Lecture: Technical Communication Strategies: Ch. 6 & Ch. 7

Note: Unless I hear otherwise I will assume you understand the readings from Technical Communication Strategies for Today. Therefore, lectures on readings from the book will tend to be short, focusing on specifics I want to highlight. Just because I don’t address something doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. If you have any questions or need further elaboration on anything about […]

Introductions to TCRP Assignment Sequence and Proposal

Video introductions to both the Technical Communication Research Project (TCRP) assignment sequence and the proposal are available below as well on their respective assignment guidelines pages. Technical Communication Research Project Overview Technical Communication Research Project Proposal

Gantt Charts

In the Technical Communication Report Project Proposal assignment, I ask you to create a Gantt Chart, which is a commonly used planning tool in the form of a bar chart used to illustrate a project schedule. To learn more about Gantt charts, see the infographic (clicking on it will take you to the larger version on […]

Lecture: Technical Communication Strategies: Ch. 8

Note: Unless I hear otherwise I will assume you understand the readings from Technical Communication Strategies for Today. Therefore, lectures on readings from the book will tend to be short, focusing on specifics I want to highlight. Just because I don’t address something doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. If you have any questions or need further elaboration on anything about […]

Lecture: Solving Problems in TC, Ch. 14

“What Do Technical Communicators Need to Know about Genre?” In ch. 14 of Johnson-Eilola and Selber’s Solving Problems in Technical Communication, Brent Henze examines the function of genres within technical communication and how we can use our knowledge of genre (as a concept) to design documents for users’ needs, to understand how to modify a specific genre […]

Lecture: Solving Problems in TC, Ch. 10

“How Can Technical Communicators Plan for Users?” In chapter 10 of Johnson-Eilola and Selber’s Solving Problems in Technical Communication, Antonio Ceraso introduces the concept of and provides strategies for how we might plan for users, both in the traditional sense of project management and audience analysis, but also through the process of user participation in the design and […]

Joe Palca’s Winthrop Talk

As I announced over the past few weeks, NPR science journalist Joe Palca came to Winthrop on Feb. 4 to give a talk about communicating science to the public. You can watch the video here

Lecture: Solving Problems in TC: Ch. 3

[Note: This was supposed to publish during Week 3 on Feb. 1.] “How Can Technical Communicators Fit into Contemporary Organizations?” In ch. 3 of Solving Problems in Technical Communication, Jim Henry offers us a look at the role technical communicators can play in the workplace through the lens of analyzing and understanding an organization’s workplace […]

Lecture: Bazerman’s “Knowing Where You Are”

In “Knowing Where You Are: Genre,” chapter 2 of A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 1, Charles Bazerman argues that genres emerge out an established set of practices and conventions that develop over time in response to situations and sets of activities. Or, to put it more precisely, genres “embody understandings of situations, […]

Lecture: Gopen and Swan’s “The Science of Scientific Writing”

In “The Science of Scientific Writing,” George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan argue that dense, difficult to read prose is far more often a problem of violating reader expectation than it is an issue of long sentences, technical jargon-heavy writing, and complex topics. As this is the case, they discuss reader expectations and offer key […]