Structured writing has never been more important or more confusing. We keep trying to do more and more with content, but we give ourselves less and less time to do it. Structured content can help keep your rhetoric on track and your processes efficient. But how does it do that and what is the relationship between rhetoric and process? It is easy to get lost in sea of acronyms and buzz words: semantics, XML, metadata, DITA, structure, DocBook, hypertext, Markdown, topics, XSLT, reuse, LaTeX, silos, HTML. Structured Writing cuts through the noise, explaining what structured writing is (you have been doing it all along) and how you can use different structures to achieve different purposes. It focuses on how you can partition and manage the complexity of the content creation process using structured writing techniques to ensure that everything is handled by the person or process with the skills, time, and resources to handle it effectively. Most importantly, this book shows you how the right structured writing techniques can improve the quality of your content and, at the same time, make your content processes more efficient without sacrificing quality for efficiency or vice versa. There are so many options available in the structured writing space today. This book will show you where each of them fits and help you choose the approach that is optimal for your content.
Effective Learning and Teaching of Writing is a handbook on research on the effective teaching and learning of writing. It is a reference for researchers and educators in the domain of written composition in education. Effective Learning and Teaching of Writing covers all age ranges and school settings and it deals with various aspects of writing and text types. Research methodology varies from experimental studies to reflective classroom practitioners’ research. This new volume in the series Studies in Writing brings together researchers from all kinds of disciplines involved in writing research and countries in their endeavour to improve the teaching of written composition. It is the result of co-operation of researchers all over the world and shows that in spite of the differences in educational regions over the world, research in writing shares similar problems, and tries to find answers, and generate new questions. The body of knowledge in this volume will inspire researchers and teachers to improve research and practice.
An encyclopedic examination of competing paradigms in the areas of instructional design and development at all levels and in a variety of environments. The 46 treatments feature the analysis of experienced scholars and sometimes the authors of the particular theories under discussion which include topics in instructional development in its philosophical mode (constructivism, postmodernism, systems approach), as a cultural vantage point, and in theory and application reviewing the effects of technology on class design, the influences of semiotics, the strategic advantages of constructivist instruction versus linear designs, and modeling for applying design strategies from constructivism and cognitive theory to individualizing instruction with adult learners. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Are You Getting the Results You Want From Your Reading and Writing Instruction? This outstanding resource book provides research-based, practical ideas for creating a complete balanced reading and writing program that will make a difference for your students. There is a wealth of information including the following: • Descriptions and implementation ideas for each component of a balanced reading and writing program • Checklists for reviewing your own literacy program • Effective strategies for teaching word study, fluency, and comprehension • Vocabulary instructional strategies that expand students’ comprehension and word knowledge • Specific pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies that increase students’ comprehension of fiction and nonfiction text • Practical ideas for teaching writing skills in context • Innovative ways of meeting the needs of struggling readers • 50 tips any educator can use to positively impact students’ reading performance • 101 ideas for involving families in your literacy program • Extensive lists of outstanding instructional materials • Suggestions for ensuring that effective school practices are in place to positively impact your students’ literacy performance If you are looking for ideas and tips that can impact your students’ reading and writing, this book provides hundreds of classroom-proven suggestions designed for new teachers, experienced teachers, and administrators.
Follow on Development of Structured Training for the Close Combat Tactical Trainer
"This report describes the work done on the "Structured Training for Units in the Close Combat Tactical Trainer-2" (STRUCCTT-2) Project, a follow-on to the STRUCCTT Project. The purposes of this project were to (a) develop additional exercises for inclusion in the initial training support packages (TSPs) and (b) develop an orientation course TSP and exercises which are necessary to support the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) complete system fielding. This report first summarizes the background (the use of structured simulation-based training in CCTT) and identifies the technical objectives for the project. The development section discusses the processes used to create the TSBs. The formative evaluation section details the project evaluation strategy and method and includes a description of exercise and TSP testing and modification. Following this segment, the lessons learned present issues regarding this project's processes and product development which provide insight and direction for additional developemtn work. The final section of the report contains a discussion of recommendations for future TSP development."--Stinet.
Staff Group Trainer Development of a Computer driven Structured Staff Training Environment
"The Staff Group Trainer Project was a research and development effort sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences in coordination with the Force XXI Program. The project produced two training support packages (TSP)--battalion and brigade-- designed to train these staffs to more effectively and efficiently communicate within and between staff sections, command post, and the unit commander. Based on tactical scenarios developed for the Virtual Training Program, both TSPs focused on staff functions that support the military decision-making process within the execution phase of the movement to contact, deliberate attack, battalion defense in sector and brigade area defense missions. The TSP design and development were based on lessons learned from previous Virtual Training Program efforts, structured design methodology, and adult learning principles. This report provides details on the Staff Group Trainer Project's history, methodology, and lessons learned."--Stinet.
Since it was first published almost twenty years ago, Developing Technical Training has been a reliable resource for both new and seasoned training specialists. The third edition of this classic book outlines a systematic approach called the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process that shows how to teach technical content defined as facts, concepts, processes, procedures, and principles. Whether you teach “hard” or “soft” skills, or design lessons for workbooks or computers, you will find the best training methods in this book. Using these techniques, you can create learning environments that will lead to the most efficient and effective acquisition of new knowledge and skills. Throughout the book, Clark defines each content type and illustrates how to implement the best instructional methods for delivery in either print or e-learning media.
Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work of the professionals and practitioners who do academic writing'. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with ‘time’, it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation. This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem. It supplies new theory and practice on: socializing writing-in-progress and writing with others exploring the alternation of conscious and unconscious, internal and external processes in academic writing whilst in a social grouping Applying social processes in the writing process Using case studies and vignettes of writing in social spaces to illustrate the theory in practice, This book is a valuable resource for academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners, as well as researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.
This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference proceedings of the Third International Conference on Topic Map Research and Applications, TMRA 2007, held in Leipzig, Germany in October 2007. The 16 revised full papers and 4 revised short papers presented together with 1 invited paper and 1 keynote lecture were carfully reviewed and selected from 44 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on applied topic maps in industry and administration, visualisation and representation of topic maps, collaborative applications, standards related research, information integration with topic maps, social software with topic maps, topic maps engines, topic maps and dublin core, information management with topic maps, as well as open space and poster sessions.