2016 Reflections on Teaching WRA 202 and Working with Community Partner Michigan Environmental Council

In the 2016-2017 school year, I taught WRA 202: Introduction to Professional Writing. My favorite project for this course was “Creating a Deliverable for a Client: The Michigan Environmental Council.” Students created Facebook posts calling the general public’s attention to rather complex environmental issues. These students took a variety of forms, including infographics and a video. In their individual reflections on these projects, many students commented on the challenge of trying to convey a lot of information within the constraints of social media. They also reflected on the sometimes difficult but ultimately rewarding task of receiving and responding to feedback: from the instructor, from a guest reviewer, from peers, and from the client.

Here are some of students’ proposed mock-ups. Wow!