Technical and Professional Communication Theory and Pedagogy  

syllabus :: schedule :: assignments :: additional readings
 

Course Schedule- Spring 2010
This schedule is subject to change based on student needs. Please check it regularly to stay up-to-date on assignments.

T 1/19
What is Technical/Professional Communication?
 

Reading:

  • Dayton & Bernhardt- "Results of a survey of ATTW members, 2003. Technical Communication Quarterly" (PDF)

Class Activities:


T 1/26
What is Technical/Professional Communication?
 

Reading:

  • Dubinsky- "Becoming User-Centered, Reflective Practitioners" (Teaching TC p. 1)
  • Miller "A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing" (Teaching TC p.15)
  • Allen- "The Case Against Defining Technical Writing"(Teaching TC p. 67)
  • Dobrin- "What's Technical about Technical Writing?" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings and definitions of the field

 

T 2/2
Historical Perspectives
 

Reading:

  • Conners- "The Rise of Technical Writing Instructions in America" (Teaching TC p. 77)
  • Durak- "Gender, Technology, and the History of Technical Communication" (Teaching TC p. 99)
  • Thralls & Blyler- "The Social Perspective and Pedagogy in Technical Communication" (Teaching TC p. 110)
  • Miller- "What's Practical about Technical Writing?" (Teaching TC p. 154)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Discuss findings from journal resource assignment

Journal Resource Sharing due

Discussion facilitation: Ashly and Janice


T 2/9
Contemporary Perspectives and Programmatic Issues
 

Reading:

  • Kalmbach- "Technical Reports as Rhetorical Practice" (Resources in TC p. 21)
  • Allen- "The Impact of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment on Technical and Professional Communication Programs" (PDF)
  • Allen & Benninghoff- "TPC Program Snapshots: Developing Curricula and Addressing Challenges" (PDF)
  • Blakeslee & Spilka- The State of Research in Technical Communication" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Discuss findings from program resource assignment

Program Resource Sharing due

 


T 2/16
Contemporary Perspectives & Pedagogical Issues
 

Reading:

  • Cooper- "Exlpoding the Myth of Transparent Communication" (Resources in TC p. 309)
  • Sheppard- "Using Multiple Source Research to Create Persuasive Evidence-based Communication" (Resources in TC p. 37)
  • Cargile Cook- "Layered Literacies: A Theoretical Frame for Technical Communication Pedagogy" (PDF)
  • Faber & Johnson-Eilola- "Migrations: Strategic Thinking about the Future(s) of Technical Communication" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings

Discussion facilitation: Gerri and Dana


T 2/23
Workplaces/Academia- Connections, Differences, & Considerations
 

Reading:

  • Freedman & Adam- "Learning to Write Professionally: 'Situated Learning' and the Transition from University to Professional Discourse" (Teaching TC p. 310)
  • Blakeslee- "Bridgling the Workplace and the Academy: Teaching Professional Genres through Classroom-Workplace Collaborations" (Teaching TC p. 348)
  • Spilka- "Communicating across Organizational Boundaries: A Challenge for Workplace Professionals" (Teaching TC p. 372)
  • Paré- "Keeping Writing in Its Place: A Participatory Action Approach to Workplace Communication" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Discuss textbook reviews, relation of texts to classroom practice, and included pedagogical material

Textbook Review due

Discussion facilitation: Rebecca and Louie


T 3/2
Client-based, Service Learning, and Team-based Projects
 

Reading:

  • Smith Taylor & Young- "Using Client-based Writing to Teach Problem-Solving" (Resources in TC p. 7)
  • Savage & Hunt- "Preparing Students for Service-Learning Contexts with Case Studies, Scenarios, and Workplace Writer Studies" (Resources in TC p. 109)
  • Turnley- "Integrating Critical Approaches to Technology and Service-Learning Projects" (PDF)
  • Smith Taylor- "Assessment in Client-based Technical Writing Classes: Evolution of Teacher and Client Standards" (PDF)
  • Kastman Breuch- "The Overruled Dust Mite: Preparing Technical Communication Students to Interact with Clients" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Discuss common assignments, genres, and approaches

Common Assignment Review due

Discussion facilitation: Omar and Seth


T 3/9
User-centered Communication and Usability
 

Reading:

