Class Notes for 4/24/07

April 24, 2007

Today Mike and Zac gave their presentation on “The Ethics of Blogging.” They covered topics such as basic blogging ethics, “the blogger’s code,” linking etiquette, and a list of do’s and don’ts for corporate blogging. If you want to find out more about blogging ethics, you can visit:

We then broke into groups and worked with partners to talk about how we could make our Profile assignments stronger. We discussed our ideas and then looked for an internet profile that we considered strong. Each group then posted a blog that discussed the ideas we came up with and a link to the profile we found.  We worked on this for about half an hour and then moved on.

We then came together and discussed as a class the profiles we found.  Here are some of the qualities we thought a good profile would posess:

-should have an aim or a goal, but should be informative rather than persuassive

-use short questions when interviewing; don’t ask two questions at once

-provide a complete picture; make it relatable

-a good introduction is vital and can be personable and compelling

-keep the focus on the person being profiled

Marcia then gave us the last 20 minutes of class to work on our web portfolios or on our report.  The rough draft for the report assignment is due Thursday; everyone should bring both an electronic and hard copy to class.

Class Notes 3/13/2007

April 24, 2007

Today in class we had a workshop day on our portfolios! Feel free to post some ideas, troubles, or samples of your portfolio.  No homework assignment due for next week.

Class Notes for March 8, 2007

March 8, 2007

At the beginning of class we discussed the keypoints that make a good presentation. For instance, some of the ideas that were brought up were: To incorporate humor in your presentation, to prepare and practice beforehand, to captivate your audience. These are the main factors that will help you be successful while you are presenting. We also had talked about our own presentations that we will be giving. There is a sign up sheet that gives all of the available dates that you are to sign up for with a partner. There is a rubric for the presentation that explains all of the details that your presentation should entail, however, Professor Hansen did mention a few significant points about the project. The presentation should be 15 minutes on the specific date you have chosen. The topics may vary however, we were given many choices: Bloggers in a particular industry, podcasting, writing in a team environment, the writing process at work, particular types of documents, processing and managing e-mail, integrating visuals into presenation. These are just some of the many topics you may choose from when you are ready to begin the assignment. This presentation will allow you to research and study on a topic that you personally would like to focus on more. It is mandatory to prepare a handout for the class, but you also may choose to create slides as well. A description of what the handout should contain is listed on the class blog under class schedule. In addition to the presentation, Professor Hansen also went over the web portfolio. The first draft is due March 22nd, that way when your assignments are returned to you, you will get feedback in order to help you to revise your portfolio. There is also a rubric for the web portfolio that explains what it should have. We also were shown examples of web pages and made our own examples of some on dreamweaver. Finally, for the remainder of the class, we were able to practice making web pages.

By: Maggie Beltz

Class Notes February 13

February 13, 2007

We talked about cover letters.

Here are some of the points we mentioned in class:
-include name, contact information
-fairly creative, not boring, not super formal (talk about self similar to tone you’d use in interview)
-talk like you’re talking to your grandmother
-unique qualities
-anecdote (short example/story of quality)
-call to action at end
-show some of your personality
-tailor cover letter to each company

We also reviewed cover letter and offered comments.

If you weren’t in class, please submit your cover letter to the online writery or make an appointment to talk with a writing tutor face-to-face.

2/6 class notes

February 7, 2007

Today was basically a SAR revision day. For those of you who did not have their SAR written yet, were not in class, or need extra assistance, a writing lab is available in the Student Success Center: 882-2496 or or

We first looked at our own SAR’s. In Word, we highlighted all action verbs (not be verbs) and saw who had the most and Marcia gave out these neat highlighters. If you weren’t in class, you should be disappointed, I like mine a lot.

With a different color highlighter, we highlighted the “be” verbs: am, is , are, was, were, be, being, been. We also highlighted words ending in “ing,” because the verb tense would be wrong. We did not work on changing any of those verbs in class, but they should definitely be looked at later.

Finally, everyone edited other’s SAR’s, but were divided into groups of Summary, Analysis, and Response and looked only at the paragraph of the group we were in. We traded with as many computers as possible and got a lot of feedback.

All SAR revisions from the semester so far will be due March 1st. Marcia will average the two grades.

Refer to tips on avoiding the state of being verbs on these url’s:

Stylistic Writing: The tip is about 1/4 of the way down the page


Thursday February 1 Notes

February 1, 2007

We discussed the mind games and the reading at the beginning of class. The topic of video games stood out to most people. Pink says that 40% of the video games’ market is women. Marcia then returned our SARs from last week. The grades improved this week, but some people are still having trouble with the analysis portion. To help with this she suggested we try to answer some of the following questions: What information is missing, How can it be improved, Is it clear, and What in the reading is over emphasized? Also, don’t use “I”. That is only used in the response.

We then did an exercise explaining how to use Daniel Pink’s ideas to make writing a summary and analysis more fun. When writing, these are some tips to make a better summary:

1. Listen to music while writing.

2. Brainstorm ideas before you begin writing.

3. Italicize some important words.

4. Give it a fun title.

Here are some ideas for writing an analysis:

1. Add a little humor into your writing.

2. Empathize with the writer.

3. Switch papers with someone with different ideas.

4. Draw a comic about what the writer has said.

5. Use a story to write your analysis.

Update:  Here is my url

This describes an interview with Daniel Pink and his discusion of A Whole New Mind.  He discusses the Conceptual Age that is upon us and describes the abilities people are equipped with to strive.

Update: 2/14/2007 (MMH) I fixed the URL so that it linked on a word, rather than just being pasted in which was forcing the sidebar to the bottom of the blog.

Hearing others’ stories

January 30, 2007

Today in class, I passed around Notetaking Schedule so that everyone could sign up to take notes for one day. When it’s your turn, take notes of what we did in class on that day. Also, include at least one extra value-added piece of content.

So for example, my value-added piece of content is a link to the site Anecdote. (I also posted it to the class’s site.) The Anecdote site is for a group of consultants who use storytelling as a way to help companies. I thought you might enjoy surfing over to their site and checking it out because of how it aligns with what we read for today.

Also in class, students exchanged stories and provided feedback to each other. Then, we took things to an electronic format:

Students got their own blogs at and signed up to join the course blog. Finally, students commented on other students’ blogs.

Let me know if you have questions about anything we did today. I hope you had fun and enjoyed hearing everyone’s stories!