ENG 356 Technical Writing in Distributed Environments
If you have arrived at the "Professor's Welcome Letter" for this course, then you must be interested in registering for the online course, ENG 356 Technical Writing in Distributed Environments. I am delighted to hear that because in this course you will learn valuable strategies for communicating technical information and for writing in the workplace. In fact, you will learn to
identify an audience and purpose
design visually effective documents
work in teams
analyze a complex communication situation and design a response
use new communication technologies and software (including Microsoft Visio)
develop a digital career portfolio of coursework
However, you should also know that these goals will only be accomplished with a great deal of motivation, energy, independence, and just plain hard work on your part. Specifically, you will be asked to
participate in weekly asynchronous discussions with students and instructor
participate in occasional real-time online discussions with students and instructor
develop at least 40 pages or original writing and graphics on technical communication topics and an online portfolio of your work
understand the course content by reading and working with many different sources rather than one textbook and one lecture
work independently; there are no videotaped lectures
work with virtual teams; there is a group project that requires you to form working relationships with other students.
If you are undaunted by these expectations, then -- Welcome to ENG 356. Please review the ENG 356 Syllabus and follow the instructions for joining the WebCT course.