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Adjustment Message
Great for business communication courses, this assignment helps students learn to write adjustment messages to alleviate upset customers' and clients' concerns. Two pages.
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Bad News Letter
Great for business communication courses, this assignment helps students learn to write messages that convey bad news. Three pages.
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Blog Articles
Great for any course with regular reading assignments, this assignment helps students articulate what they learned while applying a contemporary writing style. One page.
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Brochure
Great for beginning and intermediate design courses, this assignment requires students to design a tri-fold brochure with a specific purpose in mind and then write a memo describing design and communication choices. Two pages.
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Business Communication Training Guide
Great for business communication courses, this assignment requires students to reflect on all they have learned about business communication best practices and then create a booklet, applying those practices, to teach others about business communication. Two pages.
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Client Website
Perfect project for beginning to advanced website development courses, this assignment requires student to create websites for a client. Assignment description includes six benchmarks that students complete over a designated period of time.
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Code of Ethics Analysis
Great project for technical, professional, and scientific writing courses, this assignment requires students to research a code of ethics for a prominent field in which they hope to enter upon graduation. Students evaluate the ethical standards expected in their field. One page.
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Coded Website
Great for beginning or intermediate web design courses, this project requires students to learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS in order to create a simple, functional website. One page.
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Reflection Notebook

Great for introductory document design and technical writing courses, this assignment requires students to collect ten different document designs and evaluate each with a different perspective in mind. Comes with a reflective evaluation score sheet that students can use. Two pages.
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Content Collection
Great for web design courses with a focus on content development, this assignment requires students to strategically collect all of the content that will be included in their website. Two pages.
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Corporate Infographic
Great for advanced business communication courses or design courses, this project requires students develop an infographic for a client that informs, instructs, or persuade. Project requires research, content development, and information design know-how. One page.
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Cutting Edge Technology Presentation
Great for courses in digital media, visual arts, business communication or other technology-relevant courses. This assignment requires students to use a new/unfamiliar technology or program to teach a particular concept, such as intellectual property. Students may use animation programs, motion graphic generators, game and app programs, or anything else. Two pages.
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Design Analysis & Redesign
Great for courses in document design, this assignment requires students to analyze a design using information design and visual communication best practices and then redesign the document, improving on the original. One page.
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Designing for People Presentations
Great for students in web design or document design classes, this assignment uses Susan Weinschenk's book, 100 THINGS EVERY DESIGNER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE. Students are required to learn a principle of design and people then find and present examples to the class, explaining the principle.
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Digital Content Plan
Great for students in website development courses with a focus on content development, this assignment requires students to think strategically about and plan for the content in their websites. Students develop key word strategies, include latent semantic content, and create a calendar for content production. Four pages.
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Emergent Media Manifesto
Great for students in media criticism, digital humanities, or emergent media courses, this project requires students to critically analyze some component of media and society and develop a manifesto in visual and digital formats. One page.
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Event Poster
Great for students in introductory design courses, this assignment requires students to design a poster for an upcoming event. One page.
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Fact Sheet
Great for students in technical and professional writing courses, this project gives students an introduction to information collection and document design. Students choose a career field, then create a one-page fact sheet describing the key components of that field.
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Final Argumentative Paper (Editing)
Great for students in any writing class that requires an argumentative paper, this assignment was designed specifically for students in an editing class. As such, the assignment is short, giving students a chance to focus primarily on word choice, sentence structure, organization, specifics and generalizations, fact-checking, and so forth.
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Final Design Project
Great for advance design students in document design or visual communication, this project is an open-ended description giving students freedom to choose their culminating project. Files include a "questions to consider" page with tips on project scope, complexity, and so forth, as well as a final project scoring rubric. Five pages.
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Final Research Paper (Emergent Media)
Great for students in media and digital humanities classes, this assignment requires students to write a thoughtful argumentative research paper on current topics in emerging and digital media. One page.
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Grammar Spotlight
Great for any class where communication and writing is relevant, this assignment requires students to look up a grammar and punctuation rule each week and then present, on assigned dates, to the class. One page.
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Group Usability Report
Great team project for students introductory web design classes, this assignment allows students to apply their knowledge of web design best practices, doing a though usability test and providing a recommendation report to clients. Two pages.
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In-Class Usability Test
Great for web design courses, this assignment description helps students to follow usability expert Steve Krug's five-step usability testing model to test their own websites. Assignment is designed to be performed during class time where students can evaluate each other's websites. One page.
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Infographic
Great for students in design and business communication courses, this assignment requires students to collect information that they can design into an infographic format for specific purpose. One page.
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Infographic: How the Internet Works
Great for students in web design classes, this is a perfect assignment to introduce students to the magic of the internet. Students research common terms related to internet functionality (like IP address, browser, web host, server, etc.) and then design an infographic that describes how all the pieces work together. Two pages.
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Infographic Presentation
Great for students in courses where they may design an infographic, this assignment allows students to reflect on the work they did in creating an infographic, and then presenting that infographic to the class while describing choices in research, design, and communication. One page.
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Information Booklet & Design Synopsis
Great for students in introductory and intermediate document design courses, this project allows students to apply many fundamental principles of design and communication into a multiple-page booklet that informs audiences about a selected topic. Two pages.
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Instruction Set
Great for students in technical and professional writing classes, this assignment requires students to design an instruction set that follows best practices for organization and information design. One page.
