Initial Brainstorming Ideas

  1. Limited engineering classes are very conflictive with a working student’s schedule. Things that may be possible to correct only having one course available the same time and day every semester may be to switch every semester the availability of class, make an online version of the class available, or get into contact with other local schools offering this course for dual enrollment, and see how they may be able to help with the student’s needs. This could be solved by contacting the department, contacting other schools, getting the dean involved in opening up another section and getting ahold of students who have the same issues.
  2. Better lighting on campus I think is an important one, because I know having taken night classes, that some of the regions on the outskirts of the campus where students have to park, are not lit up to the standard they should be for one to be able to see all of their surroundings. Some solutions may be to use brighter lights, have more frequent lights, more security around at night or make different parking available.
  3. My work needs a new system for carry out. At night we get extremely busy and all carry out calls are directed to the hostess who in turn has to direct them to the carry out person in the back. This becomes chaotic because she is trying to seat people and take reservations being very busy, and the calls end up coming to the bar, where I am also busy and some calls never go through. I would suggest a new answering system that would allow customers the option before they get directly through to choose, party arrangements (which we also have a separate person for that and it also initially goes through the hostess stand, but isn’t as big of a problem), carryout, banquet, general questions and reservations. It would make things a lot more organized and isn’t quite a new and modern technology that would be difficult to acquire. We would need to get into contact with the phone operating system and probably some form of a cable network to make this change happen. Also, we would have to prove to our managers that it would make work for the employees run a lot smoother.

 

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User Test Design

We are testing to see how well our method of a quick time management for studying works for a college level algebra student. We plan on actually giving a similar test which would be taken in an algebra class after we give the guided steps and materials needed to pass said test. We will however be giving the test to varying people of different levels in math. Giving the materials and information and taking the test will be the performance section. We will also be doing an understandability test, to see if our strategy for studying for and successfully passing an exam.

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Effects of WikiHow

When making a how-to guide on wikiHow, it is different than just making a how to list for a close person or even a different community. Finding a topic proved to be a slight challenge, because it had to be something that was specifically asked. We found one and it will differ from other ways of writing because wikiHow is a public forum and everyone and anyone is allowed to view it. Also, unlike a small bulleted list, we will be using graphics and steps that may be more detailed than we normally would because a specific task was asked to be described. I also would speak in a more formal language as I am not relaying information to someone that I know.

Wikihow also has tools to make the instructions more user friendly. It allows for adding of explanations that may be accompanied by photos, and spots for tips that allow you to expand on whatever it is you’re trying to explain. It allows for different categories on your page if what you are trying to explain is broad and needs to be directed down to a more valid point. You also are allowed a summary and videos. This is different because other how-to sites may not give you as many options and other how-to sites may be directed at a different kind of audience.

 

Effects of WikiHow

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Topic: How to effectively delegate time at work

Similarly we found how to manage time in college and high school. Some things were the same, as in deadlines and material, but time management in the office or workplace has other factors students may not have to deal with when orchestrating their time based on them and only them.

There is no time management while at work wiki how and I think it could be helpful to someone who doesn’t quite know how to focus and manage their time based on their occupation.

This relates to our course because we are learning professional qualities and skills for a future career and how to address them accordingly. In order to maintain a professional aesthetic at work, you need to know how to not only communicate effectively, but also how to do it on a proper and adequate time scale because reaching certain deadlines could affect the entire company or department.

 

 

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