Group Meeting (11-8-2016)

During this meeting, we edited poster design and discussed the plan to finish this project.


  1. Have all the information on the posters, ready to edit, by Thanksgiving Break (during this time the information will be organized into the pre-decided layout)
  2. During/Post Thanksgiving we will curate a packet prioritizing the following information:
    1. Login for Piktochart
    2. Information Regarding printing, including suggested locations for the posters
    3. A source guide in order to allow rotating themes– if they desire to do so– or to create information to prepare staff members for the potential questions/events that members may encounter.


  • I believe that our current progress is strong for the project, and I look forward to presenting the final product.

Pitch Presentation Reflection

We presented the very first– Not the first of the day or of our presentation type, but the first presentation period. Needless to say, it was nerve racking.

However, I have to say I really loved a lot of our presentation. We each did separate presentation pieces and pitches, but I feel that our presentation was smooth. The only thing I would change about our presentation is allowing more continuity in the PowerPoint style. Between the four of us, there was drastically different proficiency in PowerPoint design. Some slides were too wordy or had pictures that didn’t make the most efficient display of information.

However, it was clear that we really cared for this project and wanted to please the company and its residents. I enjoyed how we each remained friendly and informed– we know who was going to cover what information.

Unfortunately, we finished our presentation review without any concrete information for the end project. It seems that we did an overly good job, as they had no idea what to prioritize or what they needed at this point. Of course, they are discussing and deliberating their options and visions.

From the presentation, I actually gained inspiration for a project I really want to do for them– signage. It was a passing idea that really has picked up steam among our group, but we don’t want to pursue a project without approval.

Overall, I think this was a great way to communicate our project inspirations to our clients. It made me feel more personally involved in this project and more comfortable with our relationship to the client.


If needed, review my personal work log to see the details I focused on for the presentation.

Midterm Meeting Notes

Our House Project Q&A: With this section, I felt the most lost before this meeting. Every other group seems to have a very clear idea of what they’re doing– and actively working on those deliverables. I was worried that we may not have control over what we can do in a short time frame.

  1. “Our Client still has not responded with a direction for our deliverable, what should we do to facilitate this?”
    1. Have your email coordinator email them with suggestions of what you believe will help them the most with the feedback you have received. Suggested project topics: signage for the rooms and activity centers to remind residents of policies, ect; Recommendation Report compiling research into a efficiently organized booklet to help communicate needs and interests to commercial entities.

Potential Career Q&A: I have been reflecting on my enjoyment of our readings and projects and have decided to venture into this career field. However, I could not find any useful data or listings with job titles or requirements. 

  1. “What is this style of field called in help ads?”
    1. Content/Knowledge Manager
    2. Copy Writing (More Writing centered)
    3. Communication Design
    4. Public Relations
  2. “What can I do to prepare for that field?”
    1. Code Academy (CSS/ HTML)
    2. Linda
      1. Layout
      2. Design

This Week’s Expectations: Here, I just wanted to clarify what was expected to be turned in this week and how I can do it all. 

  1. Annotations 3&4: 10/12 Midnight
  2. Midterm Reflection/ Meeting Notes Thursday
  3. Presentation Reflection Post: Thursday
    1. What you  gave to the client
    2. Your presentation (ppt)
    3. Reflection on your project thus far.

Pitch Notes

Rhetorical Situation: Pitch

  1. Author
    • You
      • Professional
      • Informed
      • Interested, engaged with topic and audience
      • Responsive to feedback
      • Student (understood learning Curve)
  2. Purpose
    • Client Approval
    • Client Feedback/critique
    • Client expecatation clarification or confirmation
    • Building group cohesion
    • Sell your work/ideas
    • Learning to give presentations
    • Working through process with client
    • Learn to take critique effectively
  3. Audience
    • Clients
      • Non Profit Representatives
      • Audience for deliverable(s)
      • End Users
    • Dr. Wharton
    • Peers
  4. Arrangement
    • Slides
      • Each Presenter in the group has a max of 5 Minutes
      • No more than 30 seconds a slide
      • 5-10 (max) slides
      • Think about your message beyond written information
      • Could do a group-wide presentation
  5. Grading/Review Focus
    • Quality of Presentation Values
      • Deliverable
      • Visual
      • Vocal

RA 1&2 Take Away Class Assignment

RA 1 (Wicked Problems)

  1. interdisciplinary groups can create multifaceted studies and solutions for issues
  2. The definition of issues, priorities, and terms may change as more disciplines are introduced into the dialectic
  3. Sources can be difficult to maintain uniform ethos across disciplines, particularly in a time sensitive issue

RA2 ( Usability Testing)

  1. Different communication professions study and prioritize differently
  2. communication is a largely scientific endeavor
  3. Finding ways to integrate users into the perception of information delivered is key to creating effective material.

