Week 13 (January 18)
- Final check for your help pages.
- Short review quiz.
- How can you use what you learned this semester in your other classes.
Active learning assignments.
Over the next 2 weeks, please look at 5 different websites which provide services to individuals or companies. Carefully note how their help pages are designed and structured. Compare the design to the help pages you designed for this class.
Find two articles to read from Smashing Magazine. Pay attention to the design concepts and how they will impact the future of web design.
Week 12 (January 11)
- Important dates and scheduling.
- Final suggestions about designing help pages.
- Finish your help pages. You can either complete your final design digitally or analog. It's your choice. Please make sure to print out two copies for the next class.
Week 11 (December 21)
- More peer work and editing of your help site.
- Enjoy the holidays.
Week 10 (December 14)
- Peer editing of LINE help page homework.
- Explanation of wire framing.
- For this week's homework, you can work independently or in a group.
- Make a wire frame (a visual outline) of what your help page would look like.
- Include short bits of text for each entry/heading.
- Do the homework either on a computer or paper. It's your choice.
- Bring two copies of your work to the next class.
Week 9 (December 7)
- Sentence practice.
- Practice with connectors.
- Description practice.
- Make an outline/mind map for a LINE help page.
- Bring your printed outlines or mind maps to class next week.
Week 8 (November 30)
- Peer editing of homework.
- Understanding help pages and FAQs.
- Some examples of help sites.
- Go online and find 3 examples of excellent help sites.
- Post your sites on the Slack channel with a short explanation of why you think they are good.
Week 7 (November 16)
- Peer editing of add-drop directions.
- Choose a process to describe and explain.
- Create a mind map or flow chart of the process.
- Find any visual aids that will help explain the process.
- Write a first draft of your process description and explanation.
- Create a shared link to your document so that class members will be able to access your document next week. Please post the link in Slack.
Week 6 (November 9)
- Homework peer editing.
Revise your add-drop directions and print out 2 copies to bring to class.
Week 5 (November 2)
You spent the class working with your partner to revise and rewrite the assignment. The previous week 5 schedule has been moved to week 6.
Week 4 (October 26)
- Discussion about the writing task.
- Peer editing.
- Using markdown and markdown writing apps.
- Sentence practice.
- Work with your assigned partner and revise your how to add and drop classes paper.
- Print out two copies and bring them to the next class.
- Please bring your first draft copy as well.
Week 3 (October 19)
- The parts of a technical document.
- The introduction.
- Directions. This is maybe the form you are most familiar with.
- Making your own website/blog: This is for people who want to get some experience with web writing and publishing.
- Using mind maps for brainstorming and planning.
- For links to mind mapping apps, please go to the Apps and web services page.
- Using a Markdown editor/app (if you can), write directions for how to add and drop courses at TUFS. Your assignment should be about 350-400 words.
- Print out your document and bring 2 copies to the next class.
- Writing sample.
- Importance of free writing.
- First we will talk about some alternatives to Microsoft Word that can help you write better, faster, and more easily.
- Why you want to learn new apps.
- Apps to help you write.
- Apps to help you edit your writing.
- Abstract and concrete language.
- And if we have time: Introduction to types of paragraphs.
- Ten minutes of free writing everyday.
- Try using the different apps and decide which one you like best.
- Complete the abstract and concrete language worksheet.
- Download Slack to your phone or computer or both.
- Write a 300 word description of your room.
- Use a word processor of your choice.
- Format the paper according to the directions I give you in class.
- Print out your paper and bring it to class.
This will be one of the main general writing resources we will be using during the term.
Hi and welcome to the class. I hope you find Technical Writing in English useful and helpful. By the time you finish this course, you should be able to:
- Write clearly.
- Express your thoughts logically.
- Write properly constructed paragraphs.
- Understand technical writing conventions.
- Learn to use writing apps that will increase your productivity.
- Hopefully become a productive, efficient, and effective learner.
The syllabus is from the Spring semester. We will talk about it during the first class and see if it is appropriate for you.