T.R. Girill

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Recent Posts by T.R.

Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:20 AM in Technical Writing: Sketching with Writing to Learn Science
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Sketching with Writing to Learn Science The Underlying Research That writing summaries or other "self-explanations" can improve learning of scientific topics (that is, recall of facts and transfer of concepts to new problems) is well known.  Less obvious is that drawin...

Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:15 AM in Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness The Early Insight In the late 1970s F.J. Bethke gathered a team of engineers at IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory in California to investigate why many users of the company's hardware or software were unsatisfied and complained of p...

Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 AM in Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Context Technologists
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Nontext Technologists Benefits Beyond Just Documents Most posts in this series discuss techniques for effective technical writing (or ways to teach others such techniques)--usually with an eye toward fields of science, engineering, or medicine, and...