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Course Reboot: Visual introduction to the Professional Persona Project

The Professional Communication team has entered the design phase of the course reboot. We’ve developed our structure, written instruction sheets, and designed a course calendar. Currently, we are working on designing our instruction sheets, planning lessons, and creating visuals. I tasked my superstar lab specialist/teaching assistant, Justin Hardy, with designing the instruction sheets for the reboot. I gave him a very loose mock up of a layout, color scheme, and headings. Below is a draft of the instruction sheet Justin created. I love his overall approach, use of supporting shapes, cohesive color scheme, and attention to readability. Something I’d like to work on is streamlining the information and applying some of those ideas I’ve been learning about in Duarte Design’s Slidedocs. Trying to find the balance between a readable, visual document that is also brief enough that students are encouraged to read the content is our challenge. Keeping text large when the instruction sheets are being written by the most verbose woman on the planet (me) is a challenge Justin is taking on head first. One solution we are implementing is creating “splash pages” for our instructions that provide an at a glance view of the activity. The way our learning platform works, student see a basic instruction/description page before they download the actual instructions for an activity. I am confident he will find that balance between readability, succinctness, and visual attractiveness.

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Click on the image to access the full instruction sheet

What are your ideas for shortening a document while maintaining readability? 

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Slideshare of the Day: Pitching Ideas

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Pitching the ultimate idea, yourself, will be the main focus of the Professional Communication and Presentation Reboot. I am busy working on my own body of work today, a collaborative meet up for instructors in the Liberal Studies Department, of which I am a part, but I wanted to take a moment to share an excellent deck on the subject of pitching ideas. What will lead one student to success and another to failure could be all in the way the student sells him or herself. One of my favorite takeaways from this deck, created by , Creative director & partner at Oak & Morrow BV is that a great pitch is all about “them”, the target audience! Keep your audience’s needs and wants in mind and you’ll be that much closer to convincing them you are “The One.”

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