Goals for today’s class – 12/4/13

By the end of today’s class all groups should have accomplished a few things:

  • set up a project site on the OpenLab
  • added all group members to the project site and changed their roles to administrator
  • established a plan to divide up the work fairly; established a plan to meet outside of class if necessary
  • exchanged contact information with other group members
  • completed one progress report per group

Your very last blogging assignment is due Monday, December 9: comment on a classmate’s blog post or on 2 different blog posts, totaling 100 words. Remember that next Monday and Wednesday we’ll meet in A540, the large library classroom. By the end of next week we’ll establish the order in which presentations will take place, on December 16 and 18.

Looking forward to reading your research papers, due as an email attachment sent to me by 10 a.m. tomorrow – Thursday, 12/5!

~Prof. Leonard

This week: the research paper and the online documentation project

Today everyone self-organized into groups for the online documentation project. We reviewed the guidelines for the project and the group presentation. On Wednesday, we’ll meet in our regular classroom, A543, so that groups can work on their projects together. Next week we will meet in A540, the library’s large e-classroom, so that groups can use class time to work on their projects.

Remember that the final version of the research paper is due by 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, sent to me as an email attachment. As always, please get in touch with any questions you have about this assignment.

~Prof. Leonard

Conservation of Information

Creation documented.

Being able to document information gives evidence of cause-and-effect, making organization easier and more effective. Edge and Robinson both discuss the value of documentation in their readings. In “Write it Down!,”  Edge uses cause-and-effects in lab experiences to show the importance of documentation. Being able to have the same results in experiments, is a valuable tool in teaching students. Robinson, Christine discusses the importance of documentation as evidence in her reading, “Documentation Dilemmas.” The conservation of information allows us to have concrete evidence in building a complete understanding of our world. For example we can take the Genesis creation story from the Bible and look at it as form of documentation. There is no one that can say how really accurate the story is, but it is still a documented account of how the world was created. Creating evidence by documenting gives people security to know who, what, where, when, and why things occurred efficiently.

Summary of today, and assignments for Monday, December 2

Today we discussed process documentation and shared examples we found online and elsewhere. You may find it helpful to review the Robinson and Edge readings; they provide good examples of process documentation.

This Wednesday, November 27 is a Friday schedule, so we don’t meet. On Monday, December 2 we will review the guidelines for the online documentation project and form groups based on shared interests. Start thinking about the type of project you would like to create: a research tool, an information resource, or a research game. Think about your own information needs and how they are fulfilled (or not) with the strategies and tools we have discussed and used in this class. Attendance next Monday is very important!
Between December 4 – December 11 we will meet in A540, the large e-classroom in the library so that groups can work together.

Remember that the final version of your research paper is due Thursday, December 5 by 10 a.m. If you have questions, don’t wait until Wednesday night!
Enjoy the holiday and the long weekend!
~Prof. Leonard


Step by Step

The only thing that i can relate to a process documentation would be a manual for an aircraft. It gives a small description on how the system/parts work. There are time when more than one manual is used for a single repair. The manual will take you step by step on how to do the job with caution notes inserted between steps. Every little repair or replacement of a part must go according to the manual and FAA standards. Depending on the task at hand missing one step or ignoring a step could be difference between life or death.



Follow the steps, Nov. 25

Similar to Kimesha, I decided to research a pie recipe that would satiate my friends and family. Mind you, it’s been quite a while since I baked from scratch, two to three years, so I was pretty rusty at it. The recipe seemed simple enough to produce a pretty well done pumpkin pie but I had messed this up quite a bit. Though, all of the ingredients and instructions were listed on the site. The instructions seemed quite simple but I chose not to listen to each step because my hunger got a hold of my mind. The instructions did say to cool it off completely but not the filling  had not completely set so I destroyed what was my pie and instead became pumpkin soup and crust. If I followed all of the instructions then I should have had this:Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie with Brandied Ginger Cream recipe

But instead, what I had was a “pie” with a soupy consistency. Had I followed the instructions that was included I should have had a beautiful looking pie but since I didn’t follow the steps perfectly I had created an excellent tasting pumpkin pie “smoothie”. Maybe if there was a video included in this website, demonstrating the steps this wouldn’t have happened. As with all process documentations, not everything can be guaranteed unless you follow the instructions to an exact point. Had I not known what a pie looked like, I could’ve assumed that what I had was the correct image of a pie. Thankfully, there were pictures to show me my mistakes.

The Cider Process 11/25

An example of process documentation that I located was a spiced apple cider recipe. The recipe tells you what materials and how much of each you need to make the cider. An important thing it also mentions is how many servings you will get from the recipe. There isn’t much to the recipe though, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a pot and boil. It would be hard to have any problems with this recipe but I am sure it is still possible. As with all recipes, it is impossible to know how it tastes and if you will like it until you are finished preparing it, but that however has less to do with the process and more to do with the ingredients.

Summary of today, and reading/blogging for Monday, November 25

Today we wrapped up our discussion of documentation styles and began our discussion of process documentation. For Monday, please write one blog post on process documentation in response to the following:

Locate one example of process documentation in any format, read it, and write one 100-word blog post in which you describe, summarize and critique it. Does it document thoroughly and completely the process that it claims to document? If you choose a video, please embed the video into your blog post so that we can all view it easily.

You may find it helpful to review the Edge and Robinson articles to guide your selection of a good quality example of process documentation.

The draft of the research paper is due by 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, emailed to me as an attachment, please. As always, please get in touch with any questions you have about the assignment.

~Prof. L

Summary of today 11/18 and reading/homework for Wednesday 11/20

Today we wrapped up our discussion of Hauptman and the many reasons we document and cite. We discussed the various standards and styles of citation, and you all worked in small groups to invent your own citation style for an article, website, eBook, online video, or online image, chosen from the slides for today. On Wednesday we’ll wrap up that discussion, so groups should come prepared to discuss the piece they chose and to demonstrate the citation style they invented to document it.

On Wednesday we’ll begin our discussion of process documentation, which will be a large part of the online documentation project due at the end of the semester. Please read the following 2 articles, available via the library’s electronic databases:

Edge, Write it down! The importance of documentation

Robinson, Documentation Dilemmas

Your research paper draft is due by 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, sent to me as an email attachment.

~Prof. Leonard