Occasionally, it may be necessary to revise this schedule to meet students’ or university needs. I reserve the right to revise this document if the need arises. If that is the case, you will be notified at the earliest possible date. Note that for our purposes each week below begins on Sunday at 12:01 am and ends on Saturday night at 11:59PM (not providing the beginning and end dates of the term). I will make every attempt to send kickoff newsletters will go out on Sundays and wrap up newsletters out on Fridays to bookend the learning units.
Note that part of good business protocol is to know what time zone all relevant parties are in. All times for this course are aligned with the time zone of East Carolina University, which is in the U.S. Eastern time zone, or -4 Coordinated Universal Time.
Note, weekly newsletters and G+ community will contain additional information about assignments, activities, and discussions.
| Week 1
Saturday, Jan. 14
|Unit 1: Exploring business and professional writing (Use this category on G+)
|Activity: On G+, post an introduction to the community. Comment on others’ introductions, finding connections, asking questions, making observations, etc. #intro
G+ Online Discussion: Use #syllabus for posts. Post a comment about what surprises, bothers, intrigues, or excites you about the syllabus. Include any questions you have as well.
| Week 2
Saturday, Jan. 21
|Unit 1: Exploring business and professional writing
|Activity: On G+, post a Metro Map of your writing experiences. Comment on others’ metro maps, finding connections, asking questions, making observations, etc. #metromap
Read: Familiarize yourself with the textbook (Writing in Professional Contexts) and read through page vii (that is, look over the front matter including Table of Contents, Acknowledgements, Preface, and Introduction).
G+ Discussion: #textbook
NOTE: Last day for drop/add is 1/17/17 by 5PM.
Sunday, Jan. 22-
Saturday, Jan. 28
|Unit 1: Exploring business and professional writing||
Watch: Major Malfunction (a 20-minute video on the Challenger Disaster and communication’s role in it)
Activity: On G+, create a post defining workplace communication, genres and practices, roles & responsibilities #definition.
G+ Discussion #Challenger
| Week 4
Sunday, January 29-
|Unit One Wrap Up:
Exploring business and professional writing
|Read: Pages 1-5 (ending just before “Canons of Rhetoric”) in Writing in Professional Contexts. Also familiarize yourself with Part III: Sample Documents in Writing in Professional Contexts so that you know what’s available to help you as you think about Case #1 (see below).
Google Hangout: Instructor Led (Time TBD)
Twitter Chat: Instructor Led (Time TBD)
G+ Discussion: Canons of Rhetoric #rhetoric
Complete: Quiz #1
Saturday, February 11th
|Unit Two: Rhetorical Approaches to Problem-Solving||Read: Case #1 on the course website and research reports, emails, and letters in Part III of your textbook
G+ Discussion: Reading Discussion, #Case1
G+ Activity: Consider the Contextualizing Questions on p. 5 in light of the Rhetorical Situation for Case 1. Create two (2) design plans that outline your roles, responsibilities, purposes, etc. for each communication in the case using the contextualizing questions. #designplan
Respond to other students’ design plans. Note similarities, differences, questions that arise for you as you review. Feed these back into the #Case1 discussion.
Sunday, February 12-
Saturday, February 18
|Unit Two Wrap Up: Rhetorical Approaches to Problem-Solving||Read: Pages 5-8 in Writing in Professional Contexts
G+ Discussion: Modes of Persuasion #persuasion & sharing research resources
Twitter Chat: Group 1, #engl3880, 7pm on Thursday, Feb. 16
Case 1 Drafts Due: On G+, post completed drafts for Case #1. #C1Draft by Saturday at midnight.
