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An Integrated Curriculum For Technical Writing In Higher Education In China, Feifei Zhong, Gene Hou 2017 Southwest Jiaotong University

An Integrated Curriculum For Technical Writing In Higher Education In China, Feifei Zhong, Gene Hou

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications

This study aims to develop an effective curriculum plan to improve technical writing in higher education in China. The paper first investigated the deficiency in the curriculum design in China for English technical writing by comparing the required courses offered in Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) in China with those in Old Dominion University (ODU) in US. Questionnaires and interviews were then conducted among studying abroad Chinese students, visiting scholars, English as Second Language (ESL) instructors as well as engineering professors. The collected data revealed that the oversea Chinese students were struggled more with higher order concerns in writing than lower ...


The Modern Church Communicates: Rhetoric And Hypertext In Church Website Design, Edward Palmer 2017 University of Central Florida

The Modern Church Communicates: Rhetoric And Hypertext In Church Website Design, Edward Palmer

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Internet and the World Wide Web have supplanted many paper-based information systems. People turn to the web to locate local services in the same way they find ecommerce sites such as Amazon. Churches of all sizes must develop effective and attractive websites to attract new members and inform existing members. These two groups form distinct audiences that must be correctly targeted by the website content. Other churches may visit to gather ideas for their programs; they are a third group of site visitors. Organization of hypertext on the web requires skills that are different than writing for print. Technical ...


Playing With Usability: Why Technical Communicators Should Examine Mobile Games, Alexandra Cata 2017 University of Central Florida

Playing With Usability: Why Technical Communicators Should Examine Mobile Games, Alexandra Cata

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines how technical communicators can look to free, successful mobile games for mobile User Interface (UI) and User Assistance (UA) inspiration and design techniques. The purpose of this thesis is to provide an overview of major game studies theories and situate them within technical communication theory and practices. Technical communicators can leverage game studies theories to augment existing technical communication theories and practices. Specifically, I examine cognitive learning theory in game design, game usability, playability, and user-centered design, and how these theories relate to technical communication, rhetorical, mobile UI/UA, and general usability theories and methods. Additionally, I ...


Grace Hopper And The Marvelous Machine: Lessons For Modern Technical Communicators From The Mark I Ascc Manual, Jessica Meyr 2017 University of Central Florida

Grace Hopper And The Marvelous Machine: Lessons For Modern Technical Communicators From The Mark I Ascc Manual, Jessica Meyr

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Women's technical writing achievements often go unrecognized, both due to the invisibility of technical writing professionals in general, and a lack of famous technical communication role models in particular. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze and present an early major work in the technical writing of Rear Admiral "Amazing" Grace Hopper, inventor of the compiler and an important figure in computer science history. Although Hopper is arguably best known for popularizing the idea of the "computer bug," her achievements in computer science extend from invention of the software compiler to tireless promotion of the programming language COBOL ...


Sarah Hopton.Jpg, Sarah Beth Hopton 2016 Appalachian State University

Sarah Hopton.Jpg, Sarah Beth Hopton

Dr. Sarah Beth Hopton

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Feminist Theory And Technical Communication, Olivia Duffus 2016 Cedarville University

Feminist Theory And Technical Communication, Olivia Duffus

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

This essay explores feminism, socially-constructed norms, and the relationship between feminism and technical communication. It argues that undergraduate technical communication programs should include courses that study feminist history and theories as related to the field, claiming that studying feminist theory will improve user-centered design and broaden students' spheres of influence as professionals.


Author Biographies, Leigh G. Dillard 2016 university of north georgia

Author Biographies, Leigh G. Dillard

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Biographies of authors featured in Volume 5 of Papers & Publications.


Forematter, Leigh G. Dillard 2016 university of north georgia

Forematter, Leigh G. Dillard

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Forematter for Volume 5 of Papers & Publications.


Analysis Of Media In Rwanda: Internship With The New Times, Rhiannon Snide 2016 SIT Study Abroad

Analysis Of Media In Rwanda: Internship With The New Times, Rhiannon Snide

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

This report examines the effects and expectations of media in Rwanda today, specifically in reference to the New Times daily newspaper. I spent one month interning with the New Times as a news writer, spending approximately 45 to 50 hours a week with the institution. Within this month, I was able to use both primary research and secondary research to analyze the role of media in Rwanda’s society today. Interviews with head editors of the New Times and conversations with paid journalists from the New Times provided me with much of the information specific to the news outlet, while ...


