Extended abstract: Using project workflow to teach engineering communication

David Kmiec, Bernadette Longo, Julia M. Williams

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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The conventional approach to teaching engineering communication focuses on engineering communication genres - reports, memos, proposals. These important genres are, however, often divorced from the professional workplace contexts that influence both their content and their production. In this presentation, we introduce the document workflow approach that is the focus of the forthcoming IEEE Guide to Communication (IEEE Wiley 2016). Grounded in interviews with working engineers, we show how introducing students to the concept of workflow provides them with a richer, more nuanced understanding of the documents and communication contexts they will encounter when they enter the engineering workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProComm 2015 - IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479933754
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
EventIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2015 - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: Jul 12 2015Jul 15 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002


OtherIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • General Engineering


  • Document workflow
  • engineering communication
  • professional communication


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