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.
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.
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.