WRC welcomes three research assistants to the team this semester. The RAs are undergraduate students interested in learning more about wearables and emerging technologies, and are devoted to assisting the core members of the team to conduct their respective research and studies.
The Technical Communication Advisory Board (TCAB) consists of a diverse group of industry professionals who benefit the department in several ways: from serving as guest speakers in classes, attending networking events, and serving as mentor to graduate students. “It’s really a win-win: TCAB involvement can help to strengthen the program itself, and it gives students an opportunity to learn about networking with potential mentors and employers,” says TCAB coordinator Liz Fendley.
Program/Project Specialist Shannon Klug and Professor John Logie applied for a CLA grant to create a lab with the technology necessary for students to create multimodal projects. As technology advances, there is an “increasing awareness that writing is not necessarily a matter of putting the alphabet and numeric characters in white rectangles,” states Professor Logie. This space will allow students to develop the skills needed to create and communicate effectively in the 21st century workplace.
Her project, "Entiende?" will develop tailored, computer-based instruction with the intent to increase comprehension for clinical informed consent at a Twin City medical clinic who serves a Latino population.
Duin's project, "University-Public Engagement as Networked Collaboratory," will study the uses and implications of wearable technologies in terms of impact on culture, communication, and collaboration.