23 Aug. Welcome to LMC 3403!!

Class Goals

1. Intro to the course
2. Intro to Technical Writing
3. Professional Bio models, tips, and drafting
4. Intro to you!

Class Overview

1. Course Themes & Goals
2. Policies & Readings
3. Calendar
4. Assignment Sequence
5. Canvas
6. Community Partner Clients

Intro to Tech Comm & Multimodal Basics

Sample Bios

Bio Drafting Activity

Please take 8-10 mins to respond to the following. When drafting time is up, you’ll share your bios with a partner and then with the rest of the class.
1. Write your name & title: name and title choice is rhetorical–for example including or excluding an honorific (Dr., Mrs. Rev., etc.) depends on context and audience.
2. Decide on POV–do you want to write in first or third person and what difference does the choice make? Again, how does this choice depend on the context, audience, and/or purpose?
3. List your current position or professional tagline, and explain what you do. If you have multiple positions, how do you decide which to include and which to exclude?
4. Identify your company, employer, or school, and explain what they do. Typically, institutions do all sorts of things, so how do you tailor your explanation to your audience & purpose?
5. Describe one professional accomplishment of which you are most proud OR which supports/develops the throughline of your Bio.
6. Briefly state your values, philosophy of work, and/or research area. How do your values and/or philosophy of work inform your career?
7. Consider telling audiences about your life outside of work, e.g. hobbies, pets, interests, etc.

Reading for Wed, Grabill, J. T. & W. & Simmons, M., “Toward a critical rhetoric of risk communications,” (415-441)

Consider the following as you read Grabill & Simon’s Essay:
1. What are the problems/failures with linear communication models predominate in risk communication?
2. What sorts of models do Grabill and Simmons suggest?
3. What’s your assessment of the authors’ solutions to the problems the outline?