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Peer Review and Submission for Project 1

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This is the post for the week of February 2, 2016.

Important Dates

  • Feb 2: Project 1 Draft due by 11:59 PM for peer review (no grace period)
  • Feb 4: Project 1 Peer Feedback due by 11:59 PM (no grace period)
  • Feb 8: Project 1 due by 11:59 PM
  • Feb 15: Project 1 Grace Period ends at 11:59 PM

Readings for the week of February 2

For this week, please read the following:

Work for the week of February 2

By 11:59 PM tonight (2/2)
Post your draft, following the instructions on the course website.

By 11:59 PM Thursday (2/4)
Give feedback to the two classmates who are assigned to you, following the instructions on the course website.

After 12:01 AM on Friday (2/5)
Revise your draft based on the peer feedback you received, using the Canvas Documentation to find your peers’ feedback.

By 11:59 PM Monday (2/8)
Submit your revised draft, following these instructions. If you need more time, use the grace period and turn in your work by 11:59 PM on February 15. Remember that there are no revisions or rewrites after your work is graded.


Submitting Project 1

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Submitting your work in Canvas is similar to Scholar. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to our course in Canvas.
  2. Choose Assignments from the left sidebar.
  3. Choose the "Project 1: Professional Bio Statement" assignment (under the Projects heading).
  4. Click the big Submit Assignment button on the upper right. You’ll see this File Upload form:
  5. Click the Choose File button, and navigate to your file. It must be a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file.
  6. Type your reflection comments in the Comments… box (indicated by the orange arrow). I read your comments before I read your project. Include this information:
    • Tell me your audience and purpose in a sentence (e.g., This is for a formal bio for an architectural firm’s website).
    • Tell me what grade you aimed for (e.g., I aimed for a B+ by including headings and …).
    • Tell me anything else you want me to know before I grade your project.
  7. Click the Submit Assignment button, and your work will be uploaded and turned in.


Peer Review for Project 1

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By 11:59 PM on 2/2, post your rough draft:

  • Go to Discussions in Canvas.
  • Choose the "Project 1 Peer Review" discussion.
  • Post a reply to the Discussion (Canvas Documentation) that includes the following information in the body of the message:
    • Tell your readers who you are writing for/where you imagine the bio will appear (e.g., on an engineering firm’s website).
    • Ask your readers to look at anything you are trying to improve. Let them know the kind of advice you need.
    • If relevant, explain anything else you want your readers to know.
  • Attach your bio to the Discussion message. Be sure your file is a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file so that your classmates can open the file.

By 11:59 PM on 2/4, respond to two drafts:

  • Follow the Canvas Documentation to find the drafts you have been assigned. Note that peer review partners will be automatically assigned by 12:30 AM on 2/3.
  • Write a response to each of the two drafts (Canvas Documentation) that includes the following information:
    • Check the title of the document, and tell your partner if it is clear and effective.
    • If you notice any spelling errors, punctuation errors, or typos, you can mention them in your comments, but please focus more on the content than editing and proofreading.
    • Add comments on the content of the draft. Comment on at least three things your classmate does well and at least three things that your classmate could improve on.

After midnight on 2/5, revise your draft:

  • Use the Canvas Documentation to find your peers’ feedback.
  • Revise your draft based on the peer feedback you received.


Audience and Purpose

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This is the post for the week beginning January 26, 2016.

Readings for the Week of January 26

For today’s session, please read the following:

Work for the Week of January 26

Please complete these tasks:

  • Go to Tests & Quizzes in Canvas, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapters 2, 4 and 6 of Markel by 11:59 PM on Monday, February 1. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.

  • Go to Discussions in Canvas, and choose the "Analyzing Example Bio Statements" discussion. Analyze the examples for Project 1 using the discussion questions in Canvas. You will be working in small groups again to help manage the conversation.

  • Continue working on the drafts for your bio statement. You will post your draft for peer review feedback on Tuesday, February 2, and provide feedback to two partners by 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 4. There is no grace period or extension for peer review drafts or feedback. Project 1 is due on Monday, February 8. The grace period ends on Monday, February 15.


Getting Started on Project 1

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The following websites (in no particular order) offer advice on writing short bio statements, like the writing you need to do for the Professional Biography Statements assignment:

To get started on Project 1, complete the following tasks this week:

  1. Read through several of the resources. Most of them are short, and you should be able to skim through them quickly. Pay attention to the advice you see them repeating and anything that catches your eye (whether it’s good or bad).

