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Day 1 Introduction -- ECE Classes to PDI and Written/Oral Communication “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches” Introduction Introduce Professional Development Instructors (PDI), CLEAR, Web page, office hours Working Individually PDI: Freewrite Exercise. Individually write down how you would make the ideal peanut butter and jelly sandwich (PBJ) in ten steps or less. Working in Teams Divide into six groups: two groups each of peanut butter companies, jam companies, bread companies. Each group represents a company that manufactures that one product. Each company has been commissioned to develop a process for making the ideal PBJ sandwich. Each company is an expert in only one area. Brainstorming to generate and share knowledge. Define the properties of your product that might impact the process of making a sandwich, for example, spreadability, thickness, surface texture, etc. Share expertise orally and through note-taking PDI: Brief description of an “Elevator Speech”: maximizing brief presentation opportunities. “1-minute speech.” Each company sends an expert over to one each of two different companies to explain the properties of their product. (Peanut butter will send an expert to both the jam and bread companies). In each group a recorder stays home to receive the experts from the other companies (peanut butter will also receive jam and bread). Brainstorm orally and draft a written document to communicate team results PDI: Introduce things to think about when preparing a procedure description and a group document. Each expert returns to the home company and listens to a 1-minute report from the recorder at that company. This is followed by a brainstorming session drawing on the knowledge gathered by listening to and speaking to all of the experts. Finally, the team is ready to start drafting their process for manufacturing the ideal PBJ sandwich. Draft must be legible so that another group can read it. PDI (Oral): Comment on speaking to learn/brainstorming PDI (Written): Comment on writing to learn/drafting Oral and Written feedback/review process Groups pass their procedure to another group to test the manufacturing process. Each group will build the PBJ sandwich according to the procedures established by the other group. Each group will make note of procedural inefficiencies, flaws, and other problems in the procedure and will make suggestions as to how to improve the other groups procedures. This may also include editing or suggesting alternative ways of writing the procedures down. Time-allowing: each group prepares a half-page memo recommending changes and modifications to the procedures the group reviewed. 2-3 minute feedback speech: Each company sends a representative to the company they reviewed to report on the review of their procedures for building a PBJ sandwich. Nod to Next Step: Revision to final professional document and 20-minute presentation to client. PDI (oral) makes a few points about a formal presentation. PDI (written) makes a few comments about what makes a document professional quality. Wrap-up Preview of what to expect over the next four years.
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