Design, Genres, and Objects

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Remembering Transfer and Previous Knowledge

Our discussion of your Content Analysis assignment and then the bulletin board exercise were meant to remind you that you know stuff, lots of stuff, and that stuff needs to be carried forward and applied. In our talk about genres, Natalie mentioned that theory is part of a toolbox of things to help you do your job.

That’s a great metaphor before all the previous knowledge and current information and kowledge your gathering is also part of your toolbox (which is a much better way of describing it than the Hulk backpack that sadly, none of you could related to 🙂

Your knowledge of information design and simple things like using descriptive headings to organize information cannot be lost from assignment to assignment and course to course. Put these skills all together in that toolbox that you always have with you.

To reiterate, there was much to like and celebrate about your assignments, particularly as it relates specifically to the content of the course. But, there was also lots of room for improvement as it relates to the content of Professional Writing.

Genres and Objects

Thank y’all for such a great discussion about the readings and how they apply to CS/CM. These are useful for providing theoretical ways of discussing practical topics. What was great about the discussion is that we didn’t agree and you were able to discuss and challenge in productive and useful ways. That’s great for a learning environment, and it’s great practice for use one day in the workplace.

The theme that has stuck with me as I think about class this morning is the importance of remembering that content and the technologies that deliver them are fluid and changing, but some of the forms (genres) and their conventions may not be as fluid. As writers and designers, finding a place in the middle–while keeping a close eye on the audience–is paramount for successful, usable content.

Thinking about content and strategies from a rhetorical theory and genre theory perspective (and these are two of many I could have chosen) are just additional “tools” for you to use.