My LMC3403, Technical Communication students are well into their second unit project on reader-centered and process-driven fundamentals. In a fun assignment, I wanted the students to try out many different types of technical communication deliverables for different readers/audiences. Also, I wanted them to think differently about nonverbal communication with the heavy emphasis on haptics, physicality, and making.
In this project, their primary task is to build a set of instructions for a Lego model of their own design.
Their Lego model should represent something about their studies, their professional field, or their entrepreneurial spirit.
Their project began with the creation of a proposal memo that laid out their entire project: designing instructions, testing instructions, reporting on tests in a memo, revising instructions, and reflecting on the project in a memo.
Throughout the process, they have to be mindful of different audiences (executives, managers, and customers).
In these photos, the students are busy at work creating the first version of their Lego models.
I was happy to overhear someone say, “It’s nice to actually do something fun in a class for once!”