Computer Games and Technical Communication Book

Computer Games and Technical Communication


  • Author : Jennifer deWinter
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317162605

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Computer Games and Technical Communication Excerpt :

Taking as its point of departure the fundamental observation that games are both technical and symbolic, this collection investigates the multiple intersections between the study of computer games and the discipline of technical and professional writing. Divided into five parts, Computer Games and Technical Communication engages with questions related to workplace communities and gamic simulations; industry documentation; manuals, gameplay, and ethics; training, testing, and number crunching; and the work of games and gamifying work. In that computer games rely on a complex combination of written, verbal, visual, algorithmic, audio, and kinesthetic means to convey information, technical and professional writing scholars are uniquely poised to investigate the intersection between the technical and symbolic aspects of the computer game complex. The contributors to this volume bring to bear the analytic tools of the field to interpret the roles of communication, production, and consumption in this increasingly ubiquitous technical and symbolic medium.

Computer Games and Technical Communication Book
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Computer Games and Technical Communication


  • Author : Jennifer deWinter
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317162612

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Computer Games and Technical Communication Excerpt :

Taking as its point of departure the fundamental observation that games are both technical and symbolic, this collection investigates the multiple intersections between the study of computer games and the discipline of technical and professional writing. Divided into five parts, Computer Games and Technical Communication engages with questions related to workplace communities and gamic simulations; industry documentation; manuals, gameplay, and ethics; training, testing, and number crunching; and the work of games and gamifying work. In that computer games rely on a complex combination of written, verbal, visual, algorithmic, audio, and kinesthetic means to convey information, technical and professional writing scholars are uniquely poised to investigate the intersection between the technical and symbolic aspects of the computer game complex. The contributors to this volume bring to bear the analytic tools of the field to interpret the roles of communication, production, and consumption in this increasingly ubiquitous technical and symbolic medium.

The Digital Role Playing Game and Technical Communication Book

The Digital Role Playing Game and Technical Communication


  • Author : Daniel Reardon
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2021-04-22
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501352560

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The Digital Role Playing Game and Technical Communication Excerpt :

With annual gross sales surpassing 100 billion U.S. dollars each of the last two years, the digital games industry may one day challenge theatrical-release movies as the highest-grossing entertainment media in the world. In their examination of the tremendous cultural influence of digital games, Daniel Reardon and David Wright analyze three companies that have shaped the industry: Bethesda, located in Rockville, Maryland; BioWare in Edmonton, Alberta, and CD Projekt Red in Warsaw, Poland. Each company has used social media and technical content in the games to promote players' belief that players control the companies' game narratives. The result has been at times explosive, as empowered players often attempted to co-op the creative processes of games through discussion board forum demands, fund-raising campaigns to persuade companies to change or add game content, and modifications (“modding”) of the games through fan-created downloads. The result has changed the way we understand the interactive nature of digital games and the power of fan culture to shape those games.

The Profession and Practice of Technical Communication Book

The Profession and Practice of Technical Communication


  • Author : Yvonne Cleary
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-07-30
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000407341

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The Profession and Practice of Technical Communication Excerpt :

This practical text offers a research-based account of the technical communication profession and its practice, outlining emergent touchpoints of this fast-changing field while highlighting its diversity. Through research on the history and the globalization of technical communication and up-to-date industry analysis, including first-hand narratives from industry practitioners, this book brings together common threads through the industry, suggests future trends, and points toward strategic routes for development. Vignettes from the workplace and examples of industry practice provide tangible insights into the different paths and realities of the field, furnishing readers with a range of entry routes and potential career sectors, workplace communities, daily activities, and futures. This approach is central to helping readers understand the diverse competencies of technical communicators in the modern, globalized economy. The Profession and Practice of Technical Communication provides essential guidance for students, early professionals, and lateral entrants to the profession and can be used as a textbook for technical communication courses.

Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication Book
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Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication


  • Author : Kristen R. Moore
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-01-19
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351203050

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Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication Excerpt :

This collection, aimed at scholars, teachers, and practitioners in technical communication, focuses on the praxis-based connections between technical communication and theoretical movements that have emerged in the past several decades, namely new materialism and posthumanism. It provides a much needed link between contemporary theoretical discussions about new materialisms and posthumanism and the practical, everyday work of technical communicators. The collection insists that where some theoretical perspectives fall flat for practitioners, posthumanism and new materialisms have the potential to enable more effective and comprehensive practices, methodologies, and pedagogies.