Sunday, February 19-
Saturday, February 25
|Unit Two Wrap Up||Activity: Respond to your partner’s case 1 drafts, addressing the assignment guidelines and contextualizing questions from p.5. Sunday-Tuesday
Google Hangout: Group 1, Thursday at 7pm, Revising Case #1
Due: Case #1 Final Drafts due by midnight, Saturday, February 25. Post on G+ #C1Final
| Week 8
Sunday, February 26-
Saturday, March 4
|Unit 3: Fostering Corporate Diversity||Learn to use SabaMeeting
Read pages 8-14 in Writing in Professional Contexts
Explore Katie Manthey’s Dress Profesh Project
Activity Post and Explain what it means for you to #DressProfesh on G+
Complete Quiz #2
Sunday, March 5
Saturday- March 11
|SPRING BREAK|| SPRING BREAK
Sunday, March 12-
Saturday, March 18
|Unit 3: Fostering Corporate Diversity||Read: Case #3 Assignment Guidelines
Activity: G+ Culture Mapping #culture
Activity: Find two people who share a cultural affiliation. Form a group and collaborate on the following. One page (single-space) Marketing Guide for X Culture: Define the culture. If you were going to advise someone on how to market a product to this particular culture, what advice would you give them? In what ways would they have to pay attention to visual communication? What ethical considerations will you take into account in order to ensure you’re doing a good job of speaking with and being respectful of this set of stakeholders? Post to G+ #marketing
G+ Discussion: #Case3
Sunday, March 19-
Saturday, March 25
|Unit 3: Fostering Corporate Diversity||Read: EEOC Website About EEOC, Laws Enforced by EEOC, Discrimination By Type (click on each individual link and read details), and Prohibited Practice
Read: Pages 12-14 in textbook.
G+ Discussion: Corporate diversity and inclusiveness: What does it mean to foster diversity in the workplace? What kinds of diversity? What does this look like in practice? How do professional communicators advocate for workplace diversity and a diversity of stakeholders? #inclusion
Google Hangout: Group 2, Time TBA, Drafting Case #3
Complete Quiz #3.
Case 3 Drafts Due: On G+, post completed drafts for Case #3. #C3Draft by Saturday at midnight.
Sunday, March 26-
Sunday, April 1
|Unit 3 Wrap Up: Fostering Corporate Diversity||Activity: Respond to three peer drafts, addressing the assignment guidelines and contextualizing questions from p.5. Sunday-Tuesday
Twitter Chat: Group 2, Time TBA (Tuesday-Thurs), Revising Case #3
Due: Case #3 Final Drafts due by midnight Saturday. Post on G+ #C3Final
| Week 13
Sunday, April 2-
Saturday, April 8
|Unit 4: Digital Content Strategies||Read: Case #4, Case #4 assignment guidelines, & Pages 15-top of 23 in Writing in Professional Contexts.
Discussion: CMS and Social Media Campaigns #digitalcontent
G+ Activity: Create or add content to two personal/professional social media profiles, share on G+, and follow, tweet, and engage, professionally with classmates’ through these accounts.
Google Hangout: Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Media and Web Content Strategies (T-Th); Group 3
Sunday, April 9-Saturday, April 15
|Unit 4: Digital Content Strategies||Read: Page 97-101 in Writing in Professional Contexts.
Twitter Chat: Led by Group 3, web content analysis, accessibility, and usability
Activity: Collaborative G+ Web Content Analysis #webcontent
Case 4 Drafts Due: On G+, post completed drafts for Case #4. #C4Draft by Saturday at midnight.
Sunday, April 16-Saturday, April 22
|Unit 4 Wrap Up: Digital Content Strategies||Activity: Respond to three peer drafts, addressing the assignment guidelines and contextualizing questions from p.5. Sunday-Tuesday
Complete Quiz 4
G+ Discussion: Case #4 Revision
Due: Case #4 Final Drafts due by midnight Saturday. Post on G+ #C4Final
Complete: The SPOTS (Student Perception of Teaching Survey) is available starting this week. You’ll receive an email with a link to the survey. PLEASE fill it out; I really value your feedback.
| Week 16
Sunday, April 23- Saturday, April 28
|Unit 5: Creating a Professional Web Presence||Google Hangout: CMS for personal websites & Statements of Purpose, Led by Group 4 (Sunday-Monday)
Watch: Creating a Statement of Purpose
Discussion: G+ Discussion Collaborating, Networking, & Building Relationships #network
Complete: SPOTS closes this week. If you haven’t already taken it, please do. I really do value your feedback; it affects how I teach in the future!
Activity: Paper or Digital Prototypes for Prof. Website #prototypes & Statement of Purpose Draft #SOP
Sunday, April 30-Saturday, April 6
| Unit 5 Wrap Up:
Creating Professional Web Presence
|Activity: Respond to three peer drafts of Website Prototypes and SOP’s, addressing the assignment guidelines and contextualizing questions from p.5. Sunday-Tuesday
Twitter Chat: Revising Professional Web Site, Led by Group 4
Due: Final Website Project Link due Thursday, May 4 by noon.#profwebsite