What we cannot ignore

To wrap up Reading Log 2, it is important to discuss the effects and possible consequences of instructional technical communications. While this may not be every technical writing student’s cup of tea, we must all be informed of the impact and results of our writing. Jeff Todd’s “Avoiding Litigation for Product Instructions and Warnings” emphasizes …

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The answer is video

One way instruction manuals have evolved with the digital landscape of today is through video. Funny story: I opened Hans van der Meij’s “Eight Guidelines for the Design of Instructional Videos for Software Training,” to read for this class assignment. The 24-page document staring back at me did not look extremely enticing. I thought of …

The road ahead

To conclude the extensive Wheels Keep Turning, I would like to cover some topics that have not been thoroughly discussed yet. The possible conversations that we could have regarding sustainable transportation go on and on, but I will close with just three: feeding ourselves to adapt to an active lifestyle, bicycling education, and gender and …

Videos that stick

While the University of Utah’s “A Bicycle Friendly Campus” video is more promotional in nature, some aspects are still worth considering for JMU’s transportation video. Utah focuses on current bike initiatives the university is funding; the same could be done with our plans (bicycling permitted on all sidewalks, a bike path that goes through the …

Orienting new riders

JMU’s freshmen orientation video, “JMU Bike Safety,” covers every basic category, in just 10 minutes, that incoming students need to know to get around town. The video covers bike safety, registration, storage, repair stores, where to ride, accident protocol, night riding and visibility, runner and pedestrian safety, and projects for the campus and city. The …

Storytelling to change

As we all know, changing human behavior is one of the hardest feats. Humans are conditioned to behave in certain ways with regards to their surroundings and culture. The article titled “A Changemaker’s Guide to Storytelling” is an excellent source for learning the steps to communicating effectively, through storytelling, to sway audience behavior. This article …

What about walking

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in recent years, has worked very hard on walking campaigns. Titled “Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities,” the website/movement’s aims is clear. By educating, facilitating, and supporting walking across the country, we can collectively create a healthier and …