Final Blog Post

I think the most useful part of the courses, is when we learn how to organize your ideas before actually start writing the essay. This organization skill can be used not only in writing but also in another field. Organization and drafting skill can help you develop your own ideas, and plan it in a way that the whole writing experience would become smoother.
I have also been using the level of editing. Previously, before I took this course, I would only check the grammatical error and the sentence structure. I would edit my essay in an unorganized way. After I took this class, I start to follow the level of editing to write my essay, the flow of essay writing become easier.

Alexander Huang

Plain Language in Communication

For the final blog post, we were asked to talk about a topic which will change the way we approach work. To me, the use of plain language in communication will change the way I work the most. I have always been overly wordy and end up going to the thesaurus to get synonyms for words. I thought that the more you describe what you are writing an essay on was always the best. However, this doesn’t translate well into communicating with other people at work. It is unnecessary to add extra words that don’t add to a memo in order to increase the word count.

Using wordy language gets into the way of the real topic whether that is in a manual or a memo to your boss. The longer a memo or manual is the less likely it is to be read fully, often being skimmed for important information. So why not just only have important information so that people don’t sift through excess information. In my future career as an engineer, I will have to be communicating all the time, just like any other career. So while this benefits me the most I think it can apply to every profession as well.

-Matthew Blanc

The Final Post- It been a long day….

For our last post we were asked to talk about the topic that we think would be the most impactful for us going forward. I think the one skill that I learned from this class that I will use will be logical mapping. The skill has many uses from being able to be used when writing a final paper to writing a final proposal for a new water purification system that will give clean water to the southern hemisphere.  Logical mapping is when you take a big thing and break it down into little things and then breaking those little things into smaller things. It can help you visualize what stuff needs to get done while simultaneously giving you a clear objective.

It clears up the process of trying to figure out what to write about and it allows for a better flow of sentences. In IT I know that I will someday have to write-up reports on systems and I know that without this method I would be lost. A companies computers system is sometimes so vast that its hard to tell where to start. With logic mapping labeling out what is the problem, how can we fix it, what will be the cost, or rather how did I fix it will be a breeze and I wont have to sit there crying myself to sleep that night.

I honestly have really enjoyed this class the discussions were always fun and I learned a a lot about how to write well structured reports with good info in a well designed format. While i think logic mapping is the best thing that I got out of this class I believe that there is much more that I learned that will also help me in my years to come and am thankful that I took this ride.

-Garrett Steele

Communicating Technically

I don’t remember the first time I heard the term “technical communication.” Perhaps it was a few years ago, but when I learned of an opportunity to become part of RIT’s Society for Technical Communication mentoring program, I jumped at the chance. I even knew the professor who was in charge of it all, Ben Woelk. I had Professor Woelk for another class in my very first year at RIT, so I knew it would be a good fit for me considering my interests in writing and information security.

Professor Woelk told me about his Technical Writing and Editing course offered at RIT during my final semester and I certainly decided to go for it. I was still unsure of my idea of technical communication, and I had described it as “taking technical speak and translating it into simpler terms.” While this is correct, it is only part of it.

One subject I learned the most about in this course, was certainly how to analyze and look at things from a more technical sense. While I thought I was already doing this, I needed a bit more background and education on how to improve this skill.

We had an assignment where we needed to create an infographic using some kind of graph for display on this blog. I decided to take a subject I was interested in, unemployment figures, and my knowledge of graphs from our unit on infographs, and create a unique graph. I made two graphs, but I chose to display the information in two different ways. I learned how to “do the math for the reader,” and by math I took the percent change (improvement) of unemployment throughout the last 10 years in each state and display with a bar graph and color-coded map. This was a great way of taking a practical skill and putting it to use.

I’m hoping to be able to work with graphs and other knowledge I’ve gained throughout the semester in my future career. I now know there is much more to technical communication than what I initially thought, and I’m glad to have been able to improve my skills in not just writing, but communicating and interpreting, and to have the opportunity to learn some new skills along the way.

– Amy Platteter

Discovering Myself at RIT

I’m in my final year at RIT as a student in the School of Individualized Study. I began my academic career at RIT as a transfer student, and I transferred into the Information Technology degree, hoping to further my studies and become a computer programmer, or if I wanted a challenge, a system administrator. As it turned out, I didn’t like either of those options, and I wasn’t feeling motivated enough to complete my degree, and I looked into other options for myself to see what I could do with IT in another sense.

I took a few classes at RIT, and realized I enjoyed my work as a student. I liked writing assignments, I enjoyed working in groups (most of the time), and I felt like I had a sense of belonging. It was my major that I felt was isolating me, so I looked into my other interests. I had always been interested in law, so I wondered what I could do with that. Since I enjoyed writing, I also looked at some options. I realized I had a lot I could do, and decided to pursue a dynamic degree to incorporate all of those interests together. I became a student of RIT’s School of Individualized Study.

I began not knowing much of where I wanted to go in terms of career, and I believe RIT has helped me figure it out along the way. I am easily a good example of not knowing exactly what my plans are when I “grow up” given my age, and it took attending a school that helped me build confidence and skills, and provide a sense of belonging and being around brilliant minds. Perhaps I will become a lawyer in the future, but for now, I can say with confidence that I have a lot of options in the meantime. Go for your dreams, and don’t give up until you find your happiness. Even when you do, keep evaluating yourself and never stop improving.

– Amy Platteter