UB User’s Guide Project
While corporations, government agencies, and similar institutions regularly produce official guides, manuals, and policies, it is also common for users, consumers, and other interested parties to create their own reference and support materials. Probably the most familiar of these are in technology industries where gamers create wikis and walkthroughs, but one can find all variety of “hacks” to using devices from phones and cameras to farming tractors.
For this assignment, you’ll be producing an unofficial guide to student life at UB. Each student will produce five entries for the guide that will each be the length of the average wikipedia page and will include images and links, as well as other media when appropriate. Students will work in teams to edit the entires.
For the most part I am happy for the class to select the topics for these entries. That said, as this is a class assignment, we will avoid topics that touch on illegal activity, academic dishonesty, and/or other violations of university policies.
This project will begin with a class-wide brainstorming and identification of topics. In the end we will have roughly 120 entries, but we do not have to identify them all at the start. As such we’ll return on a regular basis to this process of approving topics.
You will work independently as writers to produce the content for the entries, but you will also work in small editorial groups where your task will be to evaluate and edit the content of other students. This is similar to the way that other wikis work: most pages have more than one author.
There will be regular due dates for entries during the semester (see schedule) and you will be expected to complete your editorial duties in the week that follows.
At the completion of the project, you will produce a brief memo for me in which you detail why you chose the topics on which you produced entries, how you made decisions about what to include, your activities as an editor, and on overall reflection on the project.
- Well-researched and accurate information
- Logically organized
- Effective use of non-print media
- Active and productive participation as an editor
- Thoughtful reflective memo