  • Mirel- "Advancing a Vision of Usability" (Teaching TC p. 218)
  • Redish- "What Is Information Design?" (Teaching TC p. 211)
  • Johnson-Eilola & Selber- "Understanding Usability Approaches" (Resources in TC p. 195)
  • Schneider- "Usable Pedagogies: Usability, Rhetoric, and Sociocultural Pedagogy in the Technical Writing Classroom" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Discuss syllabi reviews and common approaches to teaching undergraduate technical/professional communication courses

Syllabi Review due

Discussion facilitation: Aaron and Bryan


T 3/16 Teaching and Learning with Technology
 

Reading:

  • Kastman Breuch- "Thinking Critically about Technological Literacy: Developing a Framework to Guide Computer Pedagogy in Technical Communication" (Teaching TC p. 481)
  • Selfe- "Technological Activism: Understanding and Shaping Environments for Technology-Rich Communication" (Resources in TC p. 145)
  • Gurak & Duin- "The Impact of the Internet and Digital Technologies on Teaching and Research in Technical Communication" (PDF)
  • Duffelmeyer- "Learning to Learn: New TA Preparation in Computer Pedagogy" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings

Discussion facilitation: Mais and Matt

 

M 3/22-
F 3/26
SPRING BREAK
T 3/30 Online Teaching and Learning- Preparation & Pedagogies
 

Reading:

  • Cargile Cook- "An Argument for Pedagogy-Driven Online Education" (PDF)
  • Grady & Davis- "Teaching Well Online with Instructional and Procedural Scaffolding" (PDF)
  • Coppola- "Changing Roles for Online Teachers of Technical Communicaiton" (PDF)
  • Hewett & Powers- "Guest Editors' Introduction: Online Teaching and Learning: Preparation, Development, and Organizational Communication" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Look at pedagogical affordances of different online/distance technologies
  • Peer feeback on assignment write-ups

Discussion facilitation: Rachel and Matt

Write-up of major assignment for syllabus due


T 4/6 Multimodality and Design
 

Reading:

  • Wysocki- "Using Design Approaches to Help Students Develop Engaging and Effective Materials that Teach Scientific Concepts" (Resources in TC p. 63)
  • Journet- "Inventing Myself in Multimodality: Encouraging Senior Faculty to Use Digital Media" (PDF)
  • Lauer- "Contending with Terms: 'Multimodal' and 'Multimedia' in the Academic and Public Spheres" (PDF)
  • Sorapure- "Text, Image, Code, Comment: Writing in Flash" (PDF)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings

Discussion facilitation: Kaleb and Meg


T 4/13 Peer Review of Syllabi in Development
 

Class Activities:

  • Peer review and feedback on draft syllabus

Draft of syllabus due

 

T 4/20 Visual and Verbal Communication
 

Reading:

  • Brumberger- "Visual Communication in the Workplace: A Survey of Practice" (PDF)
  • Kitalong- "Select, Interpret, Produce: A Three-Part Model for Teaching Information Graphics" (Resources in TC p. 241)
  • Ericsson- "Listen Up! Oral Presentations in the Technical Communication Classroom" (Resources in TC p. 265)
  • Bays- "Let's Talk: Preparing Students for Speaking and Listening in the Workplace" (Resources in TC p. 281)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Look at software applications for supporting visual and verbal communication development

Discussion facilitation: Phillip and Michelle

 

T 4/27 Gender and Culture
 

Reading:

  • Gurak & Bayer- "Making Gender Visible: Extending Feminist Critiques of Technology to Technical Communication" (Teaching TC p. 446)
  • Lay- "Feminist Theory and the Redefinition of Technical Communicaiton" (Teaching TC p. 428)
  • Thrush- "Multicultural Issues in Technical Communication" (Teaching TC p. 414)
  • Praetorius- "Adapting Communication to Cultural and Organizational Change" Resources in TC p. 125)

Class Activities:

  • Discuss readings
  • Peer feedback on syllabi and assignment revisions

Discussion facilitation: Christine and Moushumi


M 5/3-
F 5/7
EXAM WEEK
 

Revised final version of syllabus, assignment sequence, and written rationale due by 5pm on Tuesday 5/4