Thank-You Notes

As we’re working on writing a thank-you note, you might want to check out this HuffPost article on how to write a good thank-you note.

For future reference, you may also be interested in this Business News Daily article about what not to include in a thank-you note.

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Culturally Sensitive Communication

Here are some resources that should be helpful as you complete your Cultural Sensitivity Exercise:

And in case you were curious for current information after reading in our textbook about the top countries the US trades with, check out this chart and information from the United States Census Bureau.

LinkedIn

Creating a LinkedIn profile may seem simplistic, but there’s a lot to think about. You are working from your resume, but you are not merely copying and pasting your resume. People will read your profile differently than they read a PDF, and there are some things you can do in LinkedIn that you would not include in a PDF of your resume. For instance, if there’s a project you’ve worked on or some multimedia product you’ve created, you can (and likely should) link to those in your LinkedIn profile.

You can find some great advice about how to best create your LinkedIn profile on this LinkedIn Higher Education site and in this article Omar Garriott writes to offer college students tips.

And if you’re curious about LinkedIn’s premium (paid) plans, see this Forbes article.

Representing Data Visually

Today, we’re going to do a small-group activity to build on and apply the principles of effective visual design from the second half of Chapter 12. In your small group, follow these steps:

  1. Find an image you’d like to analyze. This can be a chart, a webpage, an infographic, a multimedia news story, etc.  (see list below as well as infographic section below).
  2. Review the principles of effective visual design on p. 374 in EBC (you might also view Usability.gov’s Visual Design Basics page)
  3. Analyze the image using the principles. Label various sections of the image and discuss how each principle is used/executed, both effectively and not.

You will then share your group’s image and discussion with the rest of the class.

Here are some links you might use to find an image:

Infographics

  • Infographics about infographics
  • An infographic about why infographics are popular
  • An infographic about rules for creating effective infographics
  • An infographic (of sorts) about why we crave infographics
  • A Wired article about what infographics looked like before computers
  • An article on the best infographics of 2015
  • And, because we now know that people are more attracted to visuals and retain information including visuals better than information conveyed only by text, here are some infographics about grammar
  • And finally, a digital article that lists (and links to) some free tools you can use to create your own infographics

CP: Specific Tasks to complete by Thurs. Oct. 1

When you meet with your team to work on the Collaboration Project, be sure to complete the following tasks and have the point person for your group post these to their blog:

  1. Write a paragraph that explains how you understand the purpose of the text you’ve been asked to create (EBC p. 97)
  2. Complete an audience analysis (EBC p. 98) as you understand the audience(s) who will be using the text you’ve been asked to create
  3. Create a list of tasks you will need to do in order to complete this project
  4. Create a tentative schedule of work for the CP project
    1. be sure to look at in-class activities, assignments, and due dates
    2. consider what you already know and what you need to know
    3. consider what you can find on your own (e.g., look online) and what you need to gather (e.g., get something from Scott)

Possible Interviewees

Stephanie Lewis/Coordinator, Madison Ct HFH

Rusty Carpenter/SWCA President and Director, NOEL Studio for Academic Creativity, EKU

Leslie Valley/SWCA Treasurer and Coordinator, NOEL Studio for Academic Creativity, EKU

Judy Prats/Robert E Hemenway Writing Center director, UK

Jennifer Marciniak/Director, Berea College Center for Transformative Learning

Martha Gehringer/Founder, TU Writing Center

Alex Wasson/TUWC Alum, now a grad student in rhet/comp at U of L