Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, Emma Rose, University of Washington, explains the evolving relationship between User Experience and Technical Communication and the skills needed to succeed in both teaching and practice.

Season 1, Episode 12 | 44 min
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Emma Rose has spent her career crossing the academic and industry divide. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering at University of Washington Seattle. Her research interests include participatory and human-centered design and developing methods to engage communities and marginalized populations in the design process. She is also the Past Chair of ACM SIGDOC, a professional organization dedicated to the design of communication. Prior to her academic career, she spent over a decade working at a User Experience consultancy helping organizations bring design thinking into their practices and product development.

What is the relationship between User Experience and Technical Communication? Are they the same field, do they overlap, or are they distinct? How should we be preparing the next generation of technical communicators to work at the intersection between UX and TC? What skills do professionals need to be successful?

In this Room 42, join Dr. Emma Rose in a discussion on the evolving state of UX and Technical Communication. She’ll share some of her recent research results that examine how the UX industry is changing. She’ll also discuss the specific skills and dispositions career professionals need to succeed in UX and how that is informing teaching and practice.


Hosts & Guests

Emma Rose

Janice Summers

Liz Fraley

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