OpenLab Assignment for FYLC (Extra Credit! Extra Credit!)


The following prompt is not required for our course. If you do choose to take this opportunity, your grade will replace one of our two in-class Reading Quizzes. To get credit, you must post on this FYLC site and comment on two other students’ posts.

It’s mid-semester! We invite you to continue telling your story about becoming a college student at City Tech. Research has shown that first-semester students often worry about their transition in to college and how, eventually, students become comfortable and find a community of people with whom they are close and feel they belong.

Please describe how you have experienced your first months at City Tech. Aim to write 300-500 words and be sure to illustrate your post with examples from your own experiences in classes, seminars, lectures, study groups, and labs. What happened? How did you and others involved think and feel? How did it turn out?

We hope this process will help you think about your transition experience. Once you have posted your own story, please take time to read and comment on at least two of your peers’ stories.


  • Once you have finished writing your post, select your FYLC faculty member as a category. Note: You are Sears & Sears.
  • Read and comment on your peers’ writing. You can post on writing from courses other than ours!
  • If you are looking to read stories from one specific FYLC, select a faculty “category” at the bottom of the page.

OpenLab Assignment 2 (Required)

(REQUIRED) DUE: Tuesday, Nov. 7
 On our class OpenLab site, reflect on your experience in this class; specifically reflect on what you have learned about writing. Your post should address all of the questions below and should be at least one paragraph long.

  • Identify one aspect of your writing that has improved since the beginning of the semester.
  • Identify one aspect of academic writing (college writing) that is still challenging you on assignments.
  • Identify one aspect of academic writing that you enjoy.

DIRECTIONS:To create your second post, click the plus (+) sign at the top of the course page  and select “add new” post from the dashboard. Write and then hit “Publish.” Here is the link again:

Resource 22: “Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews”-Writing Spaces

In this essay, we will look primarily at the section on interviewing as a means of conducting primary research that will offer your unique contribution to a subject and will prove meaningful if done with integrity. This article by Dana Lynn Driscoll appears in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. (2011)

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Resource 21: Conducting Primary Research/Interviewing)-OWL

We will look at the following resources in class:
General tips for conducting productive interviews:

Tips for writing better interview questions:

These resources from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offer tips for ethical interviewing and tips for setting up and starting your interviews. We will also practice interviewing skills  in class!