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Collaborative project 2

This assignment focuses specifically on material covered in chapters 11-13 of Technical Communication, though the principles from earlier chapters apply as well.  Read chapters 11-13 completely and carefully before before getting too far into the meat of the project. I would strongly urge communicating very early in the week to decide on a timetable for different steps of the process, but the real work should come only after you have completed all the readings on style and editing, on visual design, and on designing pages and documents.

The assignment is to review the three plagiarism handouts you composed individually in Module 1 (they are posted in Module 3), and then to incorporate different ideas and elements from all three to produce:

1) a new two-page handout for the same original assignment in Individual project 1 (p. 79, General projects question 2), and also

2) a tri-fold brochure containing the most crucial and valuable information from the two-page document. You will almost certainly need to leave out some material from the two-page handout in the brochure. 

Both documents should be absolutely professional-caliber, work that might actually be shared on the MGA campus and perhaps other college campuses as well.

Requirements:

  • You must, early on, complete an "Audience and Use Profile" worksheet for this project (see p. 30). For the assignment, your intended audience is undergraduate students who use the Writing Center or the Student Success Centers (SSC's) on our five MGA campuses.

  • You should take the best from each original document, but by no means should you aim for "equal representation" from all three.  You will need to bring in additional elements (visuals, e.g.), and you can bring in new or better information that was not included in any of the three originals. And none of you can allow your feelings to be hurt if your favorite parts of your original are not incorporated.  Above all, the spirit of teamwork and aiming for a stellar, absolutely knock-out quality finished product are what matters here.  If the project is truly impressive in the end, then you all three will get the glory!

  • You must use at least two of these communication tools at least once apiece in your planning, reviewing, drafting, revising, and editing processes:

    • Skype or Google Hangouts for a real-time virtual meeting (you can do video meetings with cell phones, if you don't have a computer with camera capabilities)

    • The Google group I have created for the class (you should receive an invitation through email)

    • Google docs or Dropbox (you will need to set up accounts--both are free services)

      • (A quick online "how to" search of each of these tools will yield simple, straightforward instructions.)

  • Both documents must include visual elements (chart, picture, other artistic elements, etc.): at least one on each page of the two-page handout, at least three total on the brochure.

Most importantly, your finished products must follow principles for effective visual design and effective document design as elaborated in chapters 12 and 13 in Technical Communication. All of you need to read these chapters early in the week! You should also consult the Handbook of Technical Writing, particularly the sections on brochures and design and visuals (see the "Contents by Topic" in the inside cover).

Jackie Munson is team leader for this project, though you should all three take initiative and ensure that you participate extensively and effectively. You have exchanged email addresses already. I would strenuously urge you all to get together early in this module to figure out a plan of attack--noting what needs to be done and by when, and then figuring out who will do what and when. As in the "real world," again, your schedules are likely to conflict, but you really must communicate early and often on this project! Also note that you are certainly not forbidden to meet in person for any of the work on this project.

I am happy to help with any part of the process, from suggestions for planning to help with the online tools, even to editorial input. All you have to do is ask!

Each of you, separately, should submit the finished product, including the Audience and Use Profile sheet, to the Collaborative project 2 dropbox in D2L.