Join us for a structured, interactive discussion focused on what it means to be a technical communicator today and how best to prepare students to be leaders and innovators in the changing profession of technical communication (TC).
This workshop is one in a series being conducted as part of a multi-staged project intended to gather data that will help the field of TC understand how best to prepare undergraduate students to practice and research at the what we call the “engineering level” of the profession. This level requires skills in abstraction, systems thinking, computational thinking, and business analysis in addition to more traditional humanities-based skills in rhetorical analysis, writing, and information design.
The workshop is guided by the following question:
- What can industry leaders contribute to the development of curriculum that prepares students to be leaders and innovators in the changing profession of technical communication?
Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue about changing roles and hiring needs and how their organizations are addressing these. They will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas for how TC education might be re-envisioned so to better prepare students for entry-level TC jobs and future leadership roles. Workshop presenters will share with participants all publications that result from this project.
There are a couple things you should know about the workshop:
- You will be asked to sign a research consent form so we can use your opinions and input in related publications and presentations. All participants will remain anonymous in those reports. You can withdraw at any time or decline to sign the consent form.
- We will give you microphones to capture small-group conversation. Please bring a laptop of tablet if you can to take notes and record conversations.