Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the remaining quizzes for this week´s readings. You should take the quizzes on Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 by 11:55 PM on tonight (Friday, July 10). If you need an extension, use the grace period, and complete your quizzes by 11:55 PM tomorrow (Saturday, July 11). See additional policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.
Remember to pitch your plan for Project 1 by 11:55 PM Friday. I will check your short proposal to make sure you are on the right track for the assignment.
Continue working on the drafts for your bio statement. For Monday, you will post your draft in your topic in the forums, and give peer review feedback to two other students. Project 1 is due on Tuesday, July 14. The grace period ends on Thursday, July 16.
When I’ll reply to any questions: I am at West Virginia University this week, at a digital publishing and accessibility seminar. I am in sessions during the day. Look for replies after 9 PM Eastern today.
Go to Tests & Quizzes in Scholar, and complete the reading quizzes on Markel, Chapter 1: “Introduction to Technical Writing” and Chapter 6: “Analyzing Your Audience & Purpose” by 11:55 PM on Friday, July 10. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.
Begin working on the drafts for your bio statement. For Monday, you will post your draft in your topic in the forums, and give peer review feedback to two other students. Project 1 is due on Tuesday, July 14. The grace period ends on Thursday, July 16.
If you have any questions (today or in the future) about the assignment, go to the Questions about Project 1 topic in the forum and add them. Remember that the protocol for this course is to check the forums and then ask your question there if you don’t find an answer.
When I’ll reply to any questions: I am at West Virginia University this week, at a digital publishing and accessibility seminar. I am in sessions during the day. Look for replies after 9 PM Eastern.
Today, we begin work on the first major project in the course. Please complete these tasks:
If you have not registered on the forums, follow the instructions in the 7/7 post to do so by 11:55 PM today. I will turn off open forum registration at midnight to lock out the spammers. Forum posts are part of your participation grade for the course.
This site is the official home for our Summer II 2015 course (CRNs #71608). Information on all assignments, daily activities, and related resources will be posted here. Check this site every week day for the details on what to do for the course.
Today is about making sure you understand the course policies and getting set up. If you have technical difficulty with today’s class work, send me an email to tengrrl at vt.edu and let me know what you need help with.
Please complete these tasks:
Fill out the online survey to tell me a bit about yourself. I especially need to know where you are in the world to make sure that I take timezones into account as I set up things for the course. Last summer, I had students everywhere from Virginia to Alaska. Most students were also doing internships while taking the course.
Please choose a professional, classroom-appropriate username.
This is a public site, so realize that the name you choose will be publicly available.
If you do not want to use your real name on a public forum (for instance, because you are in the witness protection program), use a pseudonym, and email me to tell me that pseudonym and your real name.
Add a reply to the “Syllabus Verification Thread” that confirms you have read the syllabus. Your post will serve as confirmation that you are enrolled in the course. If you do not reply with confirmation, you will be dropped from the class.
If you have any questions about the syllabus, course policies, or anything related to the class, create a new topic on the Syllabus, Policies, & the Schedule board and ask your question.
If you have questions Always post any questions you have about the course in the forums so that everyone in the class can benefit from the answers.
The protocol for this course is always to read the forums first to see if someone else has asked the question, and then ask in the forums if no one has. If you have a question about your grade or another private matter, you can email me.
Welcome to the Summer II 2015 session of Technical Writing. The course begins on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and you need to have the book and be ready to begin work that day.
To prepare for the course, please do these things:
1. Buy the book immediately. If you want the physical copy, you need to order it immediately so that you have it when the course starts. The ebook version is fine, and you will have it faster obviously.