policies, getting set up, and generally touching base with one another. If you have technical difficulty with today’s class work, don’t panic! Send me an email to tengrrl at vt.edu and let me know what you need help with.
Please complete these tasks:
Complete the following on the forums:
Register on the forums. Be sure to choose the discussion area for Technical Writing for Spring 2015.
Please choose a professional, classroom-appropriate username. This is a public site, so realize that the name you choose will be publicly available. If you do not want to use your real name on a public forum (for instance, because you are in the witness protection program), use a pseudonym, and email me to tell me that pseudonym and your real name.
Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 of Markel by 11:55 PM on Monday, January 26. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.
Get started on Project 1 by reviewing advice on writing bio statements and discussing what you found in the forums. If you have any questions (today or in the future) about the first assignment, go to the Questions about Project 1 topic in the forum and add them. You can skim through this topic for answers as well.