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What is information literacy? How should I identify, find, evaluate, apply, and cite information? Review research and scholarship on information literacy. Learn to think for yourself. Distinguish fake news from real news. Learn to distinguish appeals to ethos, pathos and ethos. Develop a nuanced understanding of information and literacy (e.g., critical, digital, quantitative, and visual literacy). Synonymous Terms: Data Information Literacy; Interpretation; Science Communication; STEM Literacy for LearningRead more
What is mindset? What habits of mind can improve my writing? Review research and scholarship on mindset. Learn to coach yourself, to avoid unnecessary negativity and anxiety when writing. Explore how to adopt the habits of mind employed by successful writers, entrepreneurs, and product managers.Read more
What is Workplace Writing? What's the difference between Workplace Writing and Professional and Technical Communication? or Business Communication? or Writing across the Curriculum? Review research and scholarship on the past and future of workplace writing. Learn the foundational concepts of writing in contemporary workplaces.Read more
The sign in this image reads, “WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE AVAILABLE, PLEASE ASK INSIDE FOR ASSISTANCE.” Obviously, this picture was taken and turned into a meme because someone thought it was funny, which it is. But is it just funny, or does it reveal a deeper message about the way our society thinks about people with disabilities? What does this meme actually tell us? It tells us this building has been retrofitted with an alternative wheelchair accessible entrance, and its proprietors went so far as to post a sign with this information. However, the proprietorsRead more
What is revision? How can it help me improve my writing? Read about what revision is and how to solicit, interpret, and implement feedback that helps you make positive changes to your work.Read more
Feedback is one of the major components of effective writing. Professional technical writers may get feedback from clients or members of their target audience before producing a deliverables; creative writers may ask other writers they trust or a sample of their target demographic to provide feedback; and workplace writers may receive feedback from their boss or coworkers before releasing the final version of a draft. What these writers know is that feedback provides an invaluable opportunity to understand the needs and perceptions of their audiences, so it’s important to take that information into account to produce a rhetorically sound final product. The purpose of this article is to walk you through some common comment types, and help you respond effectively to improve your writing.Read more
Rhetoric & Entrepreneurship is an undergraduate Professional Writing course. This course challenges students to work collaboratively throughout a semester to develop a business thesis, engage in customer discovery, and design a prototype for a new business. This was my first time teaching a solely online course, and I settled on entrepreneurship as a course theme after noting the robust resources for entrepreneurs that are freely available. I especially leaned on Alex Cowan's work on Venture Design and Steve Blank's Business Model Canvas. I thank Alex Cowan for permitting me to integrate some of his MOOC resources into the course schedule.Read more