Publishing Information For Authors, Paul Royster, Sue Ann Gardner, Linnea Fredrickson 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Publishing Information For Authors, Paul Royster, Sue Ann Gardner, Linnea Fredrickson

Library Conference Presentations and Speeches

Publishing: What Authors Ought to Know, by Paul Royster

Copyright for Scholarly Authors, by Sue Ann Gardner

Mechanics of the Manuscript: What Happens Next? by Linnea Fredrickson


Visual Detail And Its Effects On Character Attachment In Video Games, Carl Sommer 2016 Purdue University

Visual Detail And Its Effects On Character Attachment In Video Games, Carl Sommer

Open Access Theses

The video game industry has been experiencing a trend toward independent game developers making their own games, as well as large companies opening smaller divisions to work on smaller games. This can be looked at from a purely financial perspective, given that smaller games will inevitably consume a smaller budget; however, there is also good reason to believe there can be substantial creative benefits to companies indulging in this trend. This research is concerned with the effect that visual detail can have on a players emotional attachment to characters in video games-otherwise known as character attachment. While intuition may often ...


Explaining Dynamic Interactions In Wiki-Based Collaborative Writing, Mimi Li, Wei Zhu 2016 Georgia Southern University

Explaining Dynamic Interactions In Wiki-Based Collaborative Writing, Mimi Li, Wei Zhu

Writing and Linguistics Faculty Research and Publications

This article reports a case study that examined dynamic patterns of interaction that two small groups of ESL students exemplified when they performed two writing tasks, i.e., Research Proposal (Task 1) and Annotated Bibliography (Task 2) in a wiki site. Group A demonstrated a Collective pattern in Task 1, but switched to an Active/Withdrawn pattern in Task 2. In contrast, Group B exhibited a Dominant/Defensive pattern in Task 1, but switched to a Collaborative one in Task 2. These patterns were substantiated by group members’ ongoing task approaches in terms of “equality” and “mutuality,” reflected via the ...


Troubles At Coal Creek: Rhetorics Of Writing, Research, And The Archive, Sumner Stevenson Brown 2016 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Troubles At Coal Creek: Rhetorics Of Writing, Research, And The Archive, Sumner Stevenson Brown

Masters Theses

Digging through the past can uncover painful truths. As such, historiography that does not acknowledge negotiated spaces, cultural erasures, and flexible frameworks may fall short. It may limit both breadth and depth of the past, thereby (re)producing erasures, whereas a reflexive theoretical framework delivers not only depth and breadth, but it also adds texture and dimension to historical writing and research processes. It is for these purposes that the value of alternative methodologies is not situated at the margins of the rhetorical canons. Instead, it is embedded in the very core of the canons, defined as an element that ...


Volume 111 Issue 25, Southwestern Oklahoma State University 2016 Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Volume 111 Issue 25, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

The Southwestern

News Editor...............................Maggie Tran

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Staff Reporters...........................Amber Bachiochi, Bayli Blanchard, Elizabeth Fuller, Kelsie Gerlach, Brooke Harden, Bailey Hood, Maxwell Jirak, Conner Kent, Makenli Ladd, Katie Lafferty, Ayo Ojo, Caylie Patton, Jennifer Steiner, Michelle Taylor, Andikan Usanga

Editing Staff...............................Amber Bachiochi, Bayli Blanchard, Tariq Carey, Hunter Green, Bailey Hood, Maxwell Jirak, Bailey Kephart, Katie Lafferty, Delmi Menendez, Ayo Ojo, Saul Pina, Bradley Rowson, Jennifer Steiner, Jessica Tortorelli, Amber Trogdon


Preliminary Assessment Of And Lessons Learned In Pitch: An Integrated Approach To Developing Technical Communication Skills In Engineers, Nadiye O. Erdil, Ronald S. Harichandran, Michael A. Collura, Jean Nocito-Gobel, David J. Adams, Amanda Simson 2016 University of New Haven

