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Grades on the Professional Bio Project

Grades on the Professional Bio Project published on
Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Project Grade: (1) Read the assignment. (2) Complete every step. (3) Check your work with the self-assessment. (4) Have a group member check your work. (5) Review the assignment to make sure you completed everything.
Top Five Ways to Improve Your Grade

I have graded all of the Professional Bio projects. In this post, I’ll comment on how everyone did and what you can do if you are not happy with your grade.

Overall Feedback for the Class

  • Complete bios: Everyone did a good job following the instructions in the assignment by including all of the required information and paying attention to document design.
  • Work on document design: Most of the projects used a good layout, with the image well-integrated with the text. Some projects could be improved with more attention to “chunking” text and visual elements.
  • Stronger sentences: In some projects, the phrasing was unnecessarily long. Very long sentences in a document like your biography can make it hard for the reader to follow the ideas. Try the #Watch: Using Strong Verbs post for a video from the American Chemical Society that demonstrates how changing the verb can shorten and strengthen the sentences.
  • Semicolon use: A couple of people had difficulty with the proper use of semicolons. For a refresher on how to use semicolons, watch the Ted Ed video below. It is a little elementary in style (with the game-like cartoon image), but it is a thorough explanation:

Revision Activities for the Bio Project

I have reopened the assignment so that those of you who want to revise can improve your project. Follow the guidelines below to resubmit your work.

  1. If I made a mistake
    Send me an email message or a private message in Canvas with the details. I’ll fix it.
  2. If there were problems with the content or design of your bio
    Revise your project to improve your work, adding whatever is missing or tweaking the design. Resubmit your project, and I will regrade your work. All revisions MUST be submitted by 11:59PM on the last day of class (Friday, 1/12).
  3. If you did not submit your work at all
    It is too late. Be sure to turn in all the remaining projects if you want to pass the course.
  4. If something else is going on
    Send me an email message or a private message in Canvas with the details. I’ll see what I can do to help you.


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Short Proposal Overview & Peer Review

Short Proposal Overview & Peer Review published on

This is the post for January 3, 2018.

Notes for Today

    Today, we begin work on the last three major projects you will complete for the course. All of the remaining major projects in the course are connected. Here’s how:

    Genre Report Timeline

    The important detail here is that you have to decide on your plan for both the proposal and the genre analysis report today.

Readings for Today

Tasks for Today

  1. Submit your Analysis of Writing in Your Field project in Canvas by 11:59PM, if you are taking advantage of the grace period.
  2. Complete the tasks and readings included in the Short Proposal Overview & Peer Review Module in Canvas:
    1. Review the assignments for the Short Report Proposal (due 01/04) and Genre Analysis Report (due 01/10).
    2. Read the chapters on writing proposals:
      1. Proposal Writing Basics from Business Communication for Success
      2. Proposals from Online Technical Writing
    3. Check out the Examples, Cases & Models: Proposal for some models you can use as you work. There are also examples on the assignment pages.
    4. Complete peer review in the Group Feedback on Short Proposals Discussion in Canvas:
      1. Share your draft with your writing group.
      2. Give feedback to the members of your writing group, following the suggestions in the #Watch: Peer Review Commenting Strategies post.
      3. Use the feedback from your group members to revise your proposal (which is due Thursday, 01/04).
  3. Read the Extra Posts for additional information that can help with your project. Leave a comment if you like.
  4. Record the work you have done for the day in your Labor Log.


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