Improving student writing skills is one of the most persistent challenges in technical education. The problem is too stubborn to expect a single solution but it is too important to accept the status quo. This paper describes the results of a modest project to improve short reports. Concentration on this segment of the problem has intrinsic advantages because short reports are demanded frequently and the topics can be tightly defined. Since they require only a few hundred words, they qualify for the term 'hyper-tweets'. A PowerPoint template has been established to constrain the scope and present the content as a single image to encourage a focused visual effect. It can be easily converted to a Word document if required. The format has an additional advantage of presenting the same compact message to the reader, especially if it is being read on a screen or tablet device. Student responses indicate that the project goals are being met.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2011|
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