English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Hybrid Course Lessons

Module 7: Editing and Visual Communications

Module Contents:
    Textbook Readings
    Supplementary Readings
    Discussion
    Assignments
    Peer Review
    Checklist
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This module covers the following topics:

  • Define technical editing
  • Editing tools.
  • Editing process and technique.
  • Style guides.
  • Figures, illustrations, and screenshots.
  • Videos and podcasts.

Textbook Readings

Finish the textbook readings before the discussion starting on Monday at noon.

Supplementary Readings

Finish the supplementary readings before the discussion begins on Monday. These and lots more are also available on the Handouts page.

This Week's Discussion

Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:

  • Define technical editing
  • Editing tools.
  • Editing process and technique.
  • Style guides.
  • Figures, illustrations, and screenshots.
  • Videos and podcasts.
  • Discuss errors in your own writing that you have difficulty spotting on your own.
  • Provide tips that work for you in editing your own work.

Discussion leaders: Start the conversations by Monday at noon. Everyone else: Get involved right away, but feel free to continue dropping in to read and respond to new posts throughout the week. Everyone is required to lead at least one discussion, and everyone is required to participate in these discussions by posting useful responses to the student leaders' prompts, or at least in response to other comments in the discussion forum. Your participation level - even when not leading discussions - strongly affects your semester grade, so get fully engaged every week!

Assignments

Technical report team project due to Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm.


Due next week: Graphics exercise.


After completing each assignment, make sure to back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a Web service like Dropbox) before you turn it in or send it to your peer-review partner. Even if you are late creating a project, you can often avoid getting zero points for that assignment by completing it and turning it in to Blackboard late. Be aware that turning in late projects could harm your peer-review partner's score, as well, so be thoughtful.

Upload to Blackboard only after you address your partner's suggestions.

Peer Review

Bonus opportunity: No required peer-review this week, but complete a peer-review of another team's New Tech Report before Wednesday class-time, and turn it in for up to +10 bonus points!

EDIT: Just about everyone turned in the New Tech Report team project on time, but I noticed that no one turned in a peer review for this project. So a present: I'm giving everyone more time so you have a chance to raise the quality of your project and earn some bonus points by performing a peer-review!

Not only does performing a peer-review earn you bonus points, it also improves everyone's papers. We all need help improving our work. Why not do it?

In order to earn bonus points for this, here's what I need you to turn in, under the appropriate Blackboard assignment ("New Tech Report Peer Review"):

  • Your partner-team's paper, showing your markups, which you gave back to them after reviewing their document. This is probably a .doc file, with Track Changes turned on to show your markups and comments.
  • Your critique document, which you also gave to your partner. This is also best as a simple .doc file.

Each person must turn in these documents to your own Blackboard in order to earn bonus points. You can perform the peer-critique as a team or alone, but only those who turn in the critique documents get bonus points.

Six easy steps to success:

  1. Find a partner-team and exchange your projects with one another.
  2. Write your peer-review and return it to the other team.
  3. Also turn in your critique documents to me via Blackboard.
  4. Based on how much effort you put into your review, each team member who turns in a peer-review can earn up to +10 bonus points.
  5. If you got a peer-review, as well, revise your document based on this new feedback.
  6. Turn in your revised document to Blackboard, under the normal New Tech Report assignment slot (I've set it to allow multiple upload attempts).

Because I really want to encourage you to perform a peer-review of this, I'm giving you more time:

New due date for the finished project: 5:00pm Sunday, October 18. (I'll only score the most-recently uploaded files as of this coming Sunday evening.)

Checklist

  • Read the textbook and supplementary readings by Monday at noon.
  • Participate in this week's Blackboard forum discussion starting on Monday.
  • Earn bonus points by completing a peer-review of another team's New Tech Report before Wednesday class-time!
  • Turn in the Technical report team project on Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm.
  • Begin working on your Proposal or specification team project! Pick a partner in class, or post a call for partner(s) on the Blackboard Discussion Forum.
  • Turn in your Reading Response on this Module's required readings before class on Wednesday.
  • Earn a bonus point by uploading a second Reading Response to reflect your thoughts on more readings and reflections on the week's discussions. Due by Sunday at 5:00pm.
  • EDIT: Exchange the New Tech Report team project with another team and perform a peer-review, and earn more bonus points! New due date for both peer-review and your (revised) New Tech Report: Sunday at 5:00pm.

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Last updated 10/12/2015.