When entering this course, I really had no idea what to expect in regards to the utilization of media through the curriculum. I thought that this would heavily rely on grant-writing and other such dry subjects. I had no clue how digital and hands on the experience would shape this course.
The Blog project provided a great venue for peer feedback, as demonstrated by the comments on each post. However, it also helped via comparison. By having to read fellow students’ posts, I gained insight into concepts that I had not considered otherwise. Furthermore, in noticing their flaws, I was made aware of my own flaws in writing, such as lacking a clear thesis point and relying too heavily on personal experience through the many English courses I have taken.
In revising my blog post, I kept my newfound flaws in mind and edited based upon these observations. I strengthened my thesis statement and added more generalized examples, rather than solely relying on my own thoughts and opinions.
The Men in Motion project was a fascinating hands-on experience. I really do wish that the charities had been less spiritual, and that they held more academic relation to our subject, it was a strong real-life experience. In real life, you can’t always pick and choose your clients. Whoever pays gets the services, regardless of personal beliefs.
The editing process for this was interesting in that we had to take into account outside critique from a business rather than an academic perspective, making it all that more relatable to real life. In grant-writing and use of technical communication in the world, you’re not solely going to be communicating with English majors.
Through our Memorandum of Understanding, we came to an understanding of our own, of how to protect our own rights, while ensuring we did not tread on the rights of others. This is where that Intellectual Property and Confidentiality agreement really was a lesson for us. While this was not a contract, our class learned that it was best to present everything clearly in writing so that everyone is on the same page, which is extremely important in the business world.
The website was the hardest part of class for me. I loved the Training Module Blog I created, but this was a lot harder. I enjoyed the brief How-To sessions we had, since they prevented me from drowning in the sea of WordPress.
Originally, I had a very bland design, with white backgrounds and only images of my downloadable Resume, which was difficult to read in the online format. I revised the website carefully, making it more user-friendly, based on feedback received from Dr. Wharton.
I kept in mind the presentation Merima did regarding colors, so I used a darker navy background, with a lighter grey foreground and white text, to make it pop. The text was a fun font, but still readable, offsetting the darker background, and the header added oomph to the site, making it look appealing visually, thereby keeping the audience engaged.
All these experiences came together to provide a much more profound learning experience than I expected to receive. Far from the dull, cluttered experience deeply entrenched in the past, this was a stimulating course, helping bring over age-old concepts into the 21st century and the modern times. Through hands-on experience, peer collaboration and digital experiences, this course was a refreshing and interesting experience, and I learned that technical is not an archaic term, but one that must be brought forward as time and technology advance and progress.