The first project I assigned to my Business Writing students this semester is a partner-collaborated white paper report with a number of deliverables. The first is a Professional Profile that helps the students get to know one another and (inadvertently) introduce them to resumes and the concept of personal branding. The profiles (which each include a list of skills, personality traits, preferred paths for the project, as well as professional photos)are posted to our course site for everyone to see. Students then contact each other via email requests, acceptances, and rejections to form partner-teams.
After teaming up, their second deliverable is a Collaboration Tool Presentation, described below:
Collaboration Tool Presentation | Inspired by the topic of social media and the collaborative nature of this project, your first team assignment is to give a 5-7 minute introduction and tutorial to an online collaboration tool. Entertain us! Convince us! Show us how this tool might be useful for other partner-teams in our class as they compose Project 1. Most importantly, keep us with you and help us feel confident in getting started with the tool. Your team will present on one of the following:
- Google Docs
- PB Works
- Second Life
- The Brain
- Open Atrium
An awesome resource to have students “play” with for homework is the “Best Online Collaboration Tools of 2012.” Enjoy!