Learning Module Summaries

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Learning Module 1: Post a blog entry (Tags: learning module 1, skills inventory) in which you respond to the nine questions about Work and Educational Experience on pg. 101 of Writing (sect. 8a). Try to be as thorough as possible since the goal is not simply to answer the questions but to elaborate your answers as you explore and articulate your wide range of experiences. Think of this post as a brainstorming session, so be as thorough and detailed as possible. (June 25)

Learning Module 2: Review the Job Skills Checklist at Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL): http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/626/01/. In a blog post, list at least ten (10) skills from the inventory and then for each skill an example from your experience that demonstrates the skill. Tags: learning module 2, job skills. (June 26)

Learning Module 3: Evaluate your resume's content and design by completing the Project Checklists in Writing 2e (108-109), "Evaluating Your Resume's Content" and "Evaluating Your Resume's Design." Systematically go through the checklists and revise your resume to make sure you've met all of the goals the checklists describe. For the "Content" checklist, you should just make the revisions directly on your resume, as needed. In the "Design" checklist, there are 7 questions about the resume's design that you can ask. To verify that you've completed this module, post a message to your blog (tags: learning module 3, resume design and content) in which you 1) describe how you revised your resume's content as you completed the content checklist; and 2) answer the 7 questions in the design section (write your answers in complete sentences and elaborate as much as possible on what you've learned). (June 29)

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. (July 2)

Learning Module 5: Apply the steps of the Paramedic Method (in Writing 2e, p. 41) to the revision of your Documentation Project. You should examine all of the sentences in the document, trying to ensure that you use an agent-action style. To verify that you've completed the module, create a blog post (tag: learning module 5, paramedic method) in which you explain how this process improved your draft and provide two examples of revised sentences, the before and after versions of each. (July 7)

Learning Module 6: Apply the five principles of readability to at least two paragraphs in your Technical Case Study (such as the the "Statement of the Problem," "Overview of the Context," "Proposed or Actual Solution," or "What We Learned" paragraphs). You should coordinate with your team member so that each of you revises different paragraphs. Then ask yourself these questions: Does each sentence meet the five principles of readability? For any sentence that does not, consider whether revising it to meet the principles would improve the writing. Make any revisions you think would improve the sentences, then post the "before" and "after" versions to a blog post (tag: learning module 6, readability). Answer these questions in some followup commentary: What effect do your revisions have on your previous draft? Have you been able to make your revision easier to read? What did you do to make it easier to read for your audience? Be sure to use the better paragraphs in the actual Technical Case Study! (July 8)

 

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