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Collaborative project 2


Um, remember the first collaborative project? Well, we're not quite done with it. In fact, I wasn't wholly forthcoming about what's going into service in the Writing Centers and elsewhere across our campuses. A stapled four-page document on "regular-sized paper" looks a bit staid or "heavy" to the typical undergraduate browsing the material on a tutoring center counter. What we really need is a snappy-looking document with more visuals and more digestible chunks of information spread across smaller panels, or "pages"—a brochure, in short, one of those documents with three panels printed on each side of an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet folded into thirds. That's what we'll do now.


The brochure is to cover the same ground as the document you completed last week: defining plagiarism precisely and carefully, offering tips on how to avoid it, explaining potential consequences for plagiarists, and listing additional resources. Basically, you should revisit the graded first collaborative project, responding thoughtfully to my comments on it and shoring up any weaknesses in the basic substance of the document. Then you'll need to condense and reorganize that newly-strengthened material to fit the tighter space of a brochure, keeping only the strongest, most essential substance of the original document.


Devereaux is team leader. She and I talked a bit about the project yesterday, so I'm being fairly terse with instructions. If any of you has questions or wants clarification, email chip@chipspage.com.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m.

Meetings: The team must have two synchronous, real-time meetings, using online videoconferencing tools such as Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc., anything that all can access freely. For at least one of these meetings, all members must participate by video, not just audio or chat window (cell phone video is fine, perhaps even better than laptop cameras). I would strenuously advise that one of these meetings take place before the weekend, Thursday June 21st if at all possible. I would also urge you to complete the project planning sheet during your first meeting (see below).

Collaborative workspace: Share drafts, revisions, feedback, ancillary documents, etc. in an online collaborative depository such as Google Docs or Dropbox.com. Avoid emailing whole drafts among the group, and take care to date and time-stamp any documents you post or work on in the online system. 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 a "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.

Team assignments: It is up to you how you divide the work, but I would avoid having each person rework the same material contributed to the first project. Bring fresh eyes to each section as much as you can. In fact, you may want to divide the workload into sub-teams, having two of you, say, do all the initial content revision together while the other two work on layout and graphics. Then you might all four work together at deciding how to fit your text into the available space in the brochure. Truly, it's up to you how you split up the work, but all four team members must be heavily involved in revising (which may have gotten short shrift in the first project), editing, and proofreading.

Formatting/document design: Standard six-panel brochure. You can find templates aplenty in Word, Publisher, and online. Of course you'll want to customize extensively.

Visuals: In addition to including MGA branding (logo, e.g.), you must include at least three other visual elements (no particular stipulations as to their size of placement). You can "go small" with some visuals if needed. Not all of them have to reach fully from left to right margin, for instance: perhaps two do, but one doesn't.

Audience profile sheet: As with the first project, complete a (revised and improved) Audience Profile Sheet such as that on p. 85 of our text and available via LaunchPad. You might start with Shannon's from the first go-round and refine them, adding to them where needed for more comprehensive precision. Make these thoughtful and thorough. Share this document in the online workspace.

Project planning sheet: Very early in the process, complete the project planning sheet linked here. Adjust and revise the form as you like. Share this document in the collaborative workspace online and keep it updated as your work progresses.

Final format: Both design format (Word, Publisher, whatever) and PDF.

Submission method: Each of you, individually, should submit the final document to the Collaborative project 2 dropbox in PDF form; any one of you can submit just a single copy of the document in design format.