Content and Complexity Book

Content and Complexity


  • Author : Michael J. Albers
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135637507

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Content and Complexity Excerpt :

Information design is an emerging area in technical communication, garnering increased attention in recent times as more information is presented through both old and new media. In this volume, editors Michael J. Albers and Beth Mazur bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the issues facing those in this exciting new field. Treating information as it applies to technical communication, with a special emphasis on computer-centric industries, this volume delves into the role of information design in assisting with concepts, such as usability, documenting procedures, and designing for users. Influential members in the technical communication field examine such issues as the application of information design in structuring technical material; innovative ways of integrating information design within development methodologies and social aspects of the workplace; and theoretical approaches that include a practical application of information design, emphasizing the intersection of information design theories and workplace reality. This collection approaches information design from the language-based technical communication side, emphasizing the role of content as it relates to complexity in information design. As such, it treats as paramount the rhetorical and contextual strategies required for the effective design and transmission of information. Content and Complexity: Information Design in Technical Communication explores both theoretical perspectives, as well as the practicalities of information design in areas relevant to technical communicators. This integration of theoretical and applied components make it a practical resource for students, educators, academic researchers, and practitioners in the technical communication and information design fields.

Mastering Technical Communication Skills Book

Mastering Technical Communication Skills


  • Author : Peter Wide
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-27
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315359274

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Mastering Technical Communication Skills Excerpt :

To live is to communicate, and to communicate with confidence is a craft that one will do well to master early rather than later in life. If only the gift of the gab were enough to sail smoothly through the rough waters that the tough world is teeming with, every glib conversationalist would have a successful vocation, but that’s not the case. The means of communication come naturally to human beings, but the skills that make communicating worthwhile and meaningful do not. Thankfully, anyone who wishes to can learn—and even perfect—these skills. This concise handbook focuses on the ways in which students can develop a robust career after completing their academic studies. The foundational work of nurturing and strengthening individual abilities begins during university life, but these skills need to be complemented with strategies that help the student turned professional to not only interact well with society but also earn its respect through clear, precise, and honest communication. Talent needs to be matched with competence, and the book shows exactly how one goes about doing that. It spells out the ingredients of a sound and strategic action plan that definitively aligns one’s goals with one’s aspirations, no matter how lofty. This plan has to be closely related to the choices, conditions, and possibilities that will be available for the kind of education and experience that individuals have and the aspirations they harbor. Students entering high school or university can use the book to review the necessary courses to choose during their academic life. Young people will find solid guidelines in it that provide a structure for planning and focusing on the skills needed when one embarks upon a fulfilling career.

Designing Technical and Professional Communication Book

Designing Technical and Professional Communication


  • Author : Deborah C. Andrews
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-11-26
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000470406

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Designing Technical and Professional Communication Excerpt :

This concise and flexible core textbook integrates a design thinking approach, rhetorical strategies, and a global perspective to help students succeed as technical and professional communicators in today’s multimodal, mobile, and global community. Design thinking and good communication practices are rooted in empathy and human values. The integrated approach fosters students' ability to address the complex problems they will face in their careers, where they will collaborate with people who present diverse expertise, cultures, languages, and values. This book introduces the knowledge and skills as well as agile activities that help students communicate on projects within local and global communities. Parts 1 and 2 introduce the strategies for design thinking, audience analysis, communicating ethically, collaborating professionally, and managing projects to define problems and implement solutions. In Parts 3 and 4, students learn to compose content in text and visuals. They learn to structure and deliver content by choosing the right genre and selecting effectively from the communication options available in today's multimodal environment. Designing Technical and Professional Communication serves as a flexible core textbook for technical and professional communication courses. An instructor’s manual containing exercises, sample syllabus, and guidance for teaching in a variety of settings is available online at www.routledge.com/9780367549602.

Technical Communication and the World Wide Web Book

Technical Communication and the World Wide Web


  • Author : Carol Lipson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-05-06
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135624064

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Technical Communication and the World Wide Web Excerpt :

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.

