Tech Comm

“The Language of Tech Comm: Teaching Technical Communication From a Humanities Perspective.”

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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On Tuesday, February 18, from 11-12 PM in Hall 102, the Communication Colloquium presents “The Language of Tech Comm: Teaching Technical Communication From a Humanities Perspective.” LMC 3403: Technical Communication is a course that places an emphasis on workplace communication and that helps third- and fourth-year undergraduates learn strategies necessary for creating technical artifacts. In addition, the

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Even If You’re Cool, You Should Ask

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Students rarely glide or gambol into a campus communication center.  There is no samba line to sentence reconstruction.  The run-up to their appearance at the door is pretty simple: they have an assignment looming that entails stringing words together; they need coaching to create a presentation that won’t lead to yawns; they’ve just received a

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The Importance of Team-Based Learning and Multivector Interaction in the Technical Communication Classroom

Feb 8th, 2013 | By

Even though the course I am teaching this spring semester has the same name and number as the one I taught in the fall—LMC 3403: Technical Communication in Theory and Practice—the two classes couldn’t be much more different. For starters, last semester was my first at Georgia Tech and also my first teaching a Tech

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Tech Comm Seminar 11/26: Service Learning

Nov 24th, 2012 | By

James Gregory and Christina Van Houten will lead discussion on service learning and technical communication; in this seminar, we’ll also open up our discussion to issues of case studies, portfolios, and pseudotransactionality. Required Reading includes: Chris Ritter’s TechSTYLE post: http://techstyle.lmc.gatech.edu/?p=3841 Ann M. Blakeslee, “Bridging the Workplace and the Academy: Teaching Professional Genres through Classroom-Workplace Collaborations” in Teaching Technical

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Tech Comm Seminar 11/05: Digital Literacy and Social Media

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By

Jason W. Ellis and Olga Menagarishvili will lead a discussion on digital literacy and social media issues for technical communicators in this week’s seminar. How does digital literacy in general and social media more specifically figure into the Technical Communication classroom? Should we challenge our Technical Communication students to be more mindful of the use of

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Tech Comm Seminar 10/29: Single-Sourcing and User Experience Issues

Oct 26th, 2012 | By

Jason W. Ellis and Rachel Mahan will lead a discussion on single-sourcing and user experience issues for this week’s seminar. While technical communication often focuses on software technologies, those same technologies influence and shape what technical communication is and how technical communication is done. A specific area of pedagogical interest where classroom/workplace affordances might significantly

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Tech Comm Seminar 10/8: Visual Literacy, Visual and Information Design

Oct 6th, 2012 | By

James Gregory and Rachel Mahan will lead Monday’s Tech Comm Seminar discussion on visual literacy, visual design, and information design. We would like you to read and watch the following: “What is Information Design?” Janice C. Redish (pp. 211-17 in Teaching Technical Communication) From “The Vocabulary of Comics” Scott McCloud (pp. 195-208 in Visual Rhetoric

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Tech Comm Seminar 9/17: The “Soul” of Business and Technical Communication — and Academia

Sep 13th, 2012 | By
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In this seminar session, Dr. Patrick McHenry and Dr. Andy Frazee will lead discussion on the “soul” of business and technical communication; in so doing, the seminar will also discuss the “soul” of academia. What is our responsibility as teachers and academics to the workplaces our students are going into? What is our responsibility as

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A Letter to Students and Clients – Drawing Lessons from Failure in a Service Learning Classroom

Aug 1st, 2012 | By
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As a client-based course, my technical communication class at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta functions like a hybrid between a college class and a consulting firm, with the students working in teams to compose websites, marketing strategies, reports, manuals, and a variety of other artifacts for local nonprofits and small businesses.



Visual Rhetoric in Tech Com

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

This week we’ll cover the issue of visual rhetoric in technical communication. We begin with an article by Greenzweig  who discusses “the ways in which visual composition contributes to a user’s aesthetic experience and why such an experience is important when designing information structures.” We continue with McCloud’s chapter in Making Comics who formulates a

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