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A Word From The Writing Center (October 2017), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Center (October 2017), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Center (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Selecting a target journal using journalguide.com
  • Teaching and Communication Skills workshops


Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr

Melody Herr

A leading journal just accepted your article for publication. But while your research team is celebrating, you begin to worry. Will the journal’s regular readers notice it? Will researchers outside your field ever see it?


A Word From The Writing Center (September 2017), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Center (September 2017), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Center (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Writing Tip: Sentences that start with the word there
  • Communication Skills Workshop Series: Communicate Like a Pro: Think like a...


Curricular Analysis Of The University Of Arkansas Composition I Pilot Course: Engl 1013, Community Ethnography, Morgan Lindsay Scholz 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Curricular Analysis Of The University Of Arkansas Composition I Pilot Course: Engl 1013, Community Ethnography, Morgan Lindsay Scholz

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis analyzes a new first-year writing course that is under consideration for implementation as the standard Composition I course at the University of Arkansas. The course utilizes an ethnographic approach to teaching critical writing skills to students. This thesis presents evaluation through a metacognitive lens and explores the course through a case study approach. This thesis also examines the expectations and concluding reflections of three stakeholder groups: students, instructors, and administrators.


Business Communication For Success - Gvsu Edition, Unnamed Author, Mark Schaub, Jenniffer Eckert, Anessa Fehsenfeld, Rhonda R. Hoffman, Adam Krusniak, Tami McCoy, Rachel Jean Norman, Julian Toscano 2017 Grand Valley State University

Business Communication For Success - Gvsu Edition, Unnamed Author, Mark Schaub, Jenniffer Eckert, Anessa Fehsenfeld, Rhonda R. Hoffman, Adam Krusniak, Tami Mccoy, Rachel Jean Norman, Julian Toscano

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About the GVSU Edition

This text is an adaption of Business Communication for Success, an open textbook produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing in 2015.

Chapters 9, 18, and 20 of Business Communication for Success: GVSU Edition were revised and rewritten by student authors in 2017, as part of a course in the Writing Department at Grand Valley State University. All other chapters retain the content and formatting of previous editions.

Note about the 2015 edition:

The edition produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing was itself adapted from a work distributed ...


A Word From The Writing Center (July 2017), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Center (July 2017), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Center (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Grammar tip: affect vs effect
  • Opportunity for online writing workshop for scientists


Sexy Technical Communication, Tamara Powell, Jonathan Arnett, Monique Logan, Cassandra Race, Tiffani Reardon, Lance Linimon, James Monroe 2017 Kennesaw State University

Sexy Technical Communication, Tamara Powell, Jonathan Arnett, Monique Logan, Cassandra Race, Tiffani Reardon, Lance Linimon, James Monroe

Communication Open Textbooks

Authors' Description:

"Sexy technical writing…we’ve got to be kidding, right? But no, we aren’t. Good technical writing is powerful and clear and gets the job done. It brings people together and solves problems. Good technical writing purrs and hums like that BMW you plan to be driving someday.What’s not sexy about that? On the other hand, poor technical writing skills may lead to a lifetime of asking people if they want fries with that…or worse, selling vacuum cleaners door to door. There’s no need to ask what’s not sexy about that!

WE ...


A Word From The Writing Center (June 2017), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Center (June 2017), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Center (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Writing tip: Purpose of semicolons and colons
  • Tips on preparing posters


A Word From The Writing Center (May 2017), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Center (May 2017), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Center (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Grammar writing tip on ZOMBIE nouns!
  • Keep Reading with BrowZine


Science, Between The Lines: Rosalind Franklin, Rachael Renzi 2017 University of Rhode Island

Science, Between The Lines: Rosalind Franklin, Rachael Renzi

Senior Honors Projects

The purpose of this paper is to contrast scientific rhetoric with creative biographical writing style. Both forms of communication rely on specific syntax and styles to describe research findings to the appropriate audiences, but the often passive format of scientific literature excludes the passionate reasonings of the researcher. In order to understand why the scientist is kept separate from his or her published findings, I am going to experiment with the two contrasting forms. Throughout the paper, each form will be tested and used at varying levels. Both scientific and creative writing will be mixed. To emphasize the technically dense ...


Merging Mediums: Applying Document Design To Online Help Systems To Increase Usability, Meghan M. Smith 2017 Missouri State University

Merging Mediums: Applying Document Design To Online Help Systems To Increase Usability, Meghan M. Smith

MSU Graduate Theses

Document design is an essential part of print, and more recently, web documents, but recent application to the usability of document design in the current iteration of online help systems has been lacking. As an attempt to fill this gap, I conducted a study testing three document design principles—color, navigation structures (headings/hyperlinks), and visuals—to determine how they should be applied in online help systems to increase usability. I constructed an online help system for the online infographic creator Piktochart, and used these three principles according to theories and practices from prior research on print and web documents ...


