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In this webinar, speakers from industry and academia who have been researching the state of education in technical communication will discuss
The education landscape includes degree-granting undergraduate and graduate programs, minors and specializations, and certificate and extension programs—as well as a great deal of variation in the focus and structure of these programs. The speakers will offer insight into some of the academic debates that shape program and curriculum design, and they will describe several ways those working in industry might partner with academic programs in technical communication to help bridge the gap between what employers see and need from new college hires.
- how roles and hiring needs in the industry are changing
- what employers see and need from new college hires
- what the current landscape of education in technical communication looks like
- how those working in industry might partner with academic programs to help bridge skills gaps
TC Programs - Move toward Interdisciplinarity
MSOE - Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department
BS in User Experience and Communication Design
https://tinyurl.com/y7ogf845 & https://tinyurl.com/y7qajbv7
ASU - College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (polytechnic campus)
BS or BAS in Technical Communication
(w/optional concentration in UX)
https://tinyurl.com/y7go4a99 & https://tinyurl.com/ycjwr7rj
MSU - College of Arts and Letters
BA in Experience Architecture
http://xa.cal.msu.edu/about/ & http://xa.cal.msu.edu/degree/
Batova, T., & R. Andersen, (2017), “A Systematic Literature Review of Changes in Roles/Skills in Component Content Management Environments and Implications for Education,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(2), 1–28.
Bridgeford, T. & K. St.Amant, eds. (2015), Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical Communicators, Amityville, NY: Baywood.
Brumberger, E. & C. Lauer, (2015), “The Evolution of Technical Communication: An Analysis of Industry Job Postings,” Technical Communication, 62(4), 224–243.
Hall, N., (2015), “Departmental Positioning of Technical and Professional Communication,” Programmatic Perspectives, 7(2), 50–78. http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol7-2/hall.pdf
Henschell, S. & L. Meloncon, (2014), “Of Horsemen and Layered Literacies: Assessment Instruments for Aligning Technical and Professional Communication Undergraduate Curricula with Professional Expectations,” Programmatic Perspectives, 6(1), 3–26. http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol6-1/henschel&meloncon.pdf
Kimbal, M. (2016), “The Golden Age of Technical Communication,” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(3), 330–358.
Meloncon, L. & S. Henschel, (2013), “Current State of U.S. Undergraduate Degree Programs in Technical and Professional Communication,” Technical Communication, 60(1), 45–64. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/undergrad_degrees.pdf
Meloncon, L., (2014), “Curricular Challenges of Emphasis Degrees in Technical and Professional Communication,” in T. Bridgeford, K. Kitalong, & B. Williamson (Eds.), Sharing Our Intellectual Traces: Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication Programs (pp. 179–200). Amityville, NY: Baywood.
Meloncon, M., (2012), “Current Overview of Academic Certificates in Technical and Professional Communication in the United States.” Technical Communication, 59, 207–222. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/certificates.pdf
Meloncon, L., (2009), “Master’s Programs in Technical Communication: A Current Overview,” Technical Communication, 56(2), 137–148. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/meloncon_may_20091.pdf
Nugent, J., (2013), “A Survey of U.S. Certificate Programs in Technical Communication,” Programmatic Perspectives, 5(1), 58–85. http://cptsc.org/pp/vol5-1/nugent.pdf
Redish, G., & C. Barnum, (2011), “Overlap, Influence, Intertwining: The Interplay of UX and Technical Communication,” Journal of Usability Studies, 6(3), 90–101. http://uxpajournal.org/overlap-influence-intertwining-the-interplay-of-ux-and-technical-communication/
Shalamova, N, (2016), “Blending Engineering Content with Design Thinking and UX to Maximize Student Engagement in a Technical Communication Class.” Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Professional Communication Society Conference.
Stanton , Rhonda. (2017). ”Do Technical/Professional Writing (TPW) Programs Offer What Students Need for Their Start in the Workplace? A Comparison of Requirements in Program Curricula and Job Ads in Industry.” Technical Communication, 64(3), 223-236.
Yeats, D. & I. Thompson, (2010). “Mapping Technical and Professional Communication: A Summary and Survey of Academic Locations for Programs,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 19(3), 225–261.