One thing that I learned about in this class that has changed the way I approach my work is the levels of edit. Before taking this class, I never really knew how to edit my work and usually I would just look for spelling and grammar mistakes. Now that I have a list of steps to use, though, I feel that I am more prepared to edit my future assignments. This will hopefully help me a lot, as editing can often increase the quality of an assignment by a lot.
This class was very different than the other writing classes. We started learning about what technical writing is in our very first assignments, and it gave me a clear idea what would be expected from us.
I think one of the topics that we have covered in this class that has the most effective impact is the level of edits assignment. Before doing this assignment, I did not have any idea how you can revise your writing with different approaches. Every time I would revise and edit my writings, I was not sure where exactly I should start. The assignment taught me how to effectively revise and edit my writings, and determine the level of editing required to produce a high-quality document.
Since for this assignment I used one of my original document from my last co-op, it helped me to have a better understanding of how different level of edits can help improve a document. Overall this will help me improve quality of my writings in future.
– Zaima Zeniya
One skill this course has taught me is logical mapping. Before taking this course, I was never very good at mapping out my thoughts before attempting to write an assignment. I would usually just write until I got stuck then I would take a break and get back to writing eventually. This usually turned into a very long and drawn out process to write even a two-page assignment. However, whenever I attempted to create an outline of some sort, I would just feel like I was wasting time that could have been spent writing the actual assignment. After this course, I learned how to properly and effectively organize my thoughts before tackling an assignment. This skill will be very helpful in the future as I will likely be asked to write a proposal or memo as I pursue a career in the Civil Engineering field. Now that I know how to properly create an effective outline, my actual writing process has become significantly shorter.
My in my current position at RIT Career Services and Cooperative Education I am involved with the Co-op Evaluation System Enhancements Project. In this project we are working with the RIT ITS Project Development to improve the functionality and processes within the evaluation system. We currently have employed a software engineering as a co-op for the semester to work on these improvements. Since this was a multiple office collaboration it was important to establish effective communication tools to ensure any member of the team would be able to view the progress of the project at any given time.
The team first took the time to learn agile project management skills. Through agile project management large pieces of a project are broken into small pieces, or sprints. Breaking projects into sprints was the best way to implement changes more frequently than in projects past.
In order to communicate effectively our team utilized the web application Trello. The career services team created “cards” with different requests formatting statements in a specific format to help the development team identify which part of the system and what users are affected by this request. Statements were formatted “As a [ROLE], I need [BLANK] to be able to [BLANK]”. Formatting statements in this way enabled our team to communicate exactly what we needed the team to enhance.
Utilizing trello and agile project management has increased productivity as well as the communication within our development team. I am truly converted to using agile project management and trello when enhancing an existing system.
Currently the requirements for a student to receive credit for co-op are to report the position to the RIT Career Services Office, register for the Co-op course within their major on SIS, complete a student work report, and receive an employer evaluation. A few of the required engineering programs have the student’s meet with their advisors in to review the student work report and employer evaluation to receive a passing grade.
Throughout the past year managing the evaluation reporting and evaluation system, I have noticed there are many students who have not completed a portion of the co-op requirements for credit and are in their last weeks of school chasing their previous employers to receive evaluation forms. In order to ensure all students are reporting and receiving credit for their co-op, i would improve and standardize the process to receive credit for a co-op/experiential learning position. The following steps are suggested in order to improve the process. There is currently no standard process in place.
- Student receives and accepts co-op offer from employer
- Student reports co-op information by completing form via www.rit.edu/reportco-op
- If the contact exists already in the database the record will automatically match that record and “Verify” the co-op.
- If the contact does not exist each record is reviewed for legitimacy and accuracy. If the address if verified through a Maps search and supervisor is emailed and verified by the career service office, the contact is added to the database, the record is matched and verified.
- Academic Department can now see the verified co-op report record. Once the record is reviewed for accuracy, the student is enrolled in the co-op course relating to their major.
- During week 3 of the semester a student receives an email from evaluation system to review contact information and update if necessary.
- During week 11(week 7 of summer semester) the student and employer receive weekly, and biweekly emails from the system reminding them to complete student work reports and Evaluations. Emails will discontinue when the form is submitted.
- Once the Student Work Report and Employer Evaluation are reviewed a grade of pass or fail is entered into the system.
As long as this step by step process is followed a student will complete their co-op evaluation and work report on time and receive a grade. It is important that academic advisors as well as career service coordinators are in contact with students who are not on track with receiving credit for their experience.