All graded assignments must be completed in order to pass the course.
15% assignment #1 (InDesign project) – book sprint
10% assignment #2 (InDesign project) – InDesign team demo
05% assignment #3 (InDesign project) – InDesign booklet, 1st half
25% assignment #4 (InDesign project) – InDesign booklet complete
35% assignment #5 (MadCap Flare project) – user documentation for Flare
10% participation, quizzes, homework, lab or in-class exercises
The descriptions below give a general sense of the work we will be doing this semester. Some changes may be necessary as we go along; these will be announced in class.
Assignment #1 – Book sprint
In this book sprint, you will work as part of a team to collaboratively write the content for a short informational booklet (est. 8-15 pp.). You will be using the work that you produce for this assignment later on in assignments 3, 4, and 5.
Format: Use Google docs to draft this content. Use minimal formatting — only what’s necessary to make the text easy to skim. (Headings, subheadings, bulleted lists to show hierarchy and structure are fine, for example, but do not worry about color or visual motifs).
Objectives: The background research required for this assignment will help prepare you for the final assignment of the semester.
Assignment #2 – InDesign group demo
Using your InDesign book (and online resources, as needed), you will work with your group to prepare and deliver a 15-20 min task-oriented training demo on InDesign. During the 2-3 weeks devoted to InDesign demos, you should also be working on preliminary page designs (Assignment #3).
Objectives: To explore and master a particular area of InDesign in greater depth.
Assignments #3 and #4 – InDesign booklet
For this assignment, you will take the content generated by your group in Assignment #1 and, working on your own, format that content in InDesign. You can access examples of past students’ InDesign projects (with different subject matter) on UDrive.
Audience: Your guide should be created with undergraduate students or entry-level tech writers in mind. A secondary audience: the prospective employers who may see this booklet in your portfolio.
Objectives: 1) To demonstrate your mastery of InDesign as tool for page layout, and 2) to apply principles of information design and page layout to produce a guide that is visually polished and appealing.
InDesign tutorials from Adobe: http://layersmagazine.com/category/tutorials/indesign
For fun/inspiration: “Thirty Tables of Contents”
Assignment #5 – Advanced Software team project
For the culminating assignment of the semester, you’ll work as part of a team to draft and produce support documentation using MadCap Flare, a specialized software program used by tech writers. Other deliverables will include a doc plan, cover memo, and progress reports.