Succeeding and Learning Together as One

Succeeding and Learning Together as One

This semester and course have been interesting to say the least. I was not exactly sure the meaning of technical and digital writing and how my already honed writing skills would transfer to this new medium. Although strenuous, I am glad to say I have a much better grasp of how to write digitally, effectively edit my findings and cite my information for others to follow.

My Contributions

To add to our collective writing project, I engaged in discussions to cut down on redundant Search Engine Optimization(SEO) information already added to the page. I also offered to go into detail in reference to the User Centered Design(UCD), however another wonderful student completed the process. I completed minor edits and reviewed each line of the collaborative project to ensure there were no small grammatical errors or repeating information. There were no repeats I could find; however, I did include more information on the importance of sculping a concise digital persona. I detailed the responsibility of that created persona to not only adjust style and language for its user but ensure the information provided is accurate and easily digestible.

What I Learned

I learned how to access Litwiki and better navigate Wikipedia. Researching the importance of User-centered designs helped me pinpoint exactly who my discourse community is and how I will learn from and contribute to its members. Reviewing Wikipedia’s core content Policies forced me to take a closer look at all articles I read to determine if its author is approaching the subject with a neutral point of view(NPOV) or is the author attempting to sway me one way or another. Verifying the correct way to document and reference information was probably my biggest hurdle as I am not overly comfortable with templates and the website format of the class.  Reaching out to my advisor and meeting with writing specialists in the writing lab immensely helped. Editing and adding references are the two topics that were hardest for me to grasp but constant practice will ease that burden in time.

Lesson 1.1: What is digital writing? - KNILT
Traditional to Digital Writing

The Future of Understanding Professional and Technical Writing

The classes’ collaborative article is an easy-to-understand guide introducing others to this growing field. The article goes into detail, first defining what technical writing in the digital age means and then breaking down each faucet and characteristic of technical communication. Each section is clear, straight to the point and backed up by months of research. If I were re-starting or beginning this class, I would love to read this article as it would clearly organize the pertinent information needed to better grasp technical writing in the digital age and how I can become a technical writer myself.

Kynndra Watson

Kynndra Watson

Macon, ga