Have you thanked your technical writer today?

The Mojo of technical communication and writing as mused by Dr. Lu Kondor

Friday, April 25, 2014

"...Simplifying the complex."

I love this quote I found "Technical writing is sometimes defined as simplifying the complex."
from TECH WHIRL. I agree that the goal of technical writing, according to the site, makes information useful to a particular audience. "Good technical writing results in relevant, useful and accurate information geared to specifically targeted audiences in order to enable a set of actions on the part of the audience in pursuit of a defined goal."

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thoughts on creating course content & the web

I was thinking about course content the other day and I decided to Google some. When I feel I need motivation or just feel 'blank' I Google. I know, not the answer to everything but it does set me on a path of thought. (My other go-to is YouTube. Seriously folks, there are plenty of videos on just about everything. If you get bored there are plenty of amusing things on there.)

I came up with this link and I found it gave me plenty of ideas. Course Syllabi and Materials from various courses around the world. Some are pretty old but since not all tech writing changes they are a nice place to start. I started thinking on how diverse technical writing is (or perceived) since it can be taught at times in Extended Education. English Dept., Computer Science & Engineering Depts., Communication, or even Journalism. I think that diversity has always been an attraction for me. 

This site is the Association of teachers of Technical Writing. I'm not promoting this association in any way (nor do I belong to it) but I thought they really do have very nice tools and ideas for not just teachers but anyone who wants to learn more about technical communication. So the next time you are in need of some inspiration or ideas, take to the web.