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The Abductive Inference: An Effective Tool for Science Communication

Suggests that the interrelated skills of understanding and representing (re-presenting) the abductive inference (often neglected in technical and professional communication pedagogy) are critical for the scientific communicator vis-a -vis kairos, and that science communication instructors ought to develop a pedagogy that includes the instruction of this skill.

Graham, S. Scott. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Scientific Communication>Rhetoric


Accessibility for Special Education Students

Accessibility is an issue that is bigger than just students. In order for there to be change for students with special needs there first needs to be a change about accessibility for the entire World Wide Web. While this will continue to be an issue, there is at least room for growth to make the internet more accessible for students with special needs.

Rogers, Kristin. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Education>Accessibility


Aid in Making a Successful Website Homepage for Entrepreneurs

To help business owners achieve their goals and web developers and other people who may help in the creation of websites, it is key to know about content and design elements to make a website successful. It’s also good to know what to do with your website once it is created and what to do after it’s up and running to maintain the website. The mock up website is used as an aid and an example of how to create a successful website and homepage. Since the company does not have an existing website, the mock up proves that any business can create a successful website using the information provided in this research.

Majors, Stephanie. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Web Design


Applying Audience Invoked Models to Instructional Design Methods

You should know what appeals to and motivates your audience before you approach them with a suggestion for action. The same point is also true for writers. The writer must have a good idea of who the audience is and what motivates them in order to create arguments that will convince his or her audience to not only to read the text, but also to behave in the desired fashion after they have read the text.

Cleman, Kelly A. Orange Journal, The (2001). Articles>Education>Instructional Design


An Articulation of a Fragmented Discipline: A Postmodern Conception of Formalism and Rhetoric in Professional Communication

If a single course is to be an effective representation of the discipline it should hope to include rhetoric, critical thinking, formalism, service learning, and civic rhetoric to, depending on how effectively so much can be managed within a semester.

Hicks, Tim. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>TC>Theory


Blogging and Corporate America: How Weblogs Can Enhance the Marketplace and Foster Intellectual Capital

In a broad sense that the weblog can be beneficial to the business world as a whole. More specifically, however, it provides technical communicators with unprecedented opportunites at innovation and leadership.

Danielson, Joe. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Business Communication>Online>Blogging


Building an Online Learning Community

We decided to explore alternative methods for incorporating discussion into a distance-learning course in an attempt to facilitate the sense of community found in more traditional classrooms. Our goal through this study was to uncover factors that enable and hinder discussion between students in online learning environments and to determine whether the level of class discussion leads to an increased sense of community.

McDowell, Mindi, Stephanie Trunzo and Kristin Vincent. Orange Journal, The (2003). Articles>Education>Community Building>Social Networking


Building the Semantic Web

In the information age it is widely understood that there is now too much information. Some of this newly created information will most certainly be valuable, but despite marked improvement in search tools, finding the valuable information is a slow panhandle. Perhaps in light of this situation, the W3C under the direction of Berners-Lee has begun to build the foundation for the next phase of the web. This phase, called the Semantic Web, will make information stored with this technology much more processible by machines.

Emonds-Banfield, Peter. Orange Journal, The (2002). Articles>Web Design>XML>Metadata


Catching the Technology Wave: A Historical Analysis of the Technological Context of Technical Communication

We seem to be constantly chasing the latest and greatest technology, eternally one step behind. Our continual struggle to establish the field of technical communication yet assert dominance over new technological domains seem to be in direct conflict with each other. How can we possibly establish our dominance over a moving target? Instead of trying to peer into future, perhaps we need to look toward the past.

Davis, Toni. Orange Journal, The (2004). Articles>Technology>Audience Analysis


Communication and Women in Engineering

Women can be either encouraged or discouraged to take on the role of engineer through communication. Encouraging women to take on the role of engineer is imperative because of the lack of women currently in engineering.

Brown, Sarah. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Workplace>Engineering>Gender


Communication, Cognition, and Community

There is a vast assortment of schools of thought concerning how it is possible to communicate.  Empiricism, romanticism, materialism, psychoanalysis, and cognitive psychology all have been used as rationale for, and to describe the genesis of, the simple and natural activity of communication.  How is it possible that we are able to communicate successfully?  Much scholarly work has been generated documenting our interpretation of written discourse in an attempt to describe how we successfully convey meaning from within to without.  Whether a theorist is an advocate of New Criticism, Reader Response, Phenomenology, Social Constructionism, rhetoric, or plain style, the basic question remains the same: How are we able to convey concepts successfully and accurately from one source to another?

Smith, David C. Orange Journal, The (2001). Articles>Communication>Community Building


Concerned About RFID Tags? You Should Be

Gives a brief overview about how RFID tags work and examines the threat RFID tags pose to consumers and privacy in general.

Cook, J.R. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Technology>Privacy


Content Management Systems in Organizational Communication

With the vast amounts of information, documents, and artifacts an employee must have access to in the workplace, a growing number of organizations are turning to content management systems to organize the chaos. In this paper, I will define a content management system and its need in organizational communication, analyze the benefits of implementing a content management system, and address the opposing view—that content management systems have several necessary improvements that should be implemented to be beneficial in the workplace.

Roberts, Janet. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Content Management>Organizational Communication


A Cubist Approach to Analyzing Interpretive Communities

Stanley Fish's theory of interpretive communities has been highly regarded for the past two decades. This paper deals with the idea of multiple interpretive communities as they relate to technical communicators. Technical communicators have a duty to use rhetorical devices and embedded structural cues to help readers identify the correct interpretive framework.

