ERIC Number: ED241944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Computer Programs for Technical Communicators: The Compelling Curriculum. Working Draft.
Selfe, Cynthia L.; Wahlstrom, Billie J.
A series of computer programs have been developed at Michigan Technological University for use with technical writing and technical communications classes. The first type of program in the series, CURIE II, includes process-based modules, each of which corresponds to one of the following assignments: memoranda, resumes, feasibility reports, abstracts, letters of application, descriptions of mechanical processes, user documentation, systems documentation, proposals, letters of inquiry, and technical reports for lay audiences. Each of the programs begins with a review of lecture points and then guides the students through various predrafting, drafting, and post drafting strategies appropriate to that particular task. The second type of program involves rhetorical scenarios. The computer, in effect, creates several large companies complete with detailed descriptions of their products, corporate structures, profit and loss records, personnel, and communications channels. Each company has attached to it different scenarios that demand a specific piece of writing within the context of the fictitious company. The third type of program is graphics-oriented and allows students to layout brochures, reports, newspapers, press releases and other documents by manipulating symbol libraries, print blocks, type fonts, white space, pictures, and time blocks on a CRT. (Sample printouts are interspersed throughout the document.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technical Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (73rd, Denver, CO, November 18-23, 1983).