Preliminary Assessment Of And Lessons Learned In Pitch: An Integrated Approach To Developing Technical Communication Skills In Engineers, Nadiye O. Erdil, Ronald S. Harichandran, Michael A. Collura, Jean Nocito-Gobel, David J. Adams, Amanda Simson

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Faculty Publications

The Project to Integrate Technical Communication Habits (PITCH) has been implemented across seven engineering and computer science undergraduate programs starting in fall 2012. The overarching goal of PITCH is to develop written, oral and visual communication skills and professional habits in engineering students. PITCH activities begin in the very first semester and are reinforced and extended through all four years of each program. After three years of progressively more extensive development and deployment, a preliminary assessment of student writing over their first three years in programs was performed. In May 2016 the first cohort of students will have completed the ...


Visual Rhetoric: A Case For Visual Literacy In The Classroom, Kaitlyn J. Tomlinson 2016 Cedarville Univiersity

Visual Rhetoric: A Case For Visual Literacy In The Classroom, Kaitlyn J. Tomlinson

Professional Writing and Information Design Capstone Projects

We live in a visual age in which we find visual information surrounding us on every side. The persuasive power of the visual has long been recognized by scholars, but there is a lack of emphasis in the classroom on how to effectively create an effectively persuasive visual. Professors at the collegiate level need to teach their students to be visually literate, to make them responsible users and creators of images.


A Proposal For A Writing Center At Lafayette High School, Katherine Leigh Utne 2016 James Madison University

A Proposal For A Writing Center At Lafayette High School, Katherine Leigh Utne

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

While employed at the University Writing Center at James Madison University, I noticed how helpful it was for the students, tutors and faculty. Curious about the benefits of a writing center at the high school level, I began researching high school writing centers, and following my adviser’s suggestion, I created the initial draft of a proposal for a writing center at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

After interviews with faculty at Lafayette and a personal conversation with the principal, I revised my proposal, adapting it to Lafayette’s needs. The following proposal identifies the need for and the ...


Cross-Cultural Solutions Volunteer Handbook, Alexa Senio 2016 James Madison University

Cross-Cultural Solutions Volunteer Handbook, Alexa Senio

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Alexa worked with Cross-Cultural Solutions to design and create a handbook that could prepare volunteers for their experience abroad. By using her personal experience abroad at El Pueblito, an orphanage in Cartago, Costa Rica, Alexa was able to compile resources and information that would be useful for a first-time volunteer to make the most out of their experience and to make sure they are prepared for working with the children. The final product is an interactive PDF handbook and an accompanying classroom activity bank on Pinterest that can be accessed digitally by CCS volunteers worldwide.


Storytelling Failure In The Vale Of Leven: How A Bacterial Outbreak Became A Wicked Problem, Kyle P. Vealey 2016 Purdue University

Storytelling Failure In The Vale Of Leven: How A Bacterial Outbreak Became A Wicked Problem, Kyle P. Vealey

Open Access Dissertations

This dissertation examines the rhetorical work of a public inquiry investigation into an outbreak of Clostridium Difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland that resulted in 143 cases of infection and the tragic deaths of 34 patients. In light of these deaths and subsequent protests from local citizens, the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland launched a public inquiry in 2009 to investigate the events precipitating the outbreak. Extending rhetoric and technical communication’s sustained engagement with post-accident reports, this study explores how citizens and government officials accounted for the causes, boundaries, and impact of the outbreak ...


Facilitating Environmental Literacy In A Socio-Digital Landscape, Anna E. Hotard 2016 The University of Southern Mississippi

Facilitating Environmental Literacy In A Socio-Digital Landscape, Anna E. Hotard

Honors Theses

My work engages digital communications, traditional writing, and campus/community engagement in order to curate emergent knowledge of environmental citizenship and sustainable development. In the city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, there has been a growing interest in environmental literacy both on the University of Southern Mississippi campus and within the city community. Environmental literacy takes many forms from informational sessions, fundraisers and events, to outright activism. This work informs my evolving identity as an editor as I choreograph traditional transcripts into a digital sphere in order to provide a collective space for related interests.


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