If you are starting your career, thinking about a career change, or need to enhance your skills, here are courses to help you.
Developing an In-house Style Guide, presented by Leah Guren, is a mini course on 2 and 9 September (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. Style guides are an essential part of any TC professional's tool kit. They can provide rationale for editorial choices and help resolve conflict. However, even the best general style guides cannot take the place of an in-house style guide, in which your company's specific issues and terminology are defined.
"Creating Design Solutions–Designing Artifacts for Society", presented by Adam Bradley, runs 4 September to. 16 October 2020 (Fridays) from 10:00 to 11:00 AM EDT. The learning activities include learning what design is and how to create problem statements to. capture found issues within society. We will also discuss ways of conducting ethnographic research and analyzing found data to brainstorm new concepts, to narrow down the focus of ideas, and to develop a persona of the target market. Find inspiration through mood boards, exploring concept themes, product exemplify word charts, journey maps, and data flow diagrams. We will. also cover graphic design concepts, basics of drawing, and creating renderings. We will create low-fidelity mockups, wireframes, sketches, and storyboards to test concepts and make rapid improvements. Lastly, we will learn to make high-fidelity prototypes and sale pitches/presentations.
Introduction to the Field of TechComm: What Every New Professional Should Know, presented by Guiseppe Getto, runs 9 through 23 September 2020 (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. The course covers an overview of core skill sets, best practices, and more. If you're a writing- or communication-focused professional who likes to help people, you're in the right place. There's a place for you in TechComm!
Technical Editing Foundations, presented by Li-At Rathbun, runs 30 September through 4 November (Wednesdays) from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT. In this 6-week course, you will learn what technical editors are and why they're needed, the "hard skills", "soft skills", how to identify passive voice and bloated sentences, what style guides are, how to mark-up text using proofreader marks, and more! The intended audience for this course is primarily technical editors who are new to the field and students who are considering entering the field. Seasoned technical editors who need a refresher or who never formally studied this topic may also benefit from this course.
TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp, presented by Leah Guren, runs 1 October through 19 November 2020 (Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT. This. is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work. It also gives you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. Each element of theory is presented with hands-on exercises, real-world examples, and plenty of discussion. The course is sure to leave you feeling enthusiastic and well prepared to get started in the field.
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