AAPG E-Symposium Series
Technical Writing Triage

Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.


March 13, 2014

Questions & Readings

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Questions for CEU Credit:  Please write a brief (one paragraph) response to the questions and email them to educate@aapg.org
What are Aristotle's three main topics / areas covered in Rhetoric, which are key to developing a persuasive argument?
What is the "rhetorical situation" that Lloyd Bitzer has spoken about, and what does it mean to the person who is developing a document?
Which technical document forms do you use in your professional communications? Technical reports, presentations, web conferencing, e-mail memos, texts, social media?
List main considerations in creating clear communications.
What must you keep in mind when your audience receives your communications on many different devices?
What are the main sections in a technical report?



Useful Theoretical Underpinnings

Aristotle. Rhetoric. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-rhetoric/

Examples of Aristotle's Ethos, Pathos, Logos: http://pathosethoslogos.com/

Bitzer, Lloyd. The Rhetorical Situation. http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~davis/crs/E398t/Bitzer--Rhetorical%20Situation.pdf

Bitzer's Rhetorical Situation. http://calvinontap.blogspot.com/2009/09/bitzers-rhetorical-situation.html

Samples and Style Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL at Purdue) https://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Samples of Technical Writing http://www.prismnet.com/~hcexres/textbook/models.html

Sample Technical Writing Documents: http://paws.wcu.edu/bgastle/305/sampledocs.html

Image / Audio Editing / Cloud Storage

Free Image-Editing Programs: A Review   http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/2013/12/free-image-editing-programs-review.html

Five Easy Ways to Improve your Audio Recordings  http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/2014/01/five-easy-ways-to-improve-your-audio.html

7 Top Cloud File Storage and File-Sharing Sites http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/2014/02/7-top-cloud-based-file-storage-and.html