Teaching

In the spirit of sharing educational materials in order to improve instruction in written and visual communication, this page serves as an educational resource hub for college instructors who teach writing, communication, and design courses.

Below you will find sample visual communication course syllabi, sample writing course syllabi, sample assignment descriptions, online quizzes, and visual aids for teaching.

If you would like to add any of your own materials to this page, please send PDF or JPG files only to thevisualcommunicationguy@gmail.com. My only requirements are that the materials are related to written or visual communication and that you have permission to display the materials you send (if a course was co-taught or if a syllabus was adopted, for example). If you want any of your or your institution’s personal information redacted from the materials, please redact them before sending.

Thanks for your contributions!

Teaching Visual Aids
Type-ology 101: The Basics for Using Text and Fonts
Color CRAYON TIP: Document Design Principles
Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations (infographic)
40 Ways to Screw Up a PowerPoint Slide (infographic)
Bacon Punctuation: A Sentence about Bacon for Every Use of Punctuation (infographic)
The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty
Can I Use that Picture? The Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images (infographic)
How to Transform a Design from Amateur to Professional in Four Easy Steps (infographic)
How to Do a Visual Analysis: A Five-Step Process (infographic)
10 Rules for Using Text (infographic)
The Seven Deadly Sins of Punctuation (infographic)
What is Visual Rhetoric? (infographic)

Visual Communication Sample Course Syllabi
Advanced Web Design syllabus (undergraduate)
Advanced Website Design syllabus (graduate)
Beginning Web Design syllabus (undergraduate)
Desktop Publishing syllabus (graduate)
Document Design syllabus (undergraduate)
Electronic Design (undergraduate)
Infographics in Popular Media
Information Design in Society syllabus (undergraduate)
Publication Design syllabus (graduate)
Visual Communication syllabus (graduate)

Writing Sample Course Syllabi
Basic Editing Principles syllabus (graduate)
Business Communication  syllabus (undergraduate)
Intermediate Writing syllabus (undergraduate)
Scientific Writing syllabus (undergraduate)
Technical Communication syllabus (undergraduate)
Technical Writing syllabus (undergraduate)

Business, Technical, and Scientific Communication Assignment Descriptions
Code of Ethics Analysis
Daily Dose of Science
Fact Sheet
Field Map
Group Usability Report
Instruction Set
Job Application
Occupational Investigation Letter
Popular Science Journalism Article
Routine Business Communication
Scientific Poster Presentation
Scientific Paper Manuscript


Composition Sample Assignment Descriptions

Grammar Spotlight
Visual Analysis Essay
Writing about the World: Observation and Reflection
Writing to the World: Analysis and Persuasion
Writing to Succeed in the World

Visual Communication and Document Design Sample Assignment Descriptions
Children’s Book (Applying Design Theory)
Infographic
Information Booklet & Presentation
Instruction Set
Metaphor Log & Poster
Monetized Blog (Web Design)
Photo WebLog
Reading Tasks (Web Design)
Visual Analysis Essay
Visual Communication Book Review & Presentation
Visual Communication Position Paper
Visual Effects Poster (publication design)
Visual Identity Document Suite
Visual Reflective Analysis (information design)
Website Inspection Report
Website Launch and Site Management Instructions

Quizzes
Visual Literacy Quiz
Grammar and Punctuation Quiz