Week 8 (March 1 – March 7)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Review and complete weekly Participation Post assignment.
    • The Initiating post should discuss a topic, idea, or concern of interest to you that was raised in this week’s readings on the history and possible future(s) of technical communication.
    • The Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
    • Your Documentation Project #1 peer reviews will count as your third participation post.
  • Post the Week 7 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, March 1, 10:00 PM.
  • Complete the Documentation Project #1 peer reviews. Due: March 5, 10:00 PM.
  • Begin work on the Week 8 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 PM.
  • Continue working on the Technical Communication Report Proposal: Due: March 11, 10:00 PM.
  • Begin revising Documentation Project #1. Instructor-review draft due: March 11, 10:00 PM.
  • Continue working on the Documentation Project #2. Peer-review draft due: March 28, 10:00 PM.


  • Johnson-Eilola, Johndan, and Stuart A. Selber. Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. (Required textbook)
    • Longo, Bernadette, and T. Kenny Fountain. Ch. 7: “What Can History Teach Us about Technical Communication?”, pp. 165-186.
    • Mehlenbacher, Brad. Ch. 8: “What Is the Future of Technical Communication?”, pp. 187-208.
  • Durack, Katherine T. “Gender, Technology, and the History of Technical Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly 6.3 (1997): 249-60.