Creating A Web Presence For A Small Business Using A Holistic Content Strategy Approach, Tabitha Akins 2017 Kennesaw State University

Creating A Web Presence For A Small Business Using A Holistic Content Strategy Approach, Tabitha Akins

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

Creating a Web Presence for a Small Business Using a Holistic Content Strategy Approach details the content strategy process used and work done to revise a small business website, in order to better meet the content needs of both the business and its customers.


Colstrip Coal: Developing A Website To Communicate A Highly Complex And Controversial Subject, Carolyn Chaffee 2017 Montana Tech

Colstrip Coal: Developing A Website To Communicate A Highly Complex And Controversial Subject, Carolyn Chaffee

Graduate Theses & Non-Theses

The purpose of this meta-document is to explain my project design, review its development and outcomes, and provide my reflections on the project. The project objective was to create a website that communicates vital information about the coal industry, Colstrip’s coal-fired power plants, the potential closure of several of the plants, and the potential impacts closure would have on the community and the state. The project also discusses options to continue to use coal as an energy source and lower its impacts on the environment. The information on the website is thorough and presented in an interesting and effective ...


Revision Crítica Del Concepto De Género En El Discurso Escrito Y Su Aplicación Didáctica A La Enseñanza De Las Lenguas Con Propósitos Específicos. Critical Review Of The Genre Concept In Written Discourse And Its Pedagogical Application To Language Teaching For Specific Purposes, David Sánchez-Jiménez 2017 CUNY New York City College of Technology

Revision Crítica Del Concepto De Género En El Discurso Escrito Y Su Aplicación Didáctica A La Enseñanza De Las Lenguas Con Propósitos Específicos. Critical Review Of The Genre Concept In Written Discourse And Its Pedagogical Application To Language Teaching For Specific Purposes, David Sánchez-Jiménez

Publications and Research

This paper provides a theoretical review of how the concept of academic and professional discursive genres has evolved, from a linguistic perspective when it first emerged to its current sociocognitive perspective. The stage it has reached is due to intertextuality and interdiscursivity processes caused by the contact between different disciplines. Similarly, the paper discusses some of the most current didactic recommendations on genre teaching proposed by the languages for specific purposes (lps) approach. The discursive genre has been regularly used in lps since learning how to develop the typical genres of a discourse community is a fundamental requirement to succeed ...


I Want All The Words! How Gestalt Principles And Plain Language Can Help You Become An Effective Document Designer, Jennifer M. Turner, Jessica Schomberg 2017 Minnesota State University - Mankato

I Want All The Words! How Gestalt Principles And Plain Language Can Help You Become An Effective Document Designer, Jennifer M. Turner, Jessica Schomberg

Jennifer Turner

Librarians across library types and departments frequently provide training materials to each other, library technicians, and student workers. For these materials to be effective, they must contain accurate information and should also follow guidelines for usable document design. Good design makes documents easier to use, helps documents stand out from other pieces of information, and lends credibility to document creators. A few simple tips, such as following Gestalt principles and using plain language, can improve document usability. The presenters will demonstrate how making these and other changes will improve the accessibility and functionality of library training materials. They will also ...


Rhetorical Principles On Uncertainty For Transdisciplinary Engagement And Improved Climate Risk Communication, Kenneth Walker 2017 University of Texas, San Antonio

Rhetorical Principles On Uncertainty For Transdisciplinary Engagement And Improved Climate Risk Communication, Kenneth Walker

Poroi

No abstract provided.


Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti 2017 University of Northern Iowa

Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti

Adrienne Lamberti

No abstract provided.


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 ...


Write Place At The Write Time: A Study Of How Writing Contexts Affect Rates Of Productivity And Perceptions Of Success In Creative Writing, Sydnie R. Long 2017 James Madison University

Write Place At The Write Time: A Study Of How Writing Contexts Affect Rates Of Productivity And Perceptions Of Success In Creative Writing, Sydnie R. Long

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

This research explores the writing contexts of a few creative writers in an effort to learn more about the habits and conditions with which creative writers prefer to work. My goal is to observe how different contexts affect the success or productivity a writer experiences. I will build my project off the central question, is there a correlation between writing contexts and success in writing? From there, I will divide the project into three subsections guided by four subquestions aiming to explore where and how writers write, and gain an insight to their views on what success and productivity mean ...


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 ...


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