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TC 310 The Computer in Technical Communication Dr. Jennifer Turns Week 3, Day 1 (10/14) Admin Volunteers – board scribe, electronic scribe Opportunities Lori Fisher – IBM recruiter C&C – software training PowerPoint references of possible interest

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tc 310 the computer in technical communication

TC 310 The Computer in Technical Communication

Dr. Jennifer Turns

Week 3, Day 1 (10/14)

admin
Admin
  • Volunteers – board scribe, electronic scribe
  • Opportunities
    • Lori Fisher – IBM recruiter
    • C&C – software training
  • PowerPoint references of possible interest
    • David Byrne’s “Alternate PowerPoint universe”
    • Tufte – The cognitive style of PowerPoint
  • Interesting website on visual impairments
retracing our path
Retracing our path…

Week 1, PowerPoint

  • Day 1: Designing presentations introducing peers
  • Day 2: Team formation, PowerPoint/E-portfolio tutorial

Week 2, Word

  • Day 3: Debrief design decisions and prof activities
  • Day 4: Feedback on assignment 1, Word tutorials on formatting and editing

Week 3, Photoshop…

day 5
By the end of class, students should be able to:

Identify lessons acquired from Word assignment

Discuss strategies for deciding among alternatives

Describe assignment 3, including the concept of a storyboard

Use Photoshop to construct a rudimentary storyboard

What we’ll do…

Debrief from assignment 2

Discuss assignment 3

Introduce/explore Photoshop

Day 5
debriefing sessions
Debriefing Sessions

What is the value of a debriefing session?

The debriefing session is an opportunity to

  • See other potential solutions
  • Learn technology tricks
  • Hear about design strategies
  • Gain feedback from peers
  • Recognize/identify features of effective solutions
  • Get to know your colleagues
debriefing formatting alternatives
Debriefing: Formatting alternatives

Management is very excited by the ideas you have collected for formatting the help information.

As a next step, they would like for you to:

  • Identify a preferred alternative* based on an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each alternative.
  • Describe the tasks* you would have people do, and the information* you would collect, if there was $ available to conduct an evaluation study with users.

* Please prepare to share this information with the class

debriefing editing alternatives
Possible dimensions of editing decisions

Tone

Quantity

Suggest solution or explain problem

Electronic or paper

In a group w/ those who had the same editing challenge

Explore the similarities & differences in your approaches to the task

Identify strategies used to ensure “educative” editing

Debriefing: Editing alternatives
foreshadowing assignment 3
Foreshadowing Assignment 3
  • What is a storyboard?
    • A series of images suggesting/illustrating how an interactive experience will transpire.
  • Where are storyboards used?
    • Marketing
    • Interface design
assignment 3 graphics
Assignment 3 - Graphics
  • Each student
    • Creates a two “page” storyboard, showing how a profile feature could be added to the organization’s website.
  • Within teams
    • Storyboards share text
    • Storyboards differ dramatically in other respects
graphics and photoshop
Graphics and Photoshop
  • Tutorial 2 (Thursday)
    • More thorough overview of Photoshop
    • Discussion of graphics concepts
    • Additional resources
tutorial 1
Tutorial 1
  • Assignment-specific use of Photoshop
  • Explore the following in Adobe Photoshop:
      • Interface
      • Layers
      • Selecting / Copying / Cutting / Moving Items
      • Creating Text
  • These activities have the following goals:
      • Provide you with ideas for next assignment
      • Raise your awareness of possibilities
      • Engender questions that will promote broader, deeper, and richer learning
      • Increase your effectiveness with using the help system
tutorial 1 a challenge
Tutorial 1 – A Challenge
  • The university has asked you to help them visualize the impact of a couple of change to their website: (a) modifications to the background for all pages and (b) adding a label to the “utility links” area. One way to explore changes to a website is by copying website images into Photoshop and then using Photoshop selection, layers, text, and graphic features to implement the changes. In this exercise, we will use Photoshop to create a storyboard illustrating such a modified site.
tutorial 1 explore end product
Tutorial 1 – Explore End Product
  • Open the photoshop file “UW-Storyboard.psd”
  • Explore the file
    • Quick orientation to Layers
    • Experiment with “turning the layers off and on”
  • Discuss
    • How does this file constitute a storyboard?
    • Why is it useful to have the utility links and background on separate layers?
tutorial 1 demo
Tutorial 1 - Demo
  • Getting started
  • One layer per page
  • Background layer modifications
  • Utility link modifications
  • Exploring final storyboard
tutorial 1 your turn
Tutorial 1 – Your turn
  • Create the revised UW storyboard
    • Use Photoshop
    • Follow the tutorial instructions
  • Suggestions
    • Work with a partner
    • Explore
    • Help others
    • Identify questions…
day 516
By the end of class, students should be able to:

Identify lessons acquired from Word assignment

Discuss strategies for deciding among alternatives

Describe assignment 3, including the concept of a storyboard

Use Photoshop to construct a rudimentary storyboard

What we’ll do…

Debrief from assignment 2

Discuss assignment 3

Introduce/explore Photoshop

Day 5
looking ahead
Due Dates

Assignment 3

Tuesday (10/21)

By class

Includes:

Solution

Annotations

Next Class

Focus on Photoshop

Selection tools

Filters

Sizes

Looking Ahead
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