Technical Writer

Homework #1: Technical Writing, Rhetoric, and User Experience Design

Purpose: To explore definitions and intersections of technical writing, rhetoric, and user experience design (UXD)
Time: 40-60 minutes
Grade: 20 homework points
SLOs: design strategies, collaborate & accommodate, ethics
In this discussion, you’ll consider what technical writing/communication is, the role that rhetoric plays, and how technical writing fits into discussions of user experience.

Read:

Technical Communication (TC)>Chapter 1

What is Technical Writing?
https://www.instructionalsolutions.com/blog/what-is-technical-writing

Defining Technical Communication
https://www.stc.org/about-stc/defining-technical-communication/#

User Experience Basics
https://www.usability.gov/what-and-why/user-experience.html

The Definition of User Experience (UX)
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/definition-user-experience/

Rhetorical Situations
https://owl.purdue.edu

A list of rhetorical analysis questions: BYU
http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Pedagogy/Rhetorical%20Analysis%20heuristic.htm

OWL at Purdue Professional, Technical Writing>Skim the Effective Workplace Writing sections
https://owl.purdue.edu

What to do

1. Conduct web research on User experience design and rhetorical situation.

2. Find 2 sources for each of these topics.

3. Once you grasp the readings, write a paragraph or two discussing how rhetoric and user experience design are connected and how they influence technical communication.

4. Use the questions below to prompt your answers:

What is technical writing and who “does” this writing? What types of documents (genres) are produced?
What part does rhetoric play in technical writing?
How do UXD and technical writing overlap?
How are they different? How might knowledge of rhetoric and UX improve your technical writing (specifically of the formal research report in Project #1)?
5. At the bottom of your post, please include the author’s name, the title of the site, and the URL for the sources you found on your own.

Post

6. Post your answers to DD2HW1: (INDIVIDUAL) Technical Writing, Rhetoric, and User Experience Design.

Reply

7. Respond- to 2 classmates’ posts about the intersections of rhetoric, technical communication, and UXD in DD2HW1: (INDIVIDUAL) Technical Writing, Rhetoric, and User Experience Design

Rubric, discussion post includes:

Initial post with:
responses to all 6 questions formatted in paragraph style
names, titles, and URLs for the sites that were found
Response to two classmates; focus on the intersections of rhetoric, technical communication, and UXD. For more information on Technical Writer check on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_writer

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