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Title: TC 310 The Computer in Technical Communication

TC 310 The Computer in Technical Communication
  • Dr. Jennifer Turns
  • Week 7, Day 2 (5/14)

Professional Portfolio
  • Your 9th assignment in this class is to design
    and develop a web-based professional portfolio.
    This professional portfolio should showcase the
    work that you have completed since the beginning
    of the term.

Looking back / Looking forward
Taking Stock
  • What were you supposed to be learning in this
  • What progress have we made toward the desired

Taking Stock - WOW!
  • Eight Designed Solutions
  • Illustrating uses of software Word, Powerpoint,
    Photoshop, Visio, RoboHelp, Dreamweaver, HTML,
  • Illustrating genres of TC activity Document
    design, Presentation design, Fact Sheets, Online
  • Illustrating use of common software functionality
    - Styles, Master Slide/Page, Layers
  • Key Features talking about solutions
  • Design Rationale talking about design
  • Learning Reflections talking about learning

Taking Stock- Learning Obj
  • Use Software Tools. Use modern software tools to
    accomplish common TC activities including
    presentation management, word processing,
    graphics design, diagram design, page layout, web
    development, online help development, and
  • Learn New Software Tools. Use skills developed
    throughout the course (particularly an
    understanding of tool functionality and
    strategies to get oriented in a new software
    program) to quickly come up to speed on new
    software tools.
  • Identify Effective TC Solutions. Identify
    criteria for judging the effectiveness of TC
    solutions (e.g., document, diagram, etc.) and use
    these criteria to evaluate TC solutions.
  • Describe Personal Design Processes. Describe and
    use design processes that lead to effective
    solutions for a wide range of TC professional
  • Create Effective TC Solutions. Create effective
    TC solutions by using the software skills learned
    in the course as well as the knowledge of what
    makes TC solutions effective and a personal
    awareness of design process issues.

Taking Stock
  • Publish
  • Publish your submission portfolio in
  • Explore
  • Explore your own submission portfolio
  • Explore the submission portfolios of others
  • Brainstorm
  • What progress relative to the course learning

Looking back / Looking forward
Day 14
  • By the end of class, students should be able to
  • Identify decisions that need to be made in
    designing the professional portfolio
  • Discuss different audiences for the professional
    portfolio, and the implications for design
  • Describe various types of student constructed
  • What well do…
  • Part 1 Use audience analysis to identify
    implications for design and design decisions
  • Part 2 Learn about other student portfolio work
    on campus (FIELD TRIP).

Decisions in Designing the Professional Portfolio
PETTT Spring Forum May 21, 2003 "Using
Portfolios to Bridge Classroom, Community, and
  • Post-secondary institutions are increasingly
    turning to electronic portfolios to help students
    demonstrate learning and showcase skills. On May
    21st the UW Program for Educational
    Transformation Through Technology will hold its
    annual Spring Symposium, that will highlight the
    personal, academic, and career benefits students
    get from creating an electronic portfolio.
    Symposium participants will explore the many new
    tools and resources available to University of
    Washington students that help them use portfolios
    effectively, including the newly released
    Catalyst Portfolio tool. The program will be held
    in the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium from
    200pm-500pm, with a reception to follow. From
    200pm - 330pm the symposium will feature
    electronic portfolios by students in various
    disciplines, with comments by their campus
    mentors. …
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Audience Analysis Users
  • What types of users might make use of the
    professional portfolio?

Audience Analysis - Personas
  • Your Team Task
  • Create a persona for the assigned user group
  • name,
  • goals/tasks,
  • knowledge, and
  • circumstances of use
  • Post your persona to the course EPost.
  • Persona A persona is a profile of an
    archetypal user synthesized from a series of
    interviews with real people. It includes a name,
    a social history, and a set of goals that drive
    the developers design of the product or
    website. (Perfetti, in Intercom, Nov 2002, p.

  • Robert Calvin is an investor. He is interested in
    funding projects that will make him money. He's
    interested in startup companies in technical
    communication and engineering fields. He's
    devoted to his career. Consequently, he's been
    divorced four times. His dog left with his last
    wife. So he has no private life and devotes all
    his time to his business ventures. He has a lot
    on his mind.

Organization seeking TC skills…
  • Joe is 42 years old and has worked with his
    current company, Sea Monkey's Inc., for the past
    10 years. He earned his degree in business and is
    interested in further developing the product
    while reducing overhead costs. Realizing that
    outsourcing requires a deep knowledge of
    technical communication, Joe is in search for
    someone who can provide that expertise.

Professional Microsoft Recruiter
  • Janet De Cosmo is a technical recruiter for
    Microsoft, and she's interested in finding
    potential candidates for full time employment.
    She travels frequently and visits different
    colleges across the country. This year, she's
    looking for candidates who have both ability to
    write (or edit) and design documents, web pages,
    and graphics. The company has three job openings,
    and they require a creative person who has skills
    in Visio, PowerPoint, or any Desktop or Web
    Publishing tools. Janet is also searching for
    candidates who have the ability to work
    independently as well as in groups.

A TC Department is hiring…
  • Archibald has been working for XYZ Co. for 8
    years. He graduated from the UWTC department 10
    years ago. His specialty is web design. He is in
    charge of hiring new employees and is currnetly
    looking to fill a position in the TC department
    of XYZ Co. Some things that he looks for when
    hiring are absolute loyalty, experience in
    several software applications including InDesign,
    Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. In his spare time he
    likes to go skinny dipping with his pet iguana
    named fluffy. He is also studying to be a french

Audience Analysis (cont.)
  • Dimensions
  • Goals What would be his/her goal in interacting
    with the professional portfolio? Implications?
  • Knowledge What types of knowledge does he/she
    bring (and not bring)?
  • Circumstances of Use Under what circumstance
    might he/she explore the professional portfolio?

Looking back / Looking forward
Homework Wednesday, 5/28
  • As a team, prepare a 2-3 page working prototype
    of your professional portfolio.
  • Pages The prototype should include the main
    portfolio page as well as 1-2 artifact pages.
  • Dimensions The prototype should include
  • Website design details (navigation, graphic
  • Writing samples (professional statement excerpts,
    one artifact annotation).