There's an App for That: Using Mobile Apps in Technical Writing Courses
This session will describe an adjustment to curriculum that enables students to use smart phone apps as a site of technical and rhetorical inquiry. Rather than being told to put their phones away, students now conduct usability testing on smart phone apps in order to develop critical evaluation skills, critical thinking, and technological literacy. User-based testing helps students collect data, and students use the data they collect and analyze to develop recommendations for improvements in the apps. In this way, engineering students gain experience in several skills: collecting data for criterion-referenced evaluation; developing reports based on data; and presenting technical information for an audience of both experts and non-experts.
Northcut, Kathryn. "There's an App for That: Using Mobile Apps in Technical Writing Courses." Proceedings of the CERTI Teaching and Learning Technology Conference (2015).
CERTI Teaching and Learning Technology Conference (2015: Mar. 12-13, Rolla, Missouri)
English and Technical Communication
Keywords and Phrases
Smart phone apps as sites of inquiry; Evaluation of mobile apps; Usability testing; Accessibility; Student engagement
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