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Jeyaraj, Joseph – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
Engineers communicate multimodally using written and visual communication, but there is not much theorizing on why they do so and how. This essay, therefore, examines why engineers communicate multimodally, what, in the context of representing engineering realities, are the strengths and weaknesses of written and visual communication, and how,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technical Writing, Communication Strategies, Written Language
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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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Dorpenyo, Isidore Kafui – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
This article analyzes a proposal submitted to a funding unit in Michigan Technological University by a PhD Forestry student. A rhetorical-cultural approach of the text provides evidence to argue that scientific writing is rooted in a cultural practice that valorizes certain kinds of thought, practices, rituals, and symbols; that a scientist's work…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Forestry, Cultural Influences, Scientists
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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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Gigante, Maria E. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, recently established by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an alleged attempt at public outreach. The NSF encourages scientists to submit visualizations that would appeal to non-expert audiences by displaying their work in an annual "special feature" in "Science" magazine,…
Descriptors: Competition, Visualization, Scientists, Science Education
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Cripps, Michael J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
Single sourcing through a content management system (CMS) is altering technical communication practices in many organizations, including institutions of higher education. Open source software (OSS) solutions are currently among the most popular content management platforms adopted by colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Public Colleges, Case Studies, Open Source Technology
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Bokor, Michael Jarvis Kwadzo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
This article explores how the English language contributes to cross-boundary communication failure and establishes that there is an "English language problem" that has not been adequately addressed in preparing United States native English-speaking students for international technical communication tasks. For example, U.S. technical communication…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Audience Analysis, Computer Software, Guides
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Williams, Sean D. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
This article argues that in spite of some attempts to expand the diversity of approaches in Technical Communication, the field remains rooted in an expedient, managerial, techno-rational discourse, where discourse is understood as the values that guide research, practice, and teaching. The article draws on approaches from Communication Studies,…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Interpersonal Communication, Figurative Language, Discourse Analysis
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Hailey, David; Cox, Matthew; Loader, Emily – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
We evaluate 45 jobs professional communicators might occupy. Specifically, we examine the impact of creativity on careers that may become more or less easily outsourced domestically or offshore in the future. We are unable to find any particular relationship between creativity, per se, and job security. Instead, we find that people with knowledge…
Descriptors: Creativity, Global Approach, Innovation, Job Security
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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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Dinolfo, John; Heifferon, Barbara; Temesvari, Lesly A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
This pilot study obtained baseline information on verbal and visual rhetorics to teach microscopy techniques to college biology majors. We presented cell images to students in cell biology and biology writing classes and then asked them to identify textual, verbal, and visual cues that support microscopy learning. Survey responses suggest that…
Descriptors: Cues, Rhetoric, Cytology, Biology
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Cozijn, Reinier; Maes, Alfons; Schackman, Didie; Ummelen, Nicole – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
In this article, we present a usability experiment in which participants were asked to make intensive use of information on an intranet in order to execute job-related tasks. Participants had to work with one of two versions of an intranet: one with an organization-based hyperlink structure, and one with a task-based hyperlink structure.…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Internet, Usability, Experiments
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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