Connolly, Brianne. Orange Journal, The (2002). Articles>Rhetoric>Theory


The Current State and Success of Corporate Blogging

The positive impact of blogs on corporate communication and the benefits of implementing both external and internal blogs, justifies blogs place in the corporate world. While blogs may have been developed for a social function and initially used and developed to assist amateurs publish their emotions and everyday experiences, the evolution of the blogosphere to include corporations, both internationally and domestically, guarantees there survival and utilization for many years.

Rutt, Alyssa. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Blogging>Business Communication>Organizational Communication


Defining Technical Communication: Is It a Goal or a Sisyphean Task?

Defining the field of technical communication is a potentially impossible task. In some respects, the process of defining this profession is similar to Sisyphus' eternally futile task: Just as one theory is proposed within the technical communication discourse community, another article is published and the previous theory suddenly collapses. Unlike Sisyphus, however, the members of the discourse community should be able to successfully create a definition of the field based upon the best ideas from previous theories and writings.

Thayer, Alexander. Orange Journal, The (2002). Articles>TC>Theory


Designing for Advanced Users

Much discussion in web usability in recent years has revolved around designing web sites which are intended to be easily accessible by even the least technologically advanced user. This attempt to attract the highest number of visitors is especially appropriate for promoting and selling goods and services. The inexperienced user unaccustomed to reading text displayed on monitors and unable to efficiently download multimedia files should not be alienated by highly detailed or stylized web writing or a lack of bandwidth. Yet, there are more-advanced users on the web that designers should consider when appropriate.

Hinkelman, Andrew. Orange Journal, The (2001). Design>Information Design>Usability


Digital Plagiarism: The Role of Society and Technology

Examines the application of the World Wide Web in class education and research and the ways in which the Internet has enabled cheating and given educators ways to fight plagiarism.

Kennedy, Ryan. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Publishing>Ethics>Plagiarism


Do These Serifs Make Me Look Phat? Conveying Personality with Typeface

Explores some possible approaches to understanding typeface 'personality,' including empirical research and scholarly discussion, in the hopes of generating more discussion about how we can understand and use typeface personality when creating organizational identity packages.

Striker, Amy. Orange Journal, The (2005). Design>Typography>Visual Rhetoric


Does Web Delivery Impact the Reader-Response Approach to Technical Communication?

This paper is an attempt to explore how reader-response criticism and the overall approach to using rhetoric in technical communication may be impacted by the large amount of technical documentation moving to the Web. The discussion focuses on three main areas: moving from the “reader” to the “user” in online documentation; the value of plain language style in this medium; and how Web delivery seems to be bridging the gap between user interface (UI) text and help documentation. I shall explore these areas in an attempt to clarify whether the publication of technical documentation on the Internet negates the rhetorical approach to technical communication and how or if Web delivery impacts the reader-response view that users play a significant role in creating the meaning of a text.

Fisher, Jeanette. Orange Journal, The (2001). Articles>Rhetoric>Theory


Educational Aspects of Technical Communication: Overview and Application of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

By discussing the modern technical communicator's audience with the presumption that they are individuals reading text, many technical communication theorists vastly limit and underestimate the role of the technical communicator. Indeed, Billie J. Wahlstrom writes that as new technologies have been developed over the years, '[technical communicators] have adopted an ahistorical approach . . . largely ignoring . . . luminal eras when changes in communications technologies caused profound cultural transformations' (Walstrom 131).[1] Moreover, arguments in technical communication theory frequently miss the fact that even though they can become wildly divergent, they may all seem appropriate to certain audiences and in certain situations. For example, Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver's The Mathematical Theory of Communication outlines a theory of communication in seeming contradiction to Carolyn R. Miller's in 'A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing.' But despite this conflict, we still find value in both of these theories. How is this possible? Are there any unifying theories that allow for such divergent theories to coexist? Indeed there are, but they require us to look at technical communication in a different way than what is presently assumed in technical communication discourse.

Larson, Jerrod. Orange Journal, The (2001). Articles>Education>Theory


The Effect of Changes in Publishing Technologies on Labor and Documentation

Online publishing technologies is an ever-changing, morphing animal that cannot necessarily be predicted, but perhaps we can work to harness it. As publishing technologies change, so too will the style in which the readability of those documents change as they are shaped and designed to meet new formulas and needs. Likewise, as the readability and accessibility of documents change, so too must the interaction and intervention of the technical communicator change to ensure readable, articulate, navigable documentation, as well as preserve an author-reader relationship and also to preserve the role of the technical communicator.

Comstock, Jeanie. Orange Journal, The (2004). Articles>TC>Publishing>History


Effectively Teaching in the Mainstream Classroom: Assistive Technologies for Students with Auditory Disabilities

As a future teacher, I want to do my best to accommodate all students in the classroom. Children have the right to learn, no matter their disability or difficulties in learning. In addition, I feel that teaching children with disabilities in the same classroom as regular students provides life lessons that all students will take with them throughout their lives.

Fischer, Erin. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Education>Accessibility


Email in the Workplace: Employees Perceive Email Differently than Employers

Argues that employees' misunderstanding of email in the workplace has in part stemmed from employers not being direct about the need to monitor it. By being clear and direct, employers can possibly reduce misuse and ultimately the need for such intrusive email monitoring.

Knox, Jessica. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Workplace>Email>Privacy


Email Overload in the Workplace: A Multi-Dimensional Exploration

This paper is a multidimensional exploration of email overload, incorporating a mixture of studies and opinions presented by various experts.

Pratt, Andrew. Orange Journal, The (2005). Articles>Workplace>Email



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