Dan Riordan, Professor of Technical Communication and Director
of the University of Wisconsin-Stout teaching and learning center,
be a visiting professor with the Cain Project this spring. During
the final three semesters of its life, the Project will focus on
materials development and preparing faculty to take over communication
instruction in their own courses. Dr. Riordan will be an enormous
help to science and engineering faculty who want to examine their
teaching, integrate communication instruction into their courses,
and imagine how course outcomes can be captured and assessed in students’ written
work and oral presentations.
Dr. Riordan’s philosophy emphasizes student engagement and
independent problem solving. He argues that with many topics, student
action produces more permanent understanding than faculty lecturing.
Naturally, team problem solving ranks high in both industry and academia.
As a result, collaborative writing and presenting also help science
and engineering students prepare for the transition to professional
careers or graduate school.
Dr. Riordan is the author of a well-established technical communication
textbook, Technical Report Writing