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Technical Communication

Research in this area examines best practices in developing and assessing communication skills in engineering students. Current research projects include:

Writing as knowing: Creative knowing through multiple messaging modes in an engineering technical communications course - Kuzawa, Deborah

This chapter examines how creative ways of knowing can impact and improve STEM technical communications, focusing on pedagogy and projects used in an engineering technical communications course. The primary argument is that writing provides a way of engaging with and creating knowledge about technical topics, and composing in multiple modes provides multiple opportunities to understand and engage with a topic from a different perspective.

Citations:

1. Herman, J., Kuzawa, D., Hall, L., Faure, M. & Wahlin, L. (2016). Writing as knowing: Creative knowing through multiple messaging modes in an engineering technical communications course. In D. Bairaktarova & M. Eodice  (eds.) Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering. New York: Springer. 

Grading Training of Technical Writing Assignments in First-Year Engineering - Kecskemety, Krista

Teaching technical writing in first-year engineering courses and using teaching assistants to assess the writing requires training.  This project examined an improved training effort for teaching assistants in grading technical writing. 

Citations:

1. Kecskemety, K.M., Theiss, A.H., and Kajfez, R.L., (2015). Enhancing TA Grading of Technical Writing: A Look Back to Better Understand the Future. 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 14-17, Seattle, WA.
2. Kecskemety, K.M., Theiss, A.H., and Kajfez, R.L., (2015). Enhancing TA Grading of Technical Writing: Developing a New Tool Based on Feedback. First Year Engineering Experience Conference, Aug 2-4, Roanoke/Blacksburg, VA.