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It Will Work for Those Who Work at It: Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When my little angel was born, her first cry to kick-start lungs was unending. The obstetrician was suctioning her mouth and nose to clear away any mucus, and she was continuously crying. The nurse then cleaned her and she cried louder. Finally, the doctor covered her in a blanket, placed her close to my arms and she immediately stopped crying. I wondered if it was the first sense of security that she developed in this familiar touch when in the fetus, which made her stop crying. I realised that the communication between me and my daughter had started long back. In her growing years, it was amazing to experience how this skin-to-skin contact further built trust between us. Every nurturing touch strengthened her physical and cognitive abilities and her overall well-being. Later, it became the foundation of building a strong attachment between us. Continue reading It Will Work for Those Who Work at It: Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Videos Can Be SO FAB! Teaching Asynchronous, Recorded Virtual Presentations During COVID-19

As professors, we teach rhetorical strategies and coach students for confident, engaging, and effective presentations. It is satisfying for both student and professor to see the growth over a semester of instruction and practice. Like most other instructors, our routine semester was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, upending everything normal and replacing it with the new and unfamiliar. Continue reading Videos Can Be SO FAB! Teaching Asynchronous, Recorded Virtual Presentations During COVID-19

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Reflections on Textbooks: Past and Future

Gerald J. Alred is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is an adviser to the Professional Writing Program. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several standard bibliographies on business and technical communication. Professor Alred was recipient of the prestigious Jay R. Gould Award for “profound scholarly and textbook contributions to the teaching of business and technical writing” in 2004 and an Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. He dedicates his time in managing the archival website InlandChorus.comĀ® which he developed. He also works with Wright State University Special Collections and Archives to preserve the history of the Inland Children’s Chorus. Continue reading Reflections on Textbooks: Past and Future