1st Edition

Technical Communication and the World Wide Web

ISBN 9780805845730
Published March 16, 2005 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Over the past decade, the World Wide Web has dramatically changed the face of technical communication, but the teaching of writing has thus far altered very little to accommodate this rapidly changing context. Technical Communication and the World Wide Web offers substantial and broadly applicable strategies for teaching global communication issues affecting writing for the World Wide Web.

Editors Carol Lipson and Michael Day have brought together an exceptional group of experienced and well-known teacher-scholars to develop this unique volume addressing technical communication education. The chapters here focus specifically on curriculum issues and the teaching of technical writing for the World Wide Web, contributing a blend of theory and practice in proposing changes in curriculum and pedagogy. Contributors offer classroom examples that teachers at all levels of experience can adapt for their own classes. The volume provides comprehensive coverage of the technical communication curriculum, from the two-year level to the graduate level; from service courses to degree programs.

This volume is an important and indispensable resource for technical writing educators, and it will serve as an essential reference for curriculum and pedagogy development in technical communication programs.

Table of Contents

Contents: J. Johnson-Eilola, S. Selber, Foreword. C. Lipson, M. Day, Preface. C. Lipson, M. Day, Introduction. Part I: Implications for Curriculum in Degree and Service Programs. B. Hart-Davidson, Shaping Texts That Transform: Toward a Rhetoric of Objects, Relationships, and Views. G. Pullman, From Wordsmith to Object-Oriented Composing. M.J. Salvo, Teaching Information Architecture: Technical Communication in a Postmodern Context. L. Honeycutt, K. McGrane, Rhetoric and Information Architecture as Pedagogical Frameworks for Web Site Design. J.F. Barber, A New Web for the New Millennium. K. St. Amant, Online Ethos and Intercultural Technical Communication: How to Create Credible Messages for International Internet Audiences. T. Herrington, Linking Russia and the United States in Web Forums: The Global Classroom Project. G. Harootunian, Re-Designing Our Technical and Individual Screens: The New "Windows" Opened by Teaching in a Former Soviet Republic. L.J. Gurak, Ethics and Technical Communication in a Digital Age. J. Logie, Parsing Codes: Intellectual Property, Technical Communication, and the World Wide Web. J.E. Porter, The Chilling of Digital Information: Technical Communicators as Public Advocates. Part II: Issues and Suggestions for Pedagogy in Degree and Service Programs. S. Carliner, Integrating the Web Into Education for Technical Communication Majors: A Process-Oriented Approach. S. Loudermilk, Online? Is There a [Web] Text in This Class? R. Rice, C.C. Papper, Moving Beyond "Text Only" Pedagogy: Oral, Print, and Electronic Media in Technical Communication Assignments. S. Lang, Integrating the Web Into an Introductory Technical Communication Course. M.F. O'Sullivan, Writing for the Electronic Medium: A Course for the Times.

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"Editors Lipson and Day provide a nice compilation of chapters from a variety of authors concerning the pedagogy and practical application of communicating on the World Wide Web....it is easy to see how this one book can serve as a guide for repurposing course contents so faculty, students, and tomorrow's professional writers have practical experiences with the changing world of technical communication on the Web. Highly recommended."


"Technical Communication and the World Wide Web is a compendium of articles from teaching professionals who use the World Wide Web in their curricula....a book that technical communicators should have in their resource library."
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