I love the flexibility and freedom to go at my own pace. I thought the curricula was informative and the assignments were challenging. The facilitator went above and beyond my expectations to support me, providing encouragement, direction, and instruction. I think my facilitator was the best part of my online experience for this course.
There was a nice contrast in approaches represented by the two textbooks. The online presentations were easy to listen to, and the graphics were instructive. Ms. Atkinson conveyed warmth and personality through her correspondence, and offered useful suggestions for improvement.
The self-paced program allowed me to move through the modules and reading assignments at the rate that worked for me. The writing exercises and assignments stimulated critical thinking and were well-designed to promote the correct fundamentals of effective communication. The assignments were challenging and were rooted in real world tasks. They were useful and relevant. My instructor provided constructive and invaluable feedback and suggestions that helped me progress rapidly so that I gained confidence and competence with each successive assignment.
The course required a great deal of discipline and my first on-line experience was easier than anticipated. I really enjoyed working with my instructor Lynn Atkinson. She was very thoughtful, fair and insightful in her feedback, and has the patience of a saint. She knows how to read a situation, and could tell that at some points on my journey through the course I was experiencing turbulence. She took time to answer all of my questions, and I could tell that she was interested in my well-being. This is an excellent program. I am now taking another online course toward an advanced degree, and this course made the experience very easy. The support system you have in place is impeccable.
I felt Lynn Atkinson was very knowledgeable and provided very constructive and thorough feedback. The course was well structured for a busy professional, and had accommodating deadlines for my situation.
The facilitator was very astute and complete in her feedback and was very encouraging. I found her very helpful - she missed nothing!
I enjoyed the subject matter and the learning process. I am not a technical writer so I learned A LOT during this process.
Course Code: GES217
Lynn Atkinson earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 1993 and an M.A. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric in 1996. A published writer and editor, including contributions to college textbooks, she considers her greatest accomplishment educating thousands of students at UTA, DeVry, Tarrant County College, Southeast Career Institute, and Everest College. She has also been nominated for and awarded “Outstanding Teacher” at several of these institutions. Lynn has developed or co-developed several writing curriculums, won writing contests, and conducted over 10,000 hours of tutoring.
There are no specific prerequisites for this program, but before enrolling you should have a good grasp of the English language, grammar, and punctuation, and you'll need to be comfortable using e-mail and the Internet.
This program is for you if you want to develop your technical writing ability to a professional level.
This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account, Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions), and Windows Media Player (which is available as a free download).
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:
Earning your certificate as a technical writer will open up a world of opportunities to you in facilitating and managing business communications. You might be responsible for any of the following job duties in your day-to-day operations:
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
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Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.
This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an internet connection, email account, Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions), and Windows Media Player (which is available as a free download). You will need Adobe Flash (download here) and Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here).
ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:
The first step to becoming a technical writer is to familiarize yourself with the profession and to take an introductory course that will show you the ropes. You don’t necessarily need to find a technical writing school near you—our online certificate courses can provide all the instruction you need. When you are ready to apply for jobs, you will need a professional portfolio that features your writing. At ed2go, we help you create your portfolio, so you’re ready for the job search.