Day 7: Wednesday, June 29

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Day 7: Wednesday, June 29

All activities and readings should be completed by midnight EDT today. 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

  • Read the two resume peer review sheets that you should have received and consider the revision suggestions.
  • Read about integrating images into texts in Writing 2e and then find a good example to write about.
  • Upload a polished draft of your print resume (in PDF format) to the "Resume Project Across Media Deliverables" subfolder of our shared Box folder.
  • Read and respond to the topic proposals of your peers, which will help you refine your own topic idea and help them polish theirs.
  • Start the process of researching your Documentation Project topic and collecting assets to use.

Reading

  • Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age 2e, Chapter 17, "Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade" (315-321. Both the Documentation Project and Case Study (Project 3) ask you to integrate visual content into your documents, so this chapter gives you good advice for how and when to do that to achieve certain effects (to inform, persuade, clarify, etc.). In both projects, you're likely to use screenshots, photographs, or illustrations, so the Technology Toolbox "Tips for Integrating Images and Tables into Text" (316) will also be helpful.

Reading Response Prompt 3: (Tag: reading response, visual content) After completing the readings for today, post one reading response to your blog in which you

  1. provide the URL of an example of user documentation (something that explains a process, procedure, or complex information) that you think integrates visual content effectively with text to inform the reader;
  2. identify the author and title of the source;
  3. explain and analyze why you think it is a good example of user documentation and the effective use of visuals to inform and (even) add visual interest.

Here are a couple of places where you can find some interesting examples of information graphics (not exactly documentation, but visually rich and informative):

Search on Pinterest for examples of information design and posters:
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=information+design
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=poster+design

ProfHacker
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/

Activities to Complete Today

  • Upload a polished draft of your print resume (in PDF format) to the "Printed Resumes" subfolder of our shared Box folder. Name your file as follows: "Lastname_PrintResume.pdf"
  • Read and respond to the topic proposals of your peers. Everyone appreciates a little feedback, so try to be helpful and constructive!
  • Begin Step 2 of the Documentation Project (Research), with a goal of posting a 200-word summary of your research on Thursday, July 2. See Step 2 of the project for details.
  • Create a Box folder (of your own, not in the class's shared folder) called "Documentation Project Assets" so that you can store screenshots or other images to use as you create your user documentation. (See Step 3 of the Documentation Project for Details.)
  • Continue to work on the "Professional Network Profile Including an 'About Me' Story" (at LinkedIn, Behance, Slated, Pinterest, Twitter, or other network), with a goal of posting a draft on June 30 (tomorrow) by midnight. For a good LinkedIn version of a resume, see how Lea Anna Cardwell (https://www.linkedin.com/in/leaannacardwell) and Kate (Bouwens) Cochran do it (Both are former great students of mine; Kate started her LinkedIn profile after a project like this one): https://www.linkedin.com/in/katecochran. Lea Anna's is especially thorough and what you should aim for as much as possible.

Looking Ahead

On Day 8, you'll continue to work on your Documentation Project, read about the Case Study Project, and post a draft of your "Professional Network Profile Including an 'About Me' Story."