Crossing the UX Interdisciplinary Divide: Technical Communication & UX

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Explores how technical communication can participate in an interdisciplinary program in user experience.

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Crossing the UX Interdisciplinary Divide: Technical Communication & UX

  1. 1. Crossing the UX Interdisciplinary Divide: Technical Communication and UX Kathie Gossett Asst. Professor of Digital Humanities & Human Computing Interaction Iowa State University | @gossettphd
  2. 2. Laying Groundwork & Building Bridges • Making partnerships • Administrative buy-in • Different disciplines
  3. 3. • 32 departments • 7 colleges
  4. 4. Laying Groundwork & Building Bridges • Making partnerships • Administrative buy-in • Different disciplines • Cultures • Vocabularies • Classroom Practices
  5. 5. Laying Groundwork & Building Bridges • Making partnerships • Administrative buy-in • Different disciplines • Cultures • Vocabularies • Architecture & Classroom Practices • Tenure & Promotion • Publication venues • Scholarship • Conferences • SIGDOC vs SIGCHI
  6. 6. Technical Communication & UX Communication as: • Participation • Interaction • Design • Structure • Writing “...Technical communication as a problem-solving activity.” ~Johnson-Eilola & Selber, 2013
  7. 7. Technical Communication & UX • Humanistic approach to technology • Technical communication as problem solving “Our field’s strengths in information design, project management, and content strategy coupled with our foundation in rhetoric are a strong fit for leading the development of programs that produce professionals capable of creating robust digital projects and services built around exciting new user experiences.” ~ Getto, Potts, Salvo, & Gossett, 2013
  8. 8. Learn More • Organizations • SIGDOC: http://www.sigdoc.org • SIGCHI: http://www.sigchi.org/ • IxDA: http://www.ixda.org/en • IA Institute: http://iainstitute.org • UPA: http://www.upassoc.org • Iowa State User Experience Lab: http://projects.vrac.iastate.edu/uxlab/
  9. 9. Thank you Dr. Kathie Gossett | kgossett@iastate.edu | @gossettphd

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