Collaborative project 1
Overview: This assignment asks you to reexamine the two-page plagiarism document you composed in Unit 1 (including my feedback), and then to work in teams of three or four as assigned below to produce a tri-fold brochure addressing the same topic but now, through the collaborative process, creating a more advanced, comprehensive, and genuinely professional finished product. The goal is to produce a document of such quality that we might have them printed professionally and shared in Writing Centers and other outlets across MGA campuses. Naturally, you should apply the principles in audience consideration, collaborative writing, style, and document design covered in the first thirteen chapters of our Technical Communication text.
The deliverable: a tri-fold brochure (six-panel brochure, front and back on 8.5 x 11 inch paper), defining plagiarism precisely and carefully, offering tips on how to avoid it, explaining potential consequences for plagiarists, and listing additional resources. This a lot to put into the confines of such a small document: succinctness is crucial, and you may want to use a smaller font than 12-point for most text.
Team assignments: You will all have the opportunity to be team leaders at some point in the term. I have assigned teams and leaders arbitrarily here (in alphabetical order): if you are designated team leader and would rather not be project manager on this first assignment, it's fine if your group selects someone else as leader—do let me know via email.
Deadline: Tuesday, November 5th at 9:00 p.m.
Meetings: The team must have two real-time meetings using online videoconferencing tools such as Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting, WebEx, etc.—any tool that all can access free of charge. I strenuously urge your first meeting take place before the weekend, by Thursday, October 29th if possible, Friday October 30th at the latest. I would also urge you to get the project planning sheet under way during your first meeting (see below). Note that you may have additional meetings beyond these two in other formats (telephone conference call, e.g.).
Collaborative workspace: Share drafts, revisions, feedback, ancillary documents, etc. in an online collaborative workspace such as Google Docs or Dropbox.com (using Dropbox Paper, e.g.). Minimize repetitive emailing of whole drafts among the group, and take care to date and time-stamp all document versions. Please grant me access to the workspace you set up so I can check in every so often. Whoever manages the online workspace should, with great trepidation and care, remove and save to local computer, any early versions of working documents once they become out of date. Or you might create an "old docs" file within the workspace and put them there. The key is to minimize clutter and confusion, but not to lose any single version of your work, because sometimes parts of the older versions can be called out of retirement upon more mature consideration.
Division of labor among teams: It is up to you how you divide the work among yourselves (you may want to capitalize on a team-member's document design or graphics skill-sets, for instance or divide the work by some othere system of specialization), but all of you should pull your full weight and all team members should be heavily involved in revising and editing. All team members are ultimately, equallyresponsible for the final product.
Formatting/document design: Standard six-panel brochure. You can find templates aplenty in Word, Publisher, and online. If anyone on your team has experience with other document design software (from Canva to InDesign, e.g.), you may use whatever tools any member of your group is proficient in and has access to. Design for color printing and use the MGA logo and other branding material at your disposal in the MGA Branding Guidelines pdf. I strongly encourage appropriate visuals beyond MGA branding. . . .
Project planning sheet: Early in the process, each team should complete some kind of project planning sheet such at the one in Figure 5.1 of our Technical Communication text. Share the planning document in your collaborative workspace online (Google docs, e.g.) and keep it updated as your work progresses.
Audience profile sheet: As part of the planning process, too, each team should complete some form of Audience and Use Profile such as the one in Figure 2.7 of our text. Share this document in your collaborative workspace as well. Articulate very precisely the sort of audience(s) the document will have on the MGA campus and their likely attitude towards the topic and document and you, as authors (including possible resistance).
Submission format and method: Each of you, individually, submit the final document to the Collaborative project 1 dropbox in PDF form; any one member of each team should also submit the group's project planning sheet, Audience and Use Profile, and a copy of the document in design format (Word Publisher, Canva, InDesign, etc., as possible).