Summer 2011

Course Calendar

Please note that this calendar is designed to be flexible; that is, we may make changes along the way, depending on the interests and needs of the class.

Grad students, please note your Background Report — a “White Paper” — or an extended Annotated Bibliography requirement, is due week 5.

Week One: June 1 to June 6: Getting Started

Post Forum Introductions on our course forum: Due Wednesday, 6/2
Read Intro Letter, from me to you
Compose Course Survey to help us plan: Due Thursday 6/3; send to me via email
Post Course Acceptance Memo: Due Friday 6/4; send to me via email
Create Your Blog due Friday 6/4; do not leave the default generic blog post visible, but delete that one and create a brief one of your own, announcing the successful completion of creating your blog

Note that I will compile this information — introductions, surveys, interests, majors, goals, previous experience, etc. — and place you into Project Teams of 3-4 people each over the weekend. If you know people in this course, or have worked with people in this course before, or want to form your own Project Team of 3-4 people, let me know by noon on Sunday 6/6.

Week Two: June 7 – June 13: Team Forming & Collaborative Protocols

Reading: TCT, ch. 3 (Readers and Contexts of Use); Types of Reports (ch. 23); Teaming (ch. 4) and “Roles you Play as Technical & Professional Communicators”
Team Discussion Forum: your project & role preference (coordinator, writer, editor, designer, etc.)
Due: Team name; Team-coordinators, Due Wednesday June 9
Due: Collaborative Protocol Memo, Due Friday June 11

Week Three: June 14 – June 20: Project Proposal & Audience Analysis

Reading: TCT, Researching Information; Organizing and Drafting — page #’s TBA
Due: Project Proposal and Audience Analysis: both due Wednesday June 16
Due: Project Draft due Friday June 18
Individual Project Report/Log
Background Materials via PDF:
“The Complexity of Online Groups”
“Teaming Together Apart: Emergent Patterns of Media Use in Collaboration at a Distance”

Week Four: June 21 – June 27: Project Draft 2

Reading: TCT,  Document/Interface Design;  Revising and Editing for Usability & Readability
Team-based discussion forum: drafting & revising – plan to check in daily and to respond to your teammates promptly
Due: Project Draft due Friday June 25
Individual Project Report/Log

Week Five: June 29-July 2: Project and Self-Assessments

Editorial peer-review, for two other teams’ projects: Monday, June 28
Final Project due Thursday July 1

Due by Monday, July 5th:

Final Individual Project Report/Log
Peer evaluations (emailed to Michael)

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