Virtual Networks: Mapping Community-Based Collaboration and Professional Writing

Virtual Networks: Mapping Community-Based Collaboration and Professional Writing

Melody Bowdon (University of Central Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-521-4.ch006
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Abstract

Today small businesses, public schools, local governments, universities, international conglomerates, and nonprofit agencies all feel the pressure to have informative and interactive presences on the Web. This new Web-based information economy has helped to significantly narrow the gap between the technical writing needs of profit and nonprofit workplaces. As local, regional, national, and international groups now compete for attention, business, and participation in the vast arena of the Internet, academic and workplace writers must develop theoretical and practical strategies for identifying and accommodating the varied needs of multiple organizations and audiences. Our technical writing students need to be cross-trained to face profit and nonprofit writing challenges, and our contact people in the community need to be aware of the benefits they can realize through working with students on major projects. In this chapter, I will offer some suggestions for making this collaboration work.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
David Blakesley
Preface
Kirk St.Amant
Acknowledgments
Kirk St.Amant
Chapter 1
Mark D. Hawthorne
Technology and society are inevitably intertwined. As a result, changes in one affect the other, often in new and unexpected ways. This chapter... Sample PDF
Forty Years with Computer Technology: A Personal Remembrance of Things Past
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Chapter 2
Wendy Warren Austin
This chapter proposes that composition instructors focus less on the technical aspects of having students get Web pages published and more on... Sample PDF
Hypertext Theory and Web Writing Assignments in the Writing and Professional Communication Classroom
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Chapter 3
Stacey L. Connaughton, Brent D. Ruben
Technology, communication, leadership, and work processes are inextricably linked in contemporary organizations. An understanding of these topics... Sample PDF
Millennium Leadership Inc.: A Case Study of Computer and Internet-Based Communication in a Simulated Organization
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Chapter 4
Shawn McIntosh
Traditional classroom environments can benefit from using asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) such as an online discussion group... Sample PDF
Expanding the Classroom: Using Online Discussion Forums in College and Professional Development Courses
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Chapter 5
Timothy D. Giles
A listserv can help to create a sense of community in a technical communication classroom. After reviewing relevant literature from Composition... Sample PDF
Creating Community in the Technical Communication Classroom
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Chapter 6
Melody Bowdon
Today small businesses, public schools, local governments, universities, international conglomerates, and nonprofit agencies all feel the pressure... Sample PDF
Virtual Networks: Mapping Community-Based Collaboration and Professional Writing
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Chapter 7
Rhonna J. Robbins-Sponaas, Jason Nolan
This chapter defines, describes, and assesses the form of collaborative virtual learning environment known as MOOs. MOOs offer opportunities... Sample PDF
MOOs: Polysynchronous Collaborative Virtual Environments
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Chapter 8
Julia Lavid
Currently, there are three possible teaching scenarios: conventional, lecture-based teaching; Web-managed teaching where lectures have been removed... Sample PDF
Developing a Web-Based Course for the Conventional English Grammar Classroom: Issues in Planning and Design
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Chapter 9
Mark R. Freiermuth
In this chapter, we examine the ways in which the Internet was used to run a case study-based, decision-making simulation in an academic writing... Sample PDF
A Bridge to the Workplace: Using an Internet-Based Simulation in the Writing Classroom
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Chapter 10
Jo Mackiewicz
This chapter analyzes the “state of the art” of OWLs, or online writing labs. It reports the results of a study of 343 OWLs that examined the extent... Sample PDF
The State of Online Writing Labs: Have They Fulfilled Their Potential?
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Chapter 11
Amy Lee Locklear
This chapter explores some of the theoretical and pedagogical issues that emerged from a study of identity, collaboration, and discourse methods in... Sample PDF
Is This a Real Person? A Tutor's Response to Navigating Identity in the Spaces of a Synchronous Electronic Writing Center
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Chapter 12
Nancy A. Wiencek
This chapter discusses the emergence of telework or telecommuting and the need to rethink professional communication practices for this remote... Sample PDF
Telework: A Guide to Professional Communication Practices
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Chapter 13
An Open Source Primer  (pages 278-298)
Brian Still
This chapter serves as an introductory overview of Open Source Software (OSS) and the Open Source movement. It is geared primarily for technical... Sample PDF
An Open Source Primer
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Chapter 14
John Logie
This chapter posits a widening gap between workplace writing practices and traditional composition pedagogies. In particular, this chapter suggests... Sample PDF
Cut and Paste: Remixing Composition Pedagogy for Online Workspaces
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