My name is Zachary Baldwin. I am a Computer Science student at Longwood University. I have two Associate’s degrees from Southside Virginia Community College, an AAS in Information System’s Technology and an AA&S in Business Administration. I volunteer with my church’s international headquarters media department during the summer where I help webcast multimedia over various platforms to an audience of thousands. My goal is to apply the knowledge I gain at Longwood University in a career as a system administrator or software engineer.
The purpose of this ePortfolio is to showcase what I’ve learned about the various aspects of technical writing and how my class projects enabled me to put them into practice. Among the projects I present will be a proposal, an instructional manual for setting up OpenDNS, a usability report, and a white paper on EnChroma glasses and their benefits for people with color vision deficiency. Each of these projects, as well as the activities and assignments I completed to prepare for them, taught me elements of technical writing that are included in the course learning outcomes.
Course Learning Outcomes:
- Recognize and analyze effective (and ineffective) technical communication.
- Create documents that clearly convey complex, technical information for targeted audiences and demonstrate effective rhetorical use of visual and verbal elements.
- Practice oral communication skills through informal and formal presentations.
- Develop strategies for successful collaboration and to analyze the effectiveness of strategies when applied to collaborative interactions.
- Participate productively in class activities, presentations, and discussions.