Technical Writing Book

Technical Writing


  • Author : Phillip A. Laplante
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466503090

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Technical Writing Excerpt :

Engineers and scientists of all types are often required to write reports, summaries, manuals, guides, and so forth. While these individuals certainly have had some sort of English or writing course, it is less likely that they have had any instruction in the special requirements of technical writing. Filling this void, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists enables readers to write, edit, and publish materials of a technical nature, including books, articles, reports, and electronic media. Written by a renowned engineer and widely published technical author, this guide complements the traditional writer’s reference manuals and other books on technical writing. It helps readers understand the practical considerations in writing technical content. Drawing on his own work, the author presents many first-hand examples of writing, editing, and publishing technical materials. These examples illustrate how a publication originated as well as various challenges and solutions.

Lean Technical Communication Book

Lean Technical Communication


  • Author : Meredith A. Johnson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-20
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134968190

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Lean Technical Communication Excerpt :

Winner of the 2020 CCCC Research Impact Award Lean Technical Communication: Toward Sustainable Program Innovation offers a theoretically and empirically-grounded model for growing and stewarding professional and technical communication programs under diverse conditions. Through case studies of disruptive innovations, this book presents a forward-looking, sustainable vision of program administration that negotiates short-term resource deficits with long-term resilience. It illustrates how to meet many of the newest challenges facing technical communication programs, such as building and maintaining change with limited resources, economic shortfalls, technology deficits, and expanding/reimagining the role of our programs in the 21st century university. Its insights benefit those involved in the development of undergraduate and graduate programs, including majors, service courses, minors, specializations, and certificates.

A Research Primer for Technical Communication Book

A Research Primer for Technical Communication


  • Author : George F Hayhoe
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2009-03-04
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135595500

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A Research Primer for Technical Communication Excerpt :

This practical volume provides a thorough introduction to conducting and critically reading research in technical communication, complete with exemplars of research articles for study. Offering a solid grounding in the research underpinnings of the technical communication field, this resource has been developed for use in master’s level and upper-division undergraduate research methods courses in technical and professional communication.

Communicating Race  Ethnicity  and Identity in Technical Communication Book

Communicating Race Ethnicity and Identity in Technical Communication


  • Author : Miriam F. Williams
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-12-05
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351868488

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Communicating Race Ethnicity and Identity in Technical Communication Excerpt :

The purpose of this book is to move our field's discussion beyond issues of diversity in the practice of technical communication, which is certainly important, to include discussions of how race and ethnicity inform the production and distribution of technical communication in the United States. Equally important, this book is an attempt to uncover those communicative practices used to adversely affect historically marginalized groups and identify new practices that can be used to encourage cultural competence within institutions and communities. This book, like our field, is an interdisciplinary effort. While all authors have taught or practiced technical communication, their backgrounds include studies in technical communication, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and higher education. For the sake of clarity, the book is organized into five sections: historical representations of race and ethnicity in health and science communication; social justice and activism in technical communication; considerations of race and ethnicity in social media; users' right to their own language; and communicating identity across borders, cultures, and disciplines.

Embodied Environmental Risk in Technical Communication Book

Embodied Environmental Risk in Technical Communication


  • Author : Samuel Stinson
  • Publisher : ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Communication in the environmental sciences
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1032210583

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Embodied Environmental Risk in Technical Communication Excerpt :

"This collection calls for improved technical communication for the public through an embodied, situated understanding of risk that promotes social justice. In addition to providing a series of chapters about recent issues on risk communication, this volume offers a diverse look at methodological practices for students, researchers, and practitioners looking to address embodied aspects of crisis and risk that incorporate UX, storytelling, and dynamic text. We include chapters that bring embodiment to the forefront of risk communication, highlighting the cycle of content creation, dissemination, public response and decision making, continuing iterations of educational efforts, and recovery, toward increasing adaptive capacity as a whole. In addition, this work directs necessary attention to overcoming perceptual difficulties, memory lapses, definitional differences, access issues, and pedagogical problems in the communication of risks to diverse publics"--

Computers and Technical Communication Book

Computers and Technical Communication


  • Author : Stuart A. Selber
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1997-01-01
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN 10 : 9781567503326

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Computers and Technical Communication Excerpt :

The essays collected in this volume address the full range of pedagogical and programmatic issues specifically facing technical communication teachers and programme directors in the computer age. The authors locate computers and computing activities within the richly-textured cultural contexts of a technological society, focusing on the technical communication instructional issues that remain most important as old versions of hardware and software are endlessly replaced by new ones.