Final Exam

Worth an additional 5% added into the Major Project Grades

Fun Facts about the 3844 Final Exam

  • The exam is an optional, extra credit assignment.
  • The exam is a take-home, online assignment due by the end of your exam period (officially due by 9:45 AM on Sat, May 10).
  • The exam will take you 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Think of it as taking the same time as an in-class writing activity.
  • If you’re not sure, just do it. It cannot hurt your grade.
  • The exam is open now, but I will not look at submissions until Saturday, May 10.

The Assignment

  1. Return to one of the three major projects you worked on this term: your WordPress site, your Interrogate the Interface project, or your Remix project. Choose the version of the project that you submitted for a grade. Note that if you have made design changes to your WordPress blog, go with the current version.
  2. Sketch out a revision plan for the project. See pp. 116-118 of Writer/Designer for details on writing a revision plan.
  3. Decide how you want to publish your revision plan:
    • Add it as a page in the project on your WordPress site.
    • Add a Final Exam page to your WordPress site.
    • Create a Google Doc for your plan.
    • Write it in the submission area for the final in Scholar.
    • Make up a publication option that fits what you want to say.
  4. Turn in a link to your revision plan in Scholar by noon on Saturday, May 10.

Expectations for the Final

The best submissions will go beyond providing a cursory answer to the questions. They will show a concerted effort to rethink the original submission and improve it. For example, if this were my technical writing class, a cursory answer would focus on fixing typos and correcting some formatting issues, while a strong plan might talk about cutting or completely rewriting a section of the document, redesigning the look and feel of the document, and/or changing the tone of the document.

The best responses will talk not only about what changes you would make, but specifically how you would change it. Note that you may include whatever makes sense for your revision plan (e.g., a mock-up, a storyboard, a chart showing a new design or structure); but be aware that working on such things probably means the final will take you more than 15 to 30 minutes.

Your goal is to show me that you can apply the ideas we have talked about during the term to improve one of your multimodal projects. I want to look at your revision plan and see clear evidence that you understand what makes a strong multimodal project.