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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than the assigned day/time.
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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than end of day 2 days prior to the start of the class discussion. So, if the discussion starts on a Wednesday, the Discussion Leaders must have their material posted no later than end of day on Monday.
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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10pm on the day prior to the day the class discussion will take place. For example, the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 discussions will take place on Wednesday June 5th so the Discussion Leaders should have their information posted no later than 10pm on June 4th.
*After Discussion Leaders have posted their material the other students in the class will respond with comments and/or questions. The Discussion Leaders will moderate the discussion
and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students.
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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than the assigned day/time.
*After Discussion Leaders have posted their material the other students in the class will respond with comments and/or questions. The Discussion Leaders will moderate
the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students. In other words, your job is not over as Discussion Leader once you have posted something. You have to keep checking back during the time the discussion is open and continue to respond, and perhaps, post additional information.
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[[Attach:SampleDL | Sample Discussion Leader Posting]] (where the student has taken on the persona of the person he is reporting on.
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'''PLEASE NOTE: The information you provide as a Discussion Leader is in addition to the information we have already read in the chapters in the book. Do not post a summary of the information in the book chapter. The information you post as a Discussion Leader must be information that is not in the chapter. You can refer back to the chapter, but do not simply repeat what was in the chapter of talk about what you liked or did not like about the chapter.'''
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For each Chapter Discussion that you are not a Discussion Leader, each student must respond to the information presented by the Chapter Leaders. '''You must post at least two responses.''' Responses should do more than just say, "Oh you did a great job." It's nice to pat each other on the back, but the purpose here is to discuss so we can expand on the info from the text. Here are some guidelines for good posts:
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For each Chapter Discussion that you are not a Discussion Leader, each student must respond to the information presented by the Chapter Leaders. '''You must post at least two responses.''' Responses should do more than just say, "Oh you did a great job." It's nice to pat each other on the back, but the purpose here is to discuss so we can expand on the info from the text. Here are some guidelines for what a good post includes, as well as how posts will be graded:
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For each Chapter Discussion that you are not a Discussion Leader, each student must respond to the information presented by the Chapter Leaders. You must post at least two responses. Responses should do more than just say, "Oh you did a great job." It's nice to pat each other on the back, but the purpose here is to discuss so we can expand on the info from the text. Here are some guidelines for good posts:
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For each Chapter Discussion that you are not a Discussion Leader, each student must respond to the information presented by the Chapter Leaders. '''You must post at least two responses.''' Responses should do more than just say, "Oh you did a great job." It's nice to pat each other on the back, but the purpose here is to discuss so we can expand on the info from the text. Here are some guidelines for good posts:
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*You will need to be able to make the information readily available for students to read. If the info is not readily available on the internet then you will need to be able to upload it into Blackboard. If you are gathering primary source info, ie conducting your own interviews, you will need to either provide a transcript, YouTube video, or summary of the info gathered. %red%Make sure to include the source info as to where you gathered the information from!!!!%red
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*You will need to be able to make the information readily available for students to read. If the info is not readily available on the internet then you will need to be able to upload it into Blackboard. If you are gathering primary source info, ie conducting your own interviews, you will need to either provide a transcript, YouTube video, or summary of the info gathered. %red%Make sure to include the source info as to where you gathered the information from!!!!%red%
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*How do you do the things you are discussing, ie provide steps/suggestions/examples?
*What are good/bad examples?
*What are current/future trends?
*What do Subject Matter Experts (SME's or folks with first-hand knowledge/expertise) have to say about the topic?
*What role does technology play?
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**How do you do the things you are discussing, ie provide steps/suggestions/examples?
**What are good/bad examples?
**What are current/future trends?
**What do Subject Matter Experts (SME's or folks with first-hand knowledge/expertise) have to say about the topic?
**What role does technology play?
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**To choose which chapter you want to serve as Discussion Leader for, you will write a memo to Dr. Garza indicating what your first and second chapter choices are and why you should be chosen for you first choice topic. Info that you might include:
***What are your ideas for presenting about the topic?
***Do you have any prior knowledge about the topic? Personal experience with the topic?
***Do you have access to good contacts from which you can gather information?
**Post the memo in Blackboard on the Discussion Board.
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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10pm on the day prior to the day the class discussion will take place. For example, the Chapter 1 discussion will take place
Then the student presenters must continue to post responses for the remaining days to moderate the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students. Here are
the topics you should choose from. Included is some basic information that you may want to use as a starting point for your discussions, but feel free to go beyond as these are just meant to be starting points.
*[[What is Technical Writing]]
*[[Usability Tests]]
*[[Writing Emails, Memos, and Letters]]
*[[Instructions and Procedures - Creating Manuals]]
*[[Ethical Implications for Technical Writing]]
*[[Applying for Jobs]]

You will write a memo
to Dr. Garza indicating what your first and second choices are and why you should be chosen for you first choice topic. Info that you might include:
*What are your ideas for presenting about the topic?
*Do
you have any prior knowledge about the topic? Personal experience with the topic?
*Do you have access to good contacts from which you can gather information?
Post the memo in Blackboard on the Discussion Board
.

