Day 8: Thursday, June 30

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Day 8: Thursday, June 30

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 about Case Studies (handout) and "Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues" (Writing 2e)
  • Read the project description for the Technical Case Study, contact your team member(s) (assigned by email from Dr. B), and begin developing a topic proposal, which is due on Friday, July 1.
  • Post a link to and submission notes about your "Professional Network Profile Including an 'About Me' Story." Include submission notes that will elicit good responses from peer reviewers. (Tag: network profile, resume)
  • Post what you've learned about the subject of your Documentation Project (Step 2).

Reading

  • Reading: Read about the format and guidelines of case studies as described in the handout, "Writing Effective Case Analyses," which you'll find in our shared Box folder 314 Technical Writing > Readings.
  • Reading: "Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues" (pp. 362-364 in Writing 2e) and watch this (great) video by Eric Faden, "A Fair(y) Use Tale" (nice example of a remix that tells a story).

Reading Response Prompt 4: (Tag: reading response 4, intellectual property) After completing the reading and watching the video ("A Fairy Use Tale" by Eric Faden), post one reading response to your blog in which you discuss at least two of the following questions, each of which has bearing on content creation and use in technical writing:

  1. Why do you think it's important that authors and content creators protect their intellectual property?
  2. When might these protections over-reach and prevent the fair use of intellectual property (as discussed in the video)?
  3. What steps can you take to protect your own intellectual property or copyrights?
  4. What steps can you take to make sure that you cite the work of others ethically?
  5. What is Creative Commons licensing, and how can you use it for your own work or when you cite or use the work of others?

Activities to Complete Today

  • Read the project description for the Technical Case Study, contact your team member(s) (assigned by email from Dr. B), and begin developing a topic proposal, which is due on Friday, July 1.
  • Post a link to and submission notes about your "Professional Network Profile Including an 'About Me' Story." Include submission notes that will elicit good responses from peer reviewers. (Tag: network profile, resume)
  • In a blog post (tag: documentation research), summarize in 200 words what you researched about your documentation project topic and what you've learned that you didn't know before. (Step 2 of the Documentation Project; if collobarating, each team member must complete this step individually.)
  • Learning Module 4: Creating hyperlinks: After reading about linking in Writing 2e (pp. 393, 394), insert at least two good hyperlinks in your reading response for today (Reading Response 4). The links can go to sources or sites relevant to your response and should be integrated into your text seamlessly (not as an actual URL), much like this link to a good overview of Creative Commons licensing. To indicate that you've successfully completed the module, post a comment to your reading response saying that you've added and tested the links.

Looking Ahead

On Day 9 (Friday, July 1), you'll write peer reviews of each others' network profile and post your topic proposal for the Technical Case Study with your teammate(s). Before Tuesday, July 5, you should have also completed on your own Step 3 of the Documentation Project (Collect Assets).