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Job Application Project
Great for students in professional and business writing courses, this assignment requires students to create four documents in preparation for applying for jobs: a traditional resume, a creative resume, a cover letter, and a business card. Two pages.
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Monetized Blog
Great for students in web design courses (typically more advanced), this project helps students learn the complexities of website development from multiple angles: content management systems, search engine optimization, digital content development and visual asset collection, web analytics, and monetizing and advertising options through content marketing. Three pages.
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Occupational Investigation Letter
Great for students in business or technical communication courses, this assignment does two things: allows students to learn proper business letter format while learning in-depth about their expected profession. Students interview professionals, learn about job outlook and salaries, and then write a letter to someone who may be interested in pursuing that for a career. Two pages.
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Occupational Title Inquiry
Great for students in business, technical, and professional writing courses, this assignment requires students to visit the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, search multiple job ads, and evaluate job responsibilities and expectations. Students then write a short essay about what they learned about the occupation. One page.
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Personal Portfolio
Great for students in capstone, web design, and portfolio development courses, this project requires students to create a functional website that effectively displays their work. Two pages.
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Personal Website
Great for students in web design courses, this assignment allows students to create a website for their own personal purposes (portfolio, small business, etc.) Includes a checklist for website evaluation and development. Two pages.
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Persuasive Brochure
Great for students document design courses, this assignment requires students to apply document design best practices in a tri-fold brochure with a persuasive focus. Two pages.
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Poster Redesign
Great for students in document design courses, this is a great introductory assignment that requires students to locate a poster that they feel is poorly designed, then redesign it using basic design principles and theories. One page.
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Project Proposal and Time Management Plan
Great for students in any course where a large project is required, this particular assignment description focuses on website development. Students learn to write in professional memo format while assembling a thorough project proposal and time management plan. One page.
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Proposal
Great for students in technical and professional writing classes, this assignment requires students to use professional memo writing format to draft a proposal for a larger project. Students consider formatting, problem statements, exigency, and audience as they write the brief proposal.
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Recommendation Report
Great for students in business, technical, and professional writing classes, this assignment requires students to identify an organization with a communication problem, conduct primary and secondary research, and then write a full-scale recommendation report, complete with letter of transmittal, all front and back matter, and major content sections. Two pages.
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Resume & Cover Letter
Great for students in business and professional communication courses, this assignment requires students to research a job for which they would like to apply, and then tailor a resume and cover letter to apply for that position. Two pages.
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Self-Reflection (Writing)
Great for students in business, technical, and professional writing classes, this assignment requires students to review and reflect on their own writing. As an introductory assignment, students print out ten non-sensitive emails and have their peers evaluate their writing. One page.
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Site Launch & Management Instructions
Great for students a web design course where they have designed a website for a client, this assignment requires students to write a thorough instruction manual for a client that identifies how to launch, edit, and manage their new website. Two pages.
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Site Thumbnail & Wireframe
Great for students in web design courses, this assignment helps students to plan their websites in advances, designing a thorough wireframe and thumbnail of their website. One page.
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Social Media Plan
Great for students in business and professional communication courses, as well as web design courses, this project requires students to work with a client to develop a complete social media plan. Students study the target audience to create personas, a calendar, and supporting content for multiple social media platforms. Three pages.
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Technical Definitions
Great for students in technical, scientific, and professional communication courses, this assignment helps students learn to write definitions using three different methods: the parenthetical definition, the sentence definition, and the expanded definition. One page.
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Usability Test & Website Inspection Report
Great for students in web design classes, this assignment allows student to give and receive feedback on their websites and the websites of their peers. Comes with a sample usability test outline. Two pages.
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UXD Presentations
Great for students in web design classes, this assignment allows students to research user experience design principles, teach the principle to the class, and show and describe examples of experience design in action. One page.
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Vector Logos
Great for students in document design, publication design, and graphics courses, this project allows students to learn the principles of vector graphics by designing logos in Adobe Illustrator. One page.
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Visual Effects Poster
Great for students in document design, publication design, and graphics courses, this assignment requires students to create a poster design that goes beyond using just simple shapes, lines, and typefaces by including effects that they learn from tutorials and practice. One page.
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Visual Identity Document Suite
Great for students in document design, publication design, and business communication courses, this assignment requires students to design a complete visual identity suite by designing a logo, style guide, business card, letterhead, and envelope for themselves or a client. Two pages.
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Website Inspection Report
Great for students in web design courses, this assignment requires students to apply their understanding of web design, usability, and UXD best practices by evaluating several websites and writing a report. Two pages.
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Website Showcase & Presentation
Great for students in web design courses, this assignment allows students to reflect on the web design choices they made and then present their website to the class. One page.
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Web Writing Exercises (Five Pack)
Great for students in web design courses, this assignment makes use of web writing principles from Redish's book LETTING GO OF THE WORDS. Students apply the principles by writing their own content. 10 Pages.
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White Paper
Great for students in business and professional communication courses, this assignment allows students to learn the principles of writing white papers while applying document design know-how. Two pages.
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White Paper ePub
Great for students in advanced business and professional communication courses or document design courses, this assignment allows students to learn the principles of writing white papers while creating a contemporary document format, the ePub, which allows for video, slideshow, and interactive content. Two pages.
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