Working on Project 6

This is the post for the December 2, 2014 class meeting.

Today, we will look at some examples that relate to Project 6. There will be two more posts before the exam: peer review for Project 6 on 12/4 and submission details on 12/10.

Class Work for December 2

These are the tasks to complete for today’s work:

  • Find comments on graded work.
  • Discuss powerful word choice.
  • Complete the course evaluation.

Finding Comments on Graded Work

Projects 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all graded. I always include notes that explain the grade you earned. If you are unfamiliar with Scholar, you can use these instructions to learn how to find feedback on your Assignments.

The grace period for Project 5 ends Tuesday, December 2, at 11:55 PM, and I will return those grades in the next week.

Discussing Powerful Word Choice

Choosing strong, powerful verbs is an important part of Project 6. Review Power Skills for Your Resume and Resume Bullet Formula (p. 37–40) in the 2014–2015 Career Planning Guide. These resources demonstrate the kinds of verbs you can use to show yourself as a strong, active person.

Notice in particular how the example in the bullet formula in the 2014–2015 Guide moves from a generic idea (“communication skills”) to a very strong statement about what the person has accomplished. That idea of highlighting your “Demonstrated Accomplishment/Contribution” is what you should work for in your report for Project 6. For instance, rather than saying you were a strong forum participant in your Project 6 report, choose a strong verb and add clarifying details the show your accomplishment or contribution.

Go to the Project 6: Course Completion Report in the Forums and respond to at least one of the three self-assessment statements there:

You will find questions there to get your conversation started. As always, feel free to engage each other in discussion by quoting one another as you reply. You are only required to post a reply to one of the three statements; however, you may feel free to reply to more than one. In fact, if you have not met your minimum requirement for the forums yet, you can take advantage of this chance to post some extra replies.

Course Evaluation

Please fill out the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) survey for this course. I do not see the feedback until January (after grades are submitted), and your comments are anonymous.

The feedback helps the department make important decisions about teaching methods, course content, and faculty promotion. Written comments help me decide what to keep or change the next time I teach the course.

More importantly, you can say you completed the course evaluation in your Course Completion Report as evidence of your participation in the course. Please do NOT talk about what you said in your evaluation in your report!