  2. Go to the "Readings for Project 1" topic in Discussions in Canvas, and post your response to the articles. You have been arranged in discussion groups, so you will only see the replies written by your group members. There are some questions to help you get started. Post replies to at least two other people in your group. All total you will add at least three replies: (1) your own original thoughts, and then (2 & 3) responses to what two people in your group have said. Be sure that your replies are well-developed.


Project 1: Professional Bio Statement

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Worth 15% of your course grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates

  • Feb 2: Rough Drafts for Peer Feedback, due by 11:59 PM
  • Feb 4: Peer Review Discussion, due by 11:59 PM
  • Feb 8: Project 1 due by 11:59 PM
  • Feb 15: Grace period ends at 11:59 PM


Icon showing people connectedbuild community by introducing yourself to the class and connecting with one another Globe iconidentify ethical/intercultural and global issues that you care about and will expand on during the term Recycling iconthink about audience and purpose as you create something you can use later in your career

Hand-drawn Profile with person's image and identifying textThe Project Assignment

Imagine that you have taken a new position with a company or organization, and write a biographical statement for the company newsletter or the team section of the company website. You may be able to use some of this assignment later in the term when you work on your Job Application Materials.

Step-by-Step Details

#1 in a maroon circleStep 1: Decide on a specific audience and purpose for your project. You will do better on this project if you have specific readers in mind, so decide on a company or organization whose employees or clients will read your bio.

You can choose a company you are doing an internship for, a company where you worked in the past, a club or Greek organization you belong to, or your department or college. There are lots of options.

#2 in an orange circleStep 2: Set your goals for the project.
You have the opportunity to aim for the grade you want to earn in this class. The options below outline what you need to do for the grade you want to receive.

No one, in my experience, aims for a D, so I have not included any details for below-average work. If you really want a D, just put in minimal effort and do sloppy work.

The letter A, in white with black outlineComplete the B-level project and then use unique strategies and details that are clever, original, creative, and/or imaginative. Your bio should include well-chosen graphics or visual elements that increase its effectiveness. It should have no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and formatting. The letter B, in white with black outlineComplete the C-level project and then use design elements (like headings, layout, etc.) to highlight key information and make the bio easy to read and visually appealing. Your bio should have no more than two or three minor errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and/or formatting. The letter C, in white with black outlineWrite a professional bio for a specific formal audience. Include biographical facts as well as discuss your interest in ethical and/or intercultural and global issues in your field or career. Your bio should be complete, well-written, and include no more than five spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Bomb icon (indicating a warning)Warning! No grade is guaranteed.
Make sure your work is error-free, fully-developed, and ready to share with the intended audiences. Any work that is incomplete or that contains multiple errors will not earn an A or an A-.

For instance, say the writer aimed for a B and used design elements to make the bio visually appealing, but the finished text was full of typos. It was obvious the writer didn’t proofread at all. The project earns a C rather than a B.

#3 in a maroon circleStep 3: Write your biography statement.
Write your biography statement in your word processor.

As you compose, focus on details. While your scenario is imaginary, the details in your biography should be current and accurate. Do not make up future information.

Use the examples linked on the course website in the post for the week of September 1 to guide your work. You will post your draft for peer review by 11:59 PM on February 2. Use the advice you receive from your readers to revise your bio before the due date. There are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.

#4 in an orange circleStep 4: Complete the reflection comments.
Your reflection comments are like a cover letter for your project. They tell me whatever information I need to know to understand the work you did on your project.

More details be included in the submission instructions on the due date. Be sure that you follow the instructions, include the relevant information, and proofread your comments. If you skip these comments, you lower your grade on the project.

#5 in a maroon circleStep 5: Submit all the documents in Canvas.
When you are finished with the project, you will submit your reflection comments and your biography statement in Canvas. Details on how to submit your work will be included in the post on the due date.


Example Bio Statements

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Once you have read Markel, Chapters 4 and 6, apply the information by analyzing some example biography statements.

  1. Read several of the biographies linked below. I gathered a range of biographies from different kinds of sites. Please be sure to read at least one formal company/academic bio and one informal bio.

    Formal bios

    Less formal bios

  2. Go to Discussions in Canvas and choose the "Analyzing Example Bio Statements" discussion. Discuss what you can tell about audience and purpose for the bio statements based on the information they include and the tone of the biographies. There are some questions there to help you get started.

  3. Once you have posted about your readings, read through what others had to say, and reply to two or more of the ideas or questions that your classmates have posted.


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