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Dusenberry, Lisa; Hutter, Liz; Robinson, Joy – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
This article establishes traits of adaptable communicators in the 21st century, explains why adaptability should be a goal of technical communication educators, and shows how multimodal pedagogy supports adaptability. Three examples of scalable, multimodal assignments (infographics, research interviews, and software demonstrations) that evidence…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Technical Writing, Learning Modalities, Teaching Methods
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Jeyaraj, Joseph – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2014
While Engineering values direct communication, indirect communication produces a kind of literacy salient for engineers that direct communication may not offer in the way indirect communication does. This article emphasizes the inadequacies of overly emphasizing direct communication for Engineering majors and explains how teaching indirect…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Engineering Education, Majors (Students), Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Northcut, Kathryn M.; Brumberger, Eva R. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
Technical communicators are expected to work extensively with visual texts in workplaces. Fortunately, most academic curricula include courses in which the skills necessary for such tasks are introduced and sometimes developed in depth. We identify a tension between a focus on technological skill vs. a focus on principles and theory, arguing that…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Visual Literacy, Theory Practice Relationship, Design
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Brizee, H. Allen – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2008
Current scholarship tells us that skills in teaming are essential for students and practitioners of professional communication. Writers must be able to cooperate with subject-matter experts and team members to make effective decisions and complete projects. Scholarship also suggests that rapid changes in technology and changes in teaming processes…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Heuristics, Information Technology, Decision Making
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Van Woerkum, C. M. J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
The aim of this article is to show that a better awareness of the relationship between written and spoken communication can help the writer to improve his/her effectiveness. The focus will be on written texts that precede (formal and informal) discussions. The analysis will start with a description of the differences between orality and literacy.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Literacy, Creativity, Writing Instruction
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Fan, Jiang-Ping – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, the author demonstrates that the semiotic model proposed by Charles Morris enables us to optimize our understanding of technical communication practices and provides a good point of inquiry. To illustrate this point, the author exemplifies the semiotic approaches by scholars in technical communication and elaborates Morris's model…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Semantics, Semiotics, Communication Strategies
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Hirst, Russel – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2003
Scientific and technical jargon--specialized vocabulary, usually Latinate--plays a vital role in scientific and technical communication. But its proper use continues to be a point of discussion because of our concern with audience adaptation, rhetorical exigence, rhetorical purpose, and ethics. We've focused on teaching students--and on convincing…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Scientific Research, Definitions, Jargon