You do not have to cover all of these areas. Write about what you think makes the best case for appointing you
to a certain topic. Dr. G will then let you know what group you are in.

Once you know what topic you are presenting on, you will need
to gather the information you plan to present. Info could take several forms, such as:
*Articles
*Chapters
*Blog postings
*Web sites
*Interviews (ones already published or ones you conduct yourself)

You will need to be able to make
the information readily available for students to read. If the info is not readily available on the internet then you will need to be able to upload it into Blackboard. If you are gathering primary source info, ie conducting your own interviews, you will need to either provide a transcript, YouTube video, or summary of the info gathered. %red%Make sure to include the source info as to where you gathered the information from!!!!%red

The presentations will take place in
the Blog area of Blackboard. The time period will be from Thu to Mon with a different discussion topic each week . Students who are presenters for that week will lead the discussion and the rest of the students will be required to post at least twice during the discussion. Student presenters will take on the persona of the person from whom they gathered the information. For example, if you are using an article, you would introduce yourself in the Blog as that person and provide a little background info about yourself. Same for a book, website, etc. If you interview someone to gather the info then you would present yourself as that person. Hopefully this will make that activity a little more fun.

There will be around 4 students per topic. You do not have to present as a group. You have the choice that if you want to work together you can. But you can post your info individually if that is better for you. So there could be several things going on at once, but I think that we will still be able to communicate. As students respond, you can pick and choose which info you want to respond to. You don't have to respond to everything that is posted. You can pick and choose to converse with the people who are posting the info you are most interested in.

Here are some of the things you should try to cover in your discussion. You don't have to cover all of these. Again, choose the ones that best apply to what you are trying to present.
*Why are these important?
*How do you do these things
?
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*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10pm on the day prior to the day the class discussion will take place. For example, the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 discussions will take place on Wednesday June 5th so the Discussion Leaders should have their information posted no later than 10pm on June 4th.
*After Discussion Leaders have posted their material
the other students in the class will respond with comments and/or questions. The Discussion Leaders will moderate the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students.
*If you would like
to liven up the conversation, Discussion Leaders can choose to take on the persona of an expert in the area they are discussing. So if you interview someone to gather information, you could pretend to be that person. Or if you use info from a well known expert, you could pretend to be that person. It makes things a bit more interesting, but you are welcome to just be yourself if you are more comfortable with that.
*Once you know what topic you are presenting on, you will need to gather the information you plan to present
. Info could take several forms, such as:
**Articles
**Chapters
**Blog postings
**Web sites
**Interviews (ones already published or ones you conduct yourself)
*You will need
to be able to make the information readily available for students to read. If the info is not readily available on the internet then you will need to be able to upload it into Blackboard. If you are gathering primary source info, ie conducting your own interviews, you will need to either provide a transcript, YouTube video, or summary of the info gathered. %red%Make sure to include the source info as to where you gathered the information from!!!!%red
*Each Discussion Leader will post their own information. You do not have to try to work together as a group.
*Here are some of the things you should try to cover in your discussion. You don't have to cover all of these. Again, choose the ones that best apply to what you are trying to present.
**Why is
the info important?
*How do you do the things you are discussing, ie provide steps/suggestions/examples
?
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*What do Subject Matter Experts (SME's or folks with first-hand knowledge/expertise) have to say?
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*What do Subject Matter Experts (SME's or folks with first-hand knowledge/expertise) have to say about the topic?
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Grading will be based on:
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Grading for Discussion Leaders will be based on:
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*Did you respond to questions/comments from other students in a timely and appropriate manner?
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*Did you respond to questions/comments from other students in a timely and appropriate manner?

For each Chapter Discussion that you are not a Discussion Leader, each student must respond to the information presented by the Chapter Leaders. You must post at least two responses. Responses should do more than just say, "Oh you did a great job." It's nice to pat each other on the back, but the purpose here is to discuss so we can expand on the info from the text. Here are some guidelines for good posts:
*Provides something interesting to the discussion.
*Asks a question that leads to richer discussion.
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*Second, in order to expand on the discussions in the textbook, each student will choose one chapter to serve as a Discussion Leader.

We
have several topics to cover in order to develop a good understanding of what it means to do technical writing and/or workplace writing. For this assignment you will choose two topics, your first and your second choices for the topic you want to work on.

