The “tell me what you know” exercise worked quite well in not only showing me what you do know but proving to yourselves that you do stuff. Lots of stuff 😉 While this exercise normally works better with index cards, I was impressed with the way that you really did point out some of the most salient points and your follow-up discussion was solid.
As we’re moving into the homestretch, it’s good to see that even though you’re tired (and on the “struggle bus”) that you’re engaging in these thoughtful ways.
And speaking of thoughtful, the discussion around mobile was quite lively and important. Both Tommy and Daniel were absolutely right. Starting with mobile is becoming increasing important and shifting your orientation to smaller screens can be useful. But Daniel’s counter to this, which brings us squarely back to content, is that if the content is important enough for the larger screens/desktops than it has to be included. Our big takeaway here is to keep the focus on the content and IA (and matching those to users and business strategies….don’t forget these two things that we always have circled in red!) because that’s what the professional writer can really bring to an organization.
I appreciated your attention and patience in listening to my argument about the need to bring personas into the age of complexity. I have always loved personas as a tool to get projects started and keep them focused, but I have become increasingly frustrated with them both in practice and as a teaching tool. Using the personas posted in class really helped to show that we have to expand, add, and move personas in today’s world. (You can read the draft of the manuscript I presently have out in peer review that makes these claims here.) It was also good how this connected us directly to the issue of mobility.
The highlight of the class for me, though, was your thoughtful discussion of the question I posed about eliminating one of your assignments. (see the assignments pages for the changes.) You really did a great pro and con of that and you thought it through as it related to what we’re trying to accomplish in the course. I was thrilled–really my teacher heart got all warm and teary–in how you took control of your own learning and came up with solutions to the issue that I posed. That’s damn excellent and couldn’t be prouder.