Primary Meeting 9-13-16

Project Topic: Best Practices of Safety for Shelter (Particularly in relation to the renovation of the Shelter)

  • Focus on the current and new practices for shelters/group care facilities.
  • Layout correlation to safety
  • Security concerns
  • Most activity is at night (most employees and when families are in the shelters)
  • Downtown; keeping privacy with window location,ect
  • Correlation of mental safety and surrounding environment
    • Could cause irritation, leading to potential aggression

Building Layout:

  • Floor One:
    • Sign in lobby with waiting area.
    • Direct entrance to stairs and to dining area
    • Child Care and Education Facility.
    • Storage and offices
  • Floor two:
    • 18 Rooms
      • One family each room
      • Lockable
      • Windows in each room
      • Closet space
      • Counter space
      • similar to old dorm style
    • Communal Bathrooms
      • similar to old dorm style, as well
      • showers, sinks, ect
      • separate room with tub for children
      • Communal living area
      • Couches
      • bright light
  • Shelter Staff Offices




Service Learning 9-8-16

Why Service learning?

  1. Authenticity in Learning experience
  2. Community impact through service
  3. Multifaceted Networking
    1. Professional
    2. Personal
    3. Community-based relationship (gaining the lay of the land experience)
  4. Perspective interaction
  5. Connecting the Community and University, allowing a relationship between the two

What’s at Stake with Service Learning?

  1. Portfolio Additions
  2. Reference opportunity
  3. Learn professional adaption
  4. Increased value of Georgia State experience and degree
    1. Perception of Georgia State increases with professional community
    2. Could cultivate a preference for Georgia State applicants for internships and/or jobs
  5. Potential to find passion
    1. Job potential
  6. English degree value increases
    1. Versatility
  7. Potential leads to future job or internship

What to Ask During Your Initial Project Meeting


  • What do you do?
  • What services do you provide?
  • What do you sell?


  • What would you consider your target demographic?
  • Who do you serve?
  • What cultural or political issues do we need to be aware of?
  • Do we need to be more aware of disability or access accommodations with our project?


  • What do you do well already? What would you wish to improve?
  • What new channels of communication have worked for you? What has not worked in the past?
    • Any interest in revisiting any of these avenues?
  • What are your short-term or long-term goals? How would you like to see these reflected in the project?
    • What do you think correlates with these goals?


  • What do you have already established?
    • Do you have examples of what you are looking for?
  • Are there any examples of your goal vision?
  • Would segmenting your audience be ideal for your goals?
  • Any particular things you believe emulates your company and goals?

Brief Notes on Pitch and Group Plans:

Make ideas separately to create a variety of options for the client, several options may be chosen or melded together.

Syllabus Take Home (class FAQs)

What are the major projects? In a bulleted list, provide links to the project descriptions for each of them.

How will your final grade be calculated?

  • Individual Reading Annotations (6, 300-600 points)
  • Individual Pitch Presentation (1, 125-250 points)
  • Collaborative Final Service Learning Client Packet (300-600 points)
  • Individual Online Professional Profile (1, 125-250 points)
  • Participation (400+)

What is the “submission form” and how do you use it? Embed the form below your answer (hint: Google “embed Google form” to find out how).

  • The form used to submit assignments (similar to dropbox)
  • view-source:

Embed the course calendar and weekly overview below this question.

Weekly overview:

Course Calendar:

Where on the course website can you find an overview of what’s due and the readings for each unit?

The unit overview section (What will we be doing)

What is the best way to see an overview of what’s due each week?

Weekly overview section (What is the general plan for the course, and when are things


What is the attendance policy?

“You lose 10 points for each absence or missed class prep assignment. Arriving to class

late will result in a deduction of 5-10 points.”

What are the two ways you can lose points?

“missing class, failing to turn in a project on time, coming to class unprepared, etc., etc.“

What are my office hours, and how do you make an appointment to see me outside of  class?

“Office Hours: T/Th 9-11 am, and by appointment; I am able to meet during office hours

or by appointment via Skype or Google Hangout if that works better than an in-person


How do you earn participation credit? Provide a link to the instructions/guidelines for participation.

By being active in class and even pursuing skill building outside of class||Participation|1

How many points can you earn by participating in or organizing a study group session?

Up to 25 points

How can you be assured of earning an “A” in this course?

Complete each project to completion, ensure a strong attendance, and participate. Be

active in learning these skills. 2180 points

What are the minimum requirements for earning a passing grade of “C”?

‘If you complete all of the major projects, come to class prepared, and miss only four class meetings, you will earn at least 1,330 points and a grade of “C.”’

What do you do if you’re not sure how to document your participation in order to earn points?

Discuss with professor and document your work accordingly.

What are the Unit 1 readings and what online tool are you using to annotate them for Reading Annotations 1&2?

Using to annotate and document the follwing readings (from class site):