Day 13: Thursday, July 7

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Day 13: Thursday, July 7

All activities and readings should be completed by midnight EDT today unless an extension is indicated. It's best to complete the readings and activities in the order listed because some activities depend on knowledge acquired in earlier steps.

Goals for Today

  • Watch a video and write Reading Response 6.
  • Complete a review of a Case Study
  • Complete a review of an Alternative/Creative Media Resume draft
  • Submit all deliverables for the Documentation Project by Saturday, July 9 at midnight (extended).

Reading ('Viewing" today, actually)

  • Watch this three-minute video, "Microsft Re-Designs the Ipod Packaging" at YouTube. It's an example of a satiric case study (sort of like a mockumentary at a frenetic pace).

Reading Response 6: This video was created by Microsoft employees! What's your impression of the critique presented in the video? What deisgn principles do you think this "case study" wants to emphasize (value) and what's the basis for the self-critique of MS? Why do you think things like feature creep and information overload can compromise technical writing's goal of communicating clearly and effectively? (Tag: reading response 6, packaging the ipod). Due by Friday, midnight (extended)

Activities to Complete Today

  • Using the results of user-testing and what you learn about revising for context, revise and polish your Documenation Project and submit it. Your final document(s) should be submitted to the "Documentation Deliverables" subfolder in the "314 Technical Writing" folder in Box. Your project submission should consist of a single PDF document or (if you use another media for your presentation, such as HTML) a folder with supporting files, images, etc. (Due Saturday, July 9 by midnight). The file or folder should be named as follows: Lastname_DocumentationProject
  • Each Case Study team should complete a peer review of another team's full draft (so the authoring team should receive two reviews from a two-member team). Review pairings will be assigned by email. Each review should respond to these Peer Review of Case Studies questions in the form of a comment on the draft submission post, which is already tagged "case study draft." (You can copy and paste the questions into your comment, then address them.) The review itself shouldn't be collaborative (each reviewer writes his or her own, in other words).
  • Complete a peer review of one (1) draft of a Alternative/Creative Media Resume draft (already tagged as "media resume draft"). Stake your claim to a review by commenting on the Author's submission post. Each review should respond to these Peer Review of Alternative/Creative Media Resume questions in the form of a comment on the draft submission post. (You can copy and paste the questions into your comment, then address them.)

Looking Ahead

On Day 14 (Friday, July 8), you'll finish the course, submit all work that is due (final drafts of the resume and case study projects via Box, collaborative project evaluation forms), and head off for greener pastures.