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Interviews and Saturation

  • On 13/07/2018

I was recently asked about interviews and how many should someone do. This is a tricky, tricky question because qualitative research is messy and the beauty (and the curse) of qualitative research is in its ability to adapt it’s methodological and methods based on the research study design. In other words, there are no guidelines […]

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CFP opportunity

  • On 19/06/2018

My good friend and colleague, Joanna Schreiber, and I have been talking about re-engaging technical and professional communication in some of its core ideas and tenets and re-visiting questions of definitions, theories, and important concepts and issues. We felt this project was needed because of the increasing fragmentation of technical and professional communication where we […]

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Survey research

  • On 12/06/2018

I’ve done a lot of ranting about surveys lately on twitter. (If you’re interested at all, just get on twitter an search my handle @lmeloncon and surveys.) I’ve continued these rants in print in two forthcoming publications: one  about empirical research in the field and about doing programmatic research in the field. But as it […]

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  • On 19/04/2018

“But people talking to people is still the way that norms and standards change.” Atul Gawande  Something has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s been simmering in my head since before ATTW and the CCCCs, and then experiences at those two events and some subsequent online conversations helped to congeal some of the […]

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Publishing ecology

  • On 18/03/2018

In rhetoric scholarship, ecology is all the rage. As a one-time, pseudo environmental scientist, I definitely can appreciate ecologies both literally and metaphorically. So today, I’m going to invoke that term to talk about publishing and reading and access. Let’s call it the publishing ecology. As I’ve said before, technical and professional communication isn’t really […]

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