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ENHANCING TECHNOLOGY USE IN A TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION CLASSROOM AT A TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY IN SWEDEN
KTH. Royal Inst Technol, Stockholm, Sweden..
2014 (English)In: INTED2014: 8TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE / [ed] Chova, LG Martinez, AL Torres, IC, IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT , 2014, p. 1226-1232Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Technical communication is a field that studies how people communicate in technical and workplace contexts. The importance of technology use in a technical communication classroom has been discussed. For example, according to Kastman Breuch, many industry partners, who provide internships and full-time employment to technical communication graduates, emphasized that "there were no specific 'tools' that students should learn, for they acknowledged that tools vary widely from workplace to workplace. However, they collectively voiced the expectation that students understand technologies and have the aptitude to learn them quickly; thus, they implied that students be very familiar with common and emerging technologies in their academic programs. What our industry partners were asking, in other words, was that students be technologically literate" [1, p.482]. Still, in some technical communication classes, technology use could and should be enhanced. In this paper, I will discuss several possible ways of doing that. In particular, I will describe several multimodal technical communication assignments and then analyze them using the technological literacy framework introduced by Kastman Breuch [1]. My goal is to provide clear recommendations for instructors who are considering enhancing technology use in a technical communication classroom. Similar techniques could also be used in academic writing or foreign language classes.

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IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT , 2014. p. 1226-1232
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INTED Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1079
Keywords [en]
Technical communication, technology in teaching, blended learning, multimodality, active learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-243809ISI: 000366835101040ISBN: 978-84-616-8412-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-243809DiVA, id: diva2:1286183
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8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), MAR 10-12, 2014, Valencia, SPAIN
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QC 20190206

Available from: 2019-02-06 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-02-06Bibliographically approved

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