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ERIC Number: EJ890598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
Using Simulation to Teach Project Management in the Professional Writing Classroom
Krause, Tim
Writing Instructor, May 2010
It hardly bears noting that when writing instructors teach professional writing they focus on helping students learn to analyze complex communication scenarios, conduct careful research to support their position, and to responsibly and succinctly apply the process of writing any number of supporting documents. Developing these skills are essential to effective professional writing. The author's goal here is to enrich and elevate what they traditionally view as the process of professional writing by suggesting that they strengthen the role of project management in their professional writing efforts. Project management is a fairly broad umbrella that could encompass a variety of activities. Because the author is first and foremost teaching professional writing, he limits project management to include: project plans; stand-up meetings and status reporting; time-tracking; heuristic reviews and basic usability testing; issues reporting; and final deliverables and project memos. His goal is to provide an overview of a process for managing writing projects, while also helping students understand that project management may vary significantly from organization to organization, and from situation to situation. In this article, the author illustrates how one assignment, a classroom simulation involving role-play, might introduce students to applying the preceding project management strategies to research and writing activities in a professional writing classroom. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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