Topics (Due dates are posted in the schedule. The introduction material for the student presenters must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10am on the first day.
Then the student presenters must continue to post responses for the remaining days to moderate the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students. Here are the topics you should choose from. Included is some basic information that you may want to use as a starting point for your discussions, but feel free to go beyond as these are just meant to be starting points.
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*Second, in order to expand on the discussions in the textbook, each student will choose one chapter to serve as a Discussion Leader. You have to be a Discussion Leader only one time.

Here's what you have to do as a Discussion Leader:
*The discussion material provided by each Discussion Leader must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10pm on the day prior to the day the class discussion will take place. For example, the Chapter 1 discussion will take place
Then
the student presenters must continue to post responses for the remaining days to moderate the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students. Here are the topics you should choose from. Included is some basic information that you may want to use as a starting point for your discussions, but feel free to go beyond as these are just meant to be starting points.
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For the ''Essentials of Technical Communication'' (2nd edition) textbook by Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga, you will need to complete two things:
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For the ''Essentials of Technical Communication'' 2nd edition textbook (ETC) by Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga, you will need to complete two things:
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For the ''Essentials of Technical Communication'' (2nd edition) textbook by Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga, you will need to complete two things:

*First, after reading the assigned chapters as shown on the schedule, you will need to complete a Review Test for each chapter. You will find the tests in Blackboard under the Content link.

*Second, in order to expand on the discussions in the textbook, each student will choose one chapter to serve as a Discussion Leader.

We have several topics to cover in order to develop a good understanding of what it means to do technical writing and/or workplace writing. For this assignment you will choose two topics, your first and your second choices for the topic you want to work on.

Topics (Due dates are posted in the schedule. The introduction material for the student presenters must be posted in Blackboard no later than 10am on the first day. Then the student presenters must continue to post responses for the remaining days to moderate the discussion and answer questions and/or respond to comments made by other students. Here are the topics you should choose from. Included is some basic information that you may want to use as a starting point for your discussions, but feel free to go beyond as these are just meant to be starting points.
*[[What is Technical Writing]]
*[[Usability Tests]]
*[[Writing Emails, Memos, and Letters]]
*[[Instructions and Procedures - Creating Manuals]]
*[[Ethical Implications for Technical Writing]]
*[[Applying for Jobs]]

You will write a memo to Dr. Garza indicating what your first and second choices are and why you should be chosen for you first choice topic. Info that you might include:
*What are your ideas for presenting about the topic?
*Do you have any prior knowledge about the topic? Personal experience with the topic?
*Do you have access to good contacts from which you can gather information?
Post the memo in Blackboard on the Discussion Board.

You do not have to cover all of these areas. Write about what you think makes the best case for appointing you to a certain topic. Dr. G will then let you know what group you are in.

Once you know what topic you are presenting on, you will need to gather the information you plan to present. Info could take several forms, such as:
*Articles
*Chapters
*Blog postings
*Web sites
*Interviews (ones already published or ones you conduct yourself)

You will need to be able to make the information readily available for students to read. If the info is not readily available on the internet then you will need to be able to upload it into Blackboard. If you are gathering primary source info, ie conducting your own interviews, you will need to either provide a transcript, YouTube video, or summary of the info gathered. %red%Make sure to include the source info as to where you gathered the information from!!!!%red

The presentations will take place in the Blog area of Blackboard. The time period will be from Thu to Mon with a different discussion topic each week . Students who are presenters for that week will lead the discussion and the rest of the students will be required to post at least twice during the discussion. Student presenters will take on the persona of the person from whom they gathered the information. For example, if you are using an article, you would introduce yourself in the Blog as that person and provide a little background info about yourself. Same for a book, website, etc. If you interview someone to gather the info then you would present yourself as that person. Hopefully this will make that activity a little more fun.

There will be around 4 students per topic. You do not have to present as a group. You have the choice that if you want to work together you can. But you can post your info individually if that is better for you. So there could be several things going on at once, but I think that we will still be able to communicate. As students respond, you can pick and choose which info you want to respond to. You don't have to respond to everything that is posted. You can pick and choose to converse with the people who are posting the info you are most interested in.

Here are some of the things you should try to cover in your discussion. You don't have to cover all of these. Again, choose the ones that best apply to what you are trying to present.
*Why are these important?
*How do you do these things?
*What are good/bad examples?
*What are current/future trends?
*What do Subject Matter Experts (SME's or folks with first-hand knowledge/expertise) have to say?
*What role does technology play?

Grading will be based on:
*Did you present the information in the Discussion area in a clear and interesting manner? In such a way that other students would want to engage in the discussion?
*How well you lead the discussion?
*Did you provide useful/pertinent and interesting information?
*Did you respond to questions/comments from other students